Lawyer Shows

I haven't watched TV to a serious degree in years (I'm too cheap for cable, and couldn't get very good reception at my apartment in Berkeley). Now that I'm in Law School I thought I'd start watching some lawyer TV shows, since now I'm somewhat interested in the subject. And I'm shocked! Shocked! to discover that there are hardly any on the air anymore. The crime dramas now are all criminal investigation shows like CSI, NCIS, Cold Case, The Medium, etc. There's still a fair share of doctor shows like E.R., Scrubs, House, and Grey's Anatomy. But I can only find two explicitly legal shows: Boston Legal and Law and Order (which is, itself, 50% a cop show, and from what I can derive has been more cop than law lately). Where has Perry Mason gone? Wither Matlock? What about L.A. Law, The Practice, Ally McBeal and all the other shows about lawyers? Doesn't the American viewing public care about lawyers anymore? Come on! Our adversarial justice system may be a piss-poor means of ensuring equal access and a fair trial for everyone, but it's great for dramatic television! We've bent over backwards to accomodate the American need for showmanship, and this is how you repay us? With three flavors of CSI and a gaggle of doctor show? Frankly, I'm disappointed.

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