Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why SVU is better then CSI et al




A few years ago, I noticed a worrying trend with TV shows.
Crappy Crime Shows, or CCS as I call them.
They were everywhere. Whereas once upon a time there was law and order, there was now - CSI. CSI Miami, CSI California, NCIS, CAA, CII, CSI L A, CSI tiny little town in texas ... you get the idea.
These shows were terrible. They would have a shocking beginning where a beautiful person died. The lead detectives would get a lead and follow someone, who would turn out to be the wrong person. They would then get a lead, and use some imaginary science advancement which hasn't been made yet.


(courtesy of http://www.dailyacid.com)

That's the type of thing I'm talking about. Ridiculous scientific marvels from the tiniest shred of evidence, which then usually led back to someone who we were introduced to as a bit character at the beginning of the episode. And nearly every. single. show. follows this structure.
The other thing these shows rely on is having a "whacky" character ( Abby from NCIS, Hetty from NCIS los angeles ), and a male and female lead character who play off each other , keeping sexual tension brimming throughout the show.

And then there is SVU.
SVU is a far more hard hitting show. With subjects like child porn, domestic abuse, suicide, racial killings, alcoholic police . The show takes on far harsher subjects then the other shows, and drags you deep into the storyline.
The characters themselves are fleshed out. We see a lot of their domestic life, but not in a way that titillates the viewers, instead we see for example, the lead actress having her adopted son taken away from her by a drug addict mother. Or the lead actor's daughter compromises a case, and he has to beg for her not to get involved in the case. The show often shows the police being conflicted by doing what the law requires them, and what is clearly the right thing to do conscience-wise.
Two actors that don't need crappy punch lines to sell a show.


35 comments:

  1. Law and Order SVU is on netflix right now too... all 13 seasons or something. Nothing like 5 straight days of SVU viewing :)

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  2. great comparison and criticism!

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  3. I gotta be honest, none of these shows even get close to gripping me. Tried watching Castle purely because I'm a Firefly fan ... but nope... didn't happen for me

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  4. Actually SVU is one of the few TV shows I like to watch, CSI on the other hand is not even interesting.

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  5. Sad but true. CSI type of shows always have some impossible technology.

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  6. CSI is actually hurting real world court cases because the juries expect the prosecution to present evidence of the kind they see on the shows.

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  7. hahahha great comic, made me laugh so hard

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  8. Ahahahaha that comic is fantastic. I genuinely laughed at it.

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  9. SVU is the shit, been watching it since season 1, sucks she wants out of the show now :(

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  10. CSI is awful. Not only are there many facepalm moments during the show, it is literally on everyday for 6 hours straight -_-.

    Hilarious picture

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  11. i got stuck watching a csi marathon in a hospital waiting room once and contemplated slitting my wrists!

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  12. i lold at the pic. also i completly agree, some shows just make up some wacky stuff.

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  13. i'd say i am not a fan of that kind of series.. it's watchable but not teh best

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  14. I always laugh at that pic :D

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  15. I hate CSI and really hate when people talk about the 'realism'. I saw a bit of one episode where they picked up a supposedly spent bullet and it was still in the casing.

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  16. I always feel that CSI is insulting my intelligence, when I watch it.

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  18. I like the post! vent hough I only watch CSI... They don't show that SVU over here :(

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  19. I've always watched SVU :D awesome show, far far better than the CCS lol

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  20. There are too many cop shows. There are some good ones, but i tend to like unique versions. L&O and CSI are all basically the same, with Law and Order being the darker of the two. But they each have 15 spinoffs which crowds the market too much. I like shows such as Castle and Bones a lot better, although Bones is getting a spinoff now...

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  21. CSI got silly once it moved out of LV. SUV for life.

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  22. I saw this one episode where they catch a guy through this game similar to second life. That was my first and last episode.

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  23. It's funny how it's the same on Russian tv.
    First we had (in 1995 or around that) the very first "police series" that was pretty good, now there's a dozen and they are crap

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  24. "CSI is pure crap I must say"
    I must agree with you dude !

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  25. That image is ridiculous, lmao.

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  26. The screwed image mixes the original CSI with CSI: Miami! Now I feel like the whole world is collapsing around me!

    Seriously though I think you have some good content here.

    Following.

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  27. Great review you made there, dude. Keep it up!

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  28. I like SVU a little bit, but don't be dissing on NCIS broskie. Like all shows, there's a little made up / not realistic shit, but the characters and actors are golden.

    Random other good shows: Firefly The Office, Community, and Chuck. Not because they're realistic, but because they're entertaining to watch.

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  29. Yup. SVU has been my favorite all time. CSI was decent up til late.

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  30. agreed on SVU being better. I love staying up til midnight to watch the older SVU episodes; much better than even the newer ones.

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  31. I like both.

    But I like Criminal Minds and NCIS even more.

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