I've said it 100 times before: I hate TV! The only thing I bother to invest time in is English Masterpiece anthology TV series as Frost, Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lynley and Inspector Morse.
The reason why I prefer these series is because the characters in the series are much more real life persons than American crime series will ever be able to produce. American TV-series consist of dolls and empty dialogues. There's no sophistication. - As a contrast, English crime series are full of interesting characters and very sophisticated dialogues. And often with a distiguished touch of delicate sense of black humour which I love.
Last night I watched Inspector Lewis. - Originally Lewis was Inspecor Morse's DS, but Morse died a coupple of years ago and Lewis took over.
Morse was one of a kind. Noone knew his first name. He was just Inspector Morse. He was driving a Jaguar, he enjoyed red wine, whisky and pint. He was a cryptic crosswords expert and opera fantast. Grumpy but sharp brained.
Lewis is not nearly as sophisticated as his late gov was, which could be a disturbing element since Lewis is stationed in Oxford and most of the plots involves distigueshed teachers, students or former students at the University of Oxford. To rectify his possible shortcomings, Lewis got DS James Hathaway. DS Hathaway is not Oxford - He's Cambridge. He's sophisticated, sharp brained, humorous and plays guitar in the genre world music inspired by classical madrigal. He's a fast reader and quotes Nietzsche. And he smokes.
There's never much blood in these series. They're cryptical, and you can't take a 5-minute nap, because if you do you'll miss an important point.
So next time you find yourself sitting in front of the plasma altar in a more or less unconscious state of mind, boring yourself to death with CSI or Bones, turn it off! - And for the sake of your sanity: Get yourself a collection of English Masterpiece crime series and ENJOY!