While pursuing my graduate degree, I began watching crime shows. Not the sitcom-y types. No. I watched the real crime shows. The Forensic Files and First 48s of Cable TV. I would watch on weekends. As I read and wrote, watching crimes shows was what I did to “stay connected” with the “Real world” that existed beyond the “ivory towers.”
I still do watch crime shows, but not as much as I used to. Now, I watch on weekends when my girls are napping.
If you’ve never watched a real crime show, you should. And here’s why. It’s real TV. It’s real drama. It’s scary and the narrator always has this creepy, mysterious kind of voice that stays with you long after you’ve turned off the TV.
Oh, and that voice is always male. Well, 99% of the time that voice is a male and deep and full of intonations that creep you out.
When it’s a woman’s voice, it’s usually a story that is less sinister. But the sinister episodes are always narrated by a man. Always.
It’s entertaining and sublime. You know that feeling you get when you watch a scary movie that actually scares you, that feeling of anxiety about the possibility of a world like the one on the screen and your desire to keep your world safe and protected? Yeah.
You get that when you watch crime shows. You get that and then you’re almost too afraid to go to the grocery store alone, but you do go to the grocery store alone, all the while looking over your shoulder and keeping your cell phone close by.
Do you watch crime shows? What do you enjoy about them?