Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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Why doesn't more TV have sensible characters?

We've been watching TNG recently (currently midway through Season 4), and I've been struck by something that seems near-unique to it. All of the main characters are decent, reasonable, nice people, trying to do their best to make the world a better place.

Sure, they make mistakes, and they have occasional issues over things. They occasionally disagree about the best way to proceed. But fundamentally it's about adult people behaving well while trying to solve problems. And it's _lovely_.

I mean, I loved watching BSG, where fucked up people made messed up decisions on a regular basis. I loved watching flawed characters being "realistic". But so many dramas nowadays seem to be all about the flawed people fucking up their lives that it's become rather wearing. The sheer level of cynicism weighs me down sometimes.

Are there any shows out there right now in this mould? What should I be tracking down?

Oh - this was finally triggered by this:


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