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Boston Legal (2004)
Life was meant to be taken with a grain of ...anything you choose
So very often producers, directors and actors can foist there political thoughts on you in a very biased way in these types of shows. However in the case of Boston Legal (with a cow's tongue-in-cheek)they have arrived at a very smart balance.
A crazy conservative, afflicted with every brain numbing disease there is living in a future that exists only within their head. A pompous liberal who lives in a world where there is only right and wrong (He's right and to hell with the rest).
Sensitivty is protected to the hilt while every attempt is made to make fun of all the silly over compensation that we seem to burden ourselves with.
At the end of the day look at Alan and Denny as one, just in different time frames and the rest of the cast as little more than sands in the hour glass. Between the nut, the pompous and you and I, I feel we will all get a good laugh at how silly things really have become.
Judge John Deed (2001)
The truth is out there somewhere!!!
Having been bought up in Australia with a father who was a barrister and once offered a Supreme Court judicial appointment - I have to say that this program goes a long way to showing the true imperialism of the judicial system.
My father rejected the overtures for his own reasons but having watched Deeds I have to say I have seen it all. A judge is a mentor, a guardian, an executioner but most of all a human being. The politics that goes with the position is common.
Look at your own life! Change Deeds into the counselor at school, the mediator in a dispute, the local parish priest, the HR officer at work and somewhere there is a Deeds in it.
To look upon the law and see the stupidity of it is a gift most lack because there is no law just politics and Judge John Deed highlights that more than any law and order program now or in the past. I believe this is the intention of the program. Entertain - definitely - educate on how the system is and can be twisted more than likely.
Watch Deeds and say to yourself "Why is it so =- how can this happen - and how many times has it happened?". Watch again the next week and ask the same question.
Be prepared to think