The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Monday, March 18, 2002

The TV Detective/Police Show Theory

Spring and I are eating dinner at the Starlite Diner and the motif is a 50s/early 60s. On the wall next to us is a framed article about James Garner and the TV show Maverick. Seeing that reminded me of a theory I have.

“Did I ever tell you about my TV Detective/Police Show Theory?” I asked Spring.

“Umm … ” said Spring, face scrunching up. “I don't think so.”

“It goes like this: Any television detective or police show will always look like it was filmed in the 70s.”


“Yes. Of course you have your actual 70s detective/police shows like The Rockford Files or Baretta but even such shows as Magnum P.I. or Simon & Simon look like they were made in the 70s.”

“Those were the 80s, right?”

“Yes,” I said. “But to look at them now, it still screams 70s. Much like Hill Street Blues.

Spring thought for a second. “What about Dragnet?” she asked.

“Um … ” She had me. I had to think fast on my feet. “Okay, make that the Color TV Detective/Police Show Theory.”

“Okay … ”

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