SoCS and JustJoJan Day 16 – What are you watching that maybe you shouldn’t?

What is it about crime shows that make me watch them? It used to be, I stayed away from those kinds of things because I knew they could affect me in not very good ways. But all that changed a few years ago and I honestly don’t remember when or why it happened.

I think I’ve always loved a good murder mystery, a who done it story… Now that I’m thinking about it, I grew up watching Murder She Wrote, Perry Mason and Matlock with my family. So, I guess it isn’t that much of a stretch that I am still watching them as an adult.

It’s more likely that the shows themselves have changed. It’s not as lighthearted as it used to be. It’s more gritty, dark and all too real. But then again, I am watching shows like Dexter and Criminal Minds. I didn’t have this probably at all when I was watching the Mentalist. I once did a blog about that series. One of the reasons I loved it was because it didn’t take itself too seriously and even though they covered some pretty gruesome stuff, the overall feel of it was campy.

Last night, our show watching consisted of a two hour Dateline murder mystery followed by a few episodes of Dexter. Dexter and I aren’t necessarily friends, but I keep going back to it because I love the characters and I think it’s interesting that Dexter is always trying to find a way to live with his dark side even while trying to start a family and work a decent job. Aren’t we all trying to do that?

I’ve had to stop watching Dexter several times. This last time, it was almost two weeks that I couldn’t even bring myself to think about it. Am I completely nuts? Why do I do this to myself? Why do I keep watching a show that is traumatizing for me? Last night’s episodes opened a door in my brain and I had “memory” dreams all night. I call them nightmares, even though they weren’t necessarily scary, but I wake up feeling terrible.

I can’t say I’m going to stop watching these shows. I enjoy the writing and how they delve deeper into the human psyche. I just wish they didn’t affect me as deeply as they do sometimes.

What crime/murder mystery shows are you currently watching?


SoCS and Just Jot It January are both hosted by Linda G. Hill. The combined prompt today is to use the word “what” as the first word and a “w” word as the last word of your post. I somehow managed to do both.

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31 thoughts on “SoCS and JustJoJan Day 16 – What are you watching that maybe you shouldn’t?

  1. I love mysteries and usually do not like the super violent and sadistic stuff. There are exceptions because I do sometimes watch/read some of it. I really liked “Endeavor” an English series on PBS. I have read so many mystery books. I like Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch character and I am currently reading Dennis Lehane’s Moonlight Mile.

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  2. I read more mysteries than I watch. When I was care-taking my mother, mysteries were all we watched, lol.
    I like the Sherlock Holmes series starring the late Jeremy Brett as Holmes — perfect. I like the British mysteries, such as PBS shows such as Endeavour, Inspector Lewis (and Inspector Morse to which Endeavor is a pre-quell and Inspector Lewis is a post-quell.), old ones like Rosemary & Thyme, Midsommer Murders, the campy Australian, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries set in the late 1920s. On retro tv: mostly Perry Mason, but the occasional Murder She Wrote, Quincy, Matlock, Ironsides — often for the fashions and language.
    I can’t watch programs like Dexter (I tried) or gruesome murders. Just as I can’t read books like that.
    Well, there is my tv guide to mystery.

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    • I don’t know why I watch the gruesome stuff. I suppose it isn’t necessary by any means.
      I can’t watch retro tv. Lol. My boyfriend loves it but it brings back feelings and memories best left in the past.
      I do like British shows. I’m going to have to check some of those out. 🙂

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      • I understand how retro tv would have that effect. I mostly watch shows I never saw as a child growing up in Canada like most Perry Masons.
        PBS Masterpiece Mystery used to be on more before Downton Abby started.
        Some British shows I find too brutual like Luther, and several other British police dramas — with fantastic acting and scripts — just not, excuse the pun, my cup of tea.
        Looking forward to your Song Lyric Sunday!

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  3. I understand how some programs can be traumatizing. I have the same problem with some of them. But, I do it to myself too because I watch a lot of Discovery ID’s programs and they are all about mysteries and who dunnits. Some are very traumatizing!

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  4. The shows are much darker now than they were. Some episodes of “Criminal Minds” are even darker than the old “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” episodes. We still enjoy the old shows, like “Perry Mason” and the other “NBC Mystery Movies” (McMillan and Wife, Banacek, McCloud, The Rockford Files, Columbo, Quincy, etc.), most of which are on MeTV, and Murder She Wrote, shows like that. They were great because, although they dealt with people being murdered in many cases, you didn’t see a lot of gunplay or violence. You saw detectives solving a mystery, and often the shows were very funny. There was a series of movies that were put together by Fred Silverman that was very good: Mystery Woman with Kellie Martin, Diagnosis Murder with Dick Van Dyke, Jane Doe with Lea Thompson, and McBride with John Larroquette. We do watch the “NCIS” shows and CSI: Cyber, and for some reason the new Hawaii Five-O, although we don’t like the way that show turned Steve McGarrett into an action hero.

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    • Some of those older shows were just fun to watch, although I can’t seem to find the same enjoyment from them anymore. I never did get into the NCIS shows or CSI. I very much dislike when shows go off in left field like that. Makes me want to watch Hawaii Five-O even less. 🙂

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  5. I don’t think there aren’t too many US shows these days that avoid self-parody or cheesiness

    Nordic noir is what does it for me at the moment: The Bridge, The Killing, Wallender are all great.
    And European stuff like Spiral, Witnesses and Deutschland ’83 are fabulous too.

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  6. Non!! They affect me the way they affect you so I stay away from them. We still love Perry Mason, Murder She Wrote and others that are mild. Thanks for the great article. Love you sweet girl!!

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