Some firefighters and Paramedics get a bit huffy about shows like 'Rescue Me' and 'Saved' in which the characters are less then prefect (sexually immoral, problems drinkers, gamblers, and drug-users, their reckless regard for their own safety) are represented as the 'heroes' of such shows. Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Do shows about careers that have depraved main characters reflect poorly on the industry as a whole?
Some firefighters and Paramedics get a bit huffy about shows like `Rescue Me` and `Saved` in which the characters are less then prefect (sexually immoral, problems drinkers, gamblers, and drug-users, their reckless regard for their own safety) are represented as the `heroes` of such shows.


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16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 6/17/06 - 2:43:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Reflect, perhaps?
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 6/17/06 - 3:02:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only to those who believe EVERYTHING they see on TV. The rest of us know a TV show is just a TV show.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 6/18/06 - 8:13:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, like Nip/Tuck. It portrays most of its main characters, as plastic surgeous, like yuppie scum coke fiends.
Now I have my own opinions on that industry, and quite frankly, it doesn't offend me in the least (especially after watching Dr. 90210) that they are portrayed like that, but perhaps it does offend others.
Or I really dislike Nip/Tuck.

Reno 9-1-1 is a whole different story though. I love it!

16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 7/7/06 - 5:39:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
You mean reflect? I don't think depraved characters reflect poorly on an industry. Television shows along these lines are for entertainment and the writers/producers can be expected to use artistic license at times, pushing limits beyond the norm. Viewers need to keep this in mind.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/8/06 - 3:30:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
false?
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 7/8/06 - 6:37:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
i don't think so.
because it's just tv.
i didn't think people took that stuff seriously.
16 yrs ago - Wednesday 7/26/06 - 12:34:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
IT'S JUST T.V.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 8/14/06 - 11:47:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, most people are able to tell the difference between fact and fiction when it's presented to them in a TV show. Yeah, there probably are some paramedics or firefighters who are like that, but I think that we know the vast majority of them are different. You can't just generalize.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 9/16/06 - 7:16:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/17/2006 3:02:57 PM Songseeker1 wrote:
Only to those who believe EVERYTHING they see on TV. The rest of us know a TV show is just a TV show.

and also keep in mind that no one's perfect in real life, including "heroes"

15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 5/27/07 - 10:17:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/17/2006 3:02:57 PM Songseeker1 wrote:
Only to those who believe EVERYTHING they see on TV. The rest of us know a TV show is just a TV show.


couldn't have said it better myself.

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 8/21/07 - 8:46:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's just for added drama, a plot device. Nothing more, nothing less. It's just TV.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 8/25/07 - 10:23:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's to make the characters relatable. Who wants to see a perfect person doing heroic things all the time? It would just make people feel bad about themselves because most of them are in no way heroic AND a bit depraved.

And aren't we all, anyway?

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 8/25/07 - 11:25:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
I like it when a show seems realistic about the job, but a character is a character.

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 8/25/07 - 10:40:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/17/2006 3:02:57 PM Songseeker1 wrote:
Only to those who believe EVERYTHING they see on TV. The rest of us know a TV show is just a TV show.
exactly its just a tv show... people cant be that dumb that they believe thats how everyone in the whole profession behaves
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 8/25/07 - 11:17:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, that absolutely HORRID show Dexter, with that one show, the art of television drama has sunk about as low as it can go.
14 yrs ago - Saturday 7/19/08 - 10:22:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I see no need to get huffy. Heroes aren't born flawless, they have to work through a very humanistic sense of immoralism to achieve the spectacle of heroism. A well deserved status defined by a life of personal struggles. Nobody can justifiably celebrate inherent heroism. So I ask.... what is there to huff about?



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