Guest Post: Must-See TV

Some time ago I was asked to consider publishing a guest-written piece. I am sure doing so breaks someone's idea of proper blogging. I have no idea about such norms and even less of an inclination to care about the blobocracy. Besides, this piece is about television. We own two. But all I watch is college football. I've not seen the shows featured here, although they sound interesting.

So, without further adieu, welcome to Kat Sanders:

I don’t have the time to watch too much television, but there are a few shows that I hate to miss, and most of them center around crime and criminology. I guess it’s the fascination with the way the cops and other law enforcement officers go about solving crime and managing their personal lives; or maybe it’s just the fact that I like to see criminals and cops matching wits with each other. Whatever the reason, here are five crime shows that I make sure I watch:

· Bones: My all-time favorite, this one scores because of the chemistry between Bones and Booth, the anthropologist forensic expert and the FBI Special Agent. The show centers around the Jeffersonian Museum and the team that helps solve crimes where the remains comprise bones for the major part. The relationships between members of the team are also enjoyable, and you find yourself rooting for them as they each do their part in the lab.

· Numb3rs: If you enjoy mathematics and the theory of probability, then this one should be right up your alley. The show is based on crimes that described using mathematics, so you can expect some really brainy criminals and even brainier sleuths, in this case, a family of two sons and a father who aid law enforcement officers in their efforts to solve the crime.

· CSI: There are many versions, but my favorite is the one with Gary Sinise, aka CSI New York. Even though this one was the last spin off, after CSI Crime Series Investigation and CSI Miami, I still prefer this police procedural drama because of Gary Sinise. The show revolves around the solving of a baffling or unusual crime, with the help of a forensics team.

· Criminal Minds: This show is a little different in that it features a special team set up to focus on the criminal rather than on the crime. The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit profiles the criminal and tries to catch him or her before they get their next victim.

· Shark: This one is more a legal courtroom thriller with the protagonist being an attorney for the prosecution and helped by a rookie, and albeit able, team of young and enthusiastic lawyers. The show revolves around Sebastian Stark and his courtroom cases that are always filled with drama, and his relationship with his teenage daughter who lives with him.

Kat Sanders regularly blogs on the topic of forensic science technicians colleges at her blog Forensic Scientist Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address:


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