This series is a documentary about real-life court cases in San Diego, California. A typical episode follows the prosecuting attorneys as they interview witnesses, gather evidence, and present their cases at trial. Written by
Maybe not the most sensational, but excellent "reality television"!
Dick Wolf's latest Law & Order "franchise" enters the world of the real world. (Law & Order does MTV? Scary thought.) While it doesn't claim to be even related to L&O, you can't mistake the opening theme music.
The opening episode can't be compared to anything I've seen on network or even cable television before. Not really Court TV and definitely nothing like the many series based on law practices or the legal system (to coin an L&O intro line), Crime and Punishment REALLY is the most interesting moments of a major trial, well edited, well produced, and presented "unfiltered" for the enjoyment of the more sophisticated viewer.
I was beginning to think I was getting bored, but I had to remind myself that this wasn't typical network television dribble.
This was like dining at a an exquisite restaurant. Very high quality and the cuisine was well prepared, seasoned appropriately, but not overwhelmingly (i.e. no sensationalism). Even without a great deal of drama, I found myself thoroughly engaged in this vivid "fly on the wall" delivery of an actual court case.
I've said enough. Treat yourself to elegant television dining. Hopefully, Crime and Punishment will be around for many season(ing)s!
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