Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Jennifer Gaylin who was possibly the victim of a drive-by shooting. She was a social worker and quite popular at the community center where she worked. Her father Doug Gaylin is convinced the killing was racially motivated but the detectives learn she may have been using drugs to boost her sex drive. It turns out the victim was heavy into the S&M scene and had a partner, TV reporter Stu Steiner. When the police find him dead in his apartment they learn from the FBI that there have been 3 other very similar killings in other cities. From another participant in the S&M scene they learn that Eddie Chandler might be behind the killing. Chandler is arrested and charged with first degree murder. His lawyer, Al Archer, will argue that prolonged exposure to TV violence led to his sociopathic behavior. Written by
Did You Know?
During the trial, Eddie Chandler lists The A-Team
(1983) as one of the 'violent action shows' he grew up watching. "The A-Team" was notorious for having massive gunfire, multiple explosions and numerous car and aircraft crashes, but nobody ever died. Despite being a #1 show in America during the 80's, the show came under fire by parental and political groups alike for being too violent, and was even frowned upon by their own network, NBC. Reportedly, Robert Keeshan
blamed the show for America's drug problem. By vast comparison, in the Netherlands in the 1980s, the show was widely loved because 'there was no violence'. See more
When I was a kid and I'd come home from school, I'd watch TV for hours on end, straight through till bedtime.
What kind of shows did you watch?
Cop shows, action shows: The Mod Squad, The A-Team, Starsky and Hutch.
References Miracle on 34th Street