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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

What Television Show Do Prawfs Like Best?

230_Watching_television_1958 What is the all-time favorite television show of law professors? 

Let's do a scientific* survey. (I have a prediction for who will win, but I don't want to say just yet.)

First, we will need nominations. Please put yours in the comments. 

Also, of course, you should feel free to gloat in the comments that you don't watch television. (Neither does Rachel Maddow, which is why, despite the fact that I like her, I was forced to put her on my AXIS OF EVIL.) 

At least we know Orly Lobel watches television – she wrote a gallant defense of the box here.

I personally don't watch TV very much at all. But it's hard to completely avoid seeing it. I mean, after all, it is babysitting our children.


* I will figure out some way to make it scientific later.

Posted by Eric E. Johnson on July 6, 2010 at 07:14 PM in Television | Permalink


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The greatest show in the history of television is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, followed closely by Firefly.

Posted by: David Case | Jul 10, 2010 11:29:49 AM

House, M.D.

Posted by: Victoria Hadfield Moshiashwili | Jul 9, 2010 4:27:45 PM

I think this should probably be qualified (or, if not, made explicitly unqualified). Currently produced, syndicated, ever, etc. That should help readers narrow it down.

Posted by: H | Jul 8, 2010 8:21:19 PM

I watch almost nothing except what the kids have on - Arthur, Fetch, and other PBS staples. When I do watch, it's usually Glee or NBA basketball.

Posted by: Jake Linford | Jul 8, 2010 2:49:26 PM

Jeez, 17 shows is a lot of tv watching.

Burn Notice.

Posted by: anon | Jul 8, 2010 12:28:49 PM

Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Much has been written on the philosophy of BtVS, but there are fascinating law and justice issues. Are human fighters of supernatural evil above human (American) law? Do vampires deserve due process before being staked? In the Buffyverse, things are rarely black and white - several significant supernatural characters (Angel, Spike, Anya) are morally ambiguous, just like humans. Of course then you could contrast with similar shows like True Blood and Charmed. In True Blood, the vampires even have their own justice system. But it would be the ultimate geek endeavor if you could also weave in Star Trek:TNG to see how these law and justice issues are approached differently in the fantasy genre v. science fiction.

Also, I really like Glee.

Posted by: Tanya Marsh | Jul 8, 2010 10:50:56 AM

I like Modern Family and So You Think You Can Dance, but I often joke that the best show to ever grace television was Melrose Place. I deal with serious stuff so much of the time that I really enjoy a break with some frivolous entertainment once in a while.

Posted by: Jen Kreder | Jul 8, 2010 9:46:37 AM

If there were a show about tax law, I'd probably be watching it. (Of course, almost nobody else would!) Because there's not, here's what I watch:

Modern Family
30 Rock
Burn Notice
Leverage (which is really not a very good show, but for whatever reason, it's hooked me)

I'd say Justified is the best show on TV right now, but if Pushing Daisies were still on, it would be hard for me to choose.

Posted by: Sam Brunson | Jul 8, 2010 7:57:02 AM

I second Star Trek.

Posted by: Hanah | Jul 8, 2010 6:04:14 AM

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Posted by: NFL Jersey | Jul 8, 2010 2:50:19 AM

The Office provides a thrilling backdrop for teaching Agency.

Posted by: David Friedman | Jul 8, 2010 2:28:06 AM

Current shows:

Mad Men
Party Down
30 Rock
Parks and Rec
Breaking Bad
Daily Show
So You Think You Can Dance
How I Met Your Mother
Modern Family
Cougar Town
The Middle
Big Bang Theory
The Mentalist

I'm probably missing some - but these are all good :-)

Posted by: Jeff Yates | Jul 7, 2010 9:57:46 PM

Oops. If we are stating what our favorite *current* TV show is, then, mine is a tie between The Colbert Reporr and The Big Bang Theory. Neither have anything to do with law and are extremely funny. A guy needs a laugh these days.

Posted by: Fred Moss | Jul 7, 2010 4:41:01 PM

My all-time fav was "LA Law", followed by "The Practice." Teaching Ethics at the time, I'd discuss with my class the 6 or 7 ethical problem that arose in each show. The lawyers in the shows never saw them, or, if they did, they usually did the wrong thing. Great stuff!!

Posted by: Fred Moss | Jul 7, 2010 2:59:28 PM

The Simpsons, duh (or should I say d'oh)

Posted by: josh friedman | Jul 7, 2010 2:32:56 PM

aside from news and specials, The Sopranos.

Posted by: Bill Bridge | Jul 7, 2010 1:29:44 PM

I'll nominate two of my all-time favorites -- Star Trek and Homicide. Homicide is obviously the better show, but Star Trek wins on the nostalgia factor.

I suppose I should also nominate the PBS NewsHour.

Posted by: Bruce Boyden | Jul 7, 2010 11:59:43 AM


Posted by: Erin | Jul 6, 2010 11:47:54 PM

hannah montana

Posted by: andy | Jul 6, 2010 11:34:08 PM

The Wire - of course...

Posted by: Aspiring Prawf | Jul 6, 2010 8:50:38 PM

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