I don't watch police shows on the TeeVee, because I always wind up throwing things at the set. Most of the things that TeeVee cops do just flat give me a romping case of heartburn, and since I wind up shrieking stuff like, "Show me the Probable Cause!" during the wind-up phase of the object-flinging other folks in my household don't watch crime shows, either.
Howsomever, during my illness, I was forced to watch TeeVee -- which is one vast wasteland, I'm here to tell you -- and as a result, I have become slightly addicted to the show CSI.
The one based in Las Vegas, not the other two -- although the blonde lady in the Miami one really needs to immigrate to Las Vegas.
Where was I?
Oh, right. CSI.
It might be the drugs, but I actually wound up sitting through several CSI marathons on Spike.
I think the fact that CSI is really a science-fiction show with a loose connection to actual crime-solving is probably what allows me to watch it without launching various and sundries in the direction of the TeeVee.
If you really want to have a bit of fun, walk into your local crime lab with an eyelash inside a sandwich baggie, and tell the techs that you need DNA tests run on it.
Then, when they're giving you the Olde Hairy Eyeball, mention that Grissom would have the results back before the end of the shift.
You will get your vocabulary expanded, trust me on this one. You might want to have your running shoes on, too.
The reason that I can actually watch this show, is also one of the reason why the local prosecutors hate it so much.
There is something that they refer to as "CSI Syndrome" or "CSI Effect": jurors expect to see the whole CSI dog-and-pony show during the trial.
Unfortunately, some of the CSI dog-and-pony show just ain't so -- but the jury doesn't care. Jurors want to know why the cops didn't test everything for DNA. They don't want to hear about the six week wait for DNA results -- if the lab isn't backed up.
On CSI the science is infallible. In Real Life -- not so much.
CSI techies have machines that can sniff an article of clothing and identify the name of the cologne on it. To the best of my knowledge there ain't no such machine.
I've been told that in some areas, potential jurors are being asked if they watch CSI -- and being excused if they do.
On the other paw, CSI seems to be responsible for a bumper crop of Eager Young Things wanting to get involved in the Crime Scene side of Law Enforcement -- and that's a Good Thing any way you look at it.
The show is fun to watch, too.