Medical and Legal Dramas and the Post-LOST Era

This past TV season I and several million other people around the world were treated to the series finale of LOST. Rather than cramming the series with more and more mysterious, dead-end plot twists (à la X-Files, Heroes, Alias), the creators of LOST determined an end date for the series and answered a myriad of questions along the road to the finale, satiating most of LOST‘s devout followers. Yeah, creator writer producer dudes!

I think part of LOST‘s appeal was that the show was just so different from anything that had come before. I think X-Files and Heroes had this aspect working in their favor, but their failing was that they went absolutely nowhere (I’m conjecturing here because I never bothered to continue watching these shows straight through to their finales.  Did the cheerleader save the world?  No wait, I don’t care.). The writers of these shows dangled an unattainable carrot in front of the audience for years and years and had absolutely no idea where they were going.  I think they discovered to their dismay that the audience will only follow that carrot for so long before it has had enough with the chase and will give up the pursuit.

Who is the smoking man?…I stopped caring a long time ago.

Saving the Cheerleader seemed so important at the time.

Nothin’s on! Only Doctor and Lawyer shows. Boo!

One remarkable aspect of LOST was that even though it was neither a medical drama or a legal drama it was a major success on par with triumphs like Star Wars, Coca-Cola, and the wheel. I think if an alien from the planet Zergon was to land in the United States and turn on the television he/she/it might quickly come to the conclusion that doctors, lawyers and police detectives are the only people on earth that live exciting, dramatic lives.

In the wake of LOST‘s phenomenal success, I decided to take a look at some of the new shows that are either on now or will be coming to television sets across America this fall.  Lo and behold, in the wake of LOST‘s success, TV stations are coming out with risky, fresh, interesting, “never-been-seen-before” shows that are…oh wait, no…they’re just doing the doctor and legal drama shows they’ve subjected us to for years. Here’s a bit of what we have to look forward to this fall:

Boston Med

Thursdays 10/9c

As near as I can figure this is a “reality show” in as much as it just follows real doctors (and nurses?) around to see what they experience. Have I got your attention yet? Well here’s the kicker…it takes place in Boston, Massachusetts.

Detroit 1-8-7

Tuesdays 10/9c

Get ready to get down right gritty…That’s right, America…This isn’t no ordinary cop/detective show. This one takes place in Detroit…Detroit, Michigan. And…AND…you want an AND!? Err, did we mention the grittyness?

Rookie Blue

Thursdays 9/8c

As near as I can figure this is just an ordinary cop show but with a slight twist: everyone is as green as Barney Fife and as absent minded as Gilligan. This show promises to have the regular cop chases and shootouts, but our heroes will do goofy things like forget to load their guns and gas up the squad car.  In an upcoming episode one of the fearless rookies will no doubt stand up in the middle of a shootout to take a shot and have his drawers fall down to his ankles revealing “I heart NY” boxer shorts.  I think this one might be a comedy on par with Benny Hill.


Mondays 10/9c

U.S. Marshal who goes after criminals by chasing them, following the well-known, but often neglected formula: U.S. Marshal + Chasing = Must See TV.  Hmm, what more can I say about this gem?  The U.S. Marshal is a pretty blonde with a chip on her shoulder.  She’s smarter than you and she knows it.  She’s half Jedi, half Steven Segal, and she and her elite team are putting the hurt down Monday nights on NBC this Fall.

Law and Order: Los Angelas

Wednesdays 10/9c

Okay, so next up we have…Zzzzzz (slaps face to try and awaken some interest)…Will there be a murder victim found underneath the Santa Monica Pier? If you’re like me, you’re on the fence between “Maybe” and “Don’t care”.  Actually, we might have to wait for Law & Order: Santa Monica before we see that scenario come to pass.

Blue Bloods

Premieres Friday, September 24th at 10/9c

Cop/Detective show with a twist: The police chief has a son who is a detective and another son who patrols the streets. I might not have the lineage down correctly, but I’m pretty sure there are three main characters, all of them are related some how, and they all bleed blue, NYPD blue that is.

The Defenders

Premieres Wednesday, September 22nd at 10/9c

Lawyer show, Takes place in Vegas, Sequel to According to Jim? Maybe, it’s a prequel to According to Jim? I’m a bit confused as to how Jim Belushi has time to make this show and According to Jim. Is According to Jim still on TV? How many times can one mention the show According to Jim in one paragraph? I never really watched much According to Jim. You know which show I liked? Arrested Development. That show got pulled before it’s time. That was a smart, fun show. But I digress…

Hawaii Five-0 title graphic: Then and Now


Premieres Monday, September 20th at 10/9c

A recycled version of the popular original from the 1970’s. Similar to the original, this show has cops and detectives battling criminals in Hawaii, the U.S.’s fiftieth state.  If the updated title graphic is any indication, this show promises to be at least 3 times better than its original.


Premieres, Friday, September 17th at 10/9c

Disgusted with the state of the legal system, Supreme Court Justice Cyrus Garza (played by Jimmy Smits) decides to quit his appointment, return to private practice, and use his inside knowledge of the law to turn the system on its head.  Want some spice?  Justice Garza is a time travelling robot from Roman times who is controlled by the spirit of Augustus Caesar playboy with a penchant for gambling.  Sure to revive the courtroom drama genre, you’re not going to want to miss Outlaw on NBC this fall.

So there it is…clean out all those DVR recordings of Bachelor Pad, America’s Got Talent, and Big Brother 12 and get ready for some jaw dropping, eye popping, tear jerking doctor and legal dramas and say one last farewell to LOST.  We may be totally lost without you.