Is television too dark anymore?

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Registered: 07-24-2011
Is television too dark anymore?
Tue, 03-12-2013 - 1:53pm

Or is it just me? I love The Following, but it is so dark and disturbing. I also really enjoy Criminal Minds and The Mentalist and Person of Interest. All also are dark. I like the crime and mystery but maybe I should be worried that they are all dark shows too? It feels like tv is much more overall disturbing than it used to be. Now I finish watching a show and think "if people are really like that, we are all in trouble." Is it me or is TV getting more dark and creepier than it ever has been?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Tue, 03-12-2013 - 2:49pm

We're WAAAAY behind on The Following but it's very gruesome. My mom stopped watching after week 2. I know she stopped watching Criminal Minds a few years back because of the disturbing stuff. (I think the killing of his ex-wife was the final straw for her, though I know I had issues with the one where the kids were being held in a cave.) We haven't watched this season yet. We just got so far behind we never caught up.

I often wonder if they give away too much info, giving people who may not have the ability to pull off some of the stuff ideas. KWIM? 

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Tue, 03-12-2013 - 4:24pm
I can't watch Criminal Minds, it's too dark. I like the Mentalist, but more when they put some humor into the episodes. I'm very tired of the Red John storyline, have stopped watching the episodes that involve it. I think that more gets past the censors these days, especially after HBO/Showtime started their own series. Dexter is way beyond warped, no other way to put it.


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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 6:30pm

I like Person of Interest, when I have given up on many other mysteries or never started with them. Person of Interest holds me because I like the two main characters and the two cops. They go through some very dark stuff but keep their senses of humor.

I watch The Walking Dead, which has not yet been mentioned. It is bleak, but as the characters have said in the tv show and in the graphic novels their ultimate enemy is not the zombies, but other humans. And like my comment about Reese and Finch, it is characters who can maintain hope in this bleak setting, who are the most interesting to me.