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This will be my shortest Diary on Daily Kos. Just saying. But I need to share this. I swear you will enjoy.

I recently got the last season of the ABC show (since cancled) Boston Legal on Netflix. About this large, powerful, law firm that takes on these "strange" cases. Often LOL funny. Now before their final season they were told this is, well your final season. I'd argue it was the most liberal show on TV. In the final year they went "rogue."

The main actors: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, and John Larroquett were told the show was being canceled cause they couldn't attract the 18-34 demo. Well all of them were 50+. In that final season they had a multi-show case on age discrimitation.

They also put George Bush on trial.

And below the fold this happened.

Just listen. All the junk included hurts the head, but only video I could find of this.

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  •  Again, By Far The Most Liberal Show (11+ / 0-)

    I've ever seen on a major network.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:17:53 PM PDT

    •  You missed the Smothers Brothers, my guess! ;D (0+ / 0-)
    •  I remember watching with dropped jaw (3+ / 0-)
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      NonnyO, Ckntfld, mookins

      as they completely and mercilessly TRASHED Bush and the status quo. It was teh awssum.

    •  And on one... (1+ / 0-)
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      ItsSimpleSimon

      ... of the most conservative networks.

      Or, after Boston Legal went off the air, ABC turned into a solidly Redneck Network.  There's country-western music on all the "talk" shows and enough "conservative" [reichwingnut idjits] to populate a small city - or at least one of the "reality" TV shows they air daily.  They have precisely ONE show worth watching this summer and that's Rookie Blue (and if anything "important" is on other networks, they show repeats of Rookie Blue, like the week the Olympics were on).

      Drives me nutz!

      Conversely, IF the quality of the scripts is maintained into this fall/winter, they also have the best drama show: Revenge.  Made me sit right up and pay attention from the premiere episode!  Here's hoping no one interferes with the scripts.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:45:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  One of my favorite shows ever (12+ / 0-)

    and that was one of the best episodes.  

    "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong" Molly Ivins

    by Lefty Ladig on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:24:44 PM PDT

  •  I loved Boston Legal (8+ / 0-)

    It was a great show and very funny.

    I loved Denny Crane and all his guns and other shenanigans.
    William Shatner played Denny Crane to perfection.

  •  They missed the memo. (7+ / 0-)

    Apparently we were and are supposed to "Look Forward" on this issue, hold no-one responsible, and count our lucky stars it isn't worse.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:30:30 PM PDT

    •  Well I Am One Of Those Dudes (7+ / 0-)

      that I bet thinks as you do. I want to see these folks, yes even maybe Bush, in court. A few years ago I made a stupid mistake and got into the US legal system. I was told it was a way to ensure that they punished me for my bad acts. That punishment would ensure I didn't do said bad act again.

      So I can only convey the same to Bush and others. That bad, illegal acts need to be taken to court. A penalty handed down. So you know, those in the future won't try it again.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:34:32 PM PDT

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      •  Ford set a bad precedent. (4+ / 0-)
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        Chacounne, raincrow, fritzi56, NonnyO

        When he pardoned Nixon.  

        And if I may paraphrase the Doonesbury of the day:

        Bush and his cronies are:

        GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!!!!!

        I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

        by detroitmechworks on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:42:37 PM PDT

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        •  I blame Christians (1+ / 0-)
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          NonnyO

          not solely, but starting at least with the Crusades, they've not done much to impress me. The Inquisition, The Dark Ages, spreading their crap around the world has changed healthy, peaceful people into Westerners. (that is a derogatory term nowadays.) I'm just saying.

      •  Maybe even Bush ? (2+ / 0-)
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        raincrow, chimene

        Why would Bush NOT be included ?

        He authorized the torture of real live human beings.

                   Standing for justice and accountability,
                                 For Dan,
                                 Heather

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

        by Chacounne on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:32:10 PM PDT

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    •  Great Read on this: (0+ / 0-)

      Memoirs of a Revolutionary by Victor Serge. Serge covers so much of what went wrong with the Bolsheviks - I may even diary on this book if I can find the time.  

      There are parallels, particularly when he writes about the authoritarian tendencies that emerged.  Serge leaves the impression that one reason authoritarianism was able to spiral out of control was this inability to go back and examine past mistakes.  For example, he performs a deep philosophical examination of the "first big lie" that was told by the top leadership and acquiesced to on down the ranks.  

      I can just say that it made a deep impression on me because I realized how far we are from a thorough examination of our horrific recent past.      

      It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

      by ciganka on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 01:56:36 AM PDT

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  •  Wow. wow. wow ... (4+ / 0-)
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    webranding, raincrow, NonnyO, Emmy

    "This isn't America" - Zenkai Girl

    by mythatsme on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:35:50 PM PDT

  •  Good stuff. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    webranding, NonnyO

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:40:04 PM PDT

  •  It's "rogue" (3+ / 0-)
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    fritzi56, NonnyO, Spider Jerusalem

    Rouge is a color.  Just sayin'.

    "Don't ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine. They fall right out of the sky." -- Kaywinnit Lee Frye

    by Technowitch on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:47:06 PM PDT

    •  The Grammar/Word Police Are Always (0+ / 0-)

      interesting. Not that you are wrong, you are right, but I just can't wrap my mind around why you'd post a comment like this. I really don't.

      Again I just don't get it. You were totally polite. 100% correct. But I can't understand. Are you somewhat OCD like me and just feel a need to point this out? Do you go around doing this all day, cause it might be excusing.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:52:19 PM PDT

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      •  Perhaps because this word pair is classified (0+ / 0-)

        as commonly confused words that often educated people can flub with - particularly with today's spell checks and so on.  

        Yes it always seems a bit pedantic, but I see it as a good, healthy reminder particularly when it concerns good, solid writing.  

        It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

        by ciganka on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 02:20:25 AM PDT

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      •  I dunno- I really hate to see a good argument (0+ / 0-)

        with a mis-spelled word in the middle of it. It's like oak cabinetry with a pine board kinda stuck in the middle.

        It makes me wonder exactly how much attention the writer paid to his work.

        There may be a generational aspect to it- I'm old enough that print to me still means paper, and permanence. When I was a kid, the spelling issue would have down-dinged a grade, regardless of the quality of the thought.

  •  Loved Boston Legal and West Wing (5+ / 0-)

    both programs that show us what we should aspire to be like and how far we have fallen short.  And of course, we should have risen up to protest the cancellation of these shows just like we should have risen up to demand justice for the removal of our rights.

    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. - Einstein

    by moose67 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:57:55 PM PDT

  •  Here is the thing we should all be wondering about (7+ / 0-)

    and worrying about:

    WHY is what James Spader said considered controversial or liberal ?

    WHY have the American people not stood up and declared that they would accept nothing less than prosecutions of those at the highet levels who authorized the torture of real live human beings ?

    WHY have the American people not stood up and declared that they will not accept indefinite detention without real and meaningful and just trial ?

    I am ashamed, as the widow of a US Vietnam vet who survived torture, that the American people have allowed this to happen. You have a responsibility. You have shirked it.

                  Standing for justice and accountability,
                                For Dan,
                                Heather

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:20:51 PM PDT

  •  Harry's Law has had some similar episodes (1+ / 0-)
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    NonnyO

    though it's somewhat different from Boston Legal.  Both enjoyable (and there's even an actor that moved (through some twists and turns to Harry's Law).

    •  Wasn't Harry's Law cancelled? (1+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim

      Or did I read erroneous info about that somewhere on the net many months ago and can't remember where to link to it...?

      It was on Hulu for a while, but last year I couldn't watch it online on CBS or on Hulu.  It was simply not shown, and I never figured out why.

      It's been my observation that when shows are good with excellent scripts, they don't make it on regular network TV that requires sparkly rainbows of sweetness and light to appeal to the pablum crowd.  Unless it's a "reality" show where there are differing opinions about personalities and actions of people, it can't be faux "controversial" in the least.

      Or they move the thing around where no one an find it.  ABC did that with Monk many years ago.  Moved both date and time every blasted week.  I figured they wanted it to fail.  Monk went on to be shown on some cable network where I missed it entirely (I adamantly refuse to pay to get ads I can watch for free or for shows/networks I wouldn't even accept payment to watch)..., and ended up earning tons of Emmy awards over several years.  I caught it on reruns late at night for a while, but it's only on Hulu now, I think (and then only behind a paid subscription).

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 11:22:35 PM PDT

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      •  Don't know if it was cancelled. The description (1+ / 0-)
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        NonnyO

        for the last episode on my Dish TV said it was the "Series Finale" but it really was more like a "Season Finale".  They looked to be setting up bigger and better things.

        It was a mid-season fill-in show and I could understand if it was cancelled, though we did enjoy most of the episodes.  I liked the fact that they did raise societal issues, though sometimes it was a stretch for why the issue found itself in a Cincinnati courtroom.

  •  Weary sadness here (0+ / 0-)

    I will have to vote for four more years of slow erosion.  The system - political, economic, environmental and, above all, moral - has already rusted through in a few critical spots... and will likely soon collapse...

    Yes. "Sick and tired." No hope in sight, just this mockery of hope.

    "I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it." - Ray Bradbury

    by chuckvw on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 12:00:28 AM PDT

  •  Harry's law was okay... (0+ / 0-)

    But no where near the sheer brilliance that was Boston Legal.

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