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Game of Thrones is one of the best fantasy epics brought to the screen. I would even go as far as to say it might be the first book series I have ever read that is outdone by its cinematic counterpart.
Most cop shows fall suspect to the Die Hard Effect...where it starts off with an average guy or gal you root for that are put in some extraordinary positions which keeps you on the edge of your seat but not beyond belief. Then as seasons continue it then becomes a supercop fighting on a fighter jet while the nation is being robbed and THIS beat cop is the only one to save the day. However, Blue Bloods brilliantly avoids that by focussing on character development and family and realism. It is also always great watching Tom Selleck as the wizened patriarch who quotes the likes of Teddy Roosevelt. Lastly, they almost always return to the family table which not only reminds us what is important but teaches the viewer about something we should all return to.
I have been watching a lot of comedy shows lately that have political and cultural comedy in it to see how balanced they are. Even though this leans conservative the show does a great job of having characters of other perspectives to challenge those thoughts and often get their own punchlines that are funny too. The fact that all the humour is in good fun and that everyone gets made fun of puts this show ahead of many others who are supposed to do the same. In one episode where politics comes up and all the guys quickly grab a drink and start talking about sports was hilarious! Lighthearted, honest, and everyone grows regardless of what they believe. I think this show will age well when it's all said and done.
Even though this show doesn't quite reach the heights I was hoping it would, it endeavored to bridge a gap by poking fun at both sides through racial tensions, stereotypes, misunderstanding, and usually has a moral conclusion to each episode moving the characters forward. I think that in itself is a huge step forward both politically and comedically in an era where most people call it out of bounds or are too one-sided to make fun of themselves. Again, not as good as I hoped but I applaud the attempt.
It's one thing if you use generalizations to make lighthearted jokes...it's another if you use them as a foundation for political absolutes.