Does anybody really care that Law & Order is finally going off the air after 21 years? I don’t sense the pangs of nostalgia that usually accompany such an announcement. News that Mary Tyler Moore, Cheers or M*A*S*H were going dark prompted lots of Essays About The Show’s Enormous Cultural Impact. Law & Order? Not so much.
The show will air in re-runs for a few more years, of course, so sickly office workers will still have something reassuringly familiar and formulaic to stare at when they’re wrapped in blankets on the couch of an afternoon. That’s really been Law & Order’s secondary function for the last decade. Its primary function? To spread dangerous misinformation about American culture, in the easy-to -swallow capsule of dramatic entertainment.
When you combine three or four straight hours of Law & Order re-runs with, say, NyQuil, you start to see how we’ve ended up where we are today…
Law & Order promoted its storylines as “ripped from the headlines,” but the show’s hate-on towards social conservatives was actually sourced from liberal op-ed pages, where paranoid (and inaccurate) predictions about “Tea Party violence” and ever-looming “Christian theocracies” have enjoyed an equally long run.
“Some of us will certainly miss Law & Order as a situation comedy,” muses RightWingTrash, who calls the cancellation, “a real blow to Leftists who need weekly assurances that they’re the true good guys.”
Hard as it is to pick just three examples of the show’s literally disgusting, yell-at-your-television liberal bias, RightWingTrash looks back on what he calls the Law & Order “Trilogy of Terror”:
1) a fumbling attempt to address Islamic terrorism;
2) an attack on an ersatz Ann Coulter;
3) the show’s truly defining meta-moment.
Frankly, my favorite episode had something to do with “crazed white supremacist militia” members (yawn), because (to the profound irritation of the lawyers and cops sworn to preserve and defend it) said “ignorant” militia members kept quoting bits of the Constitution at them. You know, the parts about overthrowing tyrannical governments, and owning guns and stuff. Those 44 minutes were the closest millions of liberal viewers got to hearing accurate citations of America’s founding documents on national television until Glenn Beck moved to Fox.
So: what do you think will happen on the last ever episode of Law & Order? The writers won’t want to miss the chance to go out with a literal bang, so watch for A Very Special Episode involving a rash of abortion clinic and gay bar and Home Depot parking lot bombings carried out by a recovering alcoholic Mormon talk radio host and a bespeckled brunette politico, who later turn their weapons on the D.A. and the rest of the cast. The resulting Hamlet-like diorama of destruction will fade to black. Cue “DUNH-DUNH” music signature. The end.
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