09-06-2017 08:27 AM - edited 09-06-2017 12:40 PM
A recent post by the satirical site The Onion was entitled, "Affable Detective With Healthy Personal Life Hasn’t Solved Case In Months". The post does make you wonder: why are detectives on TV often portrayed as having significant "personality flaws"? They're usually odd in some way - often not talkative and usually socially awkward. Maybe this is just a way to keep the audience guessing as to what he or she is up to...?
Here are a few detective TV shows that I've been watching that I think are great, but left me wondering why the detective was so...quirky and their personal lives are awful:
09-13-2017 01:58 PM
You are correct; I have noticed quirky characteristics of detectives in shows. I wonder if the detective character traits that you mentioned provide the audience reasons to become "detectives" in order to figure out the detective character, a reason to keep wondering and watching to decipher what mysterious secret the detective may be hiding? Thus, the mysterious detective solves mysteries...
09-13-2017 03:16 PM
You're probably right Donna. I've noticed that somestimes the detective will have a "sidekick" to whom he/she explains their thinking. But if there's no sidekick, then the audience has to do a little more work to figure out what's going on. Like when we see the detective notice something in a room, but doesn't say anything then we have to try to figure out why the detective thought that thing was important...