I love a good legal drama, but lately my husband and I have tried to cut out the amount of TV we watch (I have to read you know). The other reason that I’ve avoided watching any of the new hour-long dramas is that they push the envelope a bit for me, content-wise.
I had never seen the TNT original drama Raising the Bar, until I was sent an advance copy of an episode that’s going to run this Monday June 29 at 10pm ET/PT. It’s called “No Child’s Left Behind,” and it deals with a man who is arrested when an innocent photo he posted online of his son in the bathtub is picked up by an icky website. Check out a clip here of the lawyers discussing the issues behind the case:
TNT rightfully thought that this was an issue that Mom Bloggers (or anyone involved in social networking) might want to take some time to think about, so they sent out a few advance copies so that we could spread the word.
This is the first time I’ve seen this show, and I love it. I love that the show raised the issue in a way that caused me to think about my practices of sharing pictures (and other parenting issues for that matter) — without sensationalizing the whole issue. It was tasteful, and the aim did not appear to be to make every parent who chooses to use a blog or a social networking site to keep friends and family apprised of their families as they grow. When news (or should I say “news”) is so often used to exploit families or scare parents to death about the large number of things out of our control, it was refreshing to see a program using a fictitious case to simply raise the bar of awareness about this issue.
As I said, I hadn’t seen this show until I watched that episode a couple of weeks ago, but after seeing that one, I quickly caught up on the first two episodes of the season online, and watched the third one when it was on last week. (I’ve tried to watch TV episodes online before, but it’s been sort of frustrating. The TNT site loads them quickly with very limited commercials).
Whether you tune in regularly, I recommend that you watch TNT Monday June 29 at 10pm ET/PT (or set your TiVo or whatever you do to squeeze in a few shows that don’t involve singing cartoons or dancing problem-solvers).
Then come back here and let’s talk about it!