Today we’re going back to the good ole days! Chacha cha (Imagine me saying that like Grunkle Stan). Anyway, today I’m discussing the elite and OG detective, and mystery shows that I’m pretty sure none of you youngsters have watched or even heard of (Please take no offense, I’m joking I promise.) I’m not ranking them, just going down the list and explaining what each of them are and what makes them the best in my opinion. Also yes, I’ve actually watched these.
I love this dude, he’s so chill. I’ll tell you why later. Matlock is an elderly criminal defense attorney played by Andy Griffith, meaning he represents the “guilty.” At least the people who are accused of committing the acts. He solves these cases with his daughter and one of his colleagues who have the best dynamic, they’re so cute. Together they run around with each other and find evidence that proves the defendant’s innocence. If I’m describing to someone the format of each show, it would always start with someone unknown committing a crime, it’s either a shadow the audience sees or a voice the audience hears that’s committing it. We never know, but what we do see is the victims, then the next day Matlock is getting called by the starring suspect of the show, to be proven innocent. For the most part of the series, Matlock has only had innocent suspects, but one of my favorite episodes is when Matlock actually gets a guilty woman who manipulates him into making viewing her innocent. She really thought she had him, but she forgot with age comes experience, and Matlock knew how to win her game and put the actual suspect in jail. The episode is called “The Accused” and that’s something I could get into if I didn’t watch a single Matlock episode at all. Matlock also gets brownie points because half of the time his clients don’t pay him with money, they pay him with food which is why I love him.
Monk is also an American crime drama series. Unlike Matlock, it follows events in the main characters’ storyline as they go through handling the cases. Adrian Monk is comical, but not in the way you might think, he’s not “Haha” funny, he’s more on the side of “You’re so smart but is so ridiculous” side. Monk is a former detective with an obsessive-compulsive disorder who consults with the police. His disorder is a huge impact in the show, because it helps him solve mostly all of the cases with the police. But, while it’s helpful it’s also very annoying for the people who work with him because they have to make sure everything is clean before he investigates it, or they would have to crawl in dirty places that need to be looked at because he refused to do it. I mean it’s so serious that the running joke of the show is that Monk only drinks one type of water. It’s Sierra Springs Water, that’s the only water he drinks. He doesn’t even drink his own filtered tap water. I’m not judging, but everyone in the series does judge. Like seriously, he got stopped at the border because he was taking 2 full suitcases of Sierra Springs water to Mexico. Just thinking about it is making me giggle, I know someone similar to this, but Monk is a whole other story. The show also is top notch because the theme song is by Randy Newman or known to some of the younger people as the Toy Story guy. “It’s a Jungle Out There” is so catchy and many people agree because it won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music according to Google. So, yea, it’s really great in my opinion.
My Grandma did it to me. This was just something she had on all the time, that I became so engrossed in it. First and foremost, she had a crush on James Arness who played Matt Dillon and secondly, she used to “rest her eyes” while this played and would jump out of her skin when me and my sisters would try to change this channel. So, after the point of her waking up fully, she’ll play this for like, 72 hours straight. I’ll be back at my mom’s house and still hear that playing from the 40 minutes away drive. With that being said: Gunsmoke is set during the settlement of the American West and the main protagonist is sheriff Marshal Matt Dillon, he’s the keeper of everything in Dodger City. If there’s a robbery, he solves it, if a mom is going on a killing spree while her estranged daughter is away, he knows about it, if there’s a man getting drunk after his best friend killed the drunk man’s wife, Matt can help that man be clean again while catching the murderer. Also, these are some of the many episodes I watched. Even though the show was in black and white, and had some poor graphics, I loved it. The acting was good, and I loved Matt Dillon’s compassion. One episode, he tried to help these kids save their father who was falsely accused of a murder. The man was going to be executed, leaving behind his young son and daughter, but Matt wasn’t going to let that happen. He worked really hard to solve a case that wasn’t even in his jurisdiction. The show was beautiful. This is why, it’s one of the elites for me. It was just that good.
Walker Texas Ranger
“The eye of the ranger. The oh so helpful stranger. Who better knows the truth from wrong and right.” Or something like that, I really never knew the exact lyrics. I just remember my siblings and I going around singing this to each other, right lyrics or not. Walker Texas Ranger is one of the shows that I started watching by myself without the influence of my grandmother. I stumbled upon it one day when there was nothing to watch and note this was during the times when Chiller existed and all they played were reruns, so you had to scavenger hunt on the DirecTV channel for a good show. I just had it on for background noise while I did my homework, when I heard gunshots. Wondering what was going on I looked at my TV and noticed some guys fighting with kicks and all that. So, to say, it caught my attention. I watched this show probably up until I was in the 8th grade I think, but that’s because my mom switched to Roku, and we got some streaming channels. It was great. Oh yea, and the plot is similar to the modern day Gunsmoke, and it’s inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade.
That’s it, thanks for going down memory lane with me.