The Thursday before Thanksgiving I was in Minneapolis for the conference of the National Council of Teachers of English and had access to cable TV. I had heard a lot about “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” So after picking up my registration materials, I watched. What struck me about both shows is that there is nothing redeeming about them. There is nothing positive. Granted, the acting is good, but the characters are not portrayed in a good light. Everyone appears to be evil, conniving, and scheming. This is truer of Murder than of Scandal, which appeared to have a wee hint of a moral compass. But Murder is about bad characters getting worse and worse. I mean, would you seek the advice of a lawyer after watching it?

I thought reality TV was the epitome of Trash, but I may have to re-define my definition of that term. Mind you, I may be completely wrong about these shows, as this was the first time I’d watched either of them. Then again, maybe not. Either way, it is doubtful I’ll watch them ever again.

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