Ok, this will be one of those weird posts, so don’t pile on until you have read it all.
Before I finish out the title to this post, I need to give you some background. Streaming TV is my TV life now. I gave up cable/satellite almost a year ago and have not looked back. In addition to the fact that my monthly TV viewing bill is about a third of what it was, I find the variety of commercial free choices to be almost overwhelming. A good overwhelming, but overwhelming…
One of the shows I have recently come across is Ally McBeal on the Hulu channel, and I am now hooked. The show was created by David E. Kelley (I kinda like everything he dreams us) and made in the late 1990s and is pretty off the wall, much like I am. I am only in the middle of season 1, so I look forward to many more episodes that will challenge the way I see the world.
As mentioned to the right here, Ally McBeal was a lawyer in a prestigious law firm with a cast of unique and exceptionally quirky characters. Personally, I that is what makes a TV series successful in any genre.
Some episodes are downright weird, but they always have at least an ounce of truth to them. The one which the title above refers to is about the firm representing a woman who says she hasn’t been promoted because, unlike all those who have been promoted, has not slept with the senior partner. The tract taken by her legal team is that their client is a woman and therefore is disabled and needs to be taken care of!
The 1990s, when the show was on, was in the middle of the women’s rights movement which I highly support, so this episode was bizarre for the times. But that was nothing unusual for this TV show. They often push the edges.
She’s a woman, & therefore disabled and needs to be taken care of.
The logic behind this statement was as follows:
- Women wear high heels that make them more likely to falling down, produce back problems and bunions and are hugely uncomfortable.
- They spend a total of 2 years of their lives painting their faces, plucking out hair, putting silicone in their chests.
- Why do all these things? Because men like it
Don’t talk about equality.
Don’t say you are not disabled.
Of course, they won the appeal, and the judge allowed a trial to go forward on the above premise. Every episode seems to have this kind of challenging topic. I love shows that push us to think about the things that society seemingly expects of us.
Does anyone care to chime in on this topic?
I would love to hear what you have to say 😎