I See Dead People

Pardon the Seinfeldian expression, but what’s the deal with all the corpses on television these days? It’s almost as if sex stopped selling, so now cadavers are all the rage. Just flash a semi-decomposed body on the screen and the viewers will flock.

Shows like Bones, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, CSI:Mayberry, Law & Order (take your pick), and Criminal Minds all have their own versions of the “morgue scene.” In the morgue scene, the helpless and apparently odorless corpse lies exposed to the world while the cops wax not-so-eloquent above them. Meanwhile, the camera zooms inside and around their dead body.

Dead people, everywhere. And that’s just on network TV. It almost makes you want to ask, “Who will deliver me from this body of death?

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