I loved this show. A year ago if you had asked me what my favorite show on TV was I would have said the Amazing Race, but this was a close second.
However, it was about a year ago that this show started going down hill. I remember writing a letter to CBS telling them that one of the reasons that I watched TV was for a little entertainment and to see that good does happen in the world. Then I explained to them that Without a Trace was starting to focus too much on the evil, and not providing the viewer with much sense of hope.
I am sure that it hit the trash can faster than I was able to hit the send button, but I had to say it.
Well, about a month ago, I finally gave up on the show.
Its darkness got too dark for me. Okay, I have to admit that the show that finally broke me from this show was the lesbian kiss at the end. I just couldn’t handle that. I don’t want it on my TV and I more especially don’t want it in my home. Call me a homophobe if you like, but it was the straw that broke the camels back.
After I finally gave up on the show, I remember getting an email from a conservative group that touts it’s efforts to get Without a Trace fined for its episode that was semi-pornographic and had a sex scene involving teenagers. I remember the episode and was ashamed that that wasn’t the straw in my case. Oh, I was disturbed by it, and I remember thinking about writing CBS again, but I hadn’t thought to just give up on the show.
This show, although it leans towards bent, is broken, because there continues to be a theme that evil will prevail. While, I know in the real world the good guys don’t always win, I don’t want my entertainment to always portray that. I want the good guys to win about 90% of the time (if not more). The way that Without a Trace is going I wouldn’t be surprised if the good guys win in about 50% of the cases.
I have given up on this show, and I hope that others will too. Not the CBS will get the picture. It will still keep producing demoralizing and inappropriate shows.