The author, a professional television and film writer, posits that lawyers on television have more in common with doctors on television and police officers on television than with lawyers in real life. Characters in the world of television operate by different rules from their real-life versions. The author gives several examples to show that authenticity, i.e., the faithful rendering of real-life professionals, matters very little in making television shows, especially compared to audience ratings.
In Name Only: The Portrayal of Lawyers on Television,
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