I checked out Fox’s new show, K-Ville, out of curiosity and it was pretty much as shitty as I thought it was going to be. For those that don’t know (and don’t worry, you’re not missing much) its a cop show set in post-Katrina present day New Orleans. This subject is personal for me because I was very lucky to have lived in New Orleans shortly and did work organizing against the ridiculous amounts of totally unnecessary police brutality that goes on down there. Beautiful city, really shitty police department. Anyways, I haven’t really been able to collect all my thoughts on the matter, so I’m lucky that Jordan Flaherty, a New Orleans writer and activist, summed up the show in a great review you can check out here. The main problem with the show, he states, is how:
“…it takes one of the nation’s most notoriously racist, violent and corrupt police forces, and explains away their harmful acts as the natural result of the trauma of Katrina and its aftermath.”
That’s not entertainment. That’s cashing in on the destruction of a major US city and erasing/excusing the well-documented history of corruption in a police department at the same time. Please everyone do themselves a favor and do not let this show be your exposure to what you think of New Orleans. No one from New Orleans even calls it K-Ville, dammit!
If you want to watch a much better cop show that deals with its topics in a more intelligent, complex and entertaining way check out HBO’s The Wire, which is also available on dvd.