[Boston’s Finest] could be called TNT’s Finest—if not Television’s Finest. For it is about a camera crew following certain members of the Boston Police Department as they go about their regular duties, along with some off-duty coverage filling in some blanks, with executive producer [Donnie Wahlberg] providing matter-of-fact narration.
Alas, does it not speak volumes about the general condition of recent television programming that a show about real-life is not considered to be a reality show? Yeah, I really need to let it go, but “they” keep coming out with more [Honey Boo Boos] and [staged world record attempts].
No, there does not appear to be anything staged about Boston’s Finest. For even during the off-duty scenes, the viewer is treated to a fly on the wall perspective, and Wahlberg’s narrative is kept to a bare minimum. Oh, and it does not take anything away from the show that he is doing it in his native Boston accent.
Okay, it could be argued that it must not take much to keep me entertained—despite my disgust with Honey Boo Boos and staged world record attempts, but as Arlynda pointed out during our watching of the first episode, Boston’s Finest has the feel of a true documentary. Similar shows have been [Hopkins], [Boston Med] and [NY Med], all of which we both enjoyed immensely.
Hmm, Hopkins, Boston Med and NY Med were all first aired on [ABC] while Boston’s Finest got stuck airing new episodes on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. Central on a basic cable channel. Yeah, it is time for a new season of [Dancing With The Stars] to air, and with [Survivor], [The Amazing Race], [The Biggest Loser], [Celebrity Apprentice] and [American Idol] still going gangbusters, there are just not enough prime-time hours left in a day to accommodate a show like Boston’s Finest on the big networks. Sigh.
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