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MARINATING

Afternoon TV shows revel in the worst of America

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 12:01 am

I like to think the great majority of folks living in this country are trustworthy, loyal, respectable individuals who have some semblance of class.

Unfortunately, as I may have mentioned once, twice or 10 times before, the only ones you ever read about or see on television are the complete opposites. (“Dregs of society” may be appropriate, but sounds a bit harsh.)

You want to analyze what's wrong with our civilization? You don't have to fund some big research grant and do a lot of deep psychological probing. Just check out the afternoon television listings any day of the week.

Here is a sampling of topics from recent talk fests:

From “The Trisha Goddard Show”: “If You're Cheating With My Best Friend ... the Wedding Is Off!”

Of course, that is not to be confused with the “Maury” episode, “If You Cheated With My Brother ... the Wedding Is Off!”

Which, again, is not to be confused with this other episode of “Maury,” “Who Fathered Your Three Kids ... Me or Your Cousin?”

Then there is “The Bill Cunningham Show” episode where, and I quote, “Cheaters will have to spin the Wheel of Shame to find out their humiliating fate.” Great, now we're turning infidelity into a game show!

Is it any wonder the rest of the world (at least where they have TV reception) looks at Americans with less than glowing admiration?

And that's not even counting all of the nonsense going on in courtroom shows with judges Alex, Judy, Mathis, Joe Brown, Ross, Jeanine, Hatchett, Karen, David and Penny.

For example: A woman accuses her neighbors of stealing her parrot. A cocktail waitress sues her employer after she is knocked out in a bar fight. A teenager sues his prom date for expenses. (OK, that's just tacky.)

C'mon, people — stop acting like immature jerks and grow up!

Mike Marin is a cranky curmudgeon who, when he’s not yelling at kids to get off his lawn, likes to complain about the sad state of popular culture, especially as seen through a TV screen. His email address is marinating@tribune.com. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.