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American Grotesque

Mar 6, 2014

A look at the public's fascination with the dark side of life -- depravity, criminality and social dysfunction -- and with increasingly graphic depictions of sex and violence in television and film. Midday contributor and pop culture critic Sheri Parks leads our discussion.

HBO's new series True Detective gets into dark territory, dealing with murder, child sex abuse, drug abuse, and political corruption. But is the show too dark for its own good?


Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara criticizes the treatment of women characters in certain new TV shows, like Those Who Kill on A&E.

A new study finds gun violence in PG-13 movies has tripled since 1985.

A NYT in-depth analysis of on-screen violence.