How horrid it is to like something with murder in the title. Oh well. I love Midsomer Murders for many reasons, more than I am probably conscious of, however, I will attempt to make a list.
Someone’s driving is always funny, especially Sergeant Troy’s.
The country scenery is beautiful to no end. Trees, trees, and more trees. Love it!
Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby is likeable and fair. He does not use his position to bully, torture or power trip. For instance, if he discovers that a crime has been committed he often weighs the seriousness of the offense with the situation. In American police shows if a cop happens upon two people fighting (men or women, as in women in Midsomer’s “The Tale of Two Hamlets” and men in “A Worm in The Bud”) he or she will become aggressively involved, pick sides and make an arrest almost every time. However, Barnaby is more inclined to break it up and tell them to go home and grow up. Also instead of arresting the older couple growing marijuana in one episode Barnaby just reiterates that marijuana is illegal and if he finds it during a routine search, he will have to arrest someone. In an American show, the AFT would be immediately called in, everyone would be hi-fiving the arresting officer and they would throw grandma and grandpa on the ground roughing them up as if they were responsible for the entire drug trafficking in the world.
In “Death’s Shadow,” Barnaby and Troy find an adult man in bed with a nineteen-year-old boy. It is the younger Troy who is disgusted, however since it is legal Barnaby says, “I’m not interested in your personal life, I’m here to investigate a murder.”
I like when Barnaby points out Troy’s lack of delicacy when using the English Language.
People drink and socialize and it is not framed in the either/or set up, —as a rabid destructive alcoholic or a glamorous must drink to look cool setting. Moreover, I think drink and drive, or “drink driving,” sounds more civil than “drunk driving.” Actually “drunk driving” has a rushed to judgment implication/assumption to it that “drink driving” does not. I am not sure what I am saying or meaning here, something is uncomfortable.
There are hardly ever any guns involved, particularly police waving pistols like little menacing terrorists. Actually the one episode that had police and guns, “Painted in Blood” was one of the worse episodes that I have seen.
Although Midsomer Murders have misogynistic elements, it is not dripping around every corner in an alluring acceptable way. The women are not all made up to be sexbots. Often older women have sex, desires sex, are attractive and desired by men of all ages and they are not necessarily super thin or flawless in an airbrushed way. Nevertheless, I did not particularly like when they had an older woman seduce Troy in “Ring out Your Dead; she was probably one of the thinnest women ever on a Midsomer Murders.
People garden and take pride in their gardens for the beauty of the garden and not simply for neighborly competitiveness. Even though it is the case sometimes, as in how rude the older women was to the little girl in “A Worm in the Bud.” She told her “you must try harder.” Please, I do not know many ten year olds who are even willing to work on a garden at all.
I like how there are so many good actors appearing as guests.
If you love Midsomer Murders too, why not share your reasons?