Friday, April 15, 2011

People That Aren't Doing It: Non-Romantic TV Relationships That Work, 4.14.11

There's been a tremendous response to my Tuesday article about the reasons why I'm not excited about TV romance. It's been really awesome to hear from fans of various shows and pairings, who wrote in with their own opinions and ideas, and helped create a great discussion of the topic and the issues surrounding it - most importantly, with respect for me and for each other.

As is natural and perfectly fine, there were some people who disagreed with my lack of enthusiasm. One reader suggested that romantic relationships are a cornerstone of scripted television. This led a few people to speak up with some of their favorite non-romantic relationships on TV. I've got quite a few of those myself, so I thought, why not devote some column space to those, too? Spread the love, as it were. (Ha.)

So here's a list of some of my favorite non-romantic relationships on TV, from friends to family and some other stuff besides - the people that aren't doing it. But before we get to it, a word: I realize that I'm bound to include a few pairs that you believe have probably done it, or should do it. My putting them on this list doesn't mean I have a position on that one way or the other. All I'm saying is that they're not currently officially doing it, and their current non-romantic relationship works for me.

Without further adieu, let's get cracking!


Law & Order (the franchise)

Over more than two decades of television, there were and are plenty of good relationships among this brand. The original series saw Jerry Orbach's Lennie Briscoe have chemistry with all of his partners - whether it was the hotheaded Mike Logan (Chris Noth) or the smooth-talking Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin), Briscoe had a distinctive friendship with each of them.

Criminal Intent partners Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe) aren't a couple, but they launched the show and are widely considered to be the heart of it.

And across the pond, I'm going to miss the bond between British coppers Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber) and Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) when Bamber leaves after the upcoming sixth series. "Confession" still stands as one of my favorite episodes of the show, largely because of the connection we see between them.
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OuroborosSnyder said...

Think makes me squirm...and twitch a little.


val said...

L&O UK hasn't really worked, IMHO. Not enough oomph.

Sharon said...

I like L&O UK - but I'm not sure what it will be like without Ben Daniels and Jamie Bamber.

I just saw the one where Daniels' character left.

Plus I enjoyed trying to remember the original L&O episode and contrast it.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind L&O:UK actually. I prefer it over LOLA for sure.

Kris Ann said...

I love L&O: UK but I will really miss Ben Daniels.

I've tried and tried but I just can't warm up to L&O: LA. :(

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
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A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
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'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

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Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
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"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
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