My fascination with political dramas on TV dates back to “The West Wing,” which aired on NBC from September 1999, to May 2006. Despite political turmoil that swirled around the fictional White House, I could always count on President Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen, to take the principled path. It was inspirational to me.
Sadly, I can no longer watch contemporary political dramas on TV anymore. It’s too depressing. The main characters in shows like “Madam Secretary” and “Designated Survivor,” played by Tea Leoni and Kiefer Sutherland, respectively, portray high powered, principled individuals who are really trying to do good things on behalf of the American people. The protagonists in these two shows are scrupulous, they care more about their constituents than about themselves, and are trying to accomplish positive things.
Conversely, the real-life horror show being played out in the Trump administration is more like “House of Cards” and “Scandal.” And like those shows, the melodrama being played out in and around the White House is populated by unscrupulous, inexperienced, corrupt sycophants whose only objective is to satisfy their own unenlightened self-interests.
When I compare those smart, integrity-filled lead characters on “The West Wing,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Designated Survivor” to the flawed, morally bankrupt, and dangerous miscreants who populate the Trump White House and administration, it hurts my heart.