Just recently, my TV viewing pleasure has included the CSI franchises. But these raise a question that bugs me - why are the women such unrealistically ideal types?
The thing is, although I've met men like Gil Grissom, Mac Taylor or Nick Stokes (though, granted, few with Horatio Caine's uncanny stillness), and can recognise these as realisticish characters, I've never met women who combine intellect, looks and integrity in the way that Catherine Willows, Alexx Woods or Stella Bonasera do. (As for Calleigh, I have far more chance of being abducted by aliens than of ever meeting anyone like that).
Why is this? Is it that CSI has some kind of reverse sexism which requires it to present women, though not men, as improbably perfect? If so, why is CSI unusual (though not unique - think of Alison Cameron in House) in doing this? The women in Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives and 24 (say) were much more realistic being, variously, neurotic, vacuously self-obsessed and not especially attractive. Or is it just that I've been unlucky? Or what?