Oh no!

I have a lot of friends left over from College that live in other cities. I was very distressed the other day, when e-mailing with one of them there turned up this note :

Actually, I’ve never even been to Atlanta. My knowledge of it is strictly limited to Lifetime re-runs of “Designing Women.” The girls down there sure do wear a lot of shoulder pads.

Let’s get beyond the fact that she actually watches the Lifetime re-runs of Designing Women. This is not the best image to have our fair city portrayed in. And not really the most recent. Aren’t there any current shows that showcase Atlanta in a better light? (and nothing on Turner South counts).

6 Comments so far

  1. Rebekah (unregistered) on September 13th, 2004 @ 1:32 pm

    We were actually discussing this same thing in my Urban Policy class at GSU… We didn’t come up with Designing Women though, we talked more about pre-1996 Olympics & post-1996 Olympics views of Atlanta.

    As for TV shows… I can’t really think of any… everything that I watch on TV that has to do with Atlanta is sports related… Atlanta Braves, GT Football/Basketball, Atlanta Thrashers, etc.


  2. Billy Mack (unregistered) on September 13th, 2004 @ 2:13 pm

    Matlock is set in Atlanta, right? :)

    Beyond that, I’ve seen episodes of “Insomnia with Dave Attell,” “Blind Date,” and “Elimidate” set in Atlanta. I also saw an ep of “Trading Spouses” last week that came to Atlanta. Actually, the more I think of it, the more exposure Atlanta seems to be getting from reality TV. There are countless home and garden/cooking shows shot in this area, and American Idol used to make the ATL a regular audition spot…


  3. Thomas (unregistered) on September 13th, 2004 @ 2:39 pm

    “Profiler” was based in Atlanta. Sure, it was a show about tracking serial killers, but exposure is exposure. Honestly, Atlanta gets very little representation on television and in movies, so to get to know her, you’ve really got to come visit.

    And even then, you still won’t.


  4. chuck (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 9:19 am

    There were a couple of Burt Reynolds movies in the late 1970s (Sharkey’s Machine), no? And, of course, Dukes of Hazard. I remember an episode of “Blind Date” where the guy took his date to the Clermont Lounge, which might not always be a bad decision, but it was on this particular date….

    My favorite Atlanta moment is in the original Manhunter directed by Michael Mann. There’s a scene in a prison where the lead character is running down a spiral-type staircase (turns out the scene was filmed in the High Museum).


  5. chuck (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 9:22 am

    Oh, I forgot. Spike Lee’s “School Daze” is set at the AUC. So is “Drumline.” Not TV, of course, but they are good examples of one aspect of the city.


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