by Meredith O'Brien
When I tune in, I see a busy, disorganized family, just like mine. Sure, the mom’s a bit unusual because she can talk to the deceased and sometimes sees what she thinks is the future and all of that, but when I think of NBC’s, er, CBS’s drama Medium, I see a typical mom of three who struggles daily with things like keeping on top of the kids’ homework, discipline, house stuff and balancing her and her spouse’s careers . . . except for that communicating-with-the-dead-to-solve-crimes angle.
I’ve been a fan of the Patricia Arquette drama Medium since its premiere, and not for its occasional gory scenes and otherworld sleuthing. There are already plenty of crime shows out there, like CSI-this and Law & Order-that and Ghost Whisperer covers the ghost thing. So why watch Medium? Because none of the other programs have the Emmy-winning Arquette playing Medium Allison Dubois. None of them feature the Duboises either, a middle-income American family which has experienced job lay-offs, tight finances and occasional marital stress caused by work/life juggling.
“But isn’t that the creepy ghost show?” I’ve been asked when I recommend the five-year-old Medium to friends.
“Yes,” I reply, “but it’s got the most realistic family on TV right now. Except for the ghost part.”