The vast majority of widowers don't turn to illegal activities to make ends meet. Selling drugs isn't a normal reaction to losing a husband. And from that I extrapolate that Nancy Botwin was never a normal person.
It's not a new idea on television to have single mothers do desperate things. But surely there are TV shows with strong women in a lead role. Yet no show in the top 5 or even the top 10 had a woman as the lead character, much less a single mother.
Looking at HBO's recent move -- the canceling of male-driven shows "Hung," "How to Make it in America," and "Bored to Death" and the renewal of the Laura Dern-fronted "Enlightened" -- it's become even more apparent: TV is now the land of women. And that's not a bad thing.
With its eerie, atmospheric tone, complex 3-ring storyline, and roster of multi-dimensional characters who straddle so many fences we're not sure what color hat they wear, The Killing was irresistible.
It's not just our health that suffers from our cultural obsession with lawn chemicals; our environment suffers too. The Chesapeake Bay suffers catastrophic "dead zones" resulting from the excessive nutrients running off suburban lawns.