It's fair to guess that everything the average American knows about witness protection programs was learned from watching films and TV. Over the years, witness protection has formed the backbone of many an episode, and even been the driving force behind a whole TV series.
In 2012, NBC is set to debut "The Firm," a sequel series that aims to expand on the John Grisham novel and film of the same name. The series picks up the story as the McDeere family emerges from witness protection to find that their problems are just beginning. Set 10 years after the events of the novel and the film, the McDeere's have successfully taken down a Memphis-based law firm with Chicago mob ties, but now have to face even more daunting challenges.
In honor of this new series, let's take a look back at other TV shows that have dealt with the topic of witness protection over the years.
"In Plain Sight"
One of the most obvious choices, "In Plain Sight" is a USA original series that follows Mary Shannon, a deputy US Marshall who works for the Federal Witness Security Program (WITSEC). She protects witnesses while also juggling the demands of her personal life, and has even been shot in the line of duty.
In the world of "The Wire," witness protection appears to be something of a joke, which the complete failure of the program becoming something of a recurring motif. Carcetti is able to use the bad press from a witness protection failure to win his bid for Mayor, and a kid who agrees to testify against his gang is sent to his grandmother's house in lieu of a proper relocation. When he gets bored, he leaves, heads back to the city, and is murdered.
After being on the air for well over 20 years, what hasn't "The Simpsons" covered at some point? In the episode "Cape Feare," the family goes into witness protection after Sideshow Bob is released from prison and starts threatening Bart. Homer has a hard time remembering his last name has been changed to "Thompson," and Bart escapes from Bob by tricking him into singing an entire English operetta.
"My Name is Earl"
Darnell "Crabman" Turner was a member of witness protection. When his face is shown on TV, his entire family vanishes.
Jonas Hodges was supposed to be placed into protective custody and sent into witness protection. Unfortunately, he was assassinated before that could happen.
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