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Perception: Is the Eric McCormick Series Too Political?

TNT Perception TV show A new TV series on TNT, Perception revolves around Doctor Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormick), an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia. He’s recruited by the FBI to help solve crimes. The show also stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith, Kelly Rowan, and LeVar Burton.

During last night’s premiere, McCormick visited Jimmy, a young man with Aphasia — a disorder that causes someone to lose the ability to comprehend spoken language. To compensate, many Aphasiacs become highly tuned to subtle speech inflections. They are heightened when someone lies and, to people with this condition, lies seem funny. In short, they are human lie detectors.

To demonstrate the young man’s abilities to his former student (Cook), Pierce first shows Jimmy a video of President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address, when he said that Saddam Hussein amassing materials to build weapons of mass destruction. The young man laughed, inferring that Bush was lying.

The scene lasted a minute or so and wasn’t the focus of the episode but many people have expressed upset over it and have vowed to never watch the show again. (Despite the fact that Jimmy was later seen laughing over President Clinton’s “I did not have sex with that woman.” speech.)

What do you think? Was this a poor choice? Will the Bush scene influence your decision to watch the Perception series again? Is the show too political?

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Anonymous July 22, 2014 at 5:16 am

I realize this has been long forgotten by the other commentors and probably the writer but i just wanted to say this i belive that while yes it singles out bill clinton as a “liar” but i think another connection was supposed to be to a book call the man who mistook his wife for a hat when they state that aphasiac can tell when someone is lieng and they test that theory with a statement made by a poliitician.the stories are basicly identical.


LDR February 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Let me start by saying that I don’t have any preference for any political party. However, if you are going to have cow over those scenes in perception, please bring an intelligent argument. Insulting people to bring your point across is just a show of ignorance and desperation.

I like perception, he called Mr. Bush a liar, he called Mr. Clinton a liar. It brought up ratings so, it was a good idea.

Bring it on Perception. I loved it.


Anonymous February 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

This show is ridiculous. It’s purely obama socialist rhetoric with an eco cult terrorst side show. You’d have to be brain dead (which obama and eco cult supporters are) to not see this show for what it is. No wonder this country is in the toilet. 20 years of brainwashing by the socialist/eco terrorists with shows like this and now a terrorist as president.


Brandon March 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm

The irony is dripping from this post with you spouting the usual unsubstantiated right-wing talking points


Anonymous March 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

It’s T.V! That’s their job to entertain and provoke thoughts.
WOW, don’t like it, don’t watch it!
Bush, Clinton lied, political? Oh my~ (Reaction from other comments)
But I like 19 kids n counting. Now that educational! Or your likening may be Honey Boo Boo, My Sister Wives or ….
Love the show Perception! Hope another channel picks it up!


yankeeblue (mich) September 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

hello, this is a mighty big year for politics, don’t ya think? not a problem. you do your stuff, dr. pierce


Dallas September 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I totally agree with half the comments it was funny and everyone knows controversial makes good Tv.


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