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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders: The 80s Were A Hell Of a Drug

By Dustin Rowles | TV | September 28, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | September 28, 2017 |

I didn’t follow the Menendez Brothers case much when I was a kid because I was a kid, and I’m intentionally avoiding Wikipedia et. al, because I would rather experience the case play out on NBC’s Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. I mean, I know they killed their parents. I also know that they were convicted. But beyond that, I have only the vaguest recollections.

It’s insane, however, to consider that Lyle and Erik Menendez are 49 and 46 years old, respectively. Also, they are both married — in fact, Lyle is on his second wife. They are in prison for life without the possibility of parole, so I’m not sure how that works, but sure: Murderers deserve love, too.

In any case, I’m tuning into the show because I am a sucker for both Law & Order and salacious criminal cases, and so far, it’s decent. I have to say, however, that my favorite character on the show has been the 80s. It’s not just Edie Falco, either, although it’s definitely Edie Falco, as well.

Look at that hair! But also, look at Sam Jaeger’s ‘stache. It’s been transformative for the once best character on Parenthood until the show completely assassinated that character and turned him into an ass.

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Anthony Edwards? Well, he’s Anthony Edwards. He looks the same no matter the decade.

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I didn’t realize, however, that Josh Charles was in this, and now I want to write poetry about his hairstyle.

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Who knew that charming, boyish Josh Charles could look like a pedophile with a bad haircut and big glasses?

The best part? Josh Charles plays the therapist to Erik Menendez. I don’t know how he factors into the case yet, but he’s played by Josh Charles, so clearly he matters. In the first episode, we find out he’s having an affair with a woman who calls him “Doctor Daddy” in a really gross way. I did not recognize his mistress, however, until the second time through, and then I had to look it up to confirm.

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I’m not going to say who that is. Some of you may already know. Someone surely will post in the comments. But for those who don’t immediately recognize her, I’m just gonna leave you hanging, like she is going to leave Doctor Daddy hanging until he leaves his wife.

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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