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Now you can watch a show called ‘Llama Cop.’ Thanks, Starz!

'Llama Cop' is the name of a real show from Starz Digital Media (YouTube) ‘Llama Cop’ is the name of a real show from Starz Digital Media (YouTube)

This month, Starz Digital Media launched a six-episode YouTube series called “Llama Cop.”

As you might guess from the name, this is a show about a llama who is a cop. A rookie cop partnered with a human cop. The llama wears disguises, packs heat and catches bad guys. No one seems to notice that Llama Cop has four legs and chews its cud.

Some say we are in a golden age of television. Indeed, shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” are extraordinary fare.

Yet that is not all we are in. “Llama Cop” makes the case that we are also in a golden age of TV stupidity, where seemingly anyone with a half-baked idea can get the green light in the relentless effort to create programming for the ever-growing array of channels in the broadcast, cable and digital realms.

The llama show has no clever dialogue. The acting is mediocre (except for the Zen-like performance by the llama). And if you’re going to have a Llama Cop, for goodness sake make its partner the Dalai Lama.

To sum it up in the words of Llama Cop: “Mehrweeeeeehhh!!!”

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.



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