'Lethal Weapon': Fox's buddy cop drama is spot on when it comes to diversity
It wouldn't be wrong to say that all the good things on 'Lethal Weapon' season 3 have so far been overshadowed by its tumultuous past
'Lethal Weapon's reputation has been in muddy waters after last year's fiasco with Clayne Crawford's firing but we cannot deny the many things that Fox's buddy cop drama has been getting right this season.
From great romance storylines to a diverse and extemely talented cast, it wouldn't be wrong to say that all the good things on 'Lethal Weapon' third season have so far been overshadowed by its tumultuous past.
If you look at the cast this season, we've got characters and actors from diverse ethnicities who haven't be used as tokens with no depth. LAPD's finest are characters we love and respect because of their superb storylines and character arcs.
From a gay captain who runs the show in the truest sense of the word to the leads who are not two white dudes, the show does deserve a huge round of applause for not whitewashing its main characters.
There's a whole spectrum of ethnicities if you look at the show closely. From South Asian origins to Puerto Rican, 'Lethal Weapon' has been quietly incorporating a melange of faces on the show this season in commendable ways. From Keesha Sharp, Nishi Munshi, Paula Lazaro, Jordana Brewster, Jonathan Fernandez, Michelle Mitchenor, Kevin Rahm and its two leads, Damon Wayans and Seann William Scott, the cast is pretty balanced out.
While it probably wouldn't have been any other way with lead Damon Wayans since Danny Glover played a black character in the original Shane Black films, it is worth noting that the character development of Murtaugh has never been stereotypical. We've always seen Murtaugh as a police officer who puts his life on the line for his duty and that's the beauty of 'Lethal Weapon'.
The ethnicities of these characters don't stick out like sore thumbs and all we see is a bunch of people doing their jobs really well while dealing with their complicated lives.
The most pleasant addition to this diverse roster of cast members has to be the latest one — Assistant District Attorney Erica Malick played by Nishi Munshi. It is commendable how 'Lethal Weapon' has actually stayed far away from the unfortunate stereotyping that many south Asian or Indian characters face on television. Malick is no victim to stereotypes on the show, she's a hardworking attorney who does her best to bring justice and is working her way through personal relationships and career.
Keesha Sharp's Trish Murtaugh is another character that has, through the series, stayed badass and insanely inspiring without any stereotypes. We love Trish because of how much of a go-getter she is and how she grounds the show.
The list goes on with Lazaro's Detective Gutierrez, Mitchenor's Detective Bailey, and Fernandez's Scorsese. All these characters have arcs that have little or nothing to do with the color of their skin but everything to do with who they are. If that isn't diversity done right, what is? While one may point out that Rahm's Captain Avery could do with a little respect, never has the show treated his sexual orientation as a defining factor in his leadership or career. And this is what makes us love 'Lethal Weapon'.
Catch Erica, Trish and the rest of the gang on Lethal Weapon's upcoming episode 13 on Tuesday, February 5, at 8 pm ET on Fox.