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A Fable about a Franchise

There is a show that featured a debonair detective who smoked a thoughtful pipe and fought fair while he solves the crime. In entertaining episodes he thwarts every villain. Just in time, he makes the crucial connection and saves the herd of our Community.

The twist with this guy - the spike to our heartstrings, as it were - is that as ever-saving the Distressed Damsel as he does, he never gets a kiss!

Of course this is suggested as reason for his devoted fan base of fifty plus females; for in senior citizen popularity polls his show reigns supreme and its advertising intake is terrific!

Then the writers introduced a rival: a redoubtable female who is sassy and smart, easy on the eyeballs, and as insightful as their tobacco-fancying detective. More than just being close to either side of thirty, she seems a manipulator supreme and evidences considerable man-eater tendencies.

The transformation of program's devotees was immediate.

The shift to raw sex appeal quickly forced the creators to write the good detective off a cliff in a car crash that also saved the tigress female for a probable future attitude switch: in the last episode, at his cremation scene, she was fractionally less cynical about our late hero's righteous calling.

Nationwide, the hype remains hysterical. The broadcast channel has polled its viewing public for direction.

Moral: Stripes may change, story lines must.