Television: Battlefield Promotion

As viewers go for familiar comforts in uncomfortable times, TV's least-cool hit moves up in the ranks

If war upsets balances of power, it can also upset the balance of cool. On Sept. 10, fire fighters were not exactly at the epicenter of hip. Foreign news? Puh-leeze! Spying, learning Arabic, worrying about the public-health system? Uncool, uncool, uncool.

And by all prevailing standards the CBS military drama JAG (Tuesdays, 8 p.m. E.T.) was about the least-cool hit show on TV. It lauded the men and women of the Judge Advocate General corps, who investigate, prosecute and defend cases affecting military conduct. The twist was--well, that there was no twist. On JAG, the government really was good, save for...

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