I’m sure everyone has noticed. Most drama shows on TV involve doctors, lawyers, and policemen.
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for something fresh, and I have just the idea:
A TV show about an accounting firm. I even have some ideas for the first few episodes:
- after a week straight of trying to reconcile the bank statement of one of his clients, a junior accountant realizes the mistake was the result of a transposition; someone had recorded an expense as $178 when in reality it was $187. The building frustration is spilling over into the accountant’s private life where he is unable to spend quality time with his two sons doing sudoku puzzles.
- a tax partner is tasked with helping one of the firm’s biggest clients appeal the results of an IRS audit. the tension is palpable as each side presents its case. a highlight of the testimony is an in-depth debate about the ethics of using an off-shore tax haven. the ending offers an unexpected twist.
- the accounting firm is engaged to do the audit of one of the tech behemoths. It is discovered later that one of the accounting firm’s employees is dating the assistant controller at the tech firm. The relationship threatens the loss of the audit engagement. Will the couple break up for the good of each of their firms, or will love triumph?
- experience the highs and lows of being a new hire. from the thrill of receiving a pocket protector, a green eyeshade, and a 10-key adding machine during orientation, to the reality of being sent on an audit to Nampa, Idaho to observe the counting of the number of chickens on hand at a breeding farm.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless.
But it’s not like accountants have been completely ignored by Hollywood.
Who can forget Kevin, Oscar, and Angela on The Office?
Ben Affleck starred in a movie called The Accountant, but Affleck has a dark side…
And in the movie Death Wish, Charles Bronson plays an architect who is set on getting revenge after his wife is murdered and his daughter sexually assaulted during a home invasion. In the novel that the movie was based on, the character was originally an accountant, not an architect. Such a role did not seem suitable for Bronson. “I was really a miscast person,” Bronson said later. “It was more a theme that would have been better for Dustin Hoffman or somebody who could play a weaker kind of man.
Not exactly the positive portrayals that accountants would prefer Hollywood use when dealing with members of the profession.
It may take a while, though, to change public perception.
I wonder how long it took for architects to be cast as tough guys…