As is common, there have been a bunch of new shows out with a female police/FBI/etc lead and a male analyst/outsider lead - Fringe, Eleventh Hour, The Mentalist, and now Castle. I’ve noticed a trend where the women aren’t dressing appropriate for a FBI agent or Police detective. Take a second look – most of them are running around with their shirts unbuttoned to their bra lines. I expect it would be hard enough to be taken seriously as a female officer without having your cleavage spilling out all the time.
I suppose a lot of them are trying to capture the X-files chemistry – but look back at the first three seasons – Scully (Gillian Anderson) was always dressed conservatively – pretty buttoned up and yet still remained a cutie. I find returning show Life is also handled well - Dani Reese, played by Sarah Shahi, can be incredibly attractive and yet dresses believably as a detective. Robin Tunney’s Teresa Libson from the Mentalist dresses appropriately but then has hair spilling down to the middle of her back. Amanda Righetti on the same show is an adorable redhead but is dressed believably and also has her hair tied back.
I'm liking all of these shows and would recommend them to others. The stories are pretty solid and the characters are good. The next time you watch, take a moment to notice apparel. Just saying is all.