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From ‘The Post’ to ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ how accurately is your profession depicted in Hollywood?

NOR_D01_053017_9621_R2 – L-R: Tom Hanks (Ben Bradlee), David Cross (Howard Simons), John Rue (Gene Patterson), Bob Odenkirk (Ben Bagdikian), Jessie Mueller (Judith Martin), and Philip Casnoff (Chalmers Roberts) in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE POST. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise.
Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise
(L-R) Tom Hanks, David Cross, John Rue, Bob Odenkirk, Jessie Mueller and Philip Casnoff in Twentieth Century Fox’s "The Post."

From cops and lawyers to journalists and news anchors to paper company salespeople and local government employees, there are no shortages of television and film portrayals of jobs and careers.

From cops and lawyers to journalists and news anchors to paper company salespeople and local government employees, there are no shortages of television and film portrayals of jobs and careers. Steven Spielberg's “The Post,” is a good recent example.

The film is a punchy drama starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a story about the Washington Post and New York Times’ investigative journalists that dug into the so-called Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s. Journalism is a popular occupation in film, it would seem. Films like “Broadcast News,” “Network,” and “Nightcrawler” come to mind. There are films like ‘Stand and Deliver’ and ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ about teachers’ quests to connect with their students. And of course, there’s a bevy of television shows depicting life at work, from ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ to ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Law and Order,’ and, ‘The Office.’

If your profession has been portrayed in film, what did you think about how the screenwriters and director depicted it? Was it accurate to your experiences? Where did it stray? What films most accurately portrayed your profession? Are there certain careers that lend themselves more easily to being portrayed in film or TV than others?

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