And it's not just their kill rooms, but their entire houses are nice - living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, hallways - Dex's guest stars live in spacious coastal bungalows, no matter what they do for a living. But even saying "nice" is an understatement; most guest villain lairs glow with an intentional color scheme, as though Ty Pennington had spent a week remodeling the set before film crews arrived. It doesn't matter if they're a UPS driver/kidnapper or a cannibalistic salesman in a shopping mall kiosk, Miami's hourly wages must allow a very high standard of living. As 30Rock's Liz Lemon would say, "I want to be there."
American television forced Communists to look at their own bleak lives, then compare their lifestyles to what they saw on Dallas, Falcon Crest, Dynasty, and even 80s sitcoms. American television had lines for a Cabbage Patch dolls, St Petersburg television - for those lucky enough to see it - had government-sponsored programming. I don't remember any Americans saying that while watching Soviets stand in line for toilet paper.
The reason I believe North Korea is in decline is because the country's government is increasingly unable to hide the outside world from its people. And television in particular - just like the old USSR - is the one thing that does the most damage by showing North Koreans how we live in the rest of the world. South Korean soap operas are the most popular; their language/culture is similar enough for those in the DPRK to understand. Simple pleasures like running water, working electricity, and seeing Koreans with the freedom to wear whatever clothes you want: these are the images that will make North finally throw out the Kims.
Considering that much of the DPRK is starving, I think Honey Boo Boo should be next - particularly, the "sp'ghetti n' butter" episode. We could follow that with Gordon Ramsey's programs, and all of Rachel Ray's shows. Hell, we should just beam a 24 Food Channel feed into the country...show the North Koreans that if they kick out their government, they can be just as fat as their dear leader. Especially if Paula Deen makes that pie out of Krispy Kreme donuts.
And the DPRK could only be the beginning. We could go back to Russia again, this time with The L Word, and episodes of Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. We could change the face of Al Qaeda with Baywatch, old episodes of VIP, and anything starring Tori Spelling. While we're at it, let's get Band of Brothers on Iranian TV; let's see how hard it is to deny the holocaust when you're watching Schindler's List in a barcalounger, along side Ahmadinejad.
It reminds me so much of my own home...