Muckety maps are ubiquitous

By Laurie Bennett

November 12, 2013 at 10:19am

Once you start looking, you find Muckety-like maps everywhere.

Not coincidentally, they turn up in some of our favorite movies and TV shows.

We’ve previously noted their presence on “Breaking Bad.”

Hank Schrader and map of suspects

As Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in the 1976 movie, “All the President’s Men,” Robert Redford used the basic concept in his prodigious note-taking. (While social network analysis was still in its early stages back then, Richard Nixon and CREEP did their best to help it along.)

All the President's Men map

Nearly three decades later, journalist Gray Grantham, played by Denzel Washington, took a similar approach in “The Pelican Brief.”

'Pelican Brief' map

In current popular culture, relationship maps are big in “Homeland” …

Carrie Mathison and Homeland map

… and “Scandal” …

Huck finds Becky's room on 'Scandal'

… and “Revenge.”

Relationship map on 'Revenge'

On “The Closer,” protagonists may go away, but not murder maps.

Even less impressive procedurals such as “Castle” use them.

Murder board on 'Castle'

Yet as Muckety devotees know, whiteboards, printed photos and string can’t match the searchable, expandable, targetable computer version.

Ask anyone at the National Security Agency.

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