Dear FBI (CBS) – It’s Not You, It’s Me

I wanted this relationship to work, but I admit from the very beginning, I was trying to change you. Trying to make you something you’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not enough just as you are.

What I’m trying to say is (sorry, I’m a little nervous) I’m breaking up with you. I hope we can still be friends and that I can occasionally check in on you to see how you’re doing.

I’m aware that millions of viewers love you and that they will continue to tune in every week.

However, after watching and writing a review blog post for each of the 22 episodes of Season One, I won’t be around for Season Two.

Several times last year, I suspected our thing wouldn’t last.

But, last week when Special Agent Maggie Bell disarmed a bomb by cutting a couple of wires with a handy multi-use tool, I could no longer lie to myself. I watched last night’s episode this morning. I was hoping there was still a chance we could make it work, but when Maggie and OA threatened and coerced a subject in custody to revoke his declaration for an attorney, I knew it was over between us.

Please believe me when I say, “It’s not you. It’s me.”

After serving in the FBI for 26 years, and publishing “the book” about clichés and misconceptions about the FBI, I know too much to sit back and watch a one-hour TV police drama for pleasure, even an entertaining, well-written and -acted one.

It was never going to end well.

Remember that disclaimer I posted at the end of each blog post:

I’m here to educate and provide a reality check for those who want to learn about the real FBI. My reality checks should not be confused with criticism, instead teachable moments about FBI policy and procedures. I like FBI (CBS) and believe that it’s a powerful promo for the real FBI. I’m excited that a new generation is watching and perhaps deciding they want to be FBI agents when they grow up.

I meant that.

I’m sure FBI (CBS) has a lot to do with the increase this year in applications to join the FBI. Thank you!

One last thing. I was watching Bosch over the weekend, and when SWAT was on scene, Harry had no problem waiting outside until the all clear was called. Just saying.


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Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


  1. Shelby MitchellOctober 25, 2020

    Hey Jerri thanks for your service to your country and world. Appreciate it as 26 years is a rarity in the FBI let alone a job. But you need to check out Deadly Games Manhunt as it was on Charter Spectrum originally but now has been on CBS currently. Thought I would give up the heads up!

    1. Jerri WilliamsOctober 25, 2020

      Thanks for the heads up. I haven’t heard of Deadly Games Manhunt. I will definitely check it out.

  2. WILLIAM VANDERPOOLOctober 9, 2019

    Hi Jerri.
    Happy you all had a great trip overseas. Don’t forget my offer to bring you shooting at my gun club
    if you are ever down this way. I can supply the guns and ammo.

    Best, Bill Vanderpool

    1. Jerri WilliamsOctober 9, 2019

      Thanks Bill!


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