'Aquarius' NBC Series
This panned, though pleasingly melodramatic NBC television series stars David Duchovny, a stony LAPD detective through whose eyes the the Manson family story is told. What begins as the case to find a missing girl unravels into the detective's investigation of the Manson cult. Soundtracked to sun-broiled perfection, Aquarius evokes the racial undertones and Hollywood associations of the era as Sam Hodiak (Duchovny) becomes personally – though fictionally – involved in the legend of the family. The show makes a point to stress its fictional nature despite several historical accuracies, including the big black bus they used to get around, heavy use of psychedelic drugs and Manson's sordid relationship with the music industry and brewing "war on piggies."