The director of the FBI said Wednesday the television industry has done a generally good job of portraying the bureau and its agents.
"The FBI and the television industry have worked well together through the years," said FBI Director William Sessions in a speech before the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences."I am satisfied that our joint productions have served 20th century Americans very well and I predict that they will continue to do so."
He also said the agency is "fortunate" that many fugitive investigations and other unsolved cases are featured on the television programs "Unsolved Mysteries" and "America's Most Wanted."
Those programs have led to the arrests of many fugitives.
"I think the tips from the programs are meaningful and helpful," Sessions said. "The shows demonstrate the difficulties we're faced with on fugitive cases."
Sessions said he was aware that television programs sometimes portray FBI agents without total accuracy. "That's going to happen with any profession, such as doctors," he said.