TV now and then

Discussion in 'Other TV' started by Grandpa, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    This is not some "the way it used to be" wistfulness. You kids got it good.

    When I was growing up, TV writing worked around Dick and Laura having twin beds, every girlfriend of the Ponderosa fellows meeting tragic and predictable ends before the hour was up, and "Gilligan's Island" and "The Beverly Hillbillies" representing fine-toned humor.

    Well. Now you have all kinds of things. Big Bang Theory for humor (which I watch), things like Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, Homeland (none of which I watch), and others providing their plotlines and character development that keep workers at the water cooler or on Facebook occupied with breathless revelations.

    Seriously. The writing has notched up tremendously over the years, even to where a minor channel (A&E) can produce some tight, engrossing storylines (Longmire). True, there are less restrictions on writing than there used to be. But there's also far more channels, which you'd think would thin out the talent. On any given night, you can see any number of series that keep their viewers glued to the tube, reveling in the revelations of that evening.

    Please note: I do not include reality, or cooking competition, or other such shows in them. Literally, I could not be less interested or impressed.
     
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  2. pegasus216

    pegasus216 The Old Biddy

    I caught an old show the other day. Lassie. Man, did that take me back! Every Sunday night, we had to watch that show. I wish some shows from way back were still around. All the reality stuff needs to go!
     
  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...I thank the big DJ in the sky that "Reality" TV is not MY reality......and Gpa, you are spot on my friend...
     
  4. Out of Order

    Out of Order Who Needs A Rake?

    I still like to visit the age old questions of the past. Ginger or Mary Ann? Wilma or Betty?

    I still can't decide after repeated viewings.

    And I'm hooked on TBBT and GOTs.
     
  5. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    Hear you Grandpa,one exception to that about the writing is the old b/w Twilight zone,of which the Scyfy channel will be showing a marathon on July 4th..there were some great stories written there,quite a few by Richard Matheson,one of Mr K's predecessors..
     
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  6. Kurben

    Kurben Well-Known Member

    I still like some oldies. Like The Family Addams with Carolyn Jones and Lucy show. Just seen snippets of these but i remember thinking that they werre good.
     
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  7. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    Oh, there were gems in the past, no doubt about it. Yeah, some of the old Twilights were wonderful, and I always liked the Addams (much more than their competition, The Munsters, which to me was more formulaic comedy of the time). Laugh-In got away with a lot ("And here's Big Dan Rowan and Big Dick Martin!!"), and in earlier black-and-white times, Ernie Kovacs could be brilliant. I never watched The Fugitive, but it sure had a bunch of people enthralled. And let's remember that Star Trek still lives.

    Edited to add:

    Mary Ann over Ginger. I like the girl-next-door look. Which may be why I like Betty over Wilma. Betty literally was the girl next door.
     
  8. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    I will watch Andy Griffith any day of the week. To me, it still holds up. In fact, I still watch it on Netflix. And the little guy I watch (He's 2 and a half) has been asking his mom to watch Andy. lol. It is our duty as the elders of this world to expose our children to the best of the best and to teach them about days of yore.
     
  9. Out of Order

    Out of Order Who Needs A Rake?

    :rofl:
     
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  10. no bounce no play

    no bounce no play I am Borg

    Ernie Kovacs was a genius! Do you remember the Nairobi Trio? They cracked me up :rofl: I liked The Honeymooners too.
     
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  11. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed TV westerns when they were in black and white. Wanted Dead or Alive, Have Gun Will Travel, The Texan, Cheyenne, Johnny Yuma, Bronco Lane, Bat Masterson, Maverick. Man, those were the days.
     
  12. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer Merry meet

    Mary Ann literally lived across the street from me when I was growing up. I took care of Dawn Wells' lawn when she was out of town and hung out many a time with her. What you saw on TV was what you got with Dawn: smart, enthusiastic, upbeat, really cute. She had a B.A. in chemistry from Stephens College in Missouri, a son from a previous marriage, and a hot boyfriend on the 6:00 news (local anchor on CBS affiliate). I loved her.
     
  13. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I recently (when up North and had limited choices) started watching "Castle" on TV - I really liked the main character and it was different from the usual police drama. I just cannot find it on any of our channels now that I am back down South here in Winnipeg.
     
  14. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    I like to hear these kinds of things. It's reaffirming. Thank you.
     
  15. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    Loved the old trek episodes..Kirk was such a hotdog,while Spock just hung out being a zen master.[​IMG]
     
  16. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    I couldn't stop laughing at that episode of Big Bang Theory before Under the Dome came on.
    He said "Could you tell her my package reminds you of a puma's tail?"
    She looked at him so funny that I just cracked up laughing. His man-package resembles a puma tail?
    That's hilarious.
     
  17. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...and don't forget that sultry vixen...Aunt Bea...
    [​IMG]
     
  18. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...that is WAY cool....I would have been surrounded by a constant puddle of drool...what a cutey...
     
  19. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

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  20. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    Haha GNT that reminds me of the Martin Lawrence bit,when he talks about Mayberry and watching Aunt Bea..SPOILER,gets rude!!
     

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