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Why this is the Golden Age of television


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#21 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:46 PM

phrelin- Very nice summary. Treatise, perhaps!
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

This just about sums it all up...

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:01 AM

Lots of nostalgia in this thread.

I was around in those early days of TV and remember the great big TVs with tiny, often round, screens with very poor quality.

And for all those great shows that we remember, there was plenty of drek to go around. Starting with the test patterns that all of the very few channels showed more than they did actual programming and the Les Paul and Mary Ford loops they seemed to run for huge amounts of time.

Today it is easy to say it is all drek because there are just so damned many channels. But as in the past, there is drek, there are jewels and there are the ho-hums.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

And I think we probably could replace todays reality shows with the game shows of the 50s, though I admit I don't know how many were actually rigged other than Twenty One and Dotto.


NBC tried a revival of "Twenty One" a few years ago, with Maury Povich as host, and it turns out it's not as entertaining without the rigging.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

NBC tried a revival of "Twenty One" a few years ago, with Maury Povich as host, and it turns out it's not as entertaining without the rigging.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:57 PM

This just about sums it all up...

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:24 AM

NBC tried a revival of "Twenty One" a few years ago, with Maury Povich as host, and it turns out it's not as entertaining without the rigging.


.... or with Mr. Povich....:lol:
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:40 AM

You're about 60 years late. The Golden Age of TV was the 1950s.


Your opinion, not mine. Not many of those shows pass the test of time. Watch them now and you'll see what I mean. Yeah, there were some that are still in reruns, like the Twilight Zone, but other than that show, I don't remember any others that are still watchable. I tried watching Gunsmoke and I couldn't take it. Same with Bonanza (was that a 60's program?).

I gotta agree with Tom on this. I think today's programs are much better than anything produced in the '50s.

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@Laxguy: See that last sentence in the first paragraph of my reply? That looks correct with the question mark in parenthesis and the period after the parenthesis. Wouldn't that apply to question marks too?

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

Though weren't a lot of shows in the 50s more a continuation or redoing of radio shows? And I think we probably could replace todays reality shows with the game shows of the 50s, though I admit I don't know how many were actually rigged other than Twenty One and Dotto.


Some were continuations of radio programs. The Lone Ranger comes to mind. I think a lot of the daily soap operas migrated to TV too.

We could replace the reality shows with just about anything and I'd be happy. I do watch parts of Dancing With The Stars if it's on in another room. That's the best one I've seen and I get bored watching that.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

^ Quite a few of them were, such as Dragnet, The Lone Ranger, maybe Jack Benny ......


Was Dragnet on radio? Jack Benny was and so was the ventriloquist, I can't remember his name.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:57 AM

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I didn't realize so many shows were on radio before TV. Dragnet question answered. Great link.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

If you can remember watching the DuMont Network, then you can remember the Golden Age.

All of the 60's mention programs in the above posts are not from the Golden Age.


I think we had a DuMont TV. Seemed like my father went thru a whole lot of TVs from '48 and all thru the '50s.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:01 AM

That is a great link! Just reading that list brought back some very fond memories of listening to the radio when I was a kid!

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:08 AM

Was Dragnet on radio? Jack Benny was and so was the ventriloquist, I can't remember his name.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

Here's a link to the wiki on one of the first scifi shows back in the day.
http://en.wikipedia....s_Video_Rangers

Good writeup about this show, and also mentions the many others that were done in those very early years.

I had that ring for many, many years and can remember this show as being a 'must see' for me and my family at the time, along with Tom Corbett.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

phrelin- Very nice summary. Treatise, perhaps!


I didn't get the lack of violent shows in the '50s. Looking back, The Lone Ranger had a lot of very violent fight scenes as did all the westerns. At the time, I thought it was plausible for two guys to take on twenty guys and win. As I grew older, I found out the hard way that what I saw on TV had little to do with reality. Disappointed, I was, and bruised and battered....:lol:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:11 AM

Edgar Bergen.


And I think his dummy was Charlie McCarthy, or am I misremembering?

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:14 AM

That is a great link! Just reading that list brought back some very fond memories of listening to the radio when I was a kid!


I remember all the grown ups putting on finery and gathering in our home to watch the radio. Kinda creepy. They would all just sit and stare at the radio.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:18 AM

Edgar Bergen.


Thanx, he was also Candice Bergen's father. The puppet he used was Charlie McCarthy.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

And I think his dummy was Charlie McCarthy, or am I misremembering?


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