Is rewatching old TV good for the soul?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Mark Holtz, May 5, 2021.

  1. SledgeHammer

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    Fun fact: Michael Weston guest starred on an episode of Burn Notice.
     
  2. dmspen

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    My wife started recording 'Father Knows Best'. Often corny, but wholesome with good morals, kindness, and good family dynamics (and when they are not good, it makes the show better!).
     
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    One of the criticisms I have heard about modern TV is 'kids know best". Children smarter than adults to the point of undermining the respect children should have for senior members of their family. I notice it some times where an adult is portrayed as stupid and a child never makes a mistake. Parents should not be portrayed as infallible, but "parents never right" is the issue the criticism raises.
     
  4. Jimmy 440

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    I just finished watching the 1959-1961 TV series the Untouchables starring Robert Stack. Great show. Before its' time.
    Tooo bad H&I TV doesn't show the 2 parters and the pilot episode which had Capone in it.
     
  5. harsh

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    Child genius TV has been around for as long as I can remember. Johnny Quest was probably my first exposure but his family was just he and his smart father.

    Doogie Howser was a little harder to get one's head around and his father was also a doctor.

    I think it is okay if they balance the fallibility and practical wisdom of all family members such that it all averages out in the end.

    The shame is that you too often have to look somewhere other than Disney to find children involved in a family setting. That probably started with The Little Rascals (not a Disney property).
     
  6. Mark Holtz

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    To me, the TV shows need me more as a viewer (because of the advertising) than I need to watch the current crop of television shows. The turning point was the November 5, 2007 – February 12, 2008 writers strike, and while I sided with the writers, the network's and studio's attitude caused me to re-examine my viewing habits. My viewing went down when, after a year-long absence from college in 2008-2009, I had a final eighteen month sprint to get my business degree. It went down to practically zero when I was moved, in less than ideal circumstances, to graveyard shift for six years. You would think that I would be excited for Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, or Star Trek: Lower Decks, but I'm working 10-12 hour days at the moment.
     
  7. James Long

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    Discovery and Picard are decent (I have not seen Lower Decks) but they don't have the Gene Roddenberry magic. Star Trek in general lost me when they created the Kelvin timeline. Discovery plays too much with the timeline for my preference. Picard revisits a beloved character that fits this thread (old TV).

    The way TV is distributed now with streaming services and exclusives is frustrating to me. I miss the "old TV" days of being able to turn on the TV and watch anything. One had to wait a couple years for cinema movies to appear on TV but eventually it seemed everything would show up on pay TV eventually. Now there is too much to watch and subscriptions are fragmented. Watching old TV reminds me of the good old days when TV was accessible.

    (FYI: I watched Discovery on CBS broadcast and Picard on BluRay.)
     
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    I never watch old TV shows or movies. Especially if I liked them too much. I'd like to keep the primary feeling after the viewing, the soul satisfaction...
     
  9. Mark Holtz

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    Truth be told, I stopped watching Star Trek after Deep Space Nine ended. The writing quality wasn't there in Voyager, especially when some of the scripts seemed recycled and you can easily see how a TNG or DSN character fitted in. When Enterprise came around, I tried, but real life intruded.

    Could you provide a better timeline of "old TV days"? To me, that could be 1977 in Sacramento when we had the NBC, CBS, ABC, and the sole independent station Channel 40. Channel 31 was a Spanish station until 1981 before it became a English independent, while Channel 58 went on the air in 1986. Back then, of course, it wasn't uncommon for the stations to air a movie in the afternoon or on the weekends. Nowadays, the main channels rarely put on a movie, instead utilizing the infomercials.
     
  10. James Long

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    I missed Enterprise first run but managed to binge it last year. I enjoyed it.

    Not too long ago. Before Netflix and Amazon demonstrated to the content owners that they could hoard content and sell it via streaming. Every new streaming company launch (CBS All Access, HBO Max) is just another break from the old days. It seemed like there was very little content that would not show up on one's MVPD subscription within a couple of years and often on broadcast a few years later.
     

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