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Why this is the Golden Age of television

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by TomCat, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Laxguy

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    phrelin- Very nice summary. Treatise, perhaps!
     
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    This just about sums it all up...

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  3. lparsons21

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    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.
     
  4. trainman

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    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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    Enough said!
     
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    Where's the B&W?
     
  7. Laxguy

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    .... or with Mr. Povich....:lol:
     
  8. Rich

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    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.

    Rich

    @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?
     
  9. Rich

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    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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  10. Rich

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

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  11. Rich

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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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  12. Rich

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    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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  13. lparsons21

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    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!
     
  14. yosoyellobo

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    Edgar Bergen.
     
  15. lparsons21

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

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    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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  17. lparsons21

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

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

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  20. yosoyellobo

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    Nothing wrong with your memory.
     

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