Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Watching Classic Television Shows

Travalon wanted me to blog about the TV shows from the 60’s and 70’s that we have been watching. We discovered we get two stations that show “classic shows,” so we have been watching things like I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Hogan's HeroesThe Barney Miller Show, and Taxi. One thing that strikes me about these shows is that people seem to be a lot nicer to each other, for the most part, than they are on today’s TV shows. This was especially true on an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show I caught one night. Why is that? Were people just nicer back then? Did they care more about each other? Or do shows now depict how people really are and that was an idealized version of life? Of course, the show from now that I watch the most is Downton Abbey, and drama is their whole schtick, so you can't have people being too nice to each other or there would be no show.  

Yesterday Travalon and I watched some game shows, and I noticed that they tended to have one white team and one black team. When the questions were more from white culture, the white teams did better, but when they were more from black culture, the black teams did better. I thought they had better ask a very even mix, if they wanted things to be fair. Oddly, although I am the whitest person I know, the black culture questions were easier for me. Maybe I don’t fit neatly into any culture!

Famous Hat


Travalon said...

Very classic shows,very enjoyable to settle in at night watching them at home with Famous Hat! We've also been watching the Carol Burnett Show, which is hilllarious at times, and old Tonight Show reruns when Johnny Carson hosted it. Taxi was definitely one of my favorites.Barney Miller isn't always funny, but I thought the acting was outstanding, that was my dad's favorite show back in the day, I don't think he ever missed an episode.

Travalon said...

The Bob Newhart Show ( the original where he played a psychiatrist in Chicago, co-starring Suzanne Pleshette) was also a very funny well-done show. A nice way to end the weekend on Sunday nights.