I wonder how many of you can remember the “good old days” of television? Now, I’m not talking about going all the way to black and white, which by the way I can easily remember (due to my prehistoric age).
But I am talking about the days of “rabbit ears and outside antennas.” Additionally unless you lived out in the sticks somewhere you could easily have the benefit from all three channels. Amazingly, with only the three channels, there was almost always something good on. Today, with the hundreds of channels, there is rarely anything of interest on. Has television really gotten that bad, or have we become spoiled by all of the choices?
Oh, by the way, remember, gasp, no remote controls? You actually had to leave your seat to change each and every channel. Also, if you fell asleep, you would wake up to that buzz sound, and the picture that looked somewhat like a target thingy as the station signed off for the night.
One thing we have not progressed from is”canned laughter.” God, I hate that. You know, when someone comes into a room on a show and says “hi,” and there’s laughter, and then another say, “How was your day,” and more laughter. This stupid concept continues today on all situation comedies. Absolutely insulting to have this mess to tell you when to to laugh. I have a better idea: say something funny , and I will laugh all by myself.
And speaking about situation comedies, I have made a list of the top five, which in my opinion (which I respect) required no more than an IQ that barely reaches double digits. They are, in no particular order: Gilligan’s Island, Batman, Green Acres (you could also include with this one Petticoat Junction), Mr. Ed and F Troop. I’m sure you have some others, but I’m doing the writing and this is my list. There were, of course, several others that I had to consider: My Favorite Martian, Beverly Hillbillies, and, of course, I Love Lucy. Not included are shows like the first Bob Newhart, All in the Family and Seinfeld, which did in fact require some thought.
Sadly , those five that I mentioned are still several of my favorites. I’m not exactly what that says about me.
Mike Brennan is a business teacher at Bartow High School.