Drama as a kid on TV

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Bertotti, Sep 15, 2021.

  1. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Back then, a TV season was 26 weeks. Now, it's 13, or even less. Growing up in the '50s, there really wasn't any videotape at broadcast stations. If anything, someone filmed a TV program and then that could be rerun. Video tape started to be common in the mid '70s (I was working at a PBS affiliate when the got their first portable tape rig).
    As to "original" source content, have you noticed the proliferation of talent shows, quiz shows, and the like? Having amateurs on instead of highly paid stars keeps the production costs down. Then there's the "reality" shows---more like surreality, right? I can proudly say that I've never watched any of the Kardashian nonsense or any other shows of that ilk.

    At least the production values have gotten better. Commercials are still as stupid as ever, but they're slicker. (enough with the emu and the lizard already). Wrestling (another genre I don't watch) has gotten slicker as well (from what I can see in the promos for it).

    One major loss we've suffered is the news. Now, we get pundits expounding their take on the daily goings on of the world. We don't have the folks that would just relate the news without giving us their two cents worth of editorial babble. Where's Walter Cronkite when we need him?

    There are fewer dramas these days than ever. Costs are too high for stars and writers and such. We still have cops, lawyers, and doctor shows, but they're getting rarer all of the time. As it has been said before, there's nothing new under the sun.
     
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  2. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Gretschie

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    Spot on! They DO look so much alike!

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    Carl Ballantine was great (...no pun intended)!
     
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  3. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

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    McHale’s Navy was a wonderful show. When I saw the first episode on DVD, all the pieces fell into place and the tension between McHale (a sea captain with an encyclopedic knowledge of the South Pacific) and Binghampton (who had joined the Navy as part of the war effort, after having been president of the Long Island Yacht Club) all made sense. The show actually stands up quite well, all these years later.

    Joe Flynn was a great actor. Borgnine too.

    TV is a victim of its own success. We’ve lost the great shows of the past, and now everything is the product of market research. Most TV strikes me as being no longer worth the time it takes to watch it.
     
  4. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

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    The Untouchables series had some real gems
    Elizabeth Montgomery in The Rusty Heller Story" is one.
     
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  5. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

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    One show I loved and will still watch today is Gilligan’s Island. Such a great cast!
     
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  6. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

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    Over the years, I’ve grown in respect for that show. It was not sophisticated or filled with deep meaning, but it was good, solid shtick. The actors did a great job. Half the boys in America were in love with Mary Ann, but the weird kids liked Ginger. :)
     
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  7. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Going back farther I loved the Bowery Boys, Deadend kids? Not sure of the name they had some tc shows and a movie I think and of course Our Gang.
     
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  8. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    How about, "The Fugitive"?
     
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  9. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Gretschie

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    Loved The Untouchables! But when it first aired, my Sicilian parents wouldn't let me watch it...they said it was too violent. Bruce Gordon was great! When approaching a targeted "whare house" or the like, Ness would always order, "Rico! Cover the back!" (Paul Picerni)

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  10. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Yes, I overlooked those. They definitely fall into the cheap content category along with reality and talk shows. I think all of that garbage is exactly what took over the role of syndicated reruns on network TV.

    That may be true of network TV. I haven't watched anything on network TV for years, aside from live sports. And when I'm watching a Packers game, I'm amazed by how absurd the commercials for current shows are (9-1-1 comes to mind).

    That said, if you include HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Prime, etc., the quality of TV programing available today makes even the best Golden Age shows look pretty quaint by comparison. There's too much great TV now. I keep seeing things I want to watch, but will never have the time to catch up.
     
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  11. “Dress your woman like the women in the streets & you’ll have vampie too.”
     
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  12. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Gretschie

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    Always watched Starsky & Hutch!
     
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  13. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

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    I agree that there is more great (or even good) TV than most of us could keep up with, but there's still far more crap than anything.
     
  14. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

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    I quit watching TV ten years ago.

    I realized that no matter how high you turned up the Brightness knob, nothing happened.

    I really don't regret the decision at all.
     
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  15. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Can’t get bright out of a burned out bulb! I’m not referring to the tv either!
     
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  16. Landshark2020

    Landshark2020 Gretschie

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    I have always loved the Theme song from Sanford & Son - Quincy Jones' - 'The Streetbeater' ---'70's junkyard funk at its finest.
    https://video.search.yahoo.com/sear...529da09c1e04694eb3bdaf43262b5ae7&action=click
     
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  17. guitarfarm

    guitarfarm Country Gent

    I must confess that I have been traumatized ever since I heard the first pornography ever uttered on national television. There I was in 1958, all innocent and stuff, when I heard June Cleaver utter those immortal words, "Ward, I think you were awfully hard on the Beaver last night". Well, I'm here to tell you, that moment changed my life. That was a turning point for me and probably explains why I am such a degenerate now.


    At least, that's what I tell my wife.
     
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  18. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Gretschie

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    GO PACK GO!
     
  19. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Gretschie

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    Excellent watch at the time...heck, even now the reruns are good!
    "A QUINN MARTIN PRODUCTION."
     
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  20. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Bad enough that I have to pay for cable (no reception in this area otherwise) but paying for each and every streaming service is ridiculous. I remember when TV was free.
     
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