…the TV shows of the late 70s? I’ll bet some of you do, either through experiencing them at the time, or watching them as “classic” reruns. I came across a well-written Time article from 1982, reminiscing about the four “biggies” of the late 70s that were summarily canceled by the networks. These were good shows; intelligent, smart-aleck, but never cruel or stupid or crass — unlike today. Can you guess what they are without clicking over?
Is it possible to actually *have* a sitcom that doesn’t deal primarily with sex, imbecilic behavior or women’s body parts (or the pining for same) today? I’m not trying to get all prudish; the premise itself doesn’t bother me, and I know sometimes it is important to story development, but some of the “top” comedies on TV today are insulting not only to women, but to human intelligence in general. Two of the highest-rated sitcoms today are cartoons depicting families as ridiculous, insipid, dysfunctional, inbred feebs. And America yucks it up.
I know there are a few exceptions that folks could name, but that’s my point: they are the exceptions and not the standard. This is why I don’t watch comedies on TV (yeah, I beat you to the “if-you-don’t-like-it-turn-the-channel” punch).
Now dramas….that’s another story. I think they have improved over time.
Of course, there’s my #1 favorite. The characters are multi-layered, and the stories are deep, sad, funny, and symbolic. In fact, there’s little on the set of Mad Men that escapes symbolism. And the writing — somebunny did his research, friend. Right down to the fabrics on the dresses, the wall hangings and color schemes.
What’s your favorite drama, and why? The Fink covets your thoughts.
She also covets sleep and a vacation, but that’s another matter…