Fiddledaddy TiVo’d (is this a verb?) the TV Land Awards for me, and I’ve finally gotten through the entire show. Sometimes my television viewing has to be done in small chunks of time.
Not unlike my writing.
I swoop in, and then I swoop out. Allowing me to put out all the many fires around me. Figuratively speaking. Sort of.
I don’t know about you, but the TV Land Award show left me a blubbering mess. Is it really possible that Welcome Back, Kotter is celebrating its 35 year anniversary? And is it possible that I’m actually able to order a senior McDonald’s coffee? I have to say that I was impressed when I saw the actors that had gone on to greater achievements, come back and humbly acknowledge the television shows that made them a household name.
John Travolta, I’m talking to you. And I’ve almost forgiven you for Hairspray.
It was great fun to see families that I grew up with come back together for a night of celebration.
The 70’s and early 80’s were a time of transition for television. Boundaries were being tested, and just as we were in a state of flux as a nation, so was the state of television. I am so grateful for networks like TV Land and the Hallmark Channel, among others, who have brought back family centered television viewing. Shows which depict the parents as strong role models (as opposed to some of the buffoons that we are privy to now), who actually guided and disciplined their children. Mr. Cosby drove this point home, and he hit the nail on the head.
I also loved what Lisa Whelchel said when she thanked TV Land for broadcasting wholesome shows that our children can actually watch. And I’m totally paraphrasing. She was eloquent. And looked GORGEOUS, btw.
She is absolutely right. We’ve managed to completely bypass what networks are serving up for our impressionable youth. My children dearly love the old shows like Little House on the Prairie and Brady Bunch.
I’m a closet Waltons fan, but my children have deemed it too boring, so I’m not able to sway them. BORING? I don’t think so.
Some of my childhood favorites included, but were not limited to Dark Shadows (now THERE’S a reunion show I’d love to see, if they are not all dead…), Bewitched, Get Smart, and Twilight Zone.
What shows would you like to see resurrected?