Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Save Me, David Hasslehoff!


I grew up in the eighties, which meant I watched high quality programming like "Knight Rider," "Three's Company," and "The A-Team." These days, I turn on the television and there's few things of interest to watch. (The Family Guy is the only show I absolutely love.) Yes, I'll catch a reality show here and there and, yes, sometimes they're entertaining. Whenever I am watching a reality show, I'll usually find myself yelling at the TV, "Pick the ugly one, pick the ugly one!"

What happened to television? Is it just me or does it suck worse than ever?

I want to see four guys get in a van, screech their tires and run from the military police. I mean, think about it -- in every episode these guys were trapped in a warehouse and somehow they built a fire eating behemoth capable of destroying whatever forces of evil they were up against.

How about a talking car that can fly through the air at the touch of a "turbo boost" button?

What about a guy living with two girls, with an intrusive landlord that's convinced his tenant is gay even though he isn't?

Where are you Magnum PI?

Perhaps I was less discriminating. I was a child, after all. Still, television just doesn't seem to have the same innovation or allure as it did back then. What do you think? Has television gone downhill? What do you usually watch?

30 Comments:

Blogger Fred said...

Indeed, television has gone downhill.

For instance, the show "Dancing With The Stars" that just ended. It was a crappy show. But here’s the rub - the other networks are rushing their versions to the air. So - now we have the same crap on many different channels.

It's similar to the way Clear Channel has ruined radio. They've taken out all the creativity and have homogenized the genre to a point where it's unwatchable. It’s the same thing recycled over and over and over.

I really don’t watch a heckuva lot of television any more; I prefer a good movie on DVD.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I'm addicted to Seinfeld reruns. I watch 24 and CSI. I like Monk too. But reality shows SUCK!!

1:07 PM  
Blogger Edge said...

Ya, it's all formulary now. The combinations that work are reality/cop/doctor shows. Have you also noticed how the typical family is portrayed? Hot wife, fat husband, geeky kid, cool kid?

I don't even have to watch any more. Unionized writers have ruined it for us. Everything used to be like a one act play. Watch "All in the Family" and tell me you wouldn't see that in a theater. All the action took place in one room. The focus was on the characters and the story.

How many ugly dudes get their stupid hearts broken before America is convinced ugly dudes don't win and hot chicks are superficial?

I better stop now because I have my next blog ...

~Jef

1:12 PM  
Blogger justanothernickname said...

sponge bob......yep...that's what i watch.....

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like AD on fox. It is over the top but funny.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Lily said...

I think there are good shows out there, we all have different tastes so what I love you may hate. Where I think tv gets it wrong is when a show works you end up with many clones of that show, like Fred mentioned.

I prefer comedys. I think Arrested Development is wonderfully quirky as is Scrubs. With the exception of House and Grey's Anatomy I do not watch doctor shows. And I could not be bothered with crime or political dramas. I will spare you the weekday line up of what I watch though.

I enjoy the History and Science channels as well. Mythbusters is also a favorite of mine.

3:43 PM  
Blogger RT said...

A-Team! George Peppard! God, I loved him in Breakfast at Tiffany's. *sigh* 8>

History Channel, Discovery Channel, and PBS all have some great programs. If I'm sitting down to watch TV, they're usually my first pick.

There are a few weekly shows that I can still enjoy if I don't watch them on a regular basis. I think the thing that irritates me most is when these shows start out really good, then get into so much drama that it saps all the fun out of it. CSI and Dead Like Me were both like that, and it's gotten to where I can't watch either anymore.

5:06 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I think creativity is gone. What do you do when a crime scene investigation drama does well in the ratings? Spin it off. What happens when that one does well? Spin it off again. I have actually read an interview where the creator of CSI mentions he plans to have one on every weeknight. Heck, Law & Order got pretty darn close to having the whole week.

I like some reality series. Usually the ones that deal with creating something (I don't think they are bringing back the house building ones, too bad.) Better yet, I'll give you a list of what's on my Tivo season pass (leans a lot on anime but it's good stuff):

1) Smallville
2) Lost (usually on when Smallville is)
3) Inuyasha (Rumiko Takahashi rocks)
4) Samurai Champloo
5) Full Metal Alchemist
6) Anime Unleashed
7) Justice League Unlimited
8) Yu Yu Hakusho (not currently running)
9) Lupin The Third (no new episodes)
10) Teen Titans
11) Ghost In The Shell
12) Zatch Bell
13) Robot Chicken (makes fun of a lot of pop culture)
14) Attack Of The Show (geek love)
15) Battlestar Galactica (yes, Boomer and Starbuck are hot women but it has a lot more drama)
16) The 4400 (might be removed soon because the storylines are starting to suck)
17) Hit Me Baby One More Time (probably won't be back for another season)
18) Bands Reunited (no new episodes)
19) The Biggest Loser (nothing makes you feel better than watching someone lose weight each week... unless you are struggling on a diet)
20) The Ultimate Fighter (great show)
21) Hell's Kitchen (probably my favorite right now)
22) Rock Star: INXS (good first episode)
23) Behind The Shield (ummm... it's a football thing)
24) Ultimate Fantasy Football (ummm... it's another football thing)
25) The Venture Brothers (Johnny Quest on acid)
26) Good Eats (seen most of the episodes so it's been sliding)
27) Your New House
28) South Park
29) Slave To The Metal
30) The Alternative
31) Sara's Secrets (nothing like Victoria's)
32) Being Bobby Brown
33) Barbecue University

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, I agree. TV is pretty mindless these days. I miss three's company, Wonderwoman and Charlie's Angels! Reality TV is a fad that will soon fade away- I hope.

7:24 PM  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Once again, you are 100% correct. TV sucks.

These "reality" shows about as based in reality as I am - once I take 10 doses of LSD. Since when is taking a bunch of people, tossing them on an island, then having them do stupid things "reality"?

True reality TV would be the "lets wake up and go to work" show, or "the rush hour traffic", or maybe even "it is double coupon day at the supermarket, and I am in line behind 5 old ladies" show".

And you forgot about the greatest 80s show. Miami Vice!!!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

I miss the A-Team :( Right now I watch the original CSI and House. Sad isn't it? Where is Mr. T when we need him?

8:30 PM  
Blogger Meow said...

Vavoom!!!TV really does suck. I watch Alias, 24 & Lost. If I'm @ a friend's house I'll watch what they're watching but that's about it. However in the winter when it's sub zero I'll sit and watch anything. Mostly BBC America's shows. I can watch for hours like a lazy ass. I love Monk, but it's always on at obscure times and it's too much trouble figuring that one out. Sometimes it's on primetime, sometimes on cable. BEOTCH man! I like the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy & Girl shows too. But again, those are on cable and it makes me crazy trying to keep track of when that's on. Lately I'll catch them on accident.
What do you all think about the Queer Eye shows? Aint it a hoot?

10:11 PM  
Blogger thc said...

I love television, I really do. And it does seem to have gone downhill, but I don't seem to have any time to watch anyway. With silly things like work, family obligations, blogging, there just isn't time!

10:38 PM  
Blogger dreadcow said...

Mr. T = the man!!

I always loved X-Files... Family Guy and That 70s Show are two of my favorites. Other than that I don't watch too much TV, occasionally I'll catch an episode of CSI.

Oddly enough... I love watching those weird dating shows like Elimi-date. Don't know why... Just think they're funny as hell.

And probably because I'm desperate for a woman. Ha!

11:03 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

I wouldn't even own a TV if someone hadn't given me one--a 13 inch B&W. It lives in the closet. However, the last shows I watched regularly were Alias, American Dreams, 3rd season of American Idol, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and back-to-back reapeats of Friends.

I've NEVER been a fan of Seinfeld. I've actually opted for the news over it in the past, and I fucking HATE the news.

12:04 AM  
Blogger RT said...

Call me crazy, but I just can't understand the fascination with "Reality TV". For one reason, because they're anything but real, and for another, why bother watching that stuff when you have so many great blogs that you can actually be a part of?

BTW, I'm still waiting to hear Teri's and Davydgrey's personal favorites... Just to see if there will be any drama there. 8D

12:09 AM  
Blogger Raine said...

I rarely watch TV due to my lack of cable and my selfish neighbor behind me who put up aluminum siding, totally cutting off my ability for decent reception on all network channels! I do get the PBS station very well, though; and I enjoy Newshour, Charlie Rose, and BBC (I am aware of their left-wing bias, but find their coverage of news so much more thorough than the nightly news here in the U.S.).

12:17 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I'm a reality TV whore. Mostly those on Vh1 and MTV. I KNOW! Don't stop loving me for it. I can't help it. I ask you all for your forgiveness.

Vavoom, go here. http://hoff-lovers-anonymous.blogspot.com/

And here, http://goat-people.blogspot.com

1:42 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Oh yeah, and TLC. Those shows too.

1:43 AM  
Blogger Cupcake said...

I don't own a TV these days so I can't comment, but I did watch a lot of A-Team and Magnum PI back in the day. When I was a little girl and Magnum PI was on my Dad would say, "Oh look Nancy, there's your boyfriend." These days, whenever I see Tom Sellek, I still blush...

8:33 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I rarely watch tv any more, but I watched all the time when I was a kid...Hunter, Magnum PI, and sometimes my mom would let me watch Dallas. Flipper, Empty Nest, RoseAnne, the Golden Girls...

Now I only really watch tv about two nights a week: Thurs and Sun.

CSI and the OC on Thurs (everybody needs brain candy)

Family Guy and the Simpsons on Sun.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I miss the old TV days too. Magnum PI, Three's Company, Little House on the Prairie, McGyver... those were my favourites.
Today I minaly watch medical shows like CSI, House and ER but I also love The Simpsons and That Family Guy.
As for reality TV, the only one I have ever watched is Survivor.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Oh yeah I get some history through osmosis because my fiancee loves the history channel...so I sort of listen to that when I'm doing other stuff. We had to stop going to sleep to it because we were dreaming about stuff on the history channel.

10:40 AM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Bring back MR. T!

I watch Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusisam, and Forensic Files.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Davydgrey said...

Ok RT since you wanted it....

1)I watch Stargate on Sci-Fi
2)Whose Line is it Anyways on ABC Family and ABC
3) I got Teri hooked on House
4) She got me hooked on American Idol

and I agree with Lily about the science and history channels; HGTV, TLC, and Discovery rock, with Mythbusters also being a favorite of mine. And then finally, I am a football fanatic.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Those were the good old days. I remember growing up, I had a tv show a night I use to watch. The A-team and knight rider were two of them. You can't forget Greatest American Hero, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, The facts of life, ok I can go on about this for hours but I won't.
I do not care for reality tv too much. It seems the only reality shows I like have to do with singing. They are: American Idol, Hit me baby one more time, and INXS. The other shows that I have and do watch on occasion are CSI (Las Vegas), House, Whose Line is it anyways? and the occasional hgtv, discovery, and science channels. We just got the extended channels on cable, and boy there are some really interesting shows after 10pm on skinamax err I mean cinemax.

7:27 PM  
Blogger RT said...

Teri! Did you watch Hart to Hart before Fantasy Island??? Stephanie Powers was such a good red headed role model for a red head.

Well you two didn't give me too much drama... Sounds like you're pretty much in sync. What's up with that? Do you always have to get along? :o)

12:57 AM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

RT - Stephanie Powers was a good redhead role model. She was the only reason I'd even watch some of the show. She turns 63 this year. I did meet and talk to Robert Wagner before (he answered the door in his underwear... scary.)

7:01 PM  
Anonymous pmo said...

There's talk that the A-TEAM will be turned into a MOVIE!

An Transformers are coming out 2007!
--Ahh...the wonders of the entertainment world--

7:01 PM  
Blogger Rattie said...

TV has gone down and fast, especially with those reality shows. I miss the first four years of the X-Files.

11:15 PM  

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