I don’t watch network TV these days.
I can’t tell ya the last time I watched any of the ‘major’ networks… it was probably the Super Bowl.
And I only watched the first 10 minutes of that.
Network TV has become so commercial-dense, that it seems you’re watching more commercials than content.
And the content, what there is of it, is total crap.
Actually, I watch so little of network TV, I don’t know what’s hot now, but it’s only gotten worse since I gave up on it.
I guess there’s a lot of folks who watch celebrities learning to dance the tango, but me, I just don’t care.
A lot of network shows all seem to be a revival of that stupid American Idol thing.
Pleeeeeze… It’s “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour”
……………. with a touch of the “Gong” show.
They must make a lot of money on people calling in to vote on their favorite talent…
…. and I hear people talking incessantly about it after the show airs….
……… so I guess folks must like it, too.
Even cartoons have gotten out of hand.
Do you think that Family Guy show could come up with any less appealing plot twists or baby fetishes?
I’m sure there’s something they haven’t covered yet…
… on next week’s episode, don’t miss it, when Peter Griffin puts Stewie in a blender and eats him.
Don’t worry, though- its a dream sequence.
After all, he’s the star of the show..
….. without him, you’d only have a dog who sleeps with women…
( who apparently has been killed off — or has he been brought back from the Pet Cemetery yet? )
… and the obese stereotype of how the average American thinks, acts and looks like to the cynical producers of that show.
The wife Lois looks semi-cute in leather, though, I admit.
But, somebody else’s wife always looks good in leather.
That’s rule 57 — or 58, I think.
Remember the Psychotic doctor with a limp who has a penchant for diagnoses and a bad attitude?
Hell, I can go to my family Doctor and get all that; with the added benefit of a cold gloved finger.
And what was the trip with that Jack Bauer guy on that ’24’ show……
…….. how many times is the world gonna have to rely on this one pinhead to save the world?
I understand the whole suspension of belief routine- but suspension of rationality, believability?
Not to mention a need for a little more variety in concept.
But again, folks like it.
Hey, I’m not saying I’m too intelligent for it.
I just like characters with some personality, is all.
Now, you take Mister Haney from my all time favorite TV show GREEN ACRES.
He’d sell you anything you needed or wanted. And anything you didn’t need or want, too.
Pat Buttram, the actor who played Mr. Haney, was a gen-u-wine country comedian and writer, one of the funniest guys to walk the planet.
That Haney guy had personality.
Actually, the whole town did- only the guy who moved in from up Nawth didn’t.
His wife certainly did…
……. she didnt even want to move there, and she ended up fitting in much better than he.
Not withstanding just how hot Eva Gabor would look whether she was wearing mink or overalls……..
Any farm would look better having that gorgeous creature on it.
Remember Hank Kimball, the guy from the Department of Agriculture?
You couldn’t help but laugh at the way Alvy Moore played him-
— oblivious but loveable…
……… on his own schedule in his very own time zone.
The brilliant simplicity of the humor and the humanity of the characters…
…………….. that was a show you couldn’t help but like.
And you could really relate to the characters……
Back in the late 90’s, I bought some farm land in a rural North Carolina county,
(Surry County) and did the Oliver Wendell Douglas experience myself.
Mister Kimball really reminds a lot of the guy who inspected the foundation of the barn I was building out there.
” Yep– looks like a solid foundation, alright. You gonna put a building on it? “–
he said, sitting in his truck 50 yards from the site.
We talked about 3 hours about all kinds of things, and he never got out of his truck.
Take it from me, those characters on Green Acres were more true to life than you would believe unless you actually lived it.
They live in their own time zone there, too…
….. and it took a good deal of getting used to, I can tell ya.
The local general store guy had everything known to man in that store somewhere…..
… where, no one knew,
but if you were willing to help him look for it,
you’d find what you needed eventually.
The guys who hooked my electricity up to the pole 1/2 mile away from my barn
reminded me a good deal of the Monroe Brothers, too ……..
Even the non human characters were funny.
Arnold the pig was no ham.
Ahhhhh….. if only life was that simple, huh?
I got another one…..
Lloyd Bridges on Sea Hunt.
Wow. I wanted to be that guy.
Rugged. Tough. Square jawed. Adventuresome. Laconic.
That show was one reason that, when I got old enough, I went into the Navy.
That, and ’cause it would tick my US Marine father off no end.
But, sometimes I don’t even need a lot of personality on a show to like it.
Brady Bunch was an example.
I didnt care nothin about the housemaid or the dork brothers, or the parents either.
I was ten years old when that show was popular, and I watched it for one reason.
The same reason I watch it today.
Hoo boy, do I miss mini-skirts.
Yeah, I know…
I oughta be ashamed of myself.
…………………………………. Well, I’m not.
I’d watch Batman for basically the same reason….
Julie Newmar in that cat suit.