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03-15-2014, 12:26 PM (This post was last modified: 03-15-2014 12:29 PM by jimmo.)
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Better quality television needed
It is a shame Sad there aren't but a few situation comedy series' on regular broadcast network television that would be considered fit for family viewing (including for children to watch) by the standards of even the 1980s, let alone the great family TV era of the 1950s and '60s.

Wouldn't it be great if some smart Cool production company could come up with a few new series' of as high a quality as "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet," "The Andy Griffith Show." "The Donna Reed Show," "Family Affair," "Father Knows Best," "I Love Lucy," "The Jack Benny Program," "Leave it to Beaver," or "My Three Sons?"

I realize there are cable channels, such as Nickelodeon and Teen Disney, etc. which have programs that cater to children and teens. But not every home may afford cable TV service. Plus some of the series' on those channels are so inane adults wouldn't wish to watch them with their kids. TV networks have either forgotten how or just don't care to produce what was once thought of as "wholesome family entertainment," television series' that are generally inoffensive but also don't insult the intelligence of an average adult. About the only currently produced sitcom I may think of that is relatively inoffensive is "The Middle" on ABC.

But the most popular sitcoms on CBS--"How I Met Your Mother," "The Big Bang Theory," especially "Two & A Half Men," and "The Millers," are loaded with sexual innuendo, if not outright vulgarity. I am not saying I haven't watched some of these series', nor that there may not be a place for them too. But they don't belong in early evening viewing times, and would be considered by most to be unfit for children under the age of about 14 years old. Of course it is up to parents what their children watch on television. The TV networks could also help by producing at least a few more family-friendly TV series'. Never has there been a time when so few family-friendly TV series' have been in production, even as we have more TV shows, overall, than ever before.

For that matter, what about television networks producing more high quality drama series' that would be equal to the quality of such series' as "Lassie," "Flipper," "Little House on the Prairie," and "The Waltons?" These programs are also fine examples of series' that could be viewed by the whole family.

And wouldn't it be great if there could be a revival of that other family-friendly format of television--the variety show? Why couldn't some versatile entertainers of today (Tony Danza, Hugh Jackman, Fran Drescher, Jane Krakowski) host a series that featured comedy, musical guests (bands and singers), dancing, magic, circus acts, etc.? I'm not talking about talent search shows and competitions such as "American Idol" and "Dancing With The Stars," though those are fine too. What about 21st Century versions of "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Hollywood Palace," "The Danny Kaye Show," "The Red Skelton Hour," or "The Carol Burnett Show," featuring the talents of today hosted by currently popular celebrities who actually have talent themselves? The only thing approaching this type of show today is "Saturday Night Live" and the late-night talk-variety shows ("The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," "The Late Show with David Letterman," and "The Arsenio Hall Show,") etc. But those are on too late for many to enjoy, also too risque for children anyway.

Another idea Idea is maybe the affiliates (your local TV stations which affiliate themselves with one of the major TV networks) could decide to allow the TV networks an extra half-hour each evening, or even one or two weekday evenings per week, to broadcast some more family-friendly series' at an earlier time in the evening, when younger children would be more likely to be watching television. There was a time, that I am old enough to recall, when prime time began on all networks at 7:30 p.m. EST. Then, in the 1970s, there had actually been a policy of the "family-viewing hour," when series' that were intended for general audiences would be scheduled. But the FCC and networks seem to have lost sight of this practice.

Currently, only Sunday evenings is prime time network programming begun at 7 p.m. And even then, one would hardly consider such shows as "60 Minutes," "Dateline NBC," or the adult cartoons "Bob's Burgers" and "American Dad," (on FOX) to be appropriate family viewing. Only "America's Funniest Home Videos" on ABC might be considered good family fare in that so-called family-viewing block.

But consider that, in 1963-64, this same viewing block of 50 years ago featured such great classic TV series' as "Lassie," "Dennis the Menace," reruns of "Father Know Best," "The Jetsons," and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color." And the family sitcom "McKeever & The Colonel" aired on NBC beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST that season, the next year "Mister ED" aired at that same time on CBS, so actually an hour and a half early evening devoted to family-viewing.

Unless some better quality family comedies and dramas are produced soon, 20 years from now MeTV, Antenna TV, RTV or whatever other classic TV channels exist will still be showing only classic TV series' of the 1950s through '70s. In order for there to be good quality classic TV shows for tomorrow, they need to be produced and written today. Today's' great TV shows are the ones that become tomorrow's classics!

Fortunately, this website, 1-Link.org, has made video of many fine TV series' of the past available, in addition to episodes of newer TV series'. But the broadcast TV networks are no longer so broad-based in their thinking. If you feel as strongly about this as I do, maybe it wouldn't hurt to send ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC an e-mail about this issue either.

Just some food for thought. But we all love Heart good television, which is why we are here. Smile
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05-05-2014, 01:35 PM
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RE: Better quality television needed
I agree with just about everything you wrote. You are not alone.
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05-05-2014, 03:32 PM
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This is now sticky thread so everyone can see

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05-05-2014, 10:09 PM
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Thanks jimmo for raising this issue.

I suspect that (apart from communist countries that ban 'western tv), this long-established trend is worldwide. Not sure if television reflects society, or the other way around. In reality, they're probably hand-in-hand.
It is very much a moral issue, with many no doubt considering this isn't a problem. 'Go with the flow' and 'free expression' coming to the fore.
My recollection of previous tv series mentioned by jimmo is the same. Reflects similar ages perhaps? I clearly recall being scared witless every week, held in suspenders until the next episode of 'Lost in Space' was aired. Or wondering why I couldn't achieve the same results as Tabitha every time I twitched my nose.
Those were the days...............

For those who enjoy tv series that reflects todays society, go for it! Just be conscious of the effects they can have on behaviour & atitudes.

However, thanks to 1-link these memories can be recalled for this generation, and those to come, as jimmo rightly states. No, we can't change the world, but we can influence 'our world.'
Bring back the good 'ol days!

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09-25-2016, 01:02 AM
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I think you would be pleased with "Granite Flats," a show from BYU TV. Netflix carried both seasons. Unfortunately, the program manger/director/whatever guy at BYU TV decided that since the show was successful, that they'd ax it and try something else. Honest. That's what he said. Teh show was successful, but we're canceling it.

IMHO, the man was insane. The show was very good.
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09-25-2016, 02:36 PM (This post was last modified: 09-25-2016 02:41 PM by jimmo.)
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RE: Better quality television needed
Incredible. But I will still try to find the existing episodes of this series to check them out, on your recommendation.

Thank you.


(09-25-2016 01:02 AM)flink Wrote:  I think you would be pleased with "Granite Flats," a show from BYU TV. Netflix carried both seasons. Unfortunately, the program manger/director/whatever guy at BYU TV decided that since the show was successful, that they'd ax it and try something else. Honest. That's what he said. The show was successful, but we're canceling it.

IMHO, the man was insane. The show was very good.


Thank you, flink.

Incredible that BYU would cancel this series when it was successful. But I will still try to find the existing episodes of this series to check them out, on your recommendation.

By the way, what is BYU?
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09-25-2016, 10:23 PM
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Sounds like Brigham Young University TV
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