Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Gill-man, Aug 15, 2018.
What things do you miss from old TV shows that we no longer see on today’s TV shows?
Catchy, interesting and memorable opening themes.
I just saw "I Dream Of Jeannie" 's previous old theme during its B&W era for the first time and it SUCKED compared to the syncopated Salsa/Cumbia styled version we've all come to know.
Righty-o! Last good one I think I'd seen, was probably for The Drew Carey Show, followed by the zippy, instantly-memorable, "Moon Over Parma".
We're goin' bowlin', so don't lose her in Solon...
Well let's see...plot-acting-less commercials...did I mention-plot-acting?
Can you describe what you mean by “plot acting”? Examples of it?
No swearing, at least nothing worse than perhaps the word "Hell!"
Seems today’s comedies notably Big Bang Theory is more or less a bunch of one liners strung together with each star getting their share of lines. It probably started with Friends. Shows like Taxi and shows from the days were more traditionally structured with a plot an arc and then a conclusion.
You don't see many Private Investigator shows these days, like Mannix or The Rockford Files. I know that there is a Magnum PI reboot on the way. I'm reasonably certain that it's going to be all ironic and glib.
Not hearing the word 'peni$' every 10 minutes
I miss these also. I also like to watch Cannon.
I miss the hard, cold, cynicism of Mr Ed for a start.
Proper closing credits, with the end logo(s) of the people behind the show (vanity cards, and many a time, one of the major studios [like for instance on Hart to Hart, w/Rona II and Spelling-Goldberg IAW Columbia Pictures Television-- CPT then having the 80s Torch Lady])
At least Network television still keeps it to a minimum. Cable TV of course can take things to extremes. Some there have become softcore porn just because it can, use language like Clerks just because they can, and push it on violence just because it can. Just because they can, doesn’t mean it’s in good taste or makes the show any better for it.
"Wacky" sitcoms with outrageous premises (Small Wonder, Out Of This World, etc).
Ah yes the cheap laughs. Late night talk shows go cheap with the politics.
Sunday Morning as it was in my youth (this opening from 1984), w/the late great Charles Kuralt (not just Kuralt, but also the title sequence at the top of the show; it's not the same anymore w/Jane Pauley)
I hope it is. Another problem with current TV is that network dramas are overwhelmingly grim and serious. Not a glib or ironic moment in the bunch.
Yeah, I suppose that's true of Law & Order and Criminal Minds and those kinds of shows. However, the original Magnum PI was kind of lighthearted. I would not personally enjoy a show that screams to me that I should only want to watch it ironically, not because I enjoy it for what it is.
I guess I was thinking ironic more in the cynical but bemused attitudes of Rockford and Magnum. That is what I'd like to see again.
More than 19 minutes of content per half hour.
The use of phone booths and the dilemmas caused when one would have to be at home to answer a phone call. I mean judge Harry Stone in Night Court was only appointed because he was home on a Sunday afternoon.
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