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Look how wholesome TV shows were in the past

Postby Scepcop » 06 Aug 2009, 02:42

How come modern TV shows are no longer as wholesome as they were in the past, when characters were kind, personable, natural, down to earth, simple, etc.? Nowadays, characters act tough, rough and jaded, as though having no feelings is the ideal. It's like whoever is more tough and unfeeling is admired. WTF?

Check out these intros to these past TV shows and compare them to the ones today.

They remind me of times when I felt young and innocent (but of course, our minds tend to make the past out to be better than it really was for some reason). And the TV theme tunes were really special, whereas nowadays there is hardly any noteworthy themes for modern TV shows. And if you remember, the characters were more likable, wholesome, fun and campy.

Do these bring back nostalgia for any of you too?

Love Boat Intro



The Waltons Intro



Chips Intro (what a groovy theme)



Hawaii Five O Intro



Gillians Island Intro



Dynasty Intro (beautiful theme)



The A-Team Intro



Knight Rider Intro



The Big Valley (damn look how beautiful and wholesome Linda Evans used to be!)



Charlies Angels intro



The Six Million Dollar Man Intro (one of my favorite shows and themes)

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Re: Look how wholesome TV shows were in the past

Postby NinjaPuppy » 06 Aug 2009, 04:09

TV shows have changed drastically because of the change in the attitude of the advertisers. Back in the day, they were selling family oriented products. Perfect products for the perfect family. Buy our product and live a perfect life.

There were plenty of rules/laws (I don't know if they were actually laws or not) that forbid police shows to insinuate that 'crime pays' or that you could get away with a crime. All criminals were required to be bought to justice in the plot.

Now it's different. I miss those Kraft Entertainment Hours and Hallmark Holiday Specials. You can never have too many uses for Cheez-Whiz!

Now it's all about the ratings and the almighty dollar.
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Re: Look how wholesome TV shows were in the past

Postby Scepcop » 06 Aug 2009, 04:35

If you watch the documentaries about the making of TV shows and network ratings though, it was always about ratings, even back in the 50's.

Yeah family values have broken down. I also heard that we are in spiritual decline as we head toward 2012 too, that may be part of it, hence people start to seem more cold and apathetic compared to before, as well as more distant and disconnected from each other.

Which of those shows were your favorites? Do they bring make nostalgia for you too?
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Re: Look how wholesome TV shows were in the past

Postby Eteponge » 06 Aug 2009, 04:59

I grew up in the 1980s and loved a lot of the 1980s cartoons and such. My favorite TV Show as a kid however, was "You Can't Do That On Television", which was on Nickelodeon, it really pushed boundaries (several episodes of it even got banned), even by today's standards. The guy who created that show got off on how far they could push the censors of the day. Hahaha. That's the show that parents didn't want their kids to see, but all the kids couldn't get enough of.

That's the TV Show where if you said "I don't know!" you would get green slime dumped all over your head from above. Which Nickelodeon continues to do to this day, even though the show it originated from has been off the air for almost 20 years now.
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Re: Look how wholesome TV shows were in the past

Postby NinjaPuppy » 06 Aug 2009, 05:05

From that list of shows, my favorite would be Gilligan's Island, then Love Boat, then Six Million Dollar Man.

I enjoyed the concept of 'Gilligan's Island' and I liked seeing the guest stars on 'Love Boat'. 'The Six Million Dollar Man' was like really good TV. My kind of sci-fi/action/intrigue for the time.

My all time favorite show was 'Maxwell Smart'. Anything by Mel Brooks is in my top ten.
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Re: Look how wholesome TV shows were in the past

Postby Mistislav D'ralle » 18 Aug 2009, 09:24

NinjaPuppy wrote:From that list of shows, my favorite would be Gilligan's Island, then Love Boat, then Six Million Dollar Man.

I enjoyed the concept of 'Gilligan's Island' and I liked seeing the guest stars on 'Love Boat'. 'The Six Million Dollar Man' was like really good TV. My kind of sci-fi/action/intrigue for the time.

My all time favorite show was 'Maxwell Smart'. Anything by Mel Brooks is in my top ten.


To me I watch Gilligans Island in Sweden but still watch "Skippy" in Murmansk. It has large marsupial that can jump and open doors while helping bureaucrats run nature park in Australia. Skippy smarter than beaurocrats.
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Re: Look how wholesome TV shows were in the past

Postby NinjaPuppy » 18 Aug 2009, 09:30

Mistislav D'ralle wrote:Skippy smarter than beaurocrats.


LOL. Yes, I can easily agree with that idea.
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Re: Look how wholesome TV shows were in the past

Postby brett » 18 Aug 2009, 13:12

Mistislav D'ralle wrote:
NinjaPuppy wrote:From that list of shows, my favorite would be Gilligan's Island, then Love Boat, then Six Million Dollar Man.

I enjoyed the concept of 'Gilligan's Island' and I liked seeing the guest stars on 'Love Boat'. 'The Six Million Dollar Man' was like really good TV. My kind of sci-fi/action/intrigue for the time.

My all time favorite show was 'Maxwell Smart'. Anything by Mel Brooks is in my top ten.


To me I watch Gilligans Island in Sweden but still watch "Skippy" in Murmansk. It has large marsupial that can jump and open doors while helping bureaucrats run nature park in Australia. Skippy smarter than beaurocrats.


i LIKE this guy :D :D - Skippy smarter than bureaucrats - brilliant !!! - a BIG welcome Mistislav - we NEED insight like yours :D :D
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