A TV show made before 1990 that you think has aged well?
Columbo is pretty great, maybe a top example
Magnum P.I. still holds up
That show is great👍
The show itself is just okay. It's Peter Falk's performance as Columbo that elevates it to a whole other level and makes it one of the all-time greats.
As for Magnum: did a TV character ever sport shorter shorts than Magnum? I remember in one of the earlier eps a woman staying at Robin's Nest espies Magnum in his barely-there shorts and subsequently asks Higgins why Magnum's walking around in broad daylight in his underwear. Personally, I think likening Magnum's shorts to underwear is charitable: I've run across knickers much, much more modest than Magnum's shorts ever were.
Good show though all the same.
Jack Tripper and his pal Larry wore ridiculously tiny shorts on Three's Company all the time...yep, I'm a bit disturbed that I remember that😒share
Three’s Co. they wore shorter shorts, even Jack.share
Amen with Sherman Hemsley. I watch it nearly everyday.share
The Jeffersons was really good fun
I must admit I don't recall Amen...Was that a short run show?
No there were five seasons. You have to check it out. It’s hilarious. You can probably find some on YouTube.share
WEAK BRO...REAL WEAK.🙄share
FUN FACT...MY FATHER WAS A STATE PARK RANGER IN THE 80S...DURING HIS SHIFT ONE NIGHT HE GAVE DIRECTIONS TO A LIMO...INSIDE THE LIMO...SHERMAN HEMSLEY AND A YOUNG WHITE BOY IN HIS TIGHTY WHITEYS.🙂share
And your law enforcement father did nothing??share
HOURLY WAGE PARK RANGER...AND YES,HE AND HIS COWORKER GAVE THEM DIRECTIONS AND THAT WAS ALL.share
Real cops regularly said that Barney Miller portrayed life at a police station more accurately than any cop show ever made. Even though it was a comedy, those kinds of quirky things really happened.share
great writing and they were ahead of their time in dealing with certain issues.share
Yes, Barney Miller.share
Yes. I watch it on Antenna TV, and it's bizarre how so many of the incidents on the show could happen today, even though it took place in gritty 1970s NYC.share
Would it be easier to ask which ones have aged poorly? I'd like to think the popular shows of the past were fondly remembered and have "legs" in our time, but some not so much.share
I think sitcom's tend to age badly, especially ones from the 80's. Also a lot of the shows from the 80's in general, Knight Rider, Fall Guy etc. Still fun as far as nostalgia goes but we are talking some very simple and slow plots.share
Yes. I've been trying to watch some of those 1980s shows and almost all of them are cringe-inducing, which surprised me. I grew up watching them religiously but decades later, they're unwatchable.share
Even at the time as a kid I knew they were pretty empty plot wise. But back then you didn't binge watch anything. You got the show once a week so I guess it kind of balanced out. That "Binge Watch" factor is pretty important in terms of how shows will be perceived in the future I think.
There are also (slightly) newer shows that although I liked them on TV later on when I had them downloaded I couldn't really get into them.
There are loads of good shows pre-1990, but for a short answer:
Magnum, P.I. (best show ever)
The Andy Griffith Show
We didn't watch Gunsmoke when I was a kid so when I see it now, it's pretty entertaining. I like being invested in the regular charaters and that the show does (for me) create tension and uncertainty - even when we know Matt and the crew aren't gonna die - makes me feel like it has held up well.
Personally, I'm not sure I want to engage with the Andy Griffith Show at this point, (too corny and saccharine), but if I gave it an honest try, I might not be so harsh.
There's nothing saccharine about TAGS.share