TV Or Not TV #socs #JusJoJan

I write about television (which I’ll abbreviate to TV because I can) a lot on this blog, including many times for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. I write about it even when I’m not writing explicitly about it. It somehow appears in a lot of my posts. Don’t believe me? Search my blog for television in there and see all the blog posts that come up. Then, search for TV in and you’ll see a whole lot more. I mean, it comes up a lot here.

Back in the ’60’s child psychologists were alarmed at the amount of TV children were consuming on a daily basis. “My God, kids are averaging three hours a day watching TV!” Now remember, that’s an average, which means there were some kids that hardly watched any TV at all and others (like the Holton boys) that watched five or six hours a day. Yet, we all got good grades in school, always did our homework, and were in bed by 10:00 PM. (I’d have the radio on, of course, especially if the White Sox were playing on the West Coast, which they did a lot at one time.)

At this point, I’d be repeating myself, so feel free to browse some of the other TV posts I’ve done. Click the links in the first paragraph.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. (See? TV lingo.) Because it’s January, it’s also a part of Just Jot It January.

Now here are Tommy Rettig and June Lockhart from the cast of Lassie for Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. Have you had your soup today?

23 thoughts on “TV Or Not TV #socs #JusJoJan

  1. We were above average as well, John. I don’t think it hurt us anymore than the air we were breathing (in Pittsburgh) or the water in Lake Erie where we went on vacation. One difference (maybe) from today is that we watched as a family and talked about the show/game/movie.

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    1. Right. There was one TV for everyone in the house, and the parents controlled what the family watched. You either watched what your folks wanted to watch or you found something else to do until something you did want to watch came on. Now there’s a TV in every room, and everyone watches what they want to watch.

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  2. LOL – do you think TV shows were of better quality content back in the days when you watched it as a child? I remember the shows being better…but I do like Big Bang Theory re-runs now………….!

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    1. I do think it was better. It comes down to supply and demand: when it was just CBS, NBC and ABC and a couple of independent stations in each market (I’m including PBS, where stations tend to go their own way and all the network programming is produced for and/or by PBS) they had the pick of the best material. If a show wasn’t cutting it, it was out, because there were plenty of shows left to choose from. Now, there are literally thousands of channels running 24/365 competing for the same material, not to mention the streaming services. It’s now an exercise in filling 168 hours a week as cheaply as possible. That’s my short answer, and I’m sticking to it…

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  3. I watched plenty of TV as a kid too. I like to think the quality is what matters. TV shows in the 60s and 70s had great theme songs, like Gilligan’s Island. I also remember being outside a lot, occasionally playing roles from TV Shows.

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  4. I watched a lot of TV when I was growing up and I enjoyed the shows as they were all new to everyone. I don’t watch these old shows anymore, but some people still watch Perry Mason and All in the Family episodes. I have moved on to Netflix because I despise commercials, but not the ones that you post.

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    1. I’m glad you like the commercials. I especially like the ones for products that no longer exist or that are/were regional or local products, because there’s a good chance I’ve never seen them.

      We almost exclusively watch vintage TV shows now. The quality of the network shows is pretty awful anymore. Mary has dabbled a little with Britbox and Netflix, but after a while you run out of new episodes to watch, and honestly I can’t see watching an entire season in one sitting.

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  5. I don’t think I’ve ever been a big TV watcher. I used to have “those” programs that I liked to watch each week – mostly the ones like Chicago Hope, St. Elsewhere, Law and Order, NYPD Blue, but even those after a while I stopped watching routinely. When the “reality” TV started showing up then I stopped for sure. I’d rather read or craft. Baseball, yes!

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    1. The whole idea of “appointment TV” (i.e. “I have to go, Hill Street Blues is on”) has pretty much gone away now, because if it’s a popular show the episodes will undoubtedly be available on Netflix or Hulu, or you can buy them by the season at Amazon. Even back then there were VCR’s, and I guess TiVo is still limping along. Might just as soon wait until they show up for streaming, then watch them all at once.

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  6. Watching TV wasn’t a problem at all we didn’t have one. Later in the 70, they was no program the whole day in Belgium (but we had cable TV since the 50th) and only 4 channels. The TV started at 6 pm with a cartoon for kids. At 11 pm nothing anymore. Now we still have cable, plus digital TV with 200 channels from all Europe and even CNN and one Russian station. Today adults complain that children are spending too much time on their smartphone and have no personal contact anymore ! Each generation has its problems ! My grandma hated telephone it was unhealthy !!

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  7. I used to watch a lot of TV as a child but got bored with it later in life. I like a lot of variety – singing, dancing, and humor. I don’t like the shoot-em up shows of today because I can watch that in the news, unfortunately.

    I agree with Mary that a TV show has to have a great theme song.

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    1. We’ve taken to watching old shows almost exclusively, because the amount of violence and sex in the shows today is excessive. The only time you see gunplay on “The Andy Griffith Show” is when Barney puts his bullet in his gun and shoots it accidentally. It’s also nice to see programming where Dad isn’t treated like an idiot.

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