Rerun #atozchallenge

We don’t watch a whole lot of new TV because, frankly, we’re underwhelmed by it. (Okay, that’s not entirely true: we do watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! during the week.) They’ve replaced quality writing with dirty jokes and gunplay. I don’t think we’re the only ones who feel that way, either.

Reruns have always been big business in TV. After four seasons’ worth of shows (80-100 episodes; for most shows, that’s 96) have aired, the series is eligible to be syndicated, where local stations and the smaller and vintage TV networks can bid for the rights to rebroadcast it. Syndication contracts are generally awarded based on the market (e.g. Atlanta, Chicago, Sioux Falls) or the network (e.g. MeTV, Antenna TV, Decades, Ion), and typically run for a one to two years, and there are rules that must be followed as far as who has the right in a market to air the show if there are several entities who have the rights that share the market. For example, here in Atlanta, both a local station (WXIA, the local NBC affiliate) and MeTV (which broadcasts nationwide) had the rights to show The Andy Griffith Show. In that case, the local station showed it and MeTV replaced it with Mayberry, R. F. D. in their feed for Atlanta.

I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners are classic examples of syndication successes. Both were originally shown on the networks (if I remember correctly, CBS and Dumont, respectively) and have been on the air ever since in syndication. Only 39 episodes were made of The Honeymooners and they’ve been playing ever since. I Love Lucy is running somewhere in the world every hour of every day, or so I’ve heard.

There’s another type of syndication called first-run syndication, where a show is created specifically for syndication. Star Trek: The Next Generation and Xena: Warrior Princess are examples of that. But that’s a topic for another day.

21 thoughts on “Rerun #atozchallenge

  1. John,

    When I was a kid, I watched a lot of reruns, especially during the summer months. In recent years, streaming has made it possible to watch current TV series that we enjoy at our convenience and if it’s show that’s no longer aired and we want to watch it then chances are good that we can find the series on one of our streaming services. Our kids, mostly DS, were fortunate to watch a lot of reruns of vintage TV shows while at home. They loved those old programs, too. It’s true most new television series today aren’t worth the time spent in production and even less to for wasting my time. Hollywood can’t produce something for the sheer entertainment, they have to spoil it by inserting their agenda. A little of it, we might can gloss over it but if it’s constantly in our face stuff then we’ll click it off no matter who’s in it because its such a killjoy!

    Cathy’s Pinup Girl Art Sketch Series ‘R’


    1. It’s like they can’t leave well enough alone. And the late-night talk shows are hardly worth staying up for. Like I say again and again, they don’t want shows, they want “content,” and they don’t want to spend a lot for it.


    1. They were, and there was very little violence (mostly on the westerns, and even then only the bad guys died), fathers were respected rather than buffoons, kids loved their parents and vice versa, when a kid was a “troublemaker” it was more mischief than crime… in short, traditional values.


  2. The first “reality” shows killed TV for me. I do like the Law and Order series and even NCIS. Chicago PD is one I have seen recently because my husband started watching those reruns.


    1. “Law & Order” was pretty consistent, which is why it was around for so long. The spinoffs were good, too, but not as good as the original. We liked NCIS a lot, then it seemed to lose its way. Haven’t seen Chicago PD, but I’ve heard good things about it…


    1. We have a local religious station that runs old TV shows at night, and I don’t know where they find them. Some of them are ancient, like “Judge Roy Bean” with Edgar Buchanan, “Man With A Camera” with Charles Bronson, “Steamboat” with Darren McGavin (and the early episodes had Burt Reynolds in his first TV role). Great TV shows that everyone thought was lost. A lot of it is in the public domain, I’m sure. It was good, clean entertainment.


    1. If and when we buy a new TV, we’ll get one with Roku built in so we can access things like Netflix, Britbox, Pluto etc. as well as use the antenna to get all our OTA favorites (MeTV, Cozi TV, Decades, WATC TOO…).


      1. we are hooked on British shows, We use Acorn and Britbox mainly. All sorts of good story telling and clever comedy. Currently watching an old comedy dating back to the ’70’s called “Porridge” on Britbox.


  3. Of course I am a tv watcher but we watch a lot of animal shows, documentaries, my hubby loves science and shows that involve restoration but not all of them. We also love reruns because the shows were so good and not all about CSI and killings. My hubby loves The Walton’s and I like Little House on the Prairie which is on tv right now. I owned Bewitched and Frazier but also As Time Goes By. Carol Burnett is another great show as well as the old Roasts with Dean Martin


    1. I could bore you to death with all the old shows I like. Have you read Alison Arngrim’s book “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch”? She talks about being Nellie Oleson and all the hate she used to have to endure. She’s actually quite a nice person…


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