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Bel-Cam Jos
02-02-2008, 06:17 PM
Unless you're from before 1939 and the World's Fair, you've grown up with television as a part of life and technology. What has it done to you, either good or bad?

For me, the character Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties was my model in middle school (which was probably a bad choice, considering the bullies and "cool" kids there). I still recall the Our Town-style episode where he muses about a friend who died; I can still determine which coins are dropped on a table by their sounds. :D

I still determine the quality of knowledge by whether one could use it on a quiz show, specifically Jeopardy!

My favorite catch phrases come from commercials; the funniest ones (unintentially, I think) come from daytime TV.

Other thoughts? Keep your responses to 22 minutes plus commercial breaks. :p :lafftrack:

Mad Slanted Powers
02-02-2008, 10:48 PM
When the world crashes in into my living room
Television man made me what I am
People like to put the television down
But we are just good friends
Iím a television man

- Talking Heads

I grew up watching television. That is just what our family did in the evening. However, other than the weekend (Saturday cartoons and Sunday football in particular), the TV was rarely on during the daytime.

I watched a lot of Saturday cartoons. Bugs Bunny/Road Runner was the one I watched and enjoyed the most. Fat Albert was a good show.

After school, there were more cartoons. At one point it was a variety, but then they were mostly Tom & Jerry. Then there were the repeated viewings of shows like Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch and the Monkees.

There have been too many shows in prime time to name here. Some were quite memorable, others I've probably forgotten about. I keep coming back for more though. I always looked forward to the fall preview issue of TV Guide. Even when we no longer subscribed, we'd make sure to pick up that issue in the store. However, ever since I started getting Entertainment Weekly, I just rely on their fall preview.

However, I don't feel I'm a total TV junkie. If there isn't something on that I want to watch, I'll do something else. There are times where I flip through looking for something to watch and I end up watching something I hadn't planned to. I certainly could be doing more constructive things with my time, but I'd probably find something else to do to waste time instead of doing those things.

JediTricks
02-02-2008, 10:54 PM
Something that is very '80s and will never come again:

Scrambled porn.

Jargo
02-03-2008, 10:41 AM
growing up, tv was a luxury. I can remember catching snippets of shows the grown ups were watching but mostly being confined to the garden or my room to 'play'. so tv isn't really something I have a passion for. I'm quite happy not to have one and just have an AV monitor for watching DVD's on. and even then I rarely watch a DVD.
I'll admit that in my more recent history I've chosen not to watch too much. People say as a writer you should read lots and view lots of stuff like movies and theatre but I just find that limits my imagination and half the time you get halfway through writing something and realise it's an episode of a tv show or an old movie you've just transcribed. so not watching stops me being too influenced.
I'l make a point of sitting and watching documentaries. or factual programmes. those sorts of shows can only help your brain develop. or keep it ticking over nicely. On the whole i think tv is a pile of poop and waste of everyone's money.

Blue2th
02-03-2008, 11:11 AM
I too was a Saturday morning cartoon freak growing up. Though even then it was the action-adventure types like Jonny Quest, and later Gi Joe. I never really got into the Bugs Bunny thing.
Always loved the Sci-Fi shows like Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits etc.
All this made me the action-figure buying guy I am today.

Now I am into a few Sci-Fi shows, re-runs of Star Trek, an occasional sit-com comedy. I really like History, Science, and Nature programs. These kind of programs are invaluable to increase my knowledge.
Sports, religion and the ever increasing amount of reality shows are a waste of time to me. The more this stuff is on, the more I want to disconnect my TV.

TV is a "Harvester of Eyes" (BOC) I find myself watching less of it lately.

Mad Slanted Powers
02-03-2008, 01:18 PM
Well, Saturday mornings did have Jason of Star Command for a while. That was a lame attempt to cash in on Star Wars, but I enjoyed it at the time. I wasn't big in to Star Trek in the 70's. I saw a few episodes from time to time and liked it, but since it was in reruns and not always on at a time I would normally be watching, I didn't become obsessed with it then.

As far as other sci-fi back then, there was Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers.

Jedi_Kal-El
02-03-2008, 02:02 PM
I was(and still am) a TV nut. I too remember all the Saturday morning cartoons, and like MSP I watched Battlestar and Buck Rogers. Other shows I enjoyed on a regular basis back then were Chips, Gilligans Island,and the original Star Trek. Evening sit-coms like Cheers, Family Ties, and The Cosby Show were always on in my house.

I have to say though that TV today in some ways isn't as good as it was back in the late 70's early 80's. There are alot of good shows on in this day and age though. Some of my favorites these days would be: 24, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, any of the Star Tek series(DS9 being my favorite, Enterprise my least)so yeah I'm aTV junkie and it has affected my life, but it doesn't rule it.

Deoxyribonucleic
02-03-2008, 02:49 PM
For me, the internet has effected my life way more than TV ever has. I barely watch tv at all and if I want to watch a show, I go to the internet.

When I was a kid, I also barely watched tv, my only true love was Saturday Morning Cartoons...Bugs and friends #1! I lived on a farm with horses and all sorts of other animals, motorcycles, four wheelers, a river and creek just down at the bottom of the hill, all four seasons and star wars figures, so not much interest in tv at all with all that other fun stuff to do, except for the occasional christmas specials or other holiday specials that aired once in the year.

bobafrett
02-03-2008, 02:54 PM
One thing I remember was watching television for free. We had the few standard stations ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS but not much more, and had to get up to change the channels. Then came cable, it was ON TV for us, before the days of MTV, we watched this single channel (At least I think it was a single channel), between there gets a bit fuzzy, because my dad wouldn't subscribe to cable or ON TV, so we were back watching the basic free television. Our neighbor had cable and we would go watch MTV back in the day when they played music videos, and they rocked. Now days I pay $70 a month to see a bunch of garbage television. I rarely watch it anymore, and when I do, it's usually something my better half chooses, or it's sports, or American Chopper, or the Myth busters.

El Chuxter
02-03-2008, 02:58 PM
TV has affected me by making me a fat slob, since I do nothing but watch Jerry Springer and eat bon-bons.

(Seriously, this is a joke, but it is making me wonder if I should start a thread devoted to why Springer went downhill from a guilty pleasure to utter stupidity.)

Jedi_Kal-El
02-03-2008, 03:01 PM
For me, the internet has effected my life way more than TV ever has. I barely watch tv at all and if I want to watch a show, I go to the internet.

When I was a kid, I also barely watched tv, my only true love was Saturday Morning Cartoons...Bugs and friends #1! I lived on a farm with horses and all sorts of other animals, motorcycles, four wheelers, a river and creek just down at the bottom of the hill, all four seasons and star wars figures, so not much interest in tv at all with all that other fun stuff to do, except for the occasional christmas specials or other holiday specials that aired once in the year.

I will add something on to what I posted earlier based on what Deoxy just put up. While I did watch alot of TV , I also spent alot of time outside playing with my freinds. In fact my parents preached it back in the day. Now I know it's maybe a little more going on these day with predators and what not, but more kids need to get out these days, and when my wife and I have kids they won't just sit on the computer, in front of the TV/Playstation. They'll actually get some playtime outside.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-18-2008, 11:34 AM
Case in point: The History Channel has a show on tonight (something like "The History of the Joke," with several notable comedians and maybe some Greek and Roman history, at 9pm) that I've seen commercials for recently. That's something I'd want to see, even though I didn't know I wanted to see it until I saw ads for it. (Make any sense?) To me, that's a valuable use of TV time, whereas "reality TV" is a waste.

Deoxyribonucleic
02-18-2008, 01:32 PM
Case in point: The History Channel has a show on tonight (something like "The History of the Joke," with several notable comedians and maybe some Greek and Roman history, at 9pm) that I've seen commercials for recently. That's something I'd want to see, even though I didn't know I wanted to see it until I saw ads for it. (Make any sense?) To me, that's a valuable use of TV time, whereas "reality TV" is a waste.

I despise reality tv...honestly, it's one of the top 'hated' things in my life!

Blue2th
02-18-2008, 07:14 PM
The only reality TV I like is the Chef competitions on the cooking channel.
Though I wonder if it could even be called that.
Man do those make me hungry, and want to learn beyond regular cooking.
What a dream job, being one of those judges.

Deoxyribonucleic
02-18-2008, 08:00 PM
The only reality TV I like is the Chef competitions on the cooking channel.
Though I wonder if it could even be called that.
Man do those make me hungry, and want to learn beyond regular cooking.
What a dream job, being one of those judges.

I don't consider shows like that reality tv, they are more like Discovery Channel type programs or HGTV, House Fixing up shows...about the real world, educational and useful.

It's poo like Paris Hilton's show, American Idol, Survivor...things like that I detest! Used to like Court TV, but now it's WAY to sensationalized.

TeeEye7
02-18-2008, 08:04 PM
Used to like Court TV, but now it's WAY to sensationalized.

Bless you, child! :)

Deoxyribonucleic
02-18-2008, 08:18 PM
Bless you, child! :)

Well I for one know it only takes one hour to solve cases with forensic evidence and that all Criminalists carry guns, arrest people, do the investigations, and so on and so forth themselves. And that Nancy Grace is always right on the money and ALL trials are like the OJ Simpson one. I mean, that's all real stuff! ;)

I nearly just died writing all of those lies!

Jedi_Kal-El
02-18-2008, 08:36 PM
Well I for one know it only takes one hour to solve cases with forensic evidence and that all Criminalists carry guns, arrest people, do the investigations, and so on and so forth themselves. And that Nancy Grace is always right on the money and ALL trials are like the OJ Simpson one. I mean, that's all real stuff! ;)

I nearly just died writing all of those lies!

Cute. :D

Reality TV is highly overrated. It baffles me that there are that many ppl that get sucked into it. I've never liked Survivor, or any of those other so called shows, but ppl just seem to be attached to them for some reason. There are ppl that talk to me about them all the time and obviously don't realize I have my who gives a F'k look on my face everytime.

Maybe I just need a better who gives a F'k look? Gonna have to work on that sometime I guess.

Mad Slanted Powers
02-18-2008, 09:38 PM
I watched the first season of Survivor to see what it was all about. It was also on during the summer when there wasn't much else on. I watched the first episode of season two that followed the Super Bowl and no more after that. I didn't like most of the participants and didn't really care what happened.

I watched season two and three of Beauty and the Geek. I guess I could relate to that one a bit. I've seen an episode of Wife Swap and one of the Nanny shows. I've never really watched American Idol, and I don't get into these new game shows. I prefer a classic like Jeopardy, though I haven't been watching that much in recent years.

My reality TV consists of sports and news and History Channel.

El Chuxter
02-18-2008, 11:48 PM
The only reality TV I like is the Chef competitions on the cooking channel.
Refer you to Iron Chef America?

Blue2th
02-18-2008, 11:55 PM
Refer you to Iron Chef America?
Yeah that one. :yes:

TeeEye7
03-02-2008, 01:02 PM
Well I for one know it only takes one hour to solve cases with forensic evidence and that all Criminalists carry guns, arrest people, do the investigations, and so on and so forth themselves. And that Nancy Grace is always right on the money and ALL trials are like the OJ Simpson one. I mean, that's all real stuff! ;)

I nearly just died writing all of those lies!

You also forgot the part about how all my female colleagues stuff their double D's in their bustiers, the official crime scene uniform for women; and the fact that, while on scene, I can't help but pull my t-shirt off to dry my sweaty, glistening six-pack and flex my guns because I've been working so hard to solve the case single-handedly.

:rolleyes:

JimJamBonds
03-02-2008, 01:05 PM
Somebody should start up another thread like this and instead insert "internet" in place of "tv."

JetsAndHeels
03-02-2008, 01:05 PM
I despise reality tv...honestly, it's one of the top 'hated' things in my life!

The only show I watch that could be considered reality tv is cops (are sports reality tv?). It doesn't get anymore real than that.

JimJamBonds
03-02-2008, 01:11 PM
I despise reality tv...honestly, it's one of the top 'hated' things in my life!

A handfull of years ago I heard about this show where people live on this island and they have to fend for themselves called Survivor. At the time I worked nights so I never got to see it, I thought the concept sounded cool and it could be an ok show. I got off of work early and I got to watch a bit of it and boy was that show DUMB! Its a stupid show and I can't believe it is still on the air.

Deoxyribonucleic
03-02-2008, 01:23 PM
You also forgot the part about how all my female colleagues stuff their double D's in their bustiers, the official crime scene uniform for women; and the fact that, while on scene, I can't help but pull my t-shirt off to dry my sweaty, glistening six-pack and flex my guns because I've been working so hard to solve the case single-handedly.

:rolleyes:

BAHAHAHAHHA, that was great! Ya know, I think I saw you once, checking out a crime scene, you were all by your lonesome, sweat soaked hard bod glistening in the sun as you say, and I thought, "Gosh, I wonder if that guy needs any help?" Then I thought, "No, they do that stuff by themselves ALL the time!"

;)

2-1B
03-02-2008, 01:33 PM
A handfull of years ago I heard about this show where people live on this island and they have to fend for themselves called Survivor. At the time I worked nights so I never got to see it, I thought the concept sounded cool and it could be an ok show. I got off of work early and I got to watch a bit of it and boy was that show DUMB! Its a stupid show and I can't believe it is still on the air.

Worse than that show about Idolatry centered around Americans? :confused:

:thumbsup:

Jedi_Kal-El
03-02-2008, 03:43 PM
Worse than that show about Idolatry centered around Americans? :confused:

:thumbsup:

That narrows the list down a bit doesn't it Caes? lol

Bel-Cam Jos
03-03-2008, 09:52 PM
Worse than that show about Idolatry centered around Americans? :confused:Would that be Paradise Island 2? :confused:

JimJamBonds
03-04-2008, 08:41 PM
No, he is talking about American Idol. And yeah I think its a carp show as well.

Jedi_Kal-El
03-04-2008, 09:00 PM
I don't watch American Idol(my wife loves it :rolleyes:) but the only one on there who ever had any talent was Carrie Underwood. Hot little thing too if I do say so myself.

JimJamBonds
03-04-2008, 09:01 PM
Tony Romo might have something to say about that. ;)

Bel-Cam Jos
03-08-2008, 05:15 PM
I used to remember specific episodes:

- the Punky Brewster stuck-in-a-refrigerator one (that was a weird don't-do-this-at-home PSA)
- the Who Shot Jr.? from Dallas (odd, that I can't recall who did shoot him)
- the singing on the bannister Cosby Show (baaay-baaaayyy! )
- the Our Town-style Family Ties (few little props, black background, count-the-fallen-coins trick)
- the time Nancy Reagan showed up on Diff'rent Strokes
- the time that the A-Team got caught halfway through the show, they built something out of whatever was in the building where they were trapped, escaped, and made it out with Hannibal smoking a cigar and being smug :p

Not much worth remembering today, though. :(

JediTricks
03-08-2008, 06:35 PM
But what about that OTHER time the A-Team got caught halfway through the show, and they built something out of whatever was in the building where they were trapped, escaped, and made it out with Hannibal smoking a cigar and being smug? That was a good one, and Hannibal really enjoyed it when his "plan" came together.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-08-2008, 06:45 PM
But what about that OTHER time ... That was a good one, and Hannibal really enjoyed it when his "plan" came together.Dang it! I forgot that one. Much, MUCH better than my choice. :pleased:

Speaking of which: remember the...

- Gilligan's Island when he messed up their rescue?
- Three's Company when someone misheard a line and the whole episode was about that misunderstanding?
- I Love Lucy when she tried to get on Ricky's show?
- M.A.S.H. when the doctors mocked their lot in life, while operating on injured soldiers?
- Cheers when Norm drank a beer?
- Seinfeld that was about ________?

El Chuxter
03-08-2008, 07:29 PM
Did anyone ever see the GIJoe episode where one of the Joes told a moral lesson to some kids at the end?

Jedi_Kal-El
03-08-2008, 09:22 PM
Didn't they do that in every episode Chux?

Now I know...

...and knowing is half the battle. :thumbsup:

I believe they did it at the end of Transformers as well.

El Chuxter
03-08-2008, 09:42 PM
The PS2 Transformers game had PSA's like the ones on GIJoe (the one I saw even had Bumblebee saying "And knowing is half the battle!"), but I don't remember ever seeing them air.

The spoof on Family Guy, where Flint comes out of the stall in the high school bathroom to tell Chris and his friends about the dangers of drinking, ranks up there with the funniest FG moments EVER.

He-Man did something similar, with Orko giving the lesson. They always actually tied to the events of the show, unlike GIJoe, which were sorta random.

Blue2th
03-08-2008, 09:53 PM
- the time that the A-Team got caught halfway through the show, they built something out of whatever was in the building where they were trapped, escaped, and made it out with Hannibal smoking a cigar and being smug :p

Not much worth remembering today, though. :(

It wasn't till years later when I saw the A-Team re-runs again, I realized the smart guy who did all that tech stuff was the actor who played Lt. Barclay in Star Trek. One of my favorite characters in TNG, and who kept coming back as a guest star in Voyager.

Jedi_Kal-El
03-08-2008, 09:58 PM
The PS2 Transformers game had PSA's like the ones on GIJoe (the one I saw even had Bumblebee saying "And knowing is half the battle!"), but I don't remember ever seeing them air.

The spoof on Family Guy, where Flint comes out of the stall in the high school bathroom to tell Chris and his friends about the dangers of drinking, ranks up there with the funniest FG moments EVER.

He-Man did something similar, with Orko giving the lesson. They always actually tied to the events of the show, unlike GIJoe, which were sorta random.

I remeber seeing some of them when they aired Chux. Especially the one with Tracks, because I laughed when I saw them again on the PS2 game. That and the one with Powerglide.

Mad Slanted Powers
03-08-2008, 11:38 PM
It wasn't till years later when I saw the A-Team re-runs again, I realized the smart guy who did all that tech stuff was the actor who played Lt. Barclay in Star Trek. One of my favorite characters in TNG, and who kept coming back as a guest star in Voyager.
I want a trash bag. TRASH BAGS!

Bel-Cam Jos
03-17-2008, 09:26 PM
He-Man did something similar, with Orko giving the lesson. They always actually tied to the events of the show, unlike GIJoe, which were sorta random.Remember Lookee (think that was the name) at the end of the She-Ra cartoon? Nowhere near as "cool" as Orko's PSAs. That whole cartoon was pretty lame. The villain (can't recall his name right now) looked better than Skeletor, but Skelly's laugh and Cobra Commander-esque voice dominates, uh, that other guy.

El Chuxter
03-17-2008, 10:11 PM
She-Ra? Lame? No!

One reason I was hoping the 2002 He-Man series would've lasted longer is that we were supposed to see Hordak on a show where he got some respect.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-17-2008, 10:20 PM
She-Ra? Lame? No!

One reason I was hoping the 2002 He-Man series would've lasted longer is that we were supposed to see #0{dak on a show where he got some respect.I didn't think we could say that here. :rolleyes: