I have acquaintances that wonder why I have an interest in "old" tv shows, and I was wondering if I could throw it out to some of you.
For myself, there are several reasons, one is "missed episodes." Back in the old days, before VCR's, if one had to be else where during a tv program, one missed it, and one couldn't count on repeat schedules to always know when the rerun would be on. Again, if one missed the rerun, than you missed the rerun as well.
Back in the mid-seventies, I missed an episode of the Hunter tv series (starring Linda Evans) that I really wanted to see. As luck would have it, it got cancelled and than I never got to see a rerun, when I missed the premiere showing due to going to a Billings Hospital.
Funny aside. Just a few years ago, in a precursor to WB INstant, it had the Hunter episode available, but the ending of the episode cut out.
Sigh. My foolish family believed that going to church, and visiting one's grandparents were more important than seeing television programs. Can you believe that argument? I'm sure that all the people at hometheaterforum.com know what's important in life?
P.S. All the good programs were on Sunday and Wednesday nights, when "we" had to be at church.
Anyway, with classic TV coming out on DVD, it gives me a chance to see those episodes that I missed. Did any of you have reasons like that.
A second one is nostalgia. Do any of you want to see these programs for an adult perspective? To see if they were just good fourty years later than when you saw them. There are films and tv shows I saw as a child I could not figure out what was going on that I couldn't understand. Now, as an adult I've figured out what "surrealism" and "dream sequences" are about. As well as snatches of dialogue that explaned something about the plot.
For example, how many of you noticed adults laughing when the Adam West Batman and Burt Ward Robin were trying to get out of various death traps, but you were watching (as a five year old kid) was watching it intently to see if the Caped Crusader was trying to save the day?
Questions: Was television really better back than? Or it nostalgia?