Senior HTF Member
- Jun 10, 2003
- Real Name
- Josh Steinberg
Ask 10 people you know who aren't TV collectors or historians about short-run shows that aired 50 or more years ago, and you'll get blank stares. I'm not saying that many of these shows don't have value. They are just not commercially viable.
I love being a collector and I love finding old, obscure stuff as part of that hobby.
But we can’t assume that our very specific hobby is shared with the same passion and enthusiasm as a general audience.
And I don’t think it’s reasonable to assume that a show that flopped decades ago would suddenly appeal to a wide audience if only it was made available today. Most of the time, it wasn’t an accident that these shows were canceled the first time around.
The vast majority of TV viewers in any era simply want to turn on the box and be entertained for a little while. They’re not looking to be archaeologists.