Back in 1984, The Cosby Show hit the airwaves and ushered in 20 years of entertaining comedies for NBC (and the other networks, too). I recall watching that show and thinking how fresh and fun it was. I recall how my family always watched "Magnum P.I." and "Simon & Simon" on Thursdays, but after Cosby debuted we were hooked on what NBC had to offer. I recall becoming a big fan of "Family Ties" and "Cheers." I remember the summer that "The Seinfeld Chronicles" debuted for a short run and how much fun I thought it was (a couple years later I got to see Jerry in person before the show had really "hit it big," and it was one of the funniest performances I have seen by a comedian). I remember when "Friends" debuted in 1994 after the departure of Cosby and how much fun it has been ever since. I am able to watch the show four times a day on various local and cable channels. It is one of those shows that never wears on me. The whole NBC "Must See" lineup became a tradition. I recall the first season of "ER" and how that season is still one of the best single seasons of a drama to ever air on TV (in my opinion). Every week my fiance and I looked forward to that evening of programming on the Peacock. One by one, all of the great shows that have appeared on Thursday night have left. Only a couple remain (Will & Grace and ER) and both have seen better days. While I enjoyed "The Apprentice" (and even tried out for it when it came to Omaha a while back), reality shows always leave me feeling "unfulfilled" when a season ends. They don't have a lot of "replay" value and are like dust in the wind. I remember when "Seinfeld" went off the air in 1998. I thought at the time that there would have been a new "Must See" comedy to fill its shoes in the intervening 6 years. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened. I hope "Joey" is good. I hope it is more like "Frasier" as a spin-off than "Three's a Crowd." As much as I like crime dramas, I can only take so many "CSI and Law and Order" clones. NBC recent hired the gentleman who was responsible for "Nip/Tuck," "The Shield," and "Lucky" at FX. Let's hope that he can infuse the sort of creative spark that Les Moonves had at NBC in the early 90s (before he left to take over at CBS). Let's hope that prime time TV can create characters that we really care about again. Ironically, the characters that fascinate viewers most these days are those on reality shows. As these unscripted dramas play out, viewers become more and more intrigued. I want to see characters like Cosmo Kramer fascinating viewers again. One wonders if we have lost the creative spark in Hollywood and now must have shows that offer us a series of "stupid human tricks" in order to be entertained.