Senior HTF Member
- Apr 15, 2006
Well, most of those shows were written by middle-aged white Jewish guys who took a stab at the counter culture based on everything but first hand experience. It hardly ever felt authentic. I mean, what did Harve Bennett really know about the youth culture? Or Herb Solow and Bob Justman? Or Jack fricking Webb? Fred Freiberger certainly didn't get it right. The I Dream of Jeannie hippie episodes were just ridiculous but at least they were mocking them, so they didn't have to get it right. The Lost in Space guys were, too. Whenever Hawaii Five-O had a youth culture focused episode, it was usually pretty hamfisted.
I gotta say, Batman's Louie the Lilac was the nadir of the TV take on the youth movement.
I wouldn't dispute much of that though it can also be said that the same group of writers were usually just as ignorant whenever it came to depicting people of leanings more conservative then themselves. In addition, I've noticed how whenever they depict members of the clergy, they are always either Catholic or collar-wearing Episcopalians because these writers have no grasp for the more traditional Middle American form of Protestantism that constituted a greater majority of the worshiping population (they only go by what they've seen in more urban environments which were typically more Catholic or "High Church" back in the day). And if a clergyman is married, get set for the requisite "his wife dies and this leads to a loss of faith" episode which despite the fact they usually end well, over time becomes an overused cliche ("Dr. Kildare's" great Christmas episode with Dan O'Herlihy is the only one that does this effectively and powerfully. Three years later they revisited the same theme with Peter Falk and it was a far less compelling tale).