The genesis for this thread came from comments in another one, the "Bewitched Season 8" thread (to be specific), concerning issues and ideologies. As several posters were discussing certain aspects to that show the following comment was made: The original poster emphasized a couple of words, namely "sucked" and "truth", near the end of his paragraph. And I emphasized another couple of words to point out something he raised. All of this got me to thinking about which TV on DVD decade was represented the most in my collection, and which one I appreciated the most. And the answers revolve around the comments made above. And I'd love to hear not only what decade is best represented in other HTFers collections, but possibly why you think that decade is one you enjoy so much. As most of the regulars here at HTF know, I'm a fan of vintage/classic TV on DVD. By that I generally mean TV shows from the 50's and 60's. I do have shows from the 70's and 80's that I enjoy. And there are even one or two from the 90's in my collection. But the vast, vast majority of my viewing is from the b/w and early color era of Television. The largest portion of my collection is the 50's, with the 60's being right there as well. Things definitely tail off dramatically after that, but as I said I do have some dvd sets that include shows from the 1970's - 2000's, but as each decade progresses closer to the 21st century, the dvds I own decrease in number. Therefore, the decade I enjoy the most is the 50's. But the 60's is right there. So it's a fairly easy call for me. Why do I love the TV shows from the 50's and early to mid 60's more than those from the 70's and beyond? It's not because I'm an old codger. I was born in the mid 60's and would have been exposed mainly to 70's TV and beyond were it not for reruns in the afternoons and on weekends. The reason I enjoy the older material comes back to the quoted section from above. I completely disagree with the thought that TV in the 50's "sucked" for two reasons. Firstly, I don't agree that TV in the 50's was unreal or too idealistic. For every individual that raises this objection to 50's TV, another who lived during that time will chime in and say that there really were some families that lived by the ideals of the Cleavers and Andersons (to name two well known TV families from that era). So I disagree with the contention that 50's TV was entirely unrealistic in that sense. And Paul Mavis sums this up perfectly in his review of an Ozzie & Harriet dvd set released from Shout a few years back. I'm going to quote him liberally because he says what I feel, only he does it so much better than I could ever hope to: Even if I did believe that 50's TV was too sanitized (for lack of a better word), it brings me to a second, and perhaps more pertinent, point: Is it really that bad to have TV shows portray a superior ideal beyond that which is common among us today? Is it really a horrible thing if the characters we watch, purely for entertainment value by the way, encourage us to a higher level of living? Who makes the decision that TV shows from that era "could" and "should" have addressed the topics quoted above from the Bewitched post? It's entertainment - not the evening news! Maybe some of us prefer our entertainment to be more relaxing. Maybe some of us prefer to actually be entertained, and not lectured on the social issues of the day (as Norman Lear did), when we come home, sit down and turn on the TV after a long day (in an often cruel and depressing world). I know I'd rather retreat to Mayberry than Archie Bunker's Queens, NY. I'd rather take a half hour and enjoy the sites and sounds of Springfield with the Andersons than sit in the stuffy school rooms with Mr. Kotter. I'd rather ride the open ranges with Paladin than sit in the same room with Maude and her big mouth. Nope, it's not even close for me. I'd rather the TV show I watch portray a place where I can escape from the garbage I deal with in this world every day. I don't need to be reminded of it. That's not what entertainment is all about for me. And that's why I love 50's TV on DVD. Gary "just my two cents" O.