The State of Television

I have told you before that I am not a real television fan.  Part of the reason I don’t really like it is that everything is so sexual.  The comedy is sometimes plan gross and leads people to think everyone lives their lives that way.  With the drama…it’s all sexual too.  No one in the shows has any moral compass.  It’s just gross as far as I am concerned.  I can’t relate to the characters because most of the time, what they are doing is something I would NEVER do….and reality TV-I don’t typically go there either.

I have found myself  watching television a little more lately though.  I’ve been watching a bit of ME TV.

Hubby and I were laughing right out loud the other day…first it was MASH.

then…Gilligan’s Island.

Then it was Hogan’s Heroes.

Then Mary Tyler Moore.

and then it was Rhoda.


Oh I miss shows like this.  If  TV was still like this..I know I would watch more.  I miss clean humor.  Sure there are implied things..but not disgusting things.

We do watch a few crime shows…Cold Case…Criminal Minds…but for the most part, if I’m watching television, it’s ME TV.  I am guessing there are cable shows that are also providing viewers with some decent shows to watch but for those of us who are cable free…it’s ME.

So do you watch retro television and if so, what show would you like to see come back in reruns?

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21 thoughts on “The State of Television

  1. Ronna

    I adore MASH. I got to stay up late every night and watch it. I couldn’t imagine NOT getting to watch it. My kids are now big fans so its not uncommon to find it DVR’d. I would love to see “Family” the show with Kristy McNichols as Buddy Lawrence. But I watched all the shows you have listed and loved them all. I agree with you..things are just not fun to watch. My daughter and I were just talking about it this morning actually.

  2. Nancy

    I just cancelled the cable because I don’t care for the offerings on TV. I can watch the news online and use Netflix and Hulu to see movies or shows that are more aligned with my tastes. Finding the Roku device that allows me to watch on my TV was a bonus.

  3. Cindy

    I LOVE MeTV, it’s fast becoming my favorite channel! I watch the Rifleman and MASH every night. The Rifleman makes me remember happy days with my older brother sitting on the floor staring up at the B/W tv enjoying time together and not fighting :)

  4. Sharon

    I liked the old variety shows (Carol Burnett) and Mash was always a hit. I am in the process of cancelling my cable – junk, junk at too high a price. I prefer listening to music or an audio book.

  5. Lucy

    I still watch Little House on the Prairie, the Waltons, Touched by and Angel, 7th Heaven, Mash, The Golden Girls, Gunsmoke, Bonanza etc. but then I have satellite TV. I watch a lot of shows like This Old House, Property Brothers, Property Virgins, House Hunters, etc also. If I am watching regular, prime time TV it is The Voice or Idol or I switch to the satellite channels. I also use my satellite TV as a radio to listen to good tunes while working in the kitchen or sewing.

  6. Patricia Devoe

    I have been watching PBS, so glad I stumbled across some really great shows, and they are new to me, Like Doc Martin, my son hooked me up to his netflix gave me his old I pad, I can set it up in my sewing room and watch show after show. I watched all 5 season, Call the Midwife is another, and Downton Abbey.
    We also watch Me TV, hubby loves Dragnet and 1 adam 12, have some giggles with the acting. at least you can understand the show, lately I have to think to much to get the point of the new shows.

  7. Marsha B

    I’m with you, there is a lot of trash on TV. We watch MeTV a lot, or old westerns, Adam 12, Emergency and Dragnet. They seem kind of corny sometimes, but enjoyable. The only shows I really tune into each week are NCIS (both), Criminal Minds and Greys Anatomy. Oh, we watch Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, too and football on the weekends. DH and I are both retired, there just isn’t much good on TV these days.

  8. Bobbie BentNeedle

    We do “Antenna TV” – maybe it’s the same thing as Me TV… One night when nothing else was on the rabbit ears, we watch 3 episodes of “WKRP in Cincinnati” followed by 3 episodes of Barney Miller. This is my second time around with my husband – and it seems funny to find the programs we laughed at together the “first time around” still as funny as they ever were!

  9. Gineen

    Well, I was a die-hard Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman fan in my thirties.
    When I was younger, Mary Tyler Moore. She was an inspiration to a young woman growing up…
    The Waltons and of course, Little House on the Prairie.
    How about Courtship of Eddie’s Father ???

  10. Nancy Angerer

    We watch football games, but to do that, we go to our daughter’s house because they have a big tv. We did buy a tv for my new sewing room (we recently moved to another state to be near this daughter), but I seldom watch it — maybe once since June. I would rather listen to Moody radio stations. We have a ministry with International students, and they are always surprised to find out that the tv shows and the movies are not how most of us live. They are also surprised that we have been married for 51 years. I did see Duck Dynasty when we were traveling down here one time and enjoyed it. I would watch it again but I don’t remember what night it is on.

  11. Lea

    I remember and used to watch all of those shows, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, My Mother the Car, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Mr. Ed, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Dark Shadows (I was a kid and had nightmares from this), The Munsters and The Adams Family, The Brady Bunch, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV show.)

    These days I don’t watch much TV.

  12. Toni Anne

    I agree 100% with you! If I could choose it would be, Mr. Ed, I Dream of Jeannie, The Waltons they are some of my favorites. Like you, I love Mash. The Andy Griffith Show is also a great one. I miss shows with morals or a lesson, family TV remember, family TV? There are very few shows I can watch with my 14 yr old son, mostly the History Channel, TLC or the Biography Channel. Thanks for posting, now I know I’m not alone in my disgust. ;-> Toni Anne

  13. LA

    No TV in this house. I can watch some of the oldies mentioned above by going online at youtube, hulu or tvland and they are all free. I also can watch some good Brit shows on youtube. It gives me something to listen to when I am ripping or sewing on binding.

  14. Jody

    I totally agree with you. I do have cable but am a news junkie and watch Turner Classic movies all the time when in my sewing room. Love old movies!!

  15. Janet

    Congratulations on your many successes. You’ve worked hard for all of it. I really look forward to your daily posts. I’m new to the blog world and so glad I found yours. I love the old shows. That’s when TV was really great. I Love Lucy was my favorite. I also watched the Waltons, The Munsters, The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island. I do have to say that we’ve been watching Duck Dynasty and we all love it. It’s a great family show and it really brings it back around to the feel of the older shows. They celebrate food, family and faith. It’s really funny too! Try it, I think you’d enjoy it.

  16. Tina

    I have a tv / dvd combo in my sewing room along with a Roku box, mostly because we are Amazon Prime members so we get a bunch of movies on demand with it, and I can watch any ultraviolet movies we have purchased. Mostly I use it to listen to pandora radio. As a family we ALL watch Duck Dynasty. I love that it is a family show that we all can enjoy. It is funny, and not the ” so stupid that its funny” type of humor that most shows sink to of late. And honestly, its nice to see a popular television show that shows a family saying grace at the end of every episode ! You do not see that enough !

  17. Kris

    I’d get rid of our DirectTV if DH wasn’t such an NFL fanatic (Sunday Ticket). I watch lots of Amazon Instant video and Netflix, which has greatly lowered my tolerance for commercials on cable TV. For comedies I tune into I Love Lucy, Dick Van Dyke Show and for cerebral TV I am drawn to just about anything from Masterpiece – especially the mysteries. “Sherlock” is about the best written show ever!

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