Oh the way Glen Miller played, songs that made the Hit Parade, guys like us we had it made, Those Were the Days.
Archie & Edith Bunker sang that before every episode of All in the Family. Growing up in NW PA there are a lot of things to do, mostly outdoors. When winter hits like it is hitting here now, folks come inside and you aren't left with a lot of options. When in doubt we mostly turn on the boob tube, the idiot box, or best known as the TV. It is amazing how many channels I can get now compared to growing up here. We started with that antennae thing on top of the house, and I suspect most of you who just read that are thinking What? Yea before cable, satellite and Netflix you got three sometimes as many as five channels depending on the weather and it had to be moved to get some of them.
What does this have to do with anything? The good thing about television even when cable first started you were able to watch every show with everybody in the house. It was Family TV then and OH how I miss it. There are TV stations that have the "oldies" on them, and I do watch some of those, but on Saturday Night the only channel I watch for three solid hours is MeTV. You see on Saturday night you get three hours of old fashioned comic book TV goodness.
Look Up in the Sky
At 6:00 PM George Reeves visits our house for an hour. That is two
episodes of corny, family goodness of the best sort. The shows are sometimes in black & white, sometimes in color, but they are all good. There isn't any emo, soul crushing, darkness for that hour, just plain fun. If you think it's just me, you would be wrong. I have a 5 year old, a 12 year old and my wife who watch with me and we all enjoy it. The sci-fi effects aren't up to todays standards, but that is alright, the story telling far outweighs the loss of massive explosions and gore shots. Last week we had Superman flying into a comet to save the earth, where because of the force of the blow he lost his memory for awhile. He almost gives away his identity to Jimmy Olsen by taking off his shirt revealing he is Superman (why he put the suit back on is a mystery), but Jimmy goes down to the corner deli for coffee and sandwiches.
There is something pleasing about and hour of TV where I don't need to rely on a filter to clear out language I would rather not have my children repeat. It is pleasing that the story line, although at times corny, is compelling and has drama without going over the top into some misdirected emotional tantrum. Most of all though it is a show that we can all watch together and enjoy.
Holy Big Boats Batman
At 7:00 PM Batman comes on for an hour. Sometimes it is one of the two part shows sometimes the last season with Batgirl, but it is all fantastic. Many of us have gone out and bought the The Complete Batman series already, but it is still fun to watch it on Saturday night. My son and Daughter are big fans, but it is my non-super hero liking wife Jo who enjoys the show the most.
I love the corniness of it all, the little jokes, the lessons (there are great lessons for kids every hour) and the fun this show has. I think just about everybody does, and those who don't probably take life a little to seriously. Batman 66 is kind of the Tick before the Tick came about, just more fun.
Last week the Joker Was Wild. This is the episode where the Joker trades the Bat Utility Belt for the Joker Belt. There is confetti tie ups, balloons that come out of pills and Queenie who is only there to look at, but my 5 year old could care less. Again, no swearing, no deep seated angst for a flimsy plot line, just fun that at times is better than any blockbuster movie that is coming out next summer.
Prince Diana Prince
Finally at 8:00 PM EST, we have Wonder Woman. What do you say about
your first crush? Lynda Carter is and always will be Wonder Woman to me. There is some gratuitous legs to see, the top of her costume is revealing, but come on it is old fashioned campy super hero goodness at it's peak of perfection.
Last week WW was involved in moving to California (yep final season) and discovered a man who had become invulnerable due to a sketchy scientist who was bent on taking over the world. The plot line was thin at times and and the monkey (yep a monkey) who got hit by a car looked like someone threw a doll up in the air (because that was what it was), but the story was basically Captain America without the SFX. Best of all we get to see Lynda Carter doing what she does best....smile!
Wonder Woman was better the first couple of years, and even the season with IRA the computer than the last season, but if you had known it would be the last season when it was cancelled you know you would have watched it more to keep it on the air. There wasn't any swearing, there wasn't any over the top violence, what there was was a decent if not great story line, and of course Lynda Carter!
Like Archie & Edith sang, Those Were the Days. I'm not putting down todays shows, I am a fan of most of them if not all and hope they continue. I do wish however that I could watch all of them with All of my Family.