A few days ago I accidentally posted this in a thread instead of starting a new one, as I intended. Sorry for the inconvenience (if any).
In another thread, someone asks a question we’ve all considered at one time or other: “When did Television get to be so awful?”
I would propose the following theory (or is it more properly a hypothesis at this stage?):[ul]Television has always consisted of huge mounds of audiovisual KREP. Within that steaming, noisesome mass lie a few choice nuggets that beguile us into venturing once more into the vast wasteland in a pathetic search for yet another golden morsel.[/ul]
As evidence, I give you some examples:[list=1][li]“My Mother the Car”[/li]A man discovers his mother has been reincarnated as his antique automobile. Right.
[li]“My Living Doll”[/li]An Air Force scientist tries to teach a(n emphatically) female android (Julie Newmar – ROWR!!) how to get along in human society. Hilarity ensues.
[li]“Captain Nice”[/li]A mama’s-boy police chemist uses a secret formula to become a superhero, aided by his mother (played by Alice Ghostly – who would be embarrassed about this show if anyone besides me still remembered it).[/list=1]What evidence do we have that Television was ever “great”, apart from a few isolated examples? Tell me, oh Teeming Masses: what were the best (and worst) examples of television programming ever perpetrated?