Over Christmas, I found myself watching an episode of Rising Damp. For non-Brits, you can watch it courtesy of youtube. It did not age well.
In contrast, I have been watching a lot of the old Addams Family TV shows recently. I remember watching these as a kid in the early 90s and loving them, even though they were already pretty old. Almost twenty years later, watching as an adult, I still think they are really good quality shows. Other than it being in black and white, it doesn’t feel dated to me at all. In fact, I was quite surprised at how racy some of the jokes and interactions are for such an old show.
It seems to be that a lot of old shows - comedies particularly - only have appeal in a nostalgic sense, and seem out of touch or even cringe-worthy today.
Which shows do you think have stood the test of time? Which failed? And what do you think it is which makes a show able to survive? Is there some special thing which needs to be included (or left out) to ensure it can still be appreciated (in a non-ironic way) by future generations?
And as a bonus question - which of today’s shows will still seem good in thirty years?