You're a generation older than I am. I'm an 80's kid through and through with my teens in the 90's. So I'm the Fresh Prince, Family Matters, Saved by the Bell generation. Family Ties (The one with MJ Fox) was too early for me. Friends was a little too late for me to get into. But I was good with the early 90's sitcoms.
Most definitely :)
Originally Posted by elvis2010
I was VERY lucky to be born to an INFJ mom with an ENFJ grandfather so despite being Pakistani, I was lucky enough to have a fully westernized upbringing. My parents used to import American TV shows and movies even when few were available during Zia Ul-Haq's repressive dictatorship to make sure we had a fully well rounded upbringing.
I watched a little bit of Adam's family when I was a kid. I don't recall much of it, but I did like it.
Some like Mary Tyler Moore and the Dick Van Dyke show were works of comic genius whereas others like the Adams Family and Green Acres weren't very good.
I did some reading on historical impact of the 70's shift from having TV shows that were rural based to urban based ... It's interesting because some people draw parallels between actual urbanization and urbanization on TV as sort of having a distinct catalytic effect on one another.
It's hard to believe, but Archie Bunker was not some fictional fabrication, but he was the typical blue collar white male of his day, and Edith was a pretty good example of the typical blue collar wife. Seriously.
Mash, and Cheers were popular enough to make their way around the world even in the 70's-80's in a State ran and operated TV Channel in Pakistan. Let's just let that sink in to people who think that American TV shows were "american" only.
TV comedy shows were better then probably because the money was better. The MASH finale played to 100 million people and was the most watched show for decades. Cheers did 80 million in its finale. I remember reading a NBC exec saying Cheers was too good to be cancelled despite its low first season ratings, so I checked the show out and got hooked.
I will watch those. I believe that the mid-90's were the last of the really good comedies. Since then, we've had mostly trash and in the 2010's comedy is essentially a dead genre.
Stripes, Animal House, and Better Off Dead are still the funniest movies I have ever seen. The only movie of the 21st century I remember being gut busting funny was the Last American Virgin. It hasn't been as bad with TV comedies, but I still think the 70s to 90s has the 21st century beat.
When you have stand ups going "Muh Vagina" and people laughing their ass off, you know society has lost a skill of significant value.
I am more into sci-fi, but I've noticed that the above shows you mention are VERY popular amongst ESTP types on another forum I'm on. I've tried to get into all of the above shows, but couldn't get into them. But I think I might develop an interest in them eventually.
Every type thinks that their generation of entertainment is the best especially with music, but I think I am being objective because I think the comedy acts of today are better (Chris Rock, Louis CK, Katt Lewis, Hasan Minaj just did an awesome special) than any I can remember from my youth. And when it comes to dramas, there was nothing as good as the best recent dramas: Mad Men, The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul are better than any dramas of the 20th century.
On Thursday nights on NBC in the 80s, the lineup was the Cosby Show, Family Ties (show that launched Michael J. Fox but weakest of the four), Cheers, and Night Court. I think that lineup was the best there ever was for TV comedies.
I thought Family Ties was great initially, but we got bored of it in about the 3rd season.
A LOT of good stuff has come and gone.