… and happy to share.
Thanks to a couple of comments on the last post, I’ve been thinking about some of the truly bizarre television shows that knock around in my memory. This is no attempt to be comprehensive. It’s just some links to oddities I watched at one time or other.
VIEWED IN THE 1950s :
Before I started school, I had no social context for TV content. I liked comedy, old movies, weird cartoons and what was then called “educational television”. The cartoons were usually ones made decades earlier, intended for projection before movies. As for other shows, I preferred ones with in-jokes, even if I didn’t understand them.
VIEWED IN THE 1960s :
My taste for the absurd cross-pollinated back to TV viewing once I began going to movies on my own. My parents finally bought a color set around 1965.
VIEWED IN THE 1970s :
TV went kind of bipolar in this decade. Beautiful and unusual things were happening in American culture, but television kept broadcasting retro-styled versions of what was occurring in the real world.
The 1980s and Beyond :
I spent a lot more time working than watching from this point on. I was generally only able to see things that showed late at night, or what I taped and purchased for later viewing.
—and that’s enough out of me (and YouTube). Gotta go to work.
But, I have to wonder about YOUR kids. They are growing up already having seen things like THIS: