I’m trying to come up with 3 good TV shows. . .
Thinking. . .Thinking. . .
Game shows might have interesting trivia to answer or cool prizes but too often have hosts and players making lewd and crude comments, celebrate GREED, etc.
Don’t get the classic cartoons anymore (we don’t have “Boomerang!”. . .I would not give 2 cents for any of the junk on Cartoon Network.)
Disney likewise. . .once they made it ‘free’, they put on nothing but dreck. They run the same cheap ‘made for TV movies’ or the turkeys over and over every month. . .once in a blue MOON will we get a ‘success’ and even those are usually from the last 15 years. . .when was the last time they showed Bambi, Snow White, even the cartoon 101 Dalmatians?
Nickelodeon likewise just preteens and young teens who live ‘adult’ lives with no supervision, no responsibility, and no respect. . . On Disney very early morning and Nick Jr. the only halfway good series are for toddlers (Baby Einsten, Handy Manny), and they have put in so many different versions of Winnie the Pooh (each involving slightly different merchandise that kids ‘gotta have’) that he’s had more reincarnations than the Dalai Lama. . .
Broadcast TV? Forget it. The occasional music on PBS (classical), the occasional old movie gem, otherwise dreck.
Cable? History Channel is totally revisionist, maybe 1 out of 100 programs is not full of egregious error.
Discovery: WIth the exception of Mythbusters, mostly all about animal attacks, gangs, and dirty jobs. And a little Mythbusters goes a long way.
Lifetime. . .Funny, that’s what it seems like it’s been when I try to watch a half-hour program. . .
On and on.
Sometimes the GOOD classic programs are on TV Land (although it’s amazing that they ignore all but a handful of shows made before the late 80s and beyond… .) but often only late at night, or shown in a block from say 8 to 10 a.m., and then repeated (same shows) from 4 to 6 p.m., and they are always changing their lineups, just when you think, "Finally! Something I can watch at 4 p.m.! " and they’ll replace it with yet another episode of “All in the Family.”
I hate to sound snobby (especially because I know some people love shows I do not–and I think that’s fine! ) and cynical, but. . .
On the whole. . .
I would much rather read classic lit.