Monday, December 7, 2015

America's Obsession with Re-Runs on Television


With the currently saturated atmosphere of reality shows, it's a breath of fresh air to see some of the classic re-runs from back in the day on television. In many ways, shows were more wholesome and family oriented. However, there wasn't such a level of sensitivity as there's today. Things were delivered in a more comical sense than they are now, and it's a relief from some of the more dramatic and reality based shows that we see today.

When speaking of shows from the 80's that we still watch, one that's still significantly resourceful for many children is, Reading Rainbow. There aren't many educational programs these days. With access to technological resources such as, on demand availability, the internet, and Youtube, shows like SesameStreet & Mr. Roger's Neighborhood remain timeless and help to benefit our children.

While many shows today are trendy and similar in subject matter, TV shows from the 80's and 90's seemed to be more diverse. For example, The Facts of Life still serves the basic purpose of many of the issues young girls experience today. The message is pretty much the same with shows such as Growing Pains.

Another reason the American audience still has a taste for old school re-runs are because many of those classics were groundbreaking. Shows such as Different Stokes, The Jeffersons, and The Golden Girls all touched on new territories that didn't necessarily fit the status quo. While Different Stokes tackled issues of race relations, who would've ever thought those little, gorgeous old "Golden" ladies would've been so vibrant and full of life.

Some of the more out-of-the-box popular TV re-runs from the 80's and 90's such as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Full House really showed how you can mix in so many different life lessons while having a sense of humor, while also having an interesting story per episode.

Although we learned a lot about life issues and most of us were somewhat educated from shows over those two decades, who can forget the drama- laden shows that kept our attention from week to week. Shows such as Dallas and Miami Vice provided that sense of edginess that still entertain us until this very day.

As mentioned earlier, a large percentage of today's shows are reality based. Although many of the stars from the re-runs of the past have gotten older and moved on, society as a whole can still benefit by producing patterns of entertainment that echoed many of the shows from the past. Who wouldn't love to see a spin-off of Who's The Boss, or Cheers? These shows are timeless with a relevant message for years to come.

For now though, you always have cable networks such as TV Land and Nick at Nite to watch some of your favorite shows from back in the day.