Growing up in Japan from1962-1965, we had access to exactly ONE American television show. It was the legal series called The Defenders and starred E.G. Marshall and the future Brady Bunch icon Robert Reed. It was only on Sunday nights at 10pm and our Mom made sure we were always able to stay up and watch the show if we wanted. Television, we all know, is a very powerful medium. For us, it was a tether to our own culture and language. It was the same with the American TV Show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. When I was in England from 1966-1969 it was our lifeline, so to speak. I still remember the awe I felt when I first saw a color TV show on NBC. Some of the great shows I was re-introduced to when we got stateside were: It’s about Time, My Mother the Car, I Dream of Jeanie, My World and Welcome to it, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the juliet Prowse Show to name a few.
Here I go sounding a thousand years old when I comment how today’s kids grew up with access to multiple TV’s and devices in their lives. Now, people have movie-theater style TV sets in their houses with movie-quality sound systems. I think I will be fine for a while with my 50,” Anything bigger seems like a waste.
One thing that should be very salient to TV watchers: there are more inclusive ads with more diverse actors and body types I have nothing against the medium portraying a more realistic picture of life, as the majority of people live it. However, I must admit, a little part of me misses the beautiful people and the unrealistic female expectations which had to be met to get on-screen in the first place. Now, I use my TV as the conduit for sports I am bterested in, and to rewatch shows from the past. I still miss the early days of MTV.