Why Watch Old Fashioned TV Shows?

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Hey! How are you? I have a question for you: Have you ever considered watching the shows that your parents and grandparents watched back in the good ol’ days? If boring was the first word that came to mind, I beg you to think again. Well, I’ve watched quite a few of what might be considered to some “old fashioned” shows, and I’m here to tell you as a teen girl in this generation what all the great things are about them.

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A Cleaner Option:

Over time, TV shows have become pushier with things we should not want to hear/see. Thus, I find the majority of the time, the further you go back in time, the “cleaner” a show tends to be.

Little House on the Prarie

In truth, I am often worried to watch shows nowadays because I’m worried about all the content I may have to navigate. Old shows make me much less uneasy.


Don’t think the fact that they are cleaner eliminates laughs and entertainment. I find that old shows often got pretty creative with their comedy, and were not reliant on cheap laughs that you might find in today’s shows.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

They don’t rely on big booms, CGI, or even color to entertain, but purely the characters, and that’s what makes them true works of art.

A Bit of Learning:

This is something your parents and grandparents didn’t get when they watched the shows, but you will. I’m not saying these shows are the equivalent to Sesame Street in learning opportunities, but I am saying it is quite interesting to learn a little history.

Family Matters

Β I find the technology they used back then especially interesting, and it’s taught me about my parent’s and grandparent’s lives growing up. It’s a lot of fun, and I’ve had to ask my parents at times: “What is that?” Sometimes it is fun to laugh at the thing too: “That’sΒ SO old…”

Emphasis on Family:

Something you don’t see as often nowadays is a focus on family in shows. Many older shows do. Let me tell you, the family situations in old shows don’t lack entertaining drama.

Full House

There also tends to be an abundant flow of family sentiments and sweet moments that you’ll want more of.

The Mystery Of Black and White:

Color TV is a great blessing, but don’t be turned off by black and white shows. They are often the best type of media you can get!

The Andy Griffith Show

There is an interesting mystery to them too. I like to wonder: “What color was that?” I don’t know if it’s just me, but watching black and white TV shows is kind of soothing. There aren’t really many distractions from the characters which is fantastic.

I was really sad to see I Love Lucy end… because, well, I loved Lucy.

I Love Lucy

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What “old” shows have you watched? Talk to me in the comments! If you liked this post, I would really appreciate you clicking that like button! Bye, for now, everyone!


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18 thoughts on “Why Watch Old Fashioned TV Shows?

  1. This was a great and interesting post, Jewel! We don’t watch a ton of old shows, but we DO love Andy Griffith. πŸ™‚ Well, we used to more until we watched them so many times we kind of got tired of them. XD

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    1. Awesome! Family Matters took place around the same time as Full House, and it started to be very much not about the family as much as their next-door nerdy neighbor, Steve Urkel, who was head-over-heels for the daughter: Laura. XD Thanks! LOL Thank you so much, Ariana! ❀


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  2. I LOVE LUCY. I REALLY DO. it is incredible and i identify with her so much. *heart eyes*
    I’ve also seen plenty of Humphrey Bogart movies and I enjoy those. My favorite old movie though is His Girl Friday.
    OT question: have you seen Batman the Animated Series?

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    1. YES, YES, YES! I Love Lucy is one of my favorites!
      Yes! I think I’ve seen a few of those. πŸ™‚ Oh, good one!
      I actually have not seen the Batman Animated Series. I’ve heard about it though. Is that the one with Mark Hamill as the Joker? Everyone says he was an amazing joker right up there with Heath Ledger or Jack Nicholson.


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  3. I love I Love Lucy and Little House On The Prarie, too. I don’t find old-fashioned TV shows ‘boring” at all. Hmm. I don’t always watch things that are COMPLETELY clean, and while I roll my eyes at the swear words, I find that sometimes violence and ”romance” can be vital to telling a story but I HATE when it is unnecessary.

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    1. Hehe! Those are some of the best old shows! Yes, sadly not everything we watch will be entirely “clean,” but it is preferable when they are leaning mostly in that direction. I find violence and romance different than swearing because it depends on how far they go. I agree that they can be vital. πŸ™‚



  4. Yes! I really love old TV shows. I HATE when they put inappropriate stuff in kid’s movies and shows. I find swearing useless but it happens. Sometimes violence and romance is necessary like one storyline they did in Battlestar Galactica that I won’t go into here because it’s kinda inappropriate. Actually, that whole show is kind of dark with lots of violence and romance but the stories are so powerful and REAL and it’s a religious show and deals with that very well.


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