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kleinbl00  ·  868 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what's your favourite TV show that is more than 20 years old?

Twilight Zone.

Watch some Outer Limits. They'll make you wish you were watching Twilight Zone. They didn't all suck but on balance they weren't great.

Friend of mine is a raging Rod Serling fan. Has listened to the dictaphone tapes at USC, shit like that. Written two biopics about Rod Serling. He made Jim Aubrey the villain of one - the executive who cancelled Twilight Zone so CBS could show Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, Gilligan's Island. You know, shit television. I made the point that shit television or not, CBS dominated the ratings because fuckin'A, we like to pretend our country has only been full of ignorant hicks recently but go ahead and explain Hee Haw.

You wanna see culture wars? I gotcher culture wars right here.

user-inactivated  ·  868 days ago  ·  link  ·  


I'll see if Twilight Zone is on Netflix or Hulu.

kleinbl00  ·  868 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Pretty sure CBS has it all locked up on cbs all access.

user-inactivated  ·  868 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It feels like streaming media is simultaneously saving and killing television at the same time.

kleinbl00  ·  868 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Netflix is making more movies than all the movie studios combined. And that doesn't even get into TV. It's all pretty much mid-90s USA Network stuff (if you've decided Stranger Things is a masterpiece you have embraced the "soft tyranny of low expectations") but the fact of the matter is, the only thing that needs realtime eyeballs are sporting events and competition variety.

We were talking CBS. This year, CBS premiered "Young Sheldon" and "SWAT" on broadcast. Online, they premiered "Star Trek: Discovery". You wanna watch "Young Sheldon?" Bow to the one-eyed god. You wanna watch "Star Trek: Discovery?" Any screen you want, any time you want, just pay CBS $6 a month for the privilege.

The only shows anybody talks about anymore are behind a paywall. Really, Comcast is just another streaming service with a really fuckin' expensive dongle in front of it. Broadcast television is for the dead-enders and if you need to get home to catch your shows they're either American Idol or you're already dead to advertisers.