Originally Posted by JSP
There just wasn't much thought put into the writing of the show in general. L&S, along with Mork and Mindy, are the two prime examples I think of when it comes to the point that just because it's an old show doesn't mean it's classic TV.
You got that right. The word "classic" means "judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind." It doesn't simply mean old. "Classic" is the most misused word when it comes to TV shows.
But part of the problem here is that, with the exception of The Odd Couple
, these Garry Marshall sitcoms were targeted towards children and teenagers, not adults. My siblings and I loved Happy Days
, Laverne & Shirley
, and Mork & Mindy
when they were originally on, but my parents refused to watch them. My mother couldn't stand these shows. But of course my siblings and I were kids at the time. Now I see these shows as an adult and I'm like OMG! Now I've got the perspective my parents had. I will say, though, I still do like the first two seasons of Happy Days
, even now. It was charming in the beginning, and really tried to honestly reflect the era of the '50s. But starting the third season, Fred Silverman came in and tinkered with the show -- turned Fonzie into super-Fonz (made him a cartoon) and brought in that studio audience full of screaming teenagers. (Gag!) The writing turned juvenile, and all the 1950s authenticity was tossed aside. Basically, he ruined the show for adults and turned it, and the other Marshall sitcoms, into live action cartoons.