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Old 04-02-2016, 01:41 AM   #1
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Not only was TV more family-friendly in the 1980s, it was simply better.

So said actor Todd Bridges, who played Willis on the popular show Diff’rent Strokes, which ran on NBC from 1978 to 1985.

Bridges reminisced and shared his thoughts with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday as part of the network’s introduction to CNN’s new show, “The Eighties,” which premiered on Thursday.

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“Back in those days, in the ‘80s TV shows actually meant something, and they all had like, a beginning, a middle, and an end, and they always were very helpful toward people you know, learning how to live their life and learning how to live it the right way,” Bridges said.
Bridges, who is producing a new game show, Lovers or Losers in Las Vegas said shows from the ‘80s were just “great shows” and held meaning for all kinds of people.

“Somewhere along the line it got muttered up and now we just have shows that, um, are about nothing,” said the star. “Back in the ‘80s all of our shows meant something. And it meant something to children; it meant something to adults.”

Bridges remarked that the once family-friendly nature of TV has been lost.

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“And you could actually let your kid watch it without being in fear that something bad is going to come on or something bad is going to happen in it that a kid’s not going to understand,” Bridges said of shows a few decades ago.

Bridges painted a broader cultural picture when he pointed out that the ‘80s were comparatively safer for children in other ways as well.

“The ‘80s were also a lot more safer [sic] for kids to be out in the streets. … A kid can go, you know, four, five, five, six-year-olds can go down the street, and they were pretty, very rarely, you know, they were very safe. And nowadays it’s not as safe as it was back then,” he said.
Bridges is no stranger, however, to the darker side of culture even in the ‘80s. The substance abuse of his fellow cast members made him a “better human being” he said, since now he is able to “counsel different people for different situations.”

The actor battled a cocaine addiction in his 20s and in 1988 was tried but acquitted for the attempted murder of drug dealer Kenneth "Tex" Clay.

“Just knowing that I’m like one of the last survivors of that particular core show is a blessing in itself because everyone thought that I’d be the first to go, and I ended up being the last man standing,” he concluded.
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The sad thing is everyone basically agrees with this yet networks refuse to air family shows.
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^ It is sad. Family shows are great.
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I wish "Diff'rent Strokes" would get completed on DVD!
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“Somewhere along the line it got muttered up and now we just have shows that, um, are about nothing,” said the star. “Back in the ‘80s all of our shows meant something. And it meant something to children; it meant something to adults.”
I believe that Mr. Bridges is talking about "very special episodes," which is the 1980s version of the hack writing we always have in our lousier sitcoms.

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Isn't the most famous episode of his show a child molester episode?

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“The ‘80s were also a lot more safer [sic] for kids to be out in the streets. … A kid can go, you know, four, five, five, six-year-olds can go down the street, and they were pretty, very rarely, you know, they were very safe. And nowadays it’s not as safe as it was back then,” he said.
Wrong. Violent crime rates rose quickly through the 70s and 80s, peaking around 1990, and have fallen drastically since. Exception, there is a trend back upward in the last two years, as police have learned that zero tolerance policing techniques have become too risky.
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Todd Bridges speaks the truth.Paul Petersen of The Donna Reed show also slammed modern TV a few years ago,and much harder than Todd did and he was right on the money.I'm confident that many actors,actresses etc. that actually worked back when TV was good have similair views about modern TV and how far television has declined in every way.They just don't come out and say it.

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I'm not jumping on the bandwagon that all modern shows are bad, there's still good shows being made, and not all of the shows from the 80's and older were good. 30 years from now people will be looking back on the shows of today with the same rose colored glasses.
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I'm not jumping on the bandwagon that all modern shows are bad, there's still good shows being made, and not all of the shows from the 80's and older were good. 30 years from now people will be looking back on the shows of today with the same rose colored glasses.
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well all shows can't be family friendly because the adults wouldn't have anything to watch

There would have to be a balance
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There would have to be a balance
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I'm not jumping on the bandwagon that all modern shows are bad, there's still good shows being made, and not all of the shows from the 80's and older were good. 30 years from now people will be looking back on the shows of today with the same rose colored glasses.
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I wish "Diff'rent Strokes" would get completed on DVD!
You and me both, Svenfan1234! I own the first four seasons of "Strokes" on DVD, but it's not enough...I'd like to own the entire eight-season run (including the episodes featuring Sam and Maggie) in a beautiful, multi-disc DVD box set (complete with special features such as commentaries, gag reel, interviews with the surviving cast [Todd Bridges, Charlotte Rae, Danny Cooksey, Shavar Ross, and Janet Jackson] and crew, original network promos ["Strokes" aired on NBC for its first seven seasons before moving to ABC for its eight and final season], and even the original pilot, "45 Minutes From Harlem" [if it still exists]!)! Wouldn't that be great?

I'm surprised Shout! Factory hasn't taken the plunge and released "Strokes" in its entirety--hell, if Shout! can release a complete series DVD box set of "The Facts Of Life" (which was a spinoff from "Strokes"), surely Shout! can give "Strokes" the same treatment.
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You tell 'em, Todd!
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90% of today's sitcoms are garbage. The Dramas are better.
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