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Old 04-02-2016, 05:54 PM   #16
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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.
I know! It would be a day-one preorder from me!
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Ah, the glorious days when times were more simple. A time when things were more family-friendly, and Todd Bridges was on trial for murder, while his adopted TV sister Dana Plato was convicted for robbing a video store at gunpoint. A time when the Drummond actors could abuse cocaine, marijuana, valium, vicodin, and barbituates, doing soft-core porn on the side.

The irony of Todd Bridges, of all people, complaining that the television industry should be more wholesome, when he himself was a drug-abusing, gang-banging criminal who was accused of attempted murder, is not lost on me. (And I loved Diff'rent Strokes.)
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The irony of Todd Bridges, of all people, complaining that the television industry should be more wholesome, when he himself was a drug-abusing, gang-banging criminal who was accused of attempted murder, is not lost on me. (And I loved Diff'rent Strokes.)
Well, TV was more wholesome back then, for sure. As for his post-DS path, he garners sympathy because he got addicted to drugs and was much more a drug addict than criminal (he wasn't guilty of the murder charge [he wasn't even at the scene]...I just finished his book, it was quite an interesting read!), and found his way back to sobriety and a good life. I'm glad he was able to get help and turn himself around.
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TV is not only better now, it's way better now. You're not stuck with three major networks anymore. There are so many channels putting out great original content these days.

As for comedies over the last 10 years, Arrested Development (FOX), The Office (NBC), Silicon Valley (HBO), and Veep (HBO) are all outstanding.

As for dramas, Breaking Bad (AMC), Better Call Saul (AMC), Game of Thrones (HBO), Weeds (Showtime), and a few others are some of the best TV dramas ever.

Todd Bridges is just clinging to the past instead of adapting to the present.
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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.
Exactly. Just because the broadcast networks don't have as much family content anymore doesn't mean it's nonexistent. You still have plenty on PBS, Nick, Disney, et al, plus numerous streaming services.

I say the same thing about pop music. There's still plenty of "good" content out there; you just have to search a little harder. It might not be free like it was in the 80s and 90s, but it's out there.

Besides, the writing on a lot of those "family-friendly" shows was horribly formulaic...not to mention the infamous "Bicycle Man" episode had some weirdly inappropriate dialogue to be a family show.

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He sounds like a hypocrite.
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That's because he is.
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I agree with Todd Bridges 100%. Most TV shows today are garbage. There are a few I like but not many.

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Well, TV was more wholesome back then, for sure. As for his post-DS path, he garners sympathy because he got addicted to drugs and was much more a drug addict than criminal (he wasn't guilty of the murder charge [he wasn't even at the scene]...I just finished his book, it was quite an interesting read!), and found his way back to sobriety and a good life. I'm glad he was able to get help and turn himself around.
Oh, I'm glad he turned his life around, too, don't get me wrong.

But Todd Bridges talking about when TV used to be more wholesome when he and Dana were doing incredibly unwholesome things during that era is, as others have said here, hypocritical.

I loved that era, but it had its share of incredibly violent, messed up shows, even during the family hour. (The one that springs to my mind is that episode of Little House on the Prairie where Albert's girlfriend is raped by a mime. My god... that was nightmare fuel!)

Anyway, we've entered a new golden age of television. Yes, there's plenty of junk, but also some amazing shows, and no more monopoly of three networks.
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TV is not only better now, it's way better now. You're not stuck with three major networks anymore. There are so many channels putting out great original content these days.

As for comedies over the last 10 years, Arrested Development (FOX), The Office (NBC), Silicon Valley (HBO), and Veep (HBO) are all outstanding.

As for dramas, Breaking Bad (AMC), Better Call Saul (AMC), Game of Thrones (HBO), Weeds (Showtime), and a few others are some of the best TV dramas ever.

Todd Bridges is just clinging to the past instead of adapting to the present.
Of those shows the only one I like is Breaking Bad. The sitcoms you mentioned I can't stand. I wanted to like Arrested Development but I didn't find it funny. I won't even get into The Office which I hate. At least it has a theme song though.
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Oh, I'm glad he turned his life around, too, don't get me wrong.

But Todd Bridges talking about when TV used to be more wholesome when he and Dana were doing incredibly unwholesome things during that era is, as others have said here, hypocritical.
The difference is that in those times he was scorned for what he did. Today Bridges would be a hero.
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The difference is that in those times he was scorned for what he did. Today Bridges would be a hero.
Among a certain crowd, for sure. But I don't think most people, even today, believe being a crack addict is heroic.
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Oh, I'm glad he turned his life around, too, don't get me wrong.

But Todd Bridges talking about when TV used to be more wholesome when he and Dana were doing incredibly unwholesome things during that era is, as others have said here, hypocritical.

I loved that era, but it had its share of incredibly violent, messed up shows, even during the family hour. (The one that springs to my mind is that episode of Little House on the Prairie where Albert's girlfriend is raped by a mime. My god... that was nightmare fuel!)

Anyway, we've entered a new golden age of television. Yes, there's plenty of junk, but also some amazing shows, and no more monopoly of three networks.
Ditto! A lot of messed up shows and movies.
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The difference is that in those times he was scorned for what he did. Today Bridges would be a hero.
Prove your ridiculous claim with examples from today.
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Of those shows the only one I like is Breaking Bad. The sitcoms you mentioned I can't stand. I wanted to like Arrested Development but I didn't find it funny. I won't even get into The Office which I hate. At least it has a theme song though.
I didn't like Arrested Development when I first watched it. Gave up disappointed after a few episodes.

I returned to it a few weeks or months later, and I'm so glad I did. Something just clicked, and I got what the show was doing the second time around. I ended up addicted to it and it was some of the funniest television I have ever seen.
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