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Old 01-23-2021, 02:29 PM   #46
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The only channel i could get clearly was ABC..so all the ABC shows, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, American Gladiators were my favorites. And the soaps were all ABC too.
Glad to know I wasn't the only person who struggled with poor antenna reception in those days!
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Glad to know I wasn't the only person who struggled with poor antenna reception in those days!
The pre cable days
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Yeah, the "good ole days" when we got three channels.
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Yeah, the "good ole days" when we got three channels.
And then when we got cable it wasnt Comcast it was Wade Cablevision
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I wouldn't say that the state of TV in 1989 was necessarily bad as opposed to the networks being adverse to taking risks given new corporate ownership and the strength of their returning programs. Executives in this period relied heavily on testing and mass appeal, and with the possible exception of FOX, didn't feel the need to try unconventional programming. The climate wouldn't change until the early 90s (Twin Peaks, Eerie, Indiana, Cop Rock).
The more unconventional programming was on Fox for sure. I remember seeing Cops the first time and i thought, "that's the most unconventional I've seen!"

Other place was syndication. I remember thinking the same thing when i saw American Gladiators too- I thought it was unconventional too.
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I think the Nineties was when Fox and some cable networks became credible contenders.
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I think the Nineties was when Fox and some cable networks became credible contenders.
That's very true: Fox was all about taking risks. The Big Three had absolutely no reason to take risks: they held all the cards. Cable channels, too, spent a great deal of time convincing viewers that they should be tuning in, so they started creating shows that were much more distinctive. Think about Hey Dude and Mystery Science Theater. These were shows that seem tame today, but they were a major change in the TV landscape: they weren't about a mom and dad, and 2.5 children. They were breaking the hold the Big Three held on the viewing audience.

Xena and Hercules in syndication, Buffy and Charmed on the WB, Married With Children on Fox. These shows are still remembered.
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I liked several of those shows.
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Really cool link! I enjoyed that. Homeroom aired on BET in the late 90s. It was decent but not special enough to stand out and last.

I do not remember Homeroom on in the late 90s on BET.
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Seinfeld started in 89
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Really cool link! I enjoyed that. Homeroom aired on BET in the late 90s. It was decent but not special enough to stand out and last.
I actually liked Homeroom when it originally aired but it seemed like it was cancelled before it got started. It had a very solid cast in my mind.

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Gentle soul Darryl Harper (Darryl Sivad) leaves the fast paced world of advertising for teaching fourth grade which his medical student wife Vicki (Penny Johnson) supports. Not so much her father Phil (Bill Cobbs), who focuses on the money Darryl isn't making. The kids and Darryl's brother Anthony (Claude Brooks) keep things light.

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Very weak lineup for sure but no worse than todays current shows.
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I actually liked Homeroom when it originally aired but it seemed like it was cancelled before it got started. It had a very solid cast in my mind.

IMDB https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096612/

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I remember him from Fresh Prince
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1989: I wish there was anything new on TV anywhere near as delightful as Seinfeld, Cheers and Knots Landing.

2021: Dour, dark, deconstructed, dogmatic, and disenfranchised is a total downer.
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Better than 81-82.
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