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What television shows from your childhood would you bring back and why?
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Scooby-Doo Mysteries, hands down. There was no need to think about this. How many mysteries could those meddling kids get down in? I have no idea how much would be too much. Maybe it was ended when it was on top, and still had that pull that makes you want more; anymore episodes could have devolved the show completely. All I know is that I have all of the classic Scooby-Doo on DVD for a reason. I love that crazy Great Dane. (In fact, there are numerous ornaments on my tree that are the Doo, right now.)
About five years ago, a new series was done, but it only lasted a few years. It was one of the best attempts yet. The animation was fabulous and the story was pretty good. Let’s never talk about A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The movies, I liked, but I know many don’t.
I have always been very much into animation. The art that makes up an animated show is amazing. It’s a lot of work to make still drawings line up to form movement, keeping story straight, and not jumping all over and mucking up the color. So much planning!
My other favorite, which those who know me have heard me talk about extensively. I used episodes from this series in my film studies work. It hits my topics, warms my soul, and has a bit of nostalgia for me. M*A*S*H!
The M*A*S*H series was one of the most perfect series ever filmed. People still discuss the writing and execution today. Not ironically, the series was adapted from a book by Richard Hooker and W.C. Heinz. At the time, the series was critical of the Vietnam War, crossing a line that television and movies had not dared with such razor sharp wit. The public was tired of the war. However, they weren’t tired of M*A*S*H. It aired for 11 seasons (1972-1983).
I have not watched a show since that came anywhere close to the writing and poignancy of this series. Sometimes I think I am watching one, but the shine wears off so quickly, and M*A*S*H is still there, a wise old friend with still more to show for itself.
The times have changed, and with them the tastes and endurance of most audiences. The majority of the mainstream demographic will sit through hours of reality television, but won’t stand to sit for anything that requires reflection or thought. A desire to watch self-destruction is the main drive behind most entertainment today. Sadly. Education has been maligned for years, and thus anything resembling thinking has become taboo in many social circles.
I’d love to see either of these shows return. To me, that would be a sign that audiences have returned to wanting more complicated entertainment. That, to me, is a clue that society is evolving once again.
Let’s hop on over and see what shows the other authors would bring back…