Now forgotten TV shows that made a big pop culture splash?

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Now forgotten TV shows that made a big pop culture splash?

Post by tmc_6882 » Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:25 pm

I'm talking about TV shows that were initially quite popular and really seemed to capture the zeitgeist but which have now faded more than one might have expected. The fading is especially poignant if the shows were actually pretty original.

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Post by Robotman » Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:43 pm

I think I might be the only one who actually remembers when Too Many Cooks was on.

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Post by FaceoffFembot » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:34 am

Robotman wrote:I think I might be the only one who actually remembers when Too Many Cooks was on.
Funny you should say that just as this video pops up in my Youtube subscriptions.

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Post by dale coba » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:00 pm

Rambling ahead:

When a medium fills up, historically accumulating product, the laws of supply and demand change.

Information is nearly free to preserve, and coheres and matures over time like the telling of history - so what is forgotten? What does it MEAN, to have been forgotten?

It means less to be forgotten, the further along we go. The music of Sixto Rodriguez and of Vashti Bunyan were forgotten for forty years, and I'll go so far as to say tragically forgotten, given how much their music should have been immediately and permanently appreciated by fans of their genres.

The Canadians went and found the wreck of their missing, 19th century seeker of the Northwest Passage. The Stonehenge complex is, it turns out, ridiculously huge and rich with structures of many kinds, if you look with ground-penetrating radar. Clearly, in this time when there may soon be no tigers or polar bears, we know the world well enough to know there is no Nessie or Yeti. No one reports seeing U.F.O.s anymore - when was the last report of anyone getting probed by space aliens? I don't believe people around here believe in ghosts anymore - we should be knee-deep in ghosts by now, everyone should know a haunted place and its ghosts.

Sorry, you wanted to talk about t.v. nostalgia, and I'm going off on what it once meant and now means to be forgotten.

The full breadth of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s radical anti-war, anti-poverty vision is widely forgotten.

No one would remember the live comedy series Fridays (like SNL), except Andy Kaufman was a cast member. On a live show. A few episodes in, he dropped out of character and started asking the other actors about what they were doing, what was wrong with this sketch, and he blew up that show like he was two hydrogen atoms pressed together into a helium + POW!

I thought it unfortunate that Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf's prime time news analysis show, Our World, vanished without a trace. That was rewardingly educational, but then I was 14, so... maybe I'm wrong.

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Post by --Battery-- » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:03 pm

oh, and they found a pyramid in egypt using google earth in 2012 :dancing:
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Post by King Snarf » Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:46 am

They showed Davy Crockett tonight on TCM's "Treasures From the Disney Vault" and that was HUGE back in the 50s and virtually unheard of today. Leonard Maltin pointed out that Disney took the first miniseries, which had aired for free on TV mind you, cut them together as a feature length film, and people went to go see it again and pay for it this time. Granted, that was before home entertainment so if you wanted to watch it again (and many did, apparently) that was your only option.

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