SpacePunk: In 35 years we'll look back on what is airing today, and say "yeeesh, what the hell were we thinking!"
Kibbler: Whatever you think of Williams, everything else in that show--the canned laugh track, the cardboard characters, the stupid, gimmicky sitcom plots, the absurd mid-70's fixation on a single woman's sexual "purity" as being somehow fodder for comedy--was awful.I often say that younger people were robbed when it comes to popular music. I got The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, CCR, Cream, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, etc., they got...well, all of the repetitive auto-tuned rap/metal/Madonna-clone junk that has passed for popular music in the past 25 years. But when it comes to TV, the situation is reversed. Ironic that I would say that, considering that network TV is now almost entirely lowest-common-denominator reality crap. But there have been some really memorable shows in the past decade-plus, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Archer, The Venture Brothers, and Futurama, to name the cream of the crop, and any one of those is worth all of 1970s prime time TV combined*. If I try to watch a show I thought I liked in the 70s, the gag reflex kicks in. The definition of dreariness. I have no doubt that, if I'm alive in 25 years (unlikely), I will be able to re-watch any of these shows and enjoy them.*Not counting the first few seasons of All in the Family, bits and pieces of Barney Miller, a couple Frank-heavy episodes of MASH, and OK, the theme song from Hawaii 50.
AaronSynn: When this first aired, Robin WIlliams comedy was beyond anything we had seen on TV before. Most types of comedy have to do with pushing the envelope. When the Simpsons debuted, they were considered edgy and hysterical. They said/did things we never saw on TV before. But then South Park and Family Guy came along, pushed the envelope even further, and made the Simpsons seem dull by comparison. Only slapstick really never gets old.This episode aired when I was 7 or 8. I recorded it on my GE cassette recorder (state of the art at the time) and listened to the audio time and time again. (That's how we relived TV/Movie moments before VCRs, kiddies) For a long time I had the whole episode memorized. Watching it now, I could still do some of the dialog right with them.....
mrbach: It was funny back then. So was Happy Days. We were kids though and now we have Breaking Bad.
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