It's September and that means...the new TV season is upon us.
When I was younger (much younger), I looked forward to the start of every new TV season. I'd read the reviews of the new shows and prepare my viewing strategy (no VCRs or TiVo back in the day). On several occasions, I remember circling the shows in the TV Guide to make sure I wouldn't miss any great entertainment.
Of course, back then, there were only three networks.
Now there are more channels--and more shows--than I could ever watch in my lifetime. Not that I want to; most of the shows don't appeal to me. But there are still enough crime dramas to keep me coming back to the boob tube.
Growing up watching crime dramas (as I did) undoubtedly helped foster my desire to write crime fiction.
- Barnaby Jones
- The Rockford Files
- Cool Million
- Starsky and Hutch
- Hawaii Five-O
- McMillan & Wife
- The FBI
- Mission Impossible
- Charlie's Angels (hey, there was crime on that show, wasn't there?)
- The Six Million Dollar Man
- The Bionic Woman
- Hill Street Blues
I could go on. (Of course, my viewing wasn't limited to crime drama--I watched plenty of lawyer and doctor shows, too. And don't forget The White Shadow!)
Here's the thing: Back then, I loved those shows and thought they were great. Now, if I happen to catch an old rerun or two, I realize many of them were actually pretty cheesy.
So what's the explanation? Am I just more mature/more discerning now (i.e., I don't have time to waste watching mediocre shows)? Or are the shows really better written and better acted now?
What do you think?