I love TV. I love sitcoms, I love educational TV, I love dramas and I love Zombie shows (Ooh, Walking Dead: I'm glad Shane died, but hated to see Lori get it, Rick is off his rocker, and hasn't Darryl turned into a nice young man!). Sorry, digressing again.
While a well placed word can add lots to a TV show, it seems to me that cursing, talking about various types of sex (and sex toys) and just dropping crude language into a show for no apparent reason has almost replaced creative writing on the old TV. I'm a guy, so it follows that I like to aimlessly channel surf. I swear, it's getting to the point that I can't even flip through the channels without hitting an inappropriate moment during the three seconds before I change again. It's kind of cringe-worthy, really.
I'm not a prude, I can sling words with the best of them (and do, quite often), but C'mon, man!
(Pretty sure he is saying "C'mon, man!")
Let's get some creativity going instead of ALWAYS playing to the lowest common denominator. I think that Newton R. Minnow (remember him?) was right when he said:
- "When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better.
- But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.
- You will see a procession of game shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. And endlessly commercials — many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you'll see a few things you will enjoy. But they will be very, very few. And if you think I exaggerate, I only ask you to try it."
All that being said, I watched the first two episodes of season one of Downton Abby last night, and it is pretty good stuff. Yep, dealing with adult themes, but without the need to run through the English countryside talking about vibrators. Go figure.