I remember rushing home on certain days so I could sit in front of the tube with my favorite snack, kick back and watch my favorite sitcom. With reality shows steadily on the rise, it has pretty much phased out all the good TV shows and sitcoms.
A few years ago, I bought the entire Martin episode series and recently let my four-year-old niece borrow them and I swear she doesn’t want to give them back. She’s been watching those episodes back-to-back, quoting the lines and everything and it makes me happy that she would rather watch that than all the other garbage that’s on TV. No matter how many times I watch Martin or how old his shows get, they are still funny as hell. Like my niece, I could sit there and watch them all day. Don’t let them have a marathon on, I will not move until it’s over.
Watching Martin really makes me miss the good ole shows back in the day like The Cosby Show, Good Times, A Different World and Living Single and wonder what ever happened to the days when TV was good and safe to watch without all the cursing, fighting and scripted drama. The days when you sit back and fantasize about having a family as large as the Cosbys, going to college like Dwayne and Whitley on A Different World and kicking with your girls like on Living Single? Has drama really taken over the air to the point where good shows/sitcoms just don’t last because they’re being drowned out with scripted drama?
I’ll admit, from time to time I watch the reality shows, mainly because they are quite entertaining and for the most part I’m working on something to past time. It’s sad but children growing up nowadays will never get the experience of watching their favorite sitcoms. The first time my nephew saw The Cosby Show on Netflix he was hooked. He watched it every day til he learned every line and then like my niece he fell in love with Martin.
After the wave of the reality shows are over, which may be never or definitely no time soon, what will VH1, MTV and all the other TV networks do for ratings? Will they bring back sitcoms or is this whole reality show thing here to stay?