Ralph's Reviews: A Lack of Quality TV Shows

Real TV is a thing of the past. They don't make shows like they used to.

Ever wonder what happened to really great TV? Me too!

I am a huge fan of classic TV. Shows like, The Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days, Bonanza, The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, Friends. The list goes on and on. Don't get me wrong, not saying there are not any good or great sitcoms currently just that there are less of them. I admit I have missed some along the way. The Office and The Big Bang theory are a couple that have been so very popular, but they just never caught on for me and I know I have missed something really good.

I bring this up because I felt like some shows that had potential did not get a fair amount of time to grow an audience. They happened to be some of my favorites. Michael J Fox made his return to TV after a hiatus in The Michael J Fox show, Matthew Perry just had a show Titled Go On. Both shows had promise, but were given the boot. The Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams started strong, but flammed out on the season finale still could have bounced back if given proper support and time. TV executives just do not sit around and let shows blossom like back in the day. Many shows from the 70 to the 90s could have been canceled after 1 season, but it was a different time back then, and networks had more patience. Of course the money wasn’t as big then, so it is likely not worth losing money on a show that does not catch the attention of the American audience.

Sitcoms of decades ago all had something in common. Great writing, the biggest stars, that may not have been have been household names quickly rose to stardom. Shows back then also tackled social issues more effectively and often which made the shows so compelling. In my opinion Today's networks just do not have the same passion, creativity, and patience as network execs of decades ago once did and that greatly diminishes a sitcoms chance of longevity.

It is a newer generation of viewers. Yes, I am part of the newer generation I speak of, however I like to proclaim that I have an old school mindset. Today's viewers are all about drama, investigative and social drama. Reality TV is the norm instead of the exception. Reality TV is not my thing, but its a hit so hard to argue against it. Ratings and money talk. As long as people tune in, networks will continue to air raunchy, controversial TV.

In late night, the Leno/Letterman era is out and the newer flashy younger comics are in. Fallon, Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and soon to be host Stephen Colbert are the new crop of talk show comedy. I don't think you could say that anyone did it better than Johnny Carson. The answer is no. Johnny Carson is the best to have ever done it, and in my opinion Leno was a very close second with Letterman not far behind.

In today's fast paced what have you done for me lately ratings game advertisers want someone who can trend on twitter, capture the target audience, and win over America. Just a sign of things to come.

Finally, Shows are still good. Although, There is less family friendly shows, less creativity, and more so called reality TV.