If you’re an older reader of our website, then chances are you grew up in
the golden age of television. From Blackadder to Father Ted, Only Fools
and Horses, and even as far back as The Avengers (not those Avengers), there
seemed to be a near-endless parade of quality programming on supply.
Today we have access to so many more show, so many more forms of access, and
so many more channels, yet we rarely see the level of programming which we
enjoyed before the new millennium. So what caused this shift, and how can we
get back to the classics?
As we see it, there are three primary reasons for the decrease in quality
shows over the years.
The first is the growing overall network infrastructure. With so many more
national and international channels and now streaming services available, there
has been an immense call for new shows. Recent history has shown many of these
are rushed, poorly thought out, and lacking in execution.
Second is a shift towards youth culture. By targeting the young, writers and
directors are moving away from classic entertainment and towards flash and
The final element is that of reality shows. A curse on the entertainment
world, reality TV shows are anything but. Highly staged by
the incompetent and fronted by the insufferable, these seem to take pride
in focussing on the worst dregs of humanity. Reality TV is not good, it has
never been good, and it will never be good.
We might point the situation of today as dire, but not all is lost. The
proportion of good shows to bad might have shifted violently, but the sheer
quantity of output has increased on such a level that choice still exists. It’s
just a matter of sifting through the garbage to find some gems.
The most obvious way to find saving graces is to turn to the world of game shows.
We’re talking the classic style of game shows, not the obnoxious wacky Hole in
the Wall style that wastes everyone’s time.
Deal or No Deal, for example, was a modern game show which tied into our
love of real people doing their best to guess their way to victory. Running for
over 3,000 episodes, this show is still available to watch for free on Youtube,
with a little bit of searching.
Winning awards such as Best Daytime Programme, and Daytime Programme of the
Year in the TV Quick Awards and Royal Television Society Awards respectively,
this is the show which is easy to go back to, without knowledge of an
overarching plot. So successful was Deal, that it even encouraged a variety of
spins offs such as video games, and even some jackpot slots at Paddy Power, among many other popular translated properties.
For older shows like The Avengers and Blackadder, you’ll need to take a
different route by searching them out either on DVD or streaming services. For
streaming, we would recommend using a search site like Reel Good to track down the right service to
subscribe to. Otherwise, check out Youtube, or go to Amazon to buy them on the
Don’t let the rubbish of today get you down, there are solutions to this
growing problem. It might take a few days to get back in the action, but we can
still fall back on the classics.
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