Monday, January 23, 2012

When an Old TV Series is New to You

Question for today: Have you ever "discovered" a television series, but not until it's in reruns? Maybe when it was in it's original run on TV, for some reason you ignored it while it was running, or thought it sounded stupid, or just could never get around to watching it, or you had class the night it originally ran?

So? What show was it?

You won't believe what mine is. SEINFELD. For some reason I only watched it sporadically in the 90s. Now I'm digging it.

And there is an advantage to discovering a series now: it's all new to me, and I get to watch it every day if I want, not just once a week.

I confess there are ALOT of shows I missed, especially in the 90s, because I was in school half the decade.

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Prashant C. Trikannad said...

For me, that serial would be FRASIER. Never watched it in the 1990s. Now I try and watch every rerun. I often find secondary characters more interesting than the lead, like Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce) who is funnier than his brother Frasier (Kelsey Grammer). Take out Niles and see what happens. A well-made series.

Walker Martin said...

For the most part I avoid TV series because so many are subpar and not worth my time. I'd rather spend my time reading or watching old movies. However there are two big exceptions, both of which I ignored when they were on TV, but I started to watch because of reviews that were extremely favorable. SEINFELD turned out to be a big surprise and a funny look at life in the big city. The other show that impressed me was HOMICIDE, LIFE ON THE STREETS.

I caught both of the above shows on the reruns and even bought the dvd box sets. Present shows I can recommend are HELL ON WHEELS, which just finished the first season and JUSTIFIED, which just started on FX, Tuesdays at 10pm.

There are so many hilarious SEINFELD episodes; one even deals with magazine collectors. George's father collects old issues of TV GUIDE and Elaine drips gooey sauce on a mint copy of an issue. Every collectors worst nightmare!

Cap'n Bob said...

I'm not sure I watched Seinfeld when it was first on. I tend not to watch TV series until they are rerun. Others I can think of are Star Trek,Hogan's Heroes, Bonanza, and Matlock.

Barry Traylor said...

I missed many TV shows back in the 1980's and 1990's due to the fact that from 1975 on I worked nights. Even after VCR's came along it didn't help as with that technology (if memory serves) if someone changed the channel I missed what I was trying to record.
So I didn't really get to see Home Improvement (with Tim Allen) and Seinfeld until the shows were in syndication. Right now I am catching up with The Big Bang Theory as I missed to something else being in its time slot. Obvious why I have fallen for Big Bang Theory as I can relate to these Geeks quite a bit. Although with a MUCH lower IQ.

Barry Traylor said...

Something Walker said triggered my thought processes. On Tuesdays there are three shows I like very much. JUSTIFIED, SOUTHLAND and WHITE COLLAR. Thank goodness for my DVR.

Alfred Jan said...

I discovered Big Bang Theory by watching reruns but was gratified to know that new episodes are still being shown--what a bonus. Imagine my delight upon hearing topics like "semiotics" and "Nietzsche" discussed in a TV comedy show!

Charles Gramlich said...

That's almost the only way I ever discover good comedy series, Frazier, WKRP in Cincinnati, Mash, and big bang theory, all caught on for me long after they had first appeared.

Ron Scheer said...

It took me a while to "get" Seinfeld. (I've still never seen the episode where Elaine dances. It's supposed to be hilarious.) Same way with ROSEANNE.

Sort of a reverse of that would be EASTENDERS, which I got addicted to while living in England, and everyone I knew scoffed at it as too hopelessly low brow. Ha.