It’s that awkward time of year when the traditional TV season is over and new shows are just now launching. Just thinking about what’s on TV these days and what used to be on TV….
I remember watching “Ozzie and Harriett,” a sit-com with a musical twist as Ricky the kid Nelson grew into Rick Nelson, teen idol. Now I have “Empire” to consider, a raw drama of a family and its recording empire coming apart at the seams, then (perhaps) sewing itself back together???????
I remember “Father Knows Best” (dating myself, I know) and “The Honeymooners” (my dad’s favorite show, along with “Archie Bunker”); “The Brady Bunch” and “I Love Lucy”; “Bonanza” and “Sea Hunt.”
Now there’s “Two Broke Girls,” “Shameless,” “The Good Wife,” and “Vinyl.”
On the other hand, where once there was “High Chaparral,” now there’s “Hell on Wheels.” And “Dragnet” has become “The Sopranos” or, perhaps, “NCIS.”
And we never had anything to compare with either “Downton Abbey” or “Game of Thrones.” Nor “Justified,” whose like we are not likely to see again any time soon, now that author Elmore Leonard has passed.
But where is today’s “Murphy Brown”?
The Golden Age of Television, some say. I wonder.