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Old 07-04-19, 07:33 AM
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Pathetic TV shows to make me feel better

Intervention, Hoarders, Air Disasters, and many others Then the worthless news CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and others I will stay with bicycling and hiking that always makes me feel better. Like this hot cup of coffee
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Old 07-04-19, 02:16 PM
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Don't watch toxic TV. Which includes most TV.

An example is most police procedural melodramas, from Lawn Order to Numb3ers and everything in between. They brainwash gullible viewers into believing violent criminals are lurking in every cupboard. In syndication these have replaced soap operas for many daytime viewers. Ask a typical middle age or older housewife whether she watches endless reruns of crime dramas and you'll find she supports the death penalty regardless of the moral, ethical and legal complications, and has probably posted some idiotic reactionary blather on Facebook about connections between crime and race or religion. I've seen way too much of that crap among my relatives and neighbors. They're brainwashed by fear mongering crime dramas on TV.

As preposterous as most British murder mystery series are, American stuff is much worse. I doubt anyone who watches British murder mysteries actually believes that a murder occurs every week in a picturesque hamlet of 1,723 residents, most of whom still appear to be farmers, shepherds and lorry drivers. But Americans are suckers for anything that taps into their lizard brain fear based confirmation biases.

Ditto anything that relies on schadenfreude as entertainment -- ridiculing other people for fun. That includes the original premise for American Idol auditions.

And most network news is crap as well, from the local affiliates to the national news.

Pretty much all I watch are reruns of sci-fi and some mindless classic comedies. Occasionally I'll watch Modern Family because I feel pretty much like Phil Dunphy most of the time.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Don't watch toxic TV. Which includes most TV.

An example is most police procedural melodramas, from Lawn Order to Numb3ers and everything in between. They brainwash gullible viewers into believing violent criminals are lurking in every cupboard. In syndication these have replaced soap operas for many daytime viewers. Ask a typical middle age or older housewife whether she watches endless reruns of crime dramas and you'll find she supports the death penalty regardless of the moral, ethical and legal complications, and has probably posted some idiotic reactionary blather on Facebook about connections between crime and race or religion. I've seen way too much of that crap among my relatives and neighbors. They're brainwashed by fear mongering crime dramas on TV.

As preposterous as most British murder mystery series are, American stuff is much worse. I doubt anyone who watches British murder mysteries actually believes that a murder occurs every week in a picturesque hamlet of 1,723 residents, most of whom still appear to be farmers, shepherds and lorry drivers. But Americans are suckers for anything that taps into their lizard brain fear based confirmation biases.

Ditto anything that relies on schadenfreude as entertainment -- ridiculing other people for fun. That includes the original premise for American Idol auditions.

And most network news is crap as well, from the local affiliates to the national news.

Pretty much all I watch are reruns of sci-fi and some mindless classic comedies. Occasionally I'll watch Modern Family because I feel pretty much like Phil Dunphy most of the time.
I agree, American TV, like mainstream American food, is completely toxic as of late. As are the medications everyone is on these days. Heroin, speed, downers, or bizarre "mood drugs" with unknown side effects are fine to take, every day, so long as a doctor prescribes them. Forget that medial mistakes kill 250,000 Americans per year, and are now the third leading cause of death:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/05/03/researchers-medical-errors-now-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-united-states/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b4f90cd93852

But back to TV, the thing i have noticed about new shows, is that they all have some sort of "agenda" to try to get the viewer to think a certain way, that "this" is socially-acceptable behavoir, but "that" is not. Lots of subtle political stuff mixed in as well. Gone are the mindless, agenda-less comedies I used to love, like "Gilligan's Island" or "Get Smart" or "The Beverly Hillbillies". If you want the politics and decadent indoctrination left out of your entertainment, you need to turn to sports. But now even sports have become political (Colin Kaepernick, et. al.) Even CSPAN has started to become just like every other cable TV channel, in Brian Lamb's absence.

I can't watch any of it any more. I do still like some of the religious channels, and yes, it has gotten THAT bad.
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Old 07-05-19, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Don't watch toxic TV. Which includes most TV.

An example is most police procedural melodramas, from Lawn Order to Numb3ers and everything in between. They brainwash gullible viewers into believing violent criminals are lurking in every cupboard. In syndication these have replaced soap operas for many daytime viewers. Ask a typical middle age or older housewife whether she watches endless reruns of crime dramas and you'll find she supports the death penalty regardless of the moral, ethical and legal complications, and has probably posted some idiotic reactionary blather on Facebook about connections between crime and race or religion. I've seen way too much of that crap among my relatives and neighbors. They're brainwashed by fear mongering crime dramas on TV.

As preposterous as most British murder mystery series are, American stuff is much worse. I doubt anyone who watches British murder mysteries actually believes that a murder occurs every week in a picturesque hamlet of 1,723 residents, most of whom still appear to be farmers, shepherds and lorry drivers. But Americans are suckers for anything that taps into their lizard brain fear based confirmation biases.

Ditto anything that relies on schadenfreude as entertainment -- ridiculing other people for fun. That includes the original premise for American Idol auditions.

And most network news is crap as well, from the local affiliates to the national news.
You know what show hits all the 'do not watch' buttons you noted: Cops
Good recent opinion piece about it in NYT
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/o...ion-abuse.html
the product of an 18-month investigation by me and my producers. What we found is that “Cops” is edited far more problematically than it lets on, that it consistently presents excessive force as good policing and that its structural reinforcement of racial stereotypes about criminality raises questions about the ethics of continuing to let the show remain on the air. Above all, the questionable legality of several actions taken by “Cops” producers and their Police Department partners should lead every American state and city to assess whether they should allow reality shows about the police to film in their jurisdictions.
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of the 11 suspects we interviewed, all but one said they either did not give their legal consent to appear on the show, were too inebriated to consent knowingly or were coerced into signing — with the police and producers, troublingly, working together to get those signatures.
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we found despite the great crime decline in America since the show premiered, over a third of all arrests on “Cops” are drug arrests, three times the percentage of drug arrests in real life, according to F.B.I. data.
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Our data analysis of the show’s racial portrayals also revealed that “Cops” front-loads footage of alleged crimes by members of minorities. On the show, 46 percent of violent-crime arrests of African-Americans (and 50 percent of those arrests of Latinos) appear before the first commercial break
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Old 08-09-19, 06:40 PM
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I get more than enough crime TV if I watch the morning local news. Every morning is attempted murder, murder, robberies, burglaries, etc.

Today I worked from home on the computer and wondered why a local TV chopper was hovering near my house this afternoon. I turned on the TV to hear that a homicide had been discovered two streets over. Not sure I'll find out much about it though.

In other local news . . . .

https://abc13.com/i-10-rush-hour-dou...olice/5455126/

https://abc13.com/society/man-asking...olen-/5456955/
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That was depressing. My apologies.

Pathetic TV. Hmmm.

Any mindless old sitcom on Antenna TV is fairly pathetic, but it sure can take the stress off.

For some reason I stopped on an episode of Three's Company last night, only because of a thread a few months ago on BF about what bike Jack crashed in the opening title sequence.

Low and behold, that bike was in the living room of Jack's apartment in plain view of the camera. I tried to look it up on the net, but all I could come up with was the show was episode 5 of season 1. I couldn't find a still photo of that bike in that scene at all.

Oh well.
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Old 08-11-19, 10:11 PM
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I think Joyce Dewitt was / is hot. Just a feeling I bet us red blooded males can identify
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I think Joyce Dewitt was / is hot. Just a feeling I bet us red blooded males can identify
Funny. When that show was first on I was 12 and I didn't think much of her at all. Watching that first season re-run at age 54 made me look at her young self with a different appreciation, that's for sure.
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I think Joyce Dewitt was / is hot. Just a feeling I bet us red blooded males can identify
Not my type.

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Not my type.

Hey now, that's the morning after. Many mornings after.
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But back to TV, the thing i have noticed about new shows, is that they all have some sort of "agenda" to try to get the viewer to think a certain way, that "this" is socially-acceptable behavoir, but "that" is not. Lots of subtle political stuff mixed in as well.
Nothing new about that. The motion picture code was instituted back in the 30s in an attempt to ensure the American films were providing "appropriate" social messaging.

Television has been filled with social messaging since its inception.
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If the TV says it. It is how it will be Dang, what happened to the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family? The days of only having three channels. Then, well in this area cable TV came around in the early 80s and ruined everything
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OK, what type of programming would you like to see? I've been asking this question from the beginning and still no answer.
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I like the old TV shows. I would gladly watch even 5th rate shows from the 70's. Real dogs like "Courtship of Eddie's Father", which no one liked, not even back then, over the new shows on TV these days:


This kid in the show was spoiled rotten with attention and affection and new age touchy-feelly stuff. I'm sure all those hugs and undeserved compliments helped him become a well-adjusted, self-actualized person ready to take on life, by the horns, and succeed beyond his wildest dreams.

Well, maybe not.

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I think I'll checkout the new Dark Crystal series on Netflix soon.

I also dig a lot of shows on PBS with the exception being the aforementioned BBC crime dramas or period pieces.

Love watching mtb racing on YouTube. Speaking of checkout this amazing clip from GMBN of Martyn and Blake racing the random tandem. A bit of background, Martin is paralyzed from the waist down, so they strap him into the front of the tandem.

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OK, what type of programming would you like to see? I've been asking this question from the beginning and still no answer.
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This was your First and only post on this thread, what question did you ask from the beginning of where?

Note that the thread topic is about pathetic TV shows; most people do not want to see pathetic shows.
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This was your First and only post on this thread, what question did you ask from the beginning of where?

Note that the thread topic is about pathetic TV shows; most people do not want to see pathetic shows.
Exhibit A.
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I tell ya what was pathetic, and that was me watchin' antenna TV last night.

One thing to note is something seriously bad has happened to my antenna reception, which will require a trip into the attic. I can put that off until cooler weather.

Anyway, so I'm watching one of the worst Star Trek episodes ever to put me to sleep, and gratefully it ends.

Then comes on Buck Rogers of the Disco Variety. I haven't seen that since I was a teen. Holy carp, now that is some pathetic television. I wonder if that show is used as part of an interrogation technique in certain parts of the world?
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Exhibit A.
Exhibit A of what, and how does "Exhibit A" pertain to the question posed by ILTB?
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I tell ya what was pathetic, and that was me watchin' antenna TV last night.

One thing to note is something seriously bad has happened to my antenna reception, which will require a trip into the attic. I can put that off until cooler weather.

Anyway, so I'm watching one of theworst Star Trek episodes everto put me to sleep, and gratefully it ends.

Then comes on Buck Rogers of the Disco Variety. I haven't seen that since I was a teen. Holy carp, now that is some pathetic television. I wonder if that show is used as part of an interrogation technique in certain parts of the world?
"I could no more love you than a new species of bacteria.” Classic tv if for that line alone.
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Exhibit A of what, and how does "Exhibit A" pertain to the question posed by ILTB?
Its not that difficult really. Question/answer. Not question/question.
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I tell ya what was pathetic, and that was me watchin' antenna TV last night.

One thing to note is something seriously bad has happened to my antenna reception, which will require a trip into the attic. I can put that off until cooler weather.

Anyway, so I'm watching one of the worst Star Trek episodes ever to put me to sleep, and gratefully it ends.

Then comes on Buck Rogers of the Disco Variety. I haven't seen that since I was a teen. Holy carp, now that is some pathetic television. I wonder if that show is used as part of an interrogation technique in certain parts of the world?
Poor Apollo got rejected but the only thing I remember of Buck Rogers is Erin Gray’s assets.
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Poor Apollo got rejected but the only thing I remember of Buck Rogers is Erin Gray’s assets.
Yep. That was the only good part. But I can't watch a show that bad with only Erin's pants being so good. My wife would know instantly why I'm watching a show like that.

Not much different than Spanish language TV shows. I don't know enough Spanish, and even if I did, the shows with the hot women are really stupid.
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