This weekend Junior started watching the season 1 of Flipper DVD he got for Xmas and had a two and a half hour long Flipper-fest until we made him turn it off and do something else. I watched a couple episodes too, as I hadn't seen the show in over 40 years. Dayum! Talk about lame writing! Flipper, it it turns out is a very-slightly retread version of Aqua-Lassie
"eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh!" "What's that you say, Flipper, Sandy is trapped under an active torpedo in a sunken German U-boat and only has ten minutes of air left?" My seven year old loves it of course, but he can be forgiven as he's only seen the Lassie remake movie once and that show thankfully had none of the "What's that you say, Lassie, Timmy has fallen into a well and broken his leg?" type dialogue.
Reality tv did not invent stupidity, it was around long before that. So my question is, generally speaking, how do you think television shows from yesteryear compare to today's programming? Yes, we can all agree the production quality: sets, video effects, etc. are almost without exception superior with today's shows, but what about the writing? Are today's stories/plots any more compelling, and is dialogue/acting more believable?
Based on reruns you have seen during the last few years, and not relying on your memory of tv Back in the Day, what old tv shows (let's say ended 25 years or more) do you think stand the test of time and measure favorably with today's tv shows?