The Grand Influence of 1980’s Television

After re-watching the old V miniseries a few weeks ago, I got to thinking about the television shows I used to watch back then and how those shows influenced me.  The internet wasn’t in the picture at that point, and VCRs were the pinnacle of recording technology.  It was a period when people actually scheduled time in their lives to watch certain shows, probably the end of that kind of behavior with the soon-to-be advent of on-demand and DVRs and entire television series’ seasons  on DVD which allow us to literally watch whatever we want whenever the mood strikes us.  But back then, networks were important and the TV Guide was actually a pretty useful tool.   So, in the spirit of reminiscence, I thought I’d run through some of the most influential shows, to me at least,  from the 1980s.  Say what you want about pop-culture, and it would be great if my generation were inspired more frequently by Dickens and Hemingway than America’s Funniest Home Videos and Knight Rider, but we are a product of our times and the culture that sprung from it, for better or for worse.  And while some of it is indisputably shallow, I don’t think it was all bad.

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The Best Science Fiction Shows of All Time (In My Humble Opinion)

I’m going to show off my inner dork here, so bear with me.  I just spent about a half-hour checking out this list of (supposedly) the 20 best Sci-fi television shows of all time. It’s a pretty good list, with what I consider to be a couple of glaring omissions.  I also have an issue or two with the criteria used for what makes a show sci-fi.  Three of the shows on the list, The X Files, The Twilight Zone and Lost are amongst my favorite shows, but I’ve never considered any as sci-fi despite undertones and elements in each.  For all it’s alien conspiracy jumble, The X Files was at its best as more of a horror show with Mulder and Scully hunting down the monster of the week.  The Twilight Zone and Lost, on the other hand, defy easy description, but science fiction isn’t my first thought with either.   So, reveling in geekdom, I’ve decided to make my own list of the best sci-fi television of all time. (more…)

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