The Sad Truth: Classic T.V. Shows Aren’t as Good as You Remember

There have been so many shows that are awesome when you first watch them, and then when you revisit them years later it has become painfully obvious how terrible they really are. One of the best examples of this is ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’.

First and foremost the fashion in this show is a rich tapestry of heinous patterns and an offensive visual assault of colours. Why people rich enough to live in Bel-Air would ever wear any of the clothing the wardrobe consultants picked is beyond us especially oldest daughter Hilary whose entire raison d’etre was to shop.

The show ran for six years based almost entirely on Uncle Phil fat jokes and Carlton’s dumb dance. Not to mention the most memorable thing about the show is it’s theme song, we dare you to find someone who can’t recite the entire thing off the top of their head, even now, 15 years after it was originally on the air.

Another show we watch in syndication and wonder how it could have run for so long is ‘Cheers’. We realize it is a beloved classic, but it’s die hard fans have to admit that it really is just a bunch of ugly people who have turned to the company of the bottle and others like them in a dark, dank bar.

It’s most popular characters are a blow-hard, one-upping, know-it-all mailman and a washed-up-baseball-star bartender. Sam Malone is essentially Uncle Rico from ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ and we’re supposed to believe his endless rants about his glory days get him laid more often than Captain Kirk.

Speaking of getting laid, whoever thought a show about a group of geriatric dames sitting around their retirement community talking about sex should be shot.

Now we love Betty White, she’s like the original SurlyGurl, but ‘The Golden Girls’ is like walking in on your grandparents having sex: awkward and you wish you’d never seen it.

It wasn’t just the 80’s and 90’s that gave us shows that were wildly popular at the time and then showed their true colours in syndication. ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and ‘Bewitched’ are essentially the same show. One quirky wife is a genie and the other is a witch. Somehow they both seemed to find the same chauvinist husband.

As dreamy as American hero, astronaut Major Nelson was, we would rather not have a husband who shoves us in a bottle and hides us in a closet anytime company arrives. Samantha’s husband Darren treated her like a dog that wouldn’t stop peeing on the carpet any time she used her witchy powers to cook him dinner.

Sadly, it’s only a matter of time that we look back on shows that we currently love and realize just how ridiculous they truly are. Damn you T.V. on DVD box sets!

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Originally published on on Oct. 10, 2011


About surlygurls

We’re two SurlyGurls brought together by a love of all things awesome and an equal hate of all things which are an affront to awesomeness everywhere.

Posted on October 13, 2011, in AWESOME, LISTS, OPINION, RANT, REVIEWS, TELEVISION, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. So true ….hahahahaha. And I ALWAYS thought Cheers was especially lame.

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