We have not had cable or its kin for our TV for about 4 years. Before that we had it for around 2 years--for the first time in our lives. Before that, we either watched the 3 1/2 channels that came in with the antenna, or we made good use of free sources for videos and DVDs.
When my MIL came to "visit" (her term, not ours!), she gave an ultimatum: "If you expect me to stay, you're going to have to get cable." Of course we were trying our best to make her comfortable, so we ordered the basic package. Then, two weeks later she left.
We now have custody of the cable. We were able to get a month-to-month contract (we suspected she was going to bail on us!). After she left, I was all for cancelling right away. Husband, however, mumbled something about football and the Super Bowl. We still have the cable.
I'm not innocent in this. I love me some DIY shows, for example. I also enjoy seeing the old shows that were mostly "snow" on the 3 1/2 channels I had when they originally aired. Though enjoyable, we're still going to cancel it . . . soon, I hope!
That got me thinking about TV when I was growing up. (Cue the fuzzy going-back-in-time filter.)
Back in the dark ages when I was little, ALL the shows were in black in white. Sometimes we had a little B/W set, most times we had nothing. Then, when I was around 9 years old, my dad brought home a BIG, white, "space-age" looking . . . COLOR TV!
We still had only 3 1/2 channels, but now you could make out more images in the snow than before! The shows that were in color looked so great. We had arrived.
So, just for nostalgia purposes, I'm going to do a quick list of the shows I remember watching during the 70s, snow and all:
- Family Affair (I was not a fan of Mrs. Beasley. She kind of scared me.)
- Mr. Rogers (I would run and hop on the couch like I was riding on "Trolley.")
- Bugs Bunny
- My Three Sons
- I Love Lucy
- Laurel and Hardy
- Lassie (Hated, and still hate, the theme song.)
- Wonderful World of Disney (Sunday nights with bowls of spaghetti for supper!)
- Petticoat Junction
- Green Acres
- The Love Boat
- Dallas (I was in high school by this time.)
- Fantasy Island
- The News (Wait, that was my mom.)
Now, with the cable, we can see nearly all of those, practically any time. Clearly. Sometimes even in a marathon!
(Excuse me. I have to go find that remote. . .)