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Tandra Page 1713, Old Time Television

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

I’ve made this comment more times than I can reasonably count, but I post it again on occasion because we continue to attract new readers who may not be inclined to wade through the full backlog. This is not a condemnation. I don’t go back and review all the old stuff either.

In any case, as I have said often enough, I do not subscribe to cable television. I am not aware of anything available for viewing of which I have any interest. If something that might attract my interest happens to appear on broadcast television, as in the recent “Game Of Thrones” series, I have no problem with awaiting the release of the DVD. There are several DVD advantages. One being I can watch DVD’s on my own schedule and also to advantage is that shows on DVD do not come including commercials. I have no problem with commercials as a concept; I just do not wish to watch them.

Having said all that, I find that I enjoy watching television from back in the day, back when I was a television addict. When I was younger I watched television pretty much all the time. I was a junkie!

Now I find that most of those shows I liked back when are available on DVD, so I’ve purchased a bunch of them and I watch one or two before I hit the sack in the evening. It’s a nice wind-down after a day pushing a pencil or dragging a brush across a sheet of Bristol Board.

Some of those old shows do not much hold up today and I wonder why I liked them back when they were being broadcast. Others that I did not much care for turn out far more interesting today than I found them back when. Go figure. Apparently my tastes have changed.

I’ve also made mention of a television series I did not watch back at the time when I was a television junkie called “Doctor Kildare”. I sampled the show recently because of the opening sequence and the theme music and found it quite enjoyable on DVD. Most television series have good shows, mediocre shows and shows that never should have aired. I mean, there is a demanding weekly schedule and air time has to be filled with something. Bad shows creep in.

As with any television series, “Doctor Kildare” has some shows that are better than others but, closing in on finishing season three of a five season run, I have not seen any real stinkers. That I cannot say about any other television show, not even shows I was wildly enthusiastic about.

The writing on “Kildare” is pretty much top notch and the acting is very good. There are shows in which the “big name” guest star delivers the best performance I have ever seen them do. Mebbe it’s because there is more opportunity for an actor to give a great performance dying from stage four cancer than there is shooting it out with the cops on a crime show.

But there is something I have noticed about the “Kildare” series. There are a surprising number of shows that deal with the legal problems associated with the medical profession. Even with shows that do not resolve the conflict in a court room, legal considerations are a part of the plot. An astonishing turn in some episodes is that Doctor Kildare does not necessarily win in every case that ends up in court.

Another interesting observation is the number of shows that involve rotten parents. There are also good and decent parents, but a surprising number of shows focus on parents that are not so good, parents who are over much concerned with their own careers they neglect their kids and parents who push their children into dangerous social situations. To be fair, there are also shows with rotten kids.

I suppose it amounts to plot issues with a show wherein the story cannot gobble up air time with car chases and shoot outs between cops and bad guys, something else must be found to fill time between commercials.

The bottom line is that I am enjoying “Doctor Kildare” more that most of the shows I loved as a kid.

Who’d a thunk it?

“In the fight for Liberty, you will the most intense opposition coming from slaves who are comfortable in their chains!”

“They’ll know where to find me,” -Rick Blaine, “Casablanca”

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