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Rain Man
04-11-2005, 06:39 PM
Throughout TV history, there have been some strong programming patterns. The following are examples:


1. 1950s - Light, warm family comedies (Father Knows Best, Leave It to Beaver, Make Room for Daddy, etc.)

2. 1950s - 1960s - One-hour western dramas (Bonanza, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, etc.)

3. Early 1960s - Space comedies (My Favorite Martian, I Dream of Jeannie, etc.)

4. Mid-1960s - Hillbilly sitcoms (Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, etc.)

5. Early 1970s - Detective shows (Mannix, Cannon, Hawaii Five-O, etc.)

6. Early 1970s - "Professional worker" comedies (Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Doc, etc.)

7. Late 1970s - "Jiggle" shows (Three's Company, Charlie's Angels, etc.)

8. 1980s - Prime Time Rich Soaps (Dallas, Dynasty, Knott's Landing, etc.)

9. 2000s - Reality shows (Survivor, The Great Race, Fear Factor, etc.)

I have two questions.

A. What past fads are missing on this list?

B. What do you think will be some future fads?

Ari Chi3fs
04-11-2005, 06:40 PM
you forgot the late 60's - 70's Variety sing-song / comedy hour shows

Rain Man
04-11-2005, 06:41 PM
Ah, yes. Definitely.

Ari Chi3fs
04-11-2005, 06:41 PM
Future shows will become similar to The Running Man, I believe.

Jenson71
04-11-2005, 06:41 PM
Danger Will Robinson, danger!

Ari Chi3fs
04-11-2005, 06:43 PM
welcome back Son of Jen. We missed you.

FloridaChief
04-11-2005, 06:44 PM
1971-1978(?) - Norman Lear Socially Relevent Sitcoms. (All In The Family, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, etc...)

Jenson71
04-11-2005, 06:47 PM
welcome back Son of Jen. We missed you.

Thanks a lot. :thumb:

Mid 80's - Early 90's ... Funny Black Families (Family Matters, Cosby, Fresh Prince)

Skip Towne
04-11-2005, 07:08 PM
Football Games. They have graced all these time periods.

CosmicPal
04-11-2005, 07:16 PM
In the future, and maybe not so far off future- I forsee interactive capability with TV shows where the audience can and will determine the scenes in a murder mystery or family drama or a slap-stick comedy or even a variety show, thus combining the sitcom and the reality TV shows into one explosive interactive show. The viewers will have a chance to win prizes, but the only way to do so is to vote and be an interactive member of the TV show. Each week, someone across the country wins a significant prize until the final week of the show where the prize is of course- the ultimate million dollar prize! Imagine- just one show- and you've incorporated ALL of the TV show formats into one.

KCChiefsFan88
04-11-2005, 07:21 PM
Also the cheesy, family sitcoms of the '80s-'90s like Cosby Show, Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Full House, Family Ties, Home Improvement, etc

Nzoner
04-11-2005, 07:34 PM
I know there's always been a spin-off here and there but in the last 10 years it's gotten out of hand.If not mistaken Law & Order and CSI now have 7-8 hours of shows and those are only the ones I know of for sure.

Pitt Gorilla
04-11-2005, 07:38 PM
I know there's always been a spin-off here and there but in the last 10 years it's gotten out of hand.If not mistaken Law & Order and CSI now have 7-8 hours of shows and those are only the ones I know of for sure.I was just going to say cop/detective/law shows for the 90's, 00's.

go bowe
04-11-2005, 07:43 PM
I know there's always been a spin-off here and there but in the last 10 years it's gotten out of hand.If not mistaken Law & Order and CSI now have 7-8 hours of shows and those are only the ones I know of for sure.yeah, there sure is a ton of prime time programming devoted to those two groups of related shows...

the only ones that i consistently watch out of all those shows are special victims unit and trial by jury...

that egomaniac d'onofrio in criminal intent doesn't do anything for me at all and the orginal law and order seems stale these days...

i'm not real enthused about any of the csi shows...

but i sure do like 24 and it's coming on soon... :D :D :D

ChiefsCountry
04-11-2005, 07:46 PM
I know there's always been a spin-off here and there but in the last 10 years it's gotten out of hand.If not mistaken Law & Order and CSI now have 7-8 hours of shows and those are only the ones I know of for sure.

Spin offs IMO only work if the storylines kind of play out together, sort of like Knotts Landing and Dallas in the 80's.

Nzoner
04-11-2005, 07:50 PM
yeah, there sure is a ton of prime time programming devoted to those two groups of related shows...

the only ones that i consistently watch out of all those shows are special victims unit and trial by jury...

that egomaniac d'onofrio in criminal intent doesn't do anything for me at all and the orginal law and order seems stale these days...

i'm not real enthused about any of the csi shows...

but i sure do like 24 and it's coming on soon... :D :D :D

Yep,I try and never miss SVU.

As for d'onfrio,I love the actor but that show doesn't do it for me,each time I did watch it his character was ALWAYS RIGHT and just too unbelieveable for me,the same reason I could never get into Numbers,the one guy always has the answers even though he's working around an office of fbi agents.

Nzoner
04-11-2005, 08:00 PM
Spin offs IMO only work if the storylines kind of play out together, sort of like Knotts Landing and Dallas in the 80's.

I like the way the Law & Orders mesh together with the DA and detectives sometimes making appearances on the various shows.I also liked the couple of times Law & Order blended episodes with Homicide.

ChiefsCountry
04-11-2005, 08:01 PM
Right now the only good shows are:
Law and Orders
24
OC
CSI - the original

jAZ
04-11-2005, 08:05 PM
90's... Young Drama's (90210, Melrose Place, Dawson's Creek, etc)

milkman
04-11-2005, 08:28 PM
I think you forgot the one programming fad that has been consistent since the television was invented.

CRAPPY.

The airwaves are littered with it, and it has become the most dominating fad on TV.

Skip Towne
04-11-2005, 08:48 PM
I think you forgot the one programming fad that has been consistent since the television was invented.

CRAPPY.

The airwaves are littered with it, and it has become the most dominating fad on TV.
I'm glad you're around. You're even more negative than me.

jspchief
04-11-2005, 09:00 PM
News magazine shows in the late 90s
Dateline was on about 3 nights a week, 60 minutes 2 nights a week, 48 hours, etc. I remember for a time they were on just about every night because I watched them a ton.

Duck Dog
04-11-2005, 09:03 PM
Early 2000's; The adult show's on cable. Deadwood, Soprano's, Six feet under, The L word, OZ, Carnival.

Pants
04-11-2005, 09:49 PM
The newest fad is Poker IMO. It seems that every channel wants a piece of that action. I was flipping through channels the other night and at least 4 had poker: Travel Channel, Bravo, WB and some others I can't remember.

Dayze
04-11-2005, 09:50 PM
the only show I consistently watch with religion is "24"

other than that, it's NFL network, History Channel, Discovery, etc.

Wile_E_Coyote
04-11-2005, 10:32 PM
mini-series(Roots) were hot there for a while

CHIEF4EVER
04-11-2005, 10:41 PM
Future shows will become similar to The Running Man, I believe.

An NFL Running Man would be sweet. Make Al Davis, Joke Plummet and Shanarat the first 3 runners. Plummet being chased by Fireball....now THATS entertainment.

Frazod
04-11-2005, 10:47 PM
mini-series(Roots) were hot there for a while

Don't forget the first two installments of North and South - those were excellent. The third one sucked, though.