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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Toronto area

    Classic, or forgettably mediocre?

    This Bill Brioux blog post about Air Canada's choices of mediocre sitcom episodes for their "Classic TV" made me laugh.

    I cringe at the thought of how much time I wasted in the 1980s and into the 1990s watching forgettable broadcast network sitcoms (mostly because there was so little else worth watching then), but even I had stopped watching that Howard Hesseman thing long before he left it. Harem costume aside, Jeannie was not very good or memorable (not that I'm old enough to remember it being current), and I certainly never watched anything with Alan Thicke trying to act. Is She's The Sheriff also on their line-up?

    Sitcoms in particular do not hold up well over time and quickly look dated, even the somewhat rare ones that were good for their time. The only 'classic' sitcom I remember being able to watch in reruns was the 1970s Bob Newhart Show, which I saw during the 1980s (when the 1980s Newhart was still going), even though it was already somewhat dated then. I suppose anything that's relatively good and funny during it's time quickly gets lots of imitators that just aren't quite as good, and ultimately make the original seem not that great when you see it again years later.

    As I've only flown on one trip in the last 20 years, how does the Air Canada thing he's talking about work? Is it through wifi for mobile devices, or is there a small screen on the back of the seat in front of you, or a screen hung over the seats every two or three rows like I've seen on some buses?
    Luckily I figured out how to load recorded TV shows onto my iPod Touch, which makes longer trips on buses and trains more tolerable, with the added bonus of shutting out nearby loud-talkers or screaming babies. It can almost be slightly annoying at times to be half way through watching something when you arrive at the destination.
    Last edited by Donovan's Monkey; 02-05-2016 at 08:29 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by Donovan's Monkey View Post
    This Bill Brioux blog post about Air Canada's choices of mediocre sitcom episodes for their "Classic TV" made me laugh.
    What ? Air Canada has a better classic TV selection than Shaw Media's Dejaview ?
    We had a good run: 2006 to 2020. Thanks for the informations and debates.



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