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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
TV Tuesday
Nick at Night is celebrating 20 years of giving us "classic" television in the evening. This year's new show is the classic 80s sitcom Murphy Brown. Murph and company join the rotation of such sitcoms The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, The Munsters, Green Acres and many, many more that help introduce new generations to the great comedies of yesteryear.

This week, we take a look at the shows on Nick-at-Night.

1. Of the many shows that run on Nick-at-Night, what is the one that you would most enjoy sitting down and watching a marathon of?
I love it a couple of years ago when Nick-at-Nite got the original Happy Days and I could watch them in a block. I really liked watching the "best of" back to back.

2. What classic show from yesterday has not made it to Nick-at-Nite yet, but you'd like to see it there?
I'd love to see some of the older shows like the Jack Benny tv shows make it there. Also, what ever happened to Night Court? And could we please get NewsRadio?

3. Have repeat on Nick-at-Night given you a new appreciation of an older show? Which one?
As much as I enjoyed Cheers while it was on, I have to admit catching re-runs on Nick-at-Nite has helped me to enjoy it that much more. I also think enjoyed repeats of Newhart.

4. What show that is currently on the air do you think our kids will be watching in 20 years on Nick-at-Nite?
Full House. Ugh....why did that show stay on so long?!? Will it ever go away?!?

5. What is one show that Nick-at-Nite currently runs that you question if the classic label applies to?
I'd love to see Scrubs on there someday as I think that show is hilarious. I'm still surprised MASH hasnt' made it onto Nick-at-Nite. I think Frasier will be there some day as will Seinfeld and Friends.

~ BONUS ~ Are there some shows that don't repeat well in later years because they rely on topical humor? (For example, a lot of the Murphy Brown jokes rely on a knowledge of current events when they were produced) Do you sometimes find yourself getting the jokes that younger generations don't? Do you think this topical humor helps or hurts shows from having a long life in repeats?
It can help and hurt. Funny is funny, no matter what . Sure there are some topical jokes, but I watched a couple of Murphy Brown episodes and I still chuckled at points . Yes, there was topical humor but there was also just some stuff that was funny no matter what era it's in.


posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/25/2005 08:55:00 PM | |
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