Is there anything good on?

ELISHA KRAUSS is back! She joins Lyndsey Fifield for a hilarious conversation about how to pick TV shows that are safe for kids… and safe for adults. Lyndsey rants about what contemporary content is doing to our brains… as Elisha said, this might have been Lyndsey’s “Matt Walsh week.” Keep listening for a great challenge from Mrs. Krauss at the end of the episode.

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  1. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
    The Cloaked Gaijin

    My friends had mostly just turned about 7 years old when we saw the original Star Wars.  One had a brother who was about to turn 6, although his father was a policeman and former soldier and marine so he might have been more ready for some more violent stuff.  I think his dad watched a lot of war movies.  My mother asked my older brother about the movie before I saw it.  He said that there was one scene where someone gets their arm chopped off (in the Mos Eisley cantina), but everything else was rather tame.

    The very first time I saw the movie was with a neighborhood girl.  I was 7.  She was 6.  We saw the movie alone without adults, although we kept wondered what this “arm scene” was going to be like.  We pledged that Star Wars would be our favorite movie forever.  The very next year she saw the movie Grease and declared that Grease was her favorite movie of all-time or tied with Star Wars.  That was when I learned that boys and girls are completely different.  I never have seen Grease though.  Those types of movies make me uncomfortable even as middle-age adult.  She did get to see Close Encounters of the Third Kind later in 1977 which my mother did not let me see for some reason.  I think Close Encounters was marketed as being a bit of a horror movie.

    If you look at 1977 and that time period, there weren’t a lot of movies for kids who wanted to watch something other than cartoons, and the Disney animation department was in bad shape after Walt died in 1966.  Looking at wikipedia, The Apple Dumpling Gang came out two years before that.  Benji came out in 1974.  Superman later came out in 1978, and The Muppet Movie came out in 1979.  My dad and I liked the Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies which weren’t really kids’ movies, but that was about it for popular kids’ films for the 1970s.

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  2. Stad Coolidge

    I didn’t watch a single episode of Game of Thrones either.  Many of my friends chide me about not watching this show or that.  Sometimes I humor them and watch a first episode, but I rarely get hooked.  Examples of series I couldn’t get into:

    Breaking Bad (but loved the final episode on Youtube)

    Deadwood (but loved clips of Calamity Jane on Youtube)

    The Office

    Firefly (but loved the movie Serenity)

    There are probably others.

    Oh, and congratulations Lyndsey!

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  3. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    I loved “Breaking Bad” but didnt much like “Better Call Saul” – Maybe I didnt really care about the characters in the background of the Walter White drama.

    I like the idea of the anti-hero, I like the idea of seeing the world from that point of view, seeing how they rationalize away their lives, it becomes an effective cautionary tale. Its that first bad step, that leads to the next, they become path dependent and before long they’re either lay on the floor in a pool of blood or are standing over the body. Its these story arcs that are rich with fresh material.

    I also couldnt take “Game of Thrones” or “Girls” or “West World” I heard enough of “Deadwood” to not see it, I dont need potty mouth cowboys. I prefer the cowboys to be like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Dean Martin.

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  4. Full Size Tabby Member
    Full Size Tabby

    The relatively modern trend to make characters more “complex” and morally ambiguous does sometimes lead me not to care about them, and thus not to watch. A good (and true) anti-hero keeps my interest more than some of the ambiguous characters I see. 

    We just finished the Longmire (Wyoming detective) series that started on A&E for 3 seasons and moved to Netflix funding for the later seasons. Much energy was spent in seasons 4 and 5 altering characters that had been mostly “good” in seasons 1 – 3 (and thus worthy of audience rooting for them) into ambiguous or “flawed” characters, at which point we almost stopped watching because we stopped caring for the characters. One of the things that kept us going though was one of the unambiguously “bad” characters and our interest in seeing how he would turn out. Fortunately, by the end of the series the writers and producers restored to “good” the “good” characters we had fallen for in the early seasons. 

    Many series seem to fall apart after about three seasons. It appears the writers get bored and want to push boundaries, but in the process forget why the audience came to the show in the first place.

    Also, series that are based on books and/or book characters seem to fall apart once the show exhausts the original source material and starts making up its own stories. 

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