Wednesday, September 26, 2007

TV is better 

That's right, TV is better.

My brother does not have cable, satelite, digital TV access. He was visiting and we viewed a home improvement show on our DVR. The program is "Holmes on Homes" and I highly recommend the show if you are considering home improvement, a mission trip, or Habitat for Humanity type activity. The show is instructive and entertaining. I have long been a fan of "This Old House" and credit the show with guiding my career choices. The difference in the two shows is that TOH follows a project home for a season while HOH does one house per episode. The 4 man team on TOH slowly directs the action. The host of HOH, Mike Holmes, can zip off a very technical, detailed narration in one breath while walking across the home to correct one of his crew members. You have to watch several episodes or use the caption function to pick up on his lingo. Both are great shows, informative and entertaining.

Which brings me to my point. TV is better. As Jeff Foxworthy pointed out, "in my day, if the President was on your night was screwed." I disliked "The Brady Bunch" as a kid. But there was not an alternative. You watched it or turned off the TV. We played more outside in our day. It was our lifestyle at the time. But there was not much on that was really appealing to watch. My older brother has a small collection of DVDs from the first few episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies". We have watched them until we can quote the lines to one another at work. It is a leap back in time. It is also one of few programs from that era that we enjoy. We like "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Green Acres". We never really got into "A Family Affair" or the other leading programs.

I enjoy "SpongeBob Squarepants" as much or more than my children. My not-quite-2-year-old son and I both enjoy "Camp Lazlo". But if we didn't, we have 6 channels of children's programming to select. And the same can be said about any program genre or age-range. The modern evolution of TV is better than ever. Choice is certainly better. But, I believe the programs are better.

Ever have a know-it-all brother-in-law. Let him talk himself into a lather about an urban legend and then make him watch the appropriate episode of "Mythbusters" (also one of my current favorites) and then rub his face in it. It is by far a better program than "That's Incredible". And it is very informative and entertaining.

TV is better.



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