A television show worth watching

Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 06:45 PM.

When we bought our first television, there was but one channel to watch — if it wasn’t raining. KTLA broadcast to the little Gardner family all the way from Los Angeles.

Shows were few. “Texaco Star Theater” with Milton Berle was my parents’ favorite. “My” times were Saturday afternoons when they showed five cowboy movies back to back.

It didn’t take all day. The 1940s and 1950s westerns were short, generally about an hour in length. In fact, I’ll bet it didn’t take much more than an hour to make them in the first place.

Television was wonderful and got more so when Dad transferred to Cherry Point. In Havelock, we had two channels, and it wasn’t long before a third joined them.

Decades marched by, programs came and went, entertainment climbed peaks and slid into valleys, but there was always something worthwhile rolling out of the tube. Slowly, entertainment content I liked evaporated.

Fast-forward to the present and I’ve now got a thousand channels to choose from and still pretty much watch only three — one news, one history and one science. Déjà view.

The current stuff doesn’t appeal to me at all. It all seems either dumb or political, which are essentially different sides of the same nickel.

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