Something made me think of one of my favorite childhood TV shows the other night…Gilligan’s Island. I watched it EVERY day, saw the episodes numerous times (but not nearly as much as Brady Bunch ones!) So I mentioned it to my husband who was equally excited about the show and we decided we needed to introduce our children to it.
I netflixed the first disk of Season 1 and it got here today. We put it in at lunch time and the major culture shock was…it was in BLACK AND WHITE! Our 8yo son couldn’t understand why there wasn’t color and we had to explain that most TV shows back then had no color. We also reassured him that eventually they added color. (I have distinct memories of Gilligan’s red shirt and where else would I get those?)
I sat through the first episode and kept thinking of all the other things I could be doing. I’ve never seen so many idiot characters on one show (outside of maybe SpongeBob.) How did we used to sit through this and consider it entertainment?
Sadly, the husband and the 8yo actually seemed to enjoy it. The 9yo has more sense and didn’t get into it. *g*
Next, we’re getting the Brady Bunch. Surely it can’t be as bad. I’ll probably be able to not only sing all the lyrics to the opening song, but I’ll be able to say the dialogue along with the characters as well. Or at least remember the endings. I just hope it’s in color.
Anyone remember other vintage 70s “must-see” TV we need to poison expose our children to? I’m thinking Emergency. The Love Boat. What else? (Obviously I’m on deadline and need important things to ponder! )