I continue to be amazed at the crap that makes it into syndication. Perhaps I’m just being nostalgic, but didn’t shows that made it into syndication used to have at least some merit – “Cosby,” “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” and so on? Granted, horrible, old shows like “The Beverly Hillbillies” were and are syndicated, but I’m talking about shows that might be called contemporary. In the past few years, I’ve been amazed to see “Suddenly Susan,” “Just Shoot Me“ and now, “That 70’s Show” reach syndication. There is nothing funny or entertaining about these shows. I can’t even understand why someone would regularly watch new episodes, but old ones? That’s like eating left over MacDonald’s.
I suppose you could rightfully say, “that’s what you get for watching TV, chump.” Yeah, um, well, hem, haw, I really don’t have an answer for that. In fact, I can’t provide an account of how I came to know the premise and several characters from this show, not to mention the other two shows I just mentioned. It just sort of happened. If something’s on TV long enough, I usually wind up seeing a few minutes of it somehow or another, although I’ve still managed to totally avoid both “CSI” and “The West Wing.”
Regardless, my point is this. In most areas of the U.S., old episodes of “The Simpsons” are shown twice per day. Everybody I knows loves and watches them, and most of those people are in that hot 18-35 year old demographic. I suspect four episodes of “The Simpsons” would net higher ratings than two “Simpsons,” one “That 70’s Show” and one “Suddenly Susan.” So why are they dumping this crap on us? Well, why did Pol Pot order murders of people who wore glasses? Evil. It’s the only reason that makes sense.
Should I say more about this show specifically? Like what? OK. Attractive young actors and older actors playing their parents tell bad jokes for 20 minutes.