I consume a garbage pail full of dark TV shows. That fact occurred to me when as I was sitting down to watch Gilmore Girls.
The marital unit thought I’d lost my mind. “Why are you watching Gilmore Girls? Are you leaking testosterone?” No, I remember the show as being sarcastic and funny. Indeed, I need a break from death.
Compare that to current favorites like The Walking Dead and Supernatural. Comic book fare that is dark and violent.
The contrast is rather startling. I don’t think people have much noticed as we have been normalized and desensitized to Hollywood’s grind into the cultural abyss.
Sex and violence. The gore being showed on crime and horror shows is unspeakable. Homos have come roaring out of the closet to take their place along side the heteros in the sexualized race to the bottom.
It’s why I re-discover The Waltons, Star Trek, Gilmore Girls, Northern Exposure. People back then, even as recent as the 90’s, used to say TV is too tame. Too lame. Why can’t we have more gore? More nudity? More cursing? Why can’t late prime time be more risque? Be more like cable?
Well we made it. TV has taken every immoral act known to Romans and programmed it. Murder, adultery, nudity, drug abuse, theft, cheating, lying, etc. There are so many channels and programs on TV that the only way to get anybody’s desensitized attention is through (moar) sex or violence.
It’s consumers fault because Hollywood executives wouldn’t program this stuff if there wasn’t an audience for it. They serve money and are not responsible for your morality.
Regardless, it’s too much. The pendulum has swung so far over into the vile that TV just leaves me feeling awful. “Turn off the TV” is a champion mantra. I don’t mind watching TV. I’m not one among the high grounders that refuse TVs in their abodes. Alas, in an era of 500 channels I wish there was more choice.
I’m done with reality. I’m tired of comic books. I’m over sex and violence. I’m sick of political agendas. I despise cop shows.
Just give me a Cosby Show every once in a while. Make me laugh in the wholesomeness of a Gilmore Girls. Challenge my imagination with a Star Trek. Invite me into your quirky town like Northern Exposure. Spook me with the X-files. I promise I’ll still watch The Walking Dead.