Three Television TV Shows That Have Withstood The Test of Time
Let’s face it, all TV shows exist within the fairly strict confines of the cultural ‘vacuums’ in which they were created. Funny hairdos, outdated language, and crazy wardrobes aside though, some shows – no matter which decade they hail from – have somehow managed to withstand the rigorous and often unforgiving test of time. Here’s a few of the very best, and why they might still be worth watching after all these years…
1. I Love Lucy (1951 – 1957)
The Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz duo definitely broke new ground technically during their show’s highly successful run – taped in front of a live audience, three cameras used instead of just one – but it was the zany redhead’s spirited antics that drew in viewers and kept them laughing for six seasons. But even more than just Ball’s comedic abilities, it was the brilliant simplicity of the scripts/situations and the performances of the entire cast that made the show seem so lively and fresh even after endless reruns. Add to this a perfect design and near flawless execution, and you’ve got the makings of a timeless small-screen classic.
2. The Twilight Zone (1959 – 1964)
Unique, innovative, and decades ahead of its time, The Twilight Zone might have only survived five seasons, but it produced such a swath of ground-breaking television that its endearing stories depicting paranormal or futuristic realities are still being recycled, parodied, and talked about fifty years later. Rod Serling’s one-of-a-kind voice, the iconic theme music, all those wonderful plot twists, and rich morality tales that still make us ponder the deepest questions. Despite all the copy-cat attempts, no other TV show has been able to capture the same level of brilliance and sincerity as the original Twilight Zone series.
3. MASH (1972 – 1983)
Based off the smash Robert Altman film of the same name, the TV series M*A*S*H became an even bigger hit, running for 11 seasons on CBS and racking up 14 Emmy awards in the process. A lot of what makes the show hold up comes down to the intelligence behind the writing, crossed with a razor-sharp wit that never dulled, even after 251 episodes. A gallows-humor built around a unique cast of characters along with a conscious decision to treat the war and its consequences with absolute seriousness brought out a darker sense of humor and scope of brutal realism that’s just as powerful today as it was three decades ago. There’s something timeless about watching men and women endure the drudgery of life, especially in the face of such adversity that makes M*A*S*H one of the undisputed all-time greats.