Yes, the effects weren’t great in the 80s. Yes, the print usually tends to be very poor. Even so, the decade between 1980 and 1989 is one that threw up some legen… wait for it… dary shows. As much as I like modern day TV series, off and on I do go back for some pure acting based, superlative examples of why good TV doesn’t need
effects. Here’s my list.
1. The Wonder Years:
Countless numbers of children and teenagers have spent their formative years watching and learning from The Wonder Years and so did I. The relationships between Kevin and Winnie, Kevin and his friends, and even Kevin and his brash brother Wayne are what this series is all about especially set in the tumultuous times of the American 70s.
2. The Simpsons:
Anyone who has watched a little bit of TV knows The Simpsons. The cartoonish show with its satire on American and world events that started in 1989 is still running strong and I’m not at all abashed to admit that I still watch it after 26 whopping seasons. If you want a barrel of laughs you simply have to watch this.
3. Knight Rider:
I have three words for you… the talking car! Knight Rider is ingrained in my memory and every time I hear my navigation system with its beautiful voice, I think of Knight Rider. The car, qualified as classic now, still takes my breath away every time I see it. Even though I think that this show is a little silly now that I’ve grown up (debatable), I still think that enough people remember it and swear by it for it to be considered a cult TV show.
4. Star Trek: The Next Generation:
Is there any franchise in the world that has a bigger following than Star Trek? There are so many trekkies (that’s what Star Trek fans call themselves) in the world that they can form their very own country to give birth to the United Federation of Planets. And, even if they may argue amongst themselves about the best Star Trek Series, the battle finally comes down to either The Next Generation or The Original Series. I don’t think I need to tell you that I’m a fan and have watched this one first to last episode at least ten times.
Cheers’ feel good factor is described by the phrase that it has immortalised: “Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came…” The show is centred on the lives of a group of people who frequent this one bar known as “Cheers”. Beautiful premise and hilarious execution make this show memorable to say the least.