What's on Television - How Can You Decide What to Watch?
by Cecil Flynn
There couldn't possibly be
enough hours in the day to watch all the programs
available on television today. How can you choose from
the multitude of channels and shows there are? Remember
when there were only three networks to choose from?
Once the big three networks had
it all, they were the three kings of television. Our
viewing choices were limited, but oh did we watch!
Sunday nights were dominated by Ed Sullivan and everyone
trusted Walter Cronkite for the latest news. Reality TV
- what was that? We enjoyed our westerns like Gunsmoke
and Bonanza and the police dramas like Dragnet. And who
can forget the great variety shows like Carol Burnett?
Yes our viewing was limited, but it was quality
What about television today? How
does it measure up to TV's golden era? That question can
be answered in many different ways. Some people will see
all the programs today as trash with nothing worth
watching. Some are happy with all the choices they have.
Is there a happy medium?
Of course there is! Not
everything on television today will appeal to everyone.
That is the beauty of it - there is something for
everyone. Television executives today have so much more
creative freedom. They can market to small niches of
viewers. They don't have to produce what will appeal to
the masses. There are channels for people who love
sports, not just sports in general but different types
of sports like racing, golf, rodeo, etc. There are
channels devoted to cooking, home decorating, news, etc.
You can find just about anything you want on television
That doesn't mean there isn't
trash on TV as well. Parents need to be vigilant in
monitoring what their children watch. Most TV's today
come equipped with parental controls so you can lock out
shows with certain ratings. If you can't lock shows out
with the TV, your cable or satellite provider will have
program controls as well.
Television today gives you a
broader choice of educational and children's programs.
Kids can learn about the universe, different countries,
and how things work. Adults and children alike can
experience virtual deep sea fishing, racing across the
Baja, and climbing the world's highest mountain ranges.
Television production crews go to great lengths to bring
us exciting thrills like arctic crab fishing - Deadliest
It may not be the golden age of
television anymore, but television today has so much to
offer. There is something for everyone. You just need to
be wise in your viewing choices. You can find great
things to watch on TV!