I came across a post this morning regarding a show on Nick Jr and you know what? We didn’t have Nick Jr when I was a kid. In fact, to be completely honest with you, the only show I remember watching on Nickelodeon was You Can’t Do That on Television. And it was my favorite show, like ever. Well, aside from Silver Spoons, because hello, Ricky Schroder AND Jason Bateman?!
Yeah, I’m old.
Now you get to see the craziness that is my brain: as soon as I thought of the show, You Can’t Do That on Television, I immediately began to think of the startling contrast in what is allowed now on television, compared to what was allowed back in the 80’s and 90’s, when I was growing up.
What? I told you I was old.
90’s TV Kiss: Do you remember when Zack and Kelly would kiss on the lips with no tongue on Saved by the Bell and the audience ooooohhhed and aaawwwed?
2011 TV Kiss: It’s not a kiss. It’s sex, complete with grunts, moans and side boob. And no one bats an eyelash.
90’s TV: The Wonder Years starred Fred Savage.
2011? The Wonder Years is a pop punk band with a bird logo eerily similar to Larry the Twitter Bird.
80’s TV Heart Throb: Jason Bateman of the Hogan Family. He was utterly loveable, had adorable freckles and a goofy grin. (PS – I still love Jason Bateman)
90’s TV Heart Throb: Jonathan Taylor Thomas of Home Improvement. We got a little edgier in the 90’s – JTT had spiked, gelled hair and cocked his head in a seductive manner when he posed for his pin ups for Teen Beat.
2011 TV Heart Throb? Eric from True Blood. He’s pasty. He’s skinny. Ew. What is wrong with today’s youth?!
80’s TV Curse Word: Damn…And my mom was offended. I thought “ugh, parents.”
90’s TV Curse Word: Ass…My mom was offended even more. I realize “my mom is not cool.”
2011’s TV Curse Word: Bitch…and I realize I have become my mother because I want to write a letter to the network to complain about all of the profanity on television.
What shocks you about today’s television? Are there any changes that you think are for the better, or do you just wish we could go back to our sweet, innocent, Family Ties days?
* Images from Google Images & weheartit.com