Old, not so famous TV shows that have shown up on TV subchannels

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  1. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    I suspect you'll see it on Disney+ for an assortment of reasons
     
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    I liked that too, for years after it was cancelled the Disney channel showed it.
     
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    My favorite catch phrase from the show. -- <iframe width="640" height="360" src="Dinosaurs - We're Gonna Need Another Timmy - YouTube" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
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    Yep- I actually found a Gomer Pyle channel- nothing but episodes of Gomer Pyle. Was excited to find it, but man the quality was awful- almost looked like a cell phone video of a TV screen. Almost unwatchable.
     
  6. mr.unnatural

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    Most of the stuff broadcast on the sub-channels is probably in the public domain so it's free content for the broadcasters. They don't have to pay for the programming and they can just rake in money from advertisers. There's a lot of nostalgia in the content and some of it is fun to watch as it brings back memories from our childhood for a lot of us. I think anyone that's unfamiliar with that era would just see it as bad TV. Production values weren't up to today's standards and anything Sci-Fi related was just horrible. I'm surprised some shows haven't shown up on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
     
  7. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    I didn't realize there was a "public domain" for old TV shows. I guess they follow the same guidelines and published content? I don't know. But that makes a lot of sense. Some of it was really pretty good. I can watch hours and hours of The Dick Van Dyke Show for example. I can watch Leave it to Beaver and I Love Lucy and the Honeymooners, and they are still very funny and have actually become great period pieces if you watch them as such. I always laugh that Ralph and Alice didn't have a refrigerator but an ice box. Is that even something that exists these days? (I get there are people who live off the grid). But some of these shows, like the two I described in my OP were just plain bad in retrospect.
     
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  9. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Thanks for the reminder. I had totally forgotten this bit. Great stuff and Timmy was so cute, too! :)
     
  10. realityboy

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    I think you can just broadcast them whenever you want. I’m sure that you have to careful though since some shows only have certain episodes public domain, and you have to avoid copyrighted music like the opening to Beverly Hillbillies.
     
  11. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    It's funny to see how campy Wonder Woman was when I occasionally stumble upon it on the local MeTV channel.
     
  12. dianebrat

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    It's particularly interesting because S01 was a less campy 40's period show, then the following seasons were moved to then present day and dumbed down, or camped up :)
     
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  13. trainman

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    Weird Roku channels, maybe. Name-brand subchannels such as MeTV, no. These are shows that are still under copyright -- granted, the rights may have been fairly cheap because the rights holder wasn't doing anything else with the shows, but they still had to pay for them.
     
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    There’s a Roku channel for that!
     
  17. pdhenry

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    You're being charitable to the Paul Lynde Show. It's train wreck TV for me - I can't look away.

    I remember having a small crush on Pamelyn Ferdin back then, though (she was also the original a voice of Lucy in the Peanuts specials).
     
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  18. lambertman

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    There's a Roku channel with the entire series of the Bob Newhart Show. It is very clearly not MTM-official, so I'm not sure how it continues to exist.
     
  19. scooterboy

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    That reminds me of something I read recently. It seems that when It's A Wonderful Life was initially made released by Capra's new Liberty Film Studio, it was a flop. Eventually Paramount bought the failed studio, including its 3 movie catalog.

    At some point years later, Paramount neglected to renew it's rights(?) on the film such that independent stations across the country could show the movie without paying anything for it. As a result it was played so much that it became the Xmas classic it is today.

    Or something like that. Tangent over.
     

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