Which shows were you/are allowed to watch?

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  1. spartanstew

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    Didn't really have any restrictions, but I do remember that occasionally I'd stay up late with my Mom. We'd play cribbage together and watch Fernwood 2 night. I was 12 and felt like such a grown up.
     
  2. cwoody222

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    No restrictions. But I remember not WANTING to watch some of my parents’ shows and that was how I finagled a tv in my room.

    If memory serves, my Incredible Hulk conflicted with their Dallas :)
    (My memory could be wrong if those scheduling details aren’t right)

    Family friends only let their kids watch a single half hour of tv a week! But if they didn’t watch commercials during Cosby Show they could stay for Different World. I guess that was only 44 minutes so it was ok. I would have ran away from home!
     
  3. Hot4Bo

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    There was a family in my neighborhood that didn't have a TV at all. Not that the parents couldn't afford it, they just didn't see anything of value in it. I do remember the parents did smoke alot of pot though. LOL
     
  4. Worf

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    Grew up in the 80s, and I don't recall any restrictions on what I could watch. Except being a kid, it was all about the cartoons - "normal" live action shows never interested me, and 6pm was always an annoying TV time because every channel had news on.

    The only other restrictions was maybe if I bought home bad grades and such and had to deal with the long lectures from my dad. Luckily I wasn't into too many shows that were on at prime time or I'd have missed a few episodes.

    Doesn't mean I didn't get into a few popular 80s shows - MacGyver, Knight Rider, etc. But I never was an expert on TV schedules so I never knew when they were on. Plus with all the syndication going on things got messy.

    Late 80s I got my own TV (hand me downs), but it was more for Nintendo than watching TV. The only TV schedule was what got published weekly and the only copy was in the living room, so I had to live with what was on TV by flipping through the channels.

    90s we moved to Asia and well, TV was secondary because you went from tens of channels on cable to 6. All of which sucked (3 were from Islamic nations, so there were periodic prayer breaks broadcast), and maybe 3 of them in English. I did get my own TV a few years later as a reward for good grades, and it was less for TV and mroe for movies - still 6 channels, but I got a VCR. And for video games and computers. Of course, there wasn't much to be restricted about - like most Asian nations, movies were censored, TV was censored, and anything even remotely adult banned.
     
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  5. Steveknj

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    There was always that one family that didn't watch TV because they felt it warped minds. They always thought they were better than those who watched TV and had their minds warped. And they were always very anxious to tell you about this or that book they read. And yes, they were always high :)
     
  6. mr.unnatural

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    I grew up in an era where everything on TV was pretty much G-rated so my parents never really restricted me from watching anything I wanted. There weren't a lot of controversial shows back in the 50's and 60's, at least nothing that would have concerned my folks. They were pretty much limited to watching Lawrence Welk and Mitch Miller. I remember my Dad watched a lot of Pro Bowling and NASCAR and This Old House. I watched a lot of cartoons in black and white back in the 50's.
     
  7. dtle

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    When we had HBO for awhile, I wasn't allowed to watch R-rated movies. However, since the family computer was in the living room, facing the other way, I would hear everything.
     
  8. dcheesi

    dcheesi ...I'm not.

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    My dad blocked MTV after he caught me watching Headbanger's Ball at 1am :oops: :D

    ...nothing says 'cool' like a high school kid who only watches VH1 for his new music awareness :rolleyes: (pre-internet, and no modern-rock radio in town)
     
  9. gchance

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    Yup, faulty memory. In my house, my father's favorite show of all time was Dallas, and no matter where we were at the time, we had to rush home to watch. The schedule I remember was The Incredible Hulk, Dallas, then Falcon Crest, all on Friday night.

    Our family was a "single network" family, meaning that the TV would be on the same channel from newscast to newscast. Some nights we would change channels but most nights it was CBS.

    At some point in my youth, we got The Movie Channel (our cable system did not provide HBO or Showtime). I got a B&W tv for my birthday one year, and my dad rigged it with a simple 2-wire tv antenna cable from the cable box in the living room, through the walls, and into my bedroom. The downside with that one of course was that anything being watched in the living room had to be watched in my room, because the cable box would control both. You can guess where I'm going with this.

    Once everyone was in bed I would sneak into the living room and change to The Movie Channel, then for half the night watch the soft porn.
     
  10. Howie

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    I don't understand. Pot makes even the worst TV much more interesting.
     
  11. HarleyRandom

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    You must be older than I am. I only remember Mitch Miller from the radio, and I liked him. My only specific memory of him was that my favorite radio station made a comeback after a month of trying something new in 1997, and hearing him (them) made it obvious the good music was back. Listeners did not like anyone changing their music.

    I could have watched Welk but "Hee Haw" was on at the same time. If my parents and I were in a motel room with one TV (we had two at home) then we watched Welk. The good news is there were always reruns of "Hee Haw". And I did like Welk's music.
     
  12. MScottC

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    I remember "Sing along with Mitch" on TV... and his crazy arm motions.
     
  13. wmcbrine

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    My mother had a rule that I could only watch PBS (at the time, it was generally educational stuff during the day) whenever I was home sick from school. In retrospect, I think that was a good idea.

    Edit: To clarify, I mean that PBS was the only TV I was allowed to watch when home sick, not that it was the only time I could watch PBS. :)
     
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  14. mr.unnatural

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    LOL, I'm probably older than the vast majority here, with but a few exceptions. My Dad also liked to watch Hee Haw, but they were first runs and not reruns. I actually enjoyed it too. Roy Clark and Buck Owens were a hoot. I grew up watching cartoons in black and white until the early 60's when my folks decided to spring for a color TV. This was back in the days when shows like The Honeymooners, Dick Van Dyke, Ozzie and Harriet, Amos and Andy, Father Knows Best, Andy Griffith, Jack Benny and so many others were the norm. None of them were reruns until they went into syndication years later, although I don't think that was ever true of Amos and Andy. I don't think that show would be as acceptable today as it was back then. I still remember watching the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and many other popular rock groups on Ed Sullivan back in the day.
     
  15. cheesesteak

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    I LOVED Hee Haw when I was a kid. As I grew older and into music, I realized what a monster guitar player Roy Clark was.
     
  16. HarleyRandom

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    Ed Sullivan. I forgot him.

    I watched everything in black and white until 1986 unless we were in a motel. Even then I continued watching in black and white until 2002. This one TV, with an antenna, got a better signal on Channel 2 that way.
     
  17. gweempose

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    I guess you guys didn't have a VCR yet ... ;)
     
  18. gweempose

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    I was lucky growing up because my mom was a TV addict (still is). By the time I was in junior high, we had all the pay channels, and I was able to watch pretty much anything I wanted to unchecked. Let me tell you, there is nothing that makes you more popular with the local kids than having access to "Skinemax" and The Playboy Channel. :D
     
  19. gchance

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    We most certainly did, but my father refused to use it. He liked to watch live, BELIEVE ME we tried. *shrug* He was also one of those who thought you had to have the TV on in order to record, and couldn't watch another channel while doing so.
     
  20. Steveknj

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    We bought a VCR strictly to watch the 1984 Olympics since I worked some nights back then (still have some of the original recordings). But before then no VCR so we watched everything live...and we knew when EVERY show we wanted to watch was on, and made sure we were home to watch.
     

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