Which shows were you/are allowed to watch?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by danderson400, Aug 15, 2020.

  1. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA


    We were similar, my dad's friend happened to have a VCR "cheap" (I think it was $800) so my father bought it sometime in '84/'85, but honestly I don't remember ever recording TV with it. We would rent of course, and we used it to pirate videos from the video store, we'd rent the VCR from them and dub to ours.
  2. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

    Oct 13, 2002
    The only "No" show I remember was"Kolchak the Night Stalker". Also, we had one TV so if one of my shows conflicted with one of my mom's, I was SOL.

    My first major purchase when I got a job was my own TV.
  3. billboard_NE

    billboard_NE North Shore MA

    May 18, 2005
    In Junior High school I was not allowed to stay up and watch Three’s Company, think it was on at 9 Eastern.

    That show was the talk of the lunch table the next day. I would often sneak downstairs to watch.
  4. TIVOSciolist

    TIVOSciolist Bye to High Society

    Oct 13, 2003
    As a kid, I was allowed to watch the original Star Trek until my bedtime. Unfortunately, my bedtime was a 9:00 p.m. while the show ended at 9:30 p.m. This meant that, for years (because it before VCRs and on-demand video), I only knew what happened in the first half of each episode.
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  5. Howie

    Howie Out of Pocket TCF Club

    May 3, 2004
    San Antonio


    The guys in red shirts died.
  6. HarleyRandom

    HarleyRandom Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    My father bought a VCR but I don't remember when. I thought they were expensive but maybe it wasn't. I never used it. I got my first one in 2000 because it was part of the TV. I have numerous TVs that have VCRs included but most of them have a tape stuck in them and I don't know how to get it unstuck.

    TiVo became necessary when I needed something to record digital TV. Ironically, my first one wouldn't do that. But by getting cable, I didn't have to be concerned about digital TV. The VCRs that still worked, because they were not separate, didn't need their own converter box.
  7. Hot4Bo

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    My father always had to have the latest and greatest stuff, which made it fun to be a child in his home. He brought home our first VCR in 1977 along with a bootleg copy of Star Wars, which was still in the theaters at the time (probably a horrible copy from someone with a video recorder sitting in the theater). We watched it on the big projection TV in our den. So much fun!
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  8. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I can still tell you the cost of the first VCR I had. It cost $388 on sale from KMart where I worked at the time. It was made by Sharp and had a wired remote. We used it a lot to record shows that were on opposite of another I wanted to watch, or to timeshift. I actually KNEW how to change the clock and to record stuff. Eventually we had two VCRs and that doubled what we could record (sometimes tripled). when they became more prevalent. We rented movies, but not that often, so our primary use was always time shifting.
  9. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    We bought ours in 1984. My mom had stopped teaching when my brother was born, and since I was moving up to the Junior High, my mom decided she could get back into teaching by being a substitute. But that meant that she had to miss her daily General Hospital and Once Life to Live, so we got a VCR that could be programmed to record her soaps.

    That VCR was a bit of a beast. At any given time it could only tune eight different channels, and changing the channels it tuned required opening a little door on it and using a little screwdriver to set the band and adjust a tuning potentiometer. So recording something off of a channel you didn't normally use required some advanced planning.

    It wasn't the most reliable piece of equipment either; sometimes the timer and recording just didn't quite work right, and it would record the wrong channel, the wrong time, or just not record anything. You learned early on to stay well away from the VCR on days when my Mom was planning on recording soaps, lest you get blamed for the VCR's failure to record.

    It was finally sometime in the mid 2000s that they finally retired that piece of junk and got a DVR, to much rejoicing.
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  10. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Sounds like the VCR I had - it was a huge JVC thing. But it was MODERN because it was a front loader back in the early 80s - hands up if you had a top loader!

    It was a nice machine - it also had 16 channels you programed through a top door, and after you set the channel, you popped out the little door on the side, removed the slide and changed the little plastic with the channel number on it so it shows the new channel number. It was a fully digital tuner - you'd select which of the 16 channels you'd program, then open the door, press Program, and twirl the knob inside until the channel you wanted was tuned in, then push the Program button again and the unit recorded the settings so it can re-tune the channel.

    It also had a real IR remote control - back when cheap VCRs had wired remotes (got one of those as well, the remote only had 1 button - pause). Kept it well into the 90s when its general clunkiness was interfering. Plus, it had developed some horrible wow and flutter on the audio so it was replaced with a modern JVC VCR with auto-time-set and on screen menus and all that nice stuff.

    It was a workhorse and weighed a ton. Had a decent digital clock display.

    Huh, it's still on the Internet. JVC HR-7650U. I forgot it did stereo too, back before TV broadcasts were in stereo, and well before VCRs even had Hi-Fi stereo.
  11. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Our first VCR was this top-loading beast of an RCA with wood trim. Our second VCR was this really sleek RCA convertible model where half of it slid out so you could connect it to a camera and carry it around on your shoulder.
  12. pj1983

    pj1983 Active Member

    Dec 26, 2016
    BFE NoVa
    My dad bought us one of those convertible RCA units when Mrs. pj1983 and I (ahem) presented him with his first grandchild. IIRC there was also a DC-DC converter available so the detachable VCR could also be used as a mobile player. The internal battery (NiCd) didn't last very long when the unit was used either as a player or a recorder, and spares were pretty expensive.

    It was a good concept, but the execution was a bit flawed.
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  13. yogus

    yogus Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    This one feels familiar (I know it was a Panasonic) .. We bought our VCR as a family (my dad's way of stealing back our allowance!) My memory is terrible, but I think it cost $800ish (a pile of money for us) I really can't remember how we used it day to day, but I do remember getting 6 hours of MTV or NFL games sent to me when I was on 6 month "cruises" (USN) (loved it!)[​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-N975U using Tapatalk
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  14. yogus

    yogus Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Oops! After looking closer at the picture, It's a General Electric (Google Images failed me!) It still feels familiar!

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  15. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

    Jan 19, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Panasonic (Matsushita) probably made it for them.
  16. tlc

    tlc Active Member

    May 29, 2002
    In the 70s I couldn't watch Monty Python (PBS!) -- due to bits of nudity and being on very late.

    "My" first VCR was a college roommate's in the mid 80s. I don't remember the brand, but it was a top loader with a wired remote.

    A B&W TV we had in the 70s had a remote with no batteries -- or electronics! 4 buttons with little spring loaded hammers struck metal bars that vibrated at different frequencies. You could change the channel by shaking a bunch of keys in front of the TV.
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  17. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    Speaking of British TV, Benny Hill... my parents didn't even know who he was, and I memorized the TV Guide description so that if a particular episode with nudity would air, I knew and could plan on being up late to watch.
  18. HarleyRandom

    HarleyRandom Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    I discovered that show a few years ago. Some of what they did was funny, but I didn't get all the humor.

    John Larroquette did a show based on "Fawlty Towers" which people hated, saying it was nothing like the original. I didn't understand that. I thought it was good. Then I saw the original. I get it now!
  19. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    I don't remember not being allowed to watch anything. But I also don't remember watching very much prime time TV, either. I have recollections of watching Wonderful World of Disney on, I think Sunday evenings, and sitting with my grandfather to watch Jackie Gleason and pro wrestling with him. I did watch tons of syndicated reruns after school, though... Star Trek, Gomer Pyle, Hogans Heroes, Brady Bunch, etc. ST:OS was a daily thing for me when I was a boy. early 70's.

    My family's first VCR was bought sometimes in the early to mid 80's. It is a Montgomery Wards brand VCR. I say "is" because my parents still have it! My dad used to use it up to just a couple years ago for recording sporting events he'd miss due to him being at work. He finally switched over to the DVR Comcast gave them. But I know the VCR is still hooked up and plugged in.
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  20. danderson400

    danderson400 Member

    Mar 5, 2015
    My favorites were game shows, cartoons like Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters, Muppet Babies, The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show. I also liked Life Goes On, China Beach and of course, the PBS stuff. I watched a lot of football too. Wasn't the college games on the same channel as Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters and The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show?
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