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13 years, 7 months ago
What ever happened to TGI Fridays? Then again what ever happened to family t.v. shows.
remember those shows that the whole family would gather around to watch at the end of a long weak? Shows like Family Matters, Full House, Dinosuars, Step by Step.
Even shows like Home Improvment, Roseanne. The 90's where awesome, some one please bring them back.
    wahoo
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    13 years, 7 months ago
    I'll tell you what happened: Reality TV.

    Ruined everything.

    There was nothing like the shows you mentioned above. I still watch many of them, and have several of the Home Improvement seasons on DVD.

    The aforementioned shows just felt good to watch. They embodied the care-free feeling of accomplishment that swelled in your chest after kissing a long week of school goodbye. They brought families together, as you said.

    There's nothing like them anymore. Shows are either to raunchy for the whole family and/or are just flat out painful to watch.
      ChicagoSheriff's Avatar
      13 years, 7 months ago
      Why would anyone want entertaining programs, lets just have more reality TV i cant get enough of these obviously scripted souless programs
        wahoo
        7 Posts
        13 years, 7 months ago
        And the shows that are produced this day and age that are outside the realm of "reality" are so unbelievably corny they might as well be "reality TV", ironically.
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          Duffiskoolomg
          594 Posts
          13 years, 7 months ago
          TGIF had some of the best line ups ever. Sadly people would rather watch reality shows than sitcoms. I use to look forward to Fridays so much so that I could go to my friends house and watch the shows.
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            funployee
            72 Posts
            13 years, 7 months ago
            we should make a petition to bring sitcoms back
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              Dawg
              484 Posts
              13 years, 7 months ago
              A petition? Are you kidding me?

              They HAVE tried to bring sit-coms back. Each year, there are new ones introduced by all-4 networks, and the vast majority of them fail... sometimes miserably.

              Whether be family comedy, or just all-out sit-com, they're a dying breed of television shows that see little improvement for a future unless the concept is unique and actually funny.

              Some networks actually strive to get a comedy into a second or third season ('Till Death), but not w/out major re-works... family comedy is all-but-out unless it's a dysfunctional family that tries to push the envelope. The American audience doesn't want that sappy crap anymore.

              Hate to say it, but family-comedy is out.
              It's given small temptations every year by one network or another, but the audience just doesn't care.
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                skippymallory
                531 Posts
                13 years, 7 months ago
                funployee
                we should make a petition to bring sitcoms back


                oh please. comedy is dead...and I was glad for that comdey ban I went on in '97 (right around the time TGIF was dying). but as long as we have reruns and DVD box sets, we'll always remember when television was great. and to hell with reality TV...unless it involves those who made sitcoms good even if they are combatting their demons like those ones on Celebrity Rehab.
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                  TheWizard241
                  455 Posts
                  13 years, 7 months ago
                  did you all see that "Family Matters" is coming to Nick At Nite? i think it's supposed to start sometime next month...
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                    Duffiskoolomg
                    594 Posts
                    13 years, 7 months ago
                    TheWizard241
                    did you all see that "Family Matters" is coming to Nick At Nite? i think it's supposed to start sometime next month...


                    yup, I am very glad they are adding it to nick at nite. I want Dinosaurs and Boy Meets World back on tv.
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                      TheWizard241
                      455 Posts
                      13 years, 7 months ago
                      Duffiskoolomg
                      TheWizard241
                      did you all see that "Family Matters" is coming to Nick At Nite? i think it's supposed to start sometime next month...


                      yup, I am very glad they are adding it to nick at nite. I want Dinosaurs and Boy Meets World back on tv.


                      lol...i never actually watched boy meets world when it was originally on, but i got into it when it started airing on Disney. Eric was so funny in the later seasons when he got stupid. i love the feeny call!
                        knuclear200x
                        5908 Posts
                        13 years, 7 months ago
                        im sorry, i thought this was about the restaurant not airing family shows on their tv's.
                          13 years, 7 months ago
                          It's a lot of factors. One of them being the networks have lost their hold on what people watch, people have a lot more choice. Also they dont' aim Network shows at Children anymore, kids have specialized cable networks (ABC Family, Cartoon Network, Nick, Disney, etc) so Networks focus on adult sitcoms
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                            yeazell
                            512 Posts
                            13 years, 7 months ago
                            Comedy is not dead, just nothing worth a damn has been produced since the nineties. Eventually someone will get it right and they will be back. The trend has been cop and murder investigation shows. That fad will eventally fade just like most reality shows. As the popularity of most reality shows begins to die they will be dropped. They are stupidly cheap to produce but networks make no money in syndication. Everything comes back around.
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                              yeazell
                              512 Posts
                              13 years, 7 months ago
                              I agree that regular networks are not going tobe as family oriented as they used to be. But it only takes one excellent show and word of mouth to get something going. Then everyone will copy the formula.
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                                Caps_2-0(Moderator)
                                2745 Posts
                                13 years, 7 months ago
                                Am I the only one here who likes reality TV? Look, "Full House", "Family Matters" and other T.G.I.F shows were good, and I say that with all sincerity, but reality TV can be funny itself. I'm devoted to VH1's Celebreality programming, which I refer to as black comedy, because these shows present the more disturbed side of the American public, and I find that funny. I don't like "The Soup" because it makes jokes about these shows. How can you make jokes about shows that are already funny in their own twisted ways?
                                  Ppufi
                                  70 Posts
                                  13 years, 7 months ago
                                  I remember Fridays nights. We'd go to the mall, but hurry back to order pizza and watch Sabrina. :D
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                                    13 years, 7 months ago
                                    i liked all those shows including...HANGING WITH MR. COOPER...thats show was the crap!
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                                      13 years, 7 months ago
                                      TheWizard241
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                                      TheWizard241
                                      did you all see that "Family Matters" is coming to Nick At Nite? i think it's supposed to start sometime next month...


                                      yup, I am very glad they are adding it to nick at nite. I want Dinosaurs and Boy Meets World back on tv.


                                      lol...i never actually watched boy meets world when it was originally on, but i got into it when it started airing on Disney. Eric was so funny in the later seasons when he got stupid. i love the feeny call!
                                      I'm one of those who didn't like the later seasons of Boy Meets World.

                                      First season was great, imo! It was nice, funny, entertaining, good for the whole family, etc. The characters were enjoyable too. Topanga was unique; Corey was hyper; Minkus was the dork; Shawn was the trouble maker. The second season lost some of the appeal of the first season, but it was still okay, even though Minkus wasn't on there anymore (Lee Norris left to do the Torkelsons, iirc).

                                      Third season and up...it turned into a teen drama. I liked the show for its comedy not its serious storylines. Too me, the show jumped shark too dramatically.
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