Last night I watched the special 20/20 episode about America’s favorite TV shows. I was surprised that a lot of the shows were good, wholesome shows. In today’s culture it seems like the riskier the better. The shows that won top spots were whole, family friendly shows. I Love Lucy was voted the all-time favorite. I remember watching that show as a child. It was on in the afternoons and sometimes I was able to catch it after school. Lucy and Ricky slept in separate beds and all you ever saw them do was kiss. The funny stuff was mostly slapstick and never anything I would not let a three year old see. If that is what is getting peoples approval, why can’t shows be like that now and get the same approval ratings? We voted we like shows like that, but our viewing habits show different.
I was happy to see the Cosby show showed to be one of America’s favorites. I loved that show during my childhood years. Cosby is hilarious. His personal stand up is not as raunchy as some stand up. I was shocked as I picked up a Robin Williams standup DVD. It is filled with profanity. You can be funny without foul language. Bill Cosby is funny. My favorite scene of that show is when Rudy has a sleepover and Cosby gives all the kids knee airplane rides, including a chubby boy and twin girls. It always cracks me up.
I was disappointed that Full House didn’t make any of the lists. Full House was a family friendly TV show that taught good behaviors. Candace Cameron is now a Christian and has an awesome website for Christian women. And, of course her brother Kirk has a whole evangelism campaign called the Way of the Master. He starred in Fireproof and does marriage strengthening conferences.
What did you think? Did you agree with all the choices? Was there a show you didn’t see that you think you should have seen?