We made the decision to unplug from the $220 plus a month cable television service because we were feeling as if cable television was a depressing reflection of what seems so wrong with society today. We were also delighted to discover that we do not miss handing over hundreds of dollars each month for viewing what we felt was unworthy of our time spent. Lo and behold, we also made the discovery that there are 40 plus HD FREE broadcast channels available, and all that is required is an inexpensive HD antenna added to our HD televisions. Now here comes the best part……….
We are relics, as we are GIDDY to welcome back Johnny Carson into our bedtime television watching routine. We both grew up with Johnny Carson on the TV and watching the reruns of his late night talk show reminds us of polite decency, clean humor and no mean political partisanship injected into every topic or joke. What a breath of fresh air! We were sick of the late night shows reflecting and promoting the division and hate that seems to be thick in almost all television media today. We felt even stupid paying hundreds each month just to be disgusted by media. Now we get these FREE channels, like MeTV and Decades that play all of our favorite tv shows from our youth. These shows that have clean humor, themes about neighbors being friends, helping one another, enjoying life and being part of a community, people solving problems and just being a part of each other’s daily lives.
Wheezy and George….what a pair! Makes us laugh just because George is always frustrating Wheezy, and we can all relate! Their goofy neighbors always play a role, mixing up the plot.
Redd Foxx’s character was always expecting “the big one”, annoying his son, but muddling through life together.
Mama is everyone’s sassy crazy mama or zany auntie, navigating a multi-generational family life.
Oh, and Carol Burnett and her cast is the definition of slapstick and clean comedy.
Then there are these oldies but goodies, like Petticoat Junction, where the plot is simple, wholesome and silly, but still entertaining.
Then there is everyone’s favorite teacher and his sweat hogs, which was a comedic and often poignant look at how a group of kids from different backgrounds and cultures come together to face the challenges of teens growing into adults with such a great teacher and mentor, Mr. Kotter.
So we chose to unplug the media that was bringing into our home messages of hate, contention, division, partisanship, and violence. The result for us is peace and money saved. What a win-win in the world we see unfolding today. We choose love, lightness, and peace. Even the smallest of choices, in our case television viewing, can have the largest of impact.
Television viewing has a larger impact on your mind than what most people assume.
The world can be a better place, one household at a time, one choice at a time.