Have you ever noticed the power that exists in a conversation about TV shows from our childhood? I’d imagine you’ve been a part of such a conversation at one point or another, but if you haven’t try this:
In a group of people whom you’d consider peers, bring up some of your favorite shows from childhood. The simple name drop of “Saved By the Bell”, “David the Gnome”, “Salute Your Shorts”, or “Zoobilee Zoo” will create an excited frenzy whereby suddenly even the quietest person in the group will be reminiscing with you and throwing out another great like “Fraggle Rock”. It’s amazing how long this conversation will string along and how many happy memories it will illicit. Sometimes it will even include a sing-a-long of the theme song.
It simply comes down to common ground, but I’ve always found it to be unique that TV shows seem to bring out the most fervor. I don’t know if 20 years from now when we think back with our friends, if we’ll say ‘Remember those episodes of ‘Tool Academy?’ and start to sing the theme song. Most shows barely even have a theme song anymore since sitcoms and scripted shows have become the exception rather than the rule. I say they just recycle those shows so we can see them again. Let’s get ‘Nick at Night’ to start a 24 hour channel that runs “Hey Dude!” and “Are you Afraid of the Dark?” marathons. That’ll give the ‘Jersey Shore’ marathons a run for their money.