Many of you, like me, may remember life before the invention of the VCR. Back in those days, if you wanted to see a show or movie on television, you had to make sure you were in front of the set on the scheduled day and time to see it. If you missed your favorite TV show, you could only hope that particular episode would be one of the few that was replayed during the summer hiatus. I planned ahead for weeks when I knew a special Winnie the Pooh or Pippi Longstocking movie would be coming on, and we always marked our calendars for the holiday favorites like Charlie Brown and the Grinch.
Things sure have changed, huh? Now, we can watch virtually any movie or television show we want to watch anywhere at any time. I’m a huge Netflix fan and often fall asleep watching something on my phone in bed. I love the selection and convenience. Lately, I’ve been going back and watching some of my favorite sitcoms from years gone by, such as Arrested Development and The Wonder Years. I’m noticing that it’s so much easier to catch and follow the subtle subplots when you watch the shows back to back rather than waiting a week between episodes.
Still, even though I love the instant access we have now, part of me is nostalgic for the days when watching a show seemed more special. Now that families can buy the holiday movies and favorites TV shows on DVD and watch them at any time, there’s no longer that sense of excitement about the shows, that sense of them being a fleeting thing that you had to catch now or miss out.
Do any of you feel this same way? What shows or movies did you especially look forward to as a child?