2013-07-04 / Lifestyles

The land of reruns

Lois A. Corcoran

I feel pretty retro these days. Among other oldies, I rediscovered the joy of Cracker Jacks this year and can’t seem to get enough of them. Then there’s my latest discovery: Me-TV.

For those who don’t know, that stands for Memorable Entertainment Television. Appearing locally on Channel 14, it airs nothing but vintage programs from the 50s through the 80s. Ironically, that tends to describe the age of its audience as well.

Hence, it gears its advertising toward elderly folks, defined as anyone older than I am. Its commercial breaks seem less frequent than on other channels and center on things like life insurance and hair loss.

Then we return to our program, which in my case is often an episode of “I Love Lucy”. Though fashions may change, the menversus women theme never goes out of style, and I find myself relating to most of their spats.

TV shows undergo a sort of timelapse photography in The Land of Reruns. Thus, I watched the birth of Little Ricky one day and his performance in a school play the next.

They are not necessarily politically correct either. This is evidenced by Ricky spanking Lucy for her shenanigans and a Gunsmoke episode wherein a parent exercised the same option with his kids.

Not all characters get physical, however. The unflappable Steve Douglas rarely even raises his voice on “My Three Sons”. He just says something remarkably wise before returning to his pipe.

If the dangers of smoking were known back then, they were swept under the rug, thanks to the shows’ tobacco sponsors. A scene in one program showed all three actors puffing away on their respective cigarettes. Strangely enough, not a single ashtray appeared.

Plenty of guns smoke, too, given the glut of westerns that air all afternoon. Thus, we get our daily quota of heroes. Viewers watched Matt Dillon save Miss Kitty, Little Joe save a mountain girl, and Jarrod Barkley save Audra all in the same day.

More than anything, I appreciate the innocence of shows produced way back when. Laughs centered on clean topics rather than lewd remarks. How refreshing to turn on the TV knowing it’s wholesome enough to view it with the Pope.

Die-hards like me can log onto MeTVNetwork.com for a complete schedule of programs. Then sit back with a box of Cracker Jacks and enjoy the show.

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