From Tom and Jerry to Captain Vyom, we all grew up with amazing TV shows. Why, it was a chance for the whole family to watch together! We ask some readers to tell us about their favourite shows.
By Akshaya Ganesh
The welcome distraction for many a bored soul, the television, is an indispensable part of many homes. It offers people minutes and yes, even hours of bliss. So, this World Television Day, we at ParentCircle find out from people about the favourite television shows they watched during their childhood days.
"My two favourite shows were Hip Hip Hurray (because it was fun, very real and some of the characters were good role models) and Captain Vyom (because it was my first exposure to Sci-fi). Today, I've stopped watching television. I don't think today's content is original. In the name of reality shows, they feed us scripted drama, and all teen dramas are the same. So are all the saas-bahu sagas. Earlier, soaps were unique and we could differentiate one from the other. Today, they are all just the same." — Mounica Tata, Bengaluru.
"The Wonder Years was my favourite television show. The reason I used to like it so much was that every episode I saw, I would wonder whether Winnie would go with Kevin or not. In terms of content that is presented on television these days, I think they present everything we would want to see. I guess in some way it is riveting for sure, but it lacks the sincerity of shows from yesteryears." — Gautham Ramachandran, Bengaluru.
"I grew up watching some brilliant cartoons. These days, I barely see anything on par with those. But when it comes to my favourite show, I think Friends is one show which will be my all-time favourite. It was immensely entertaining and kept me engaged throughout my teenage years. Humour isn't easy to create. So, I don't think I'll find anything as good in the humour genre anytime soon." — Nalin Nandan, Coimbatore.
"Frankly, I am not a television person at all. Growing up too, I never watched television or was hooked to any particular show. As for the shows I have performed in, such as Coke Studio, I hardly ever get to watch them live on television. I mostly just Google it and watch it on YouTube instead. Having said that, I believe, unlike yesteryears, youngsters nowadays have more options to consume audio-visual content. Television is not the only idiot box around anymore, I guess!" — Mohini Dey, Bass guitarist.
Television is a way of life for many of us. What may seem different to one generation might seem normal to another. What may seem interesting to one might be boring for another. Just as the technology behind television keeps evolving constantly, the content too, changes to suit the needs of each generation. Nostalgia may strike and memories may remain, but just like the candle that takes the shape of the mould it is created in, television content too will find itself changing according to the generation it finds itself in.
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