The Velocity of Stuff Stuff and Nonsense

2Sep/09Off

Because You Just Never Know

I\'m often nervous about watching something that I liked many years ago. It\'s mostly the case with TV shows. Part of that is down to the evolution of TV writing, and the fact that TV shows, especially those of a certain vintage, make more extensive use of pop culture references and thus run the risk of dating quickly. The shelf life of TV shows was often considered to be much shorter before the advent of TV seasons on DVD. Other times, it\'s just that standards of writing for television are much higher, generally speaking, than they were in the past.

The Filmation superhero cartoons I loved so much as a child of 9 years old when channel 29, out of Buffalo, they suffer from the other side of the equation. The only thing that makes them good is nostalgia. I\'m a big fan of watching things for nostalgia\'s sake, but these seriously tested the limits.

So, the other day, I put in the first disc of Season One of Parker Lewis Can\'t Lose. This show was the epitome of late 80s/early 90s quirk and was sure to be completely dated, right? Not so much, as it turns out. Maybe part of it was the fact that I went to high school in the late 80s, but either way, it works. It\'s quirky as hell, but it\'s funny, and that\'s the important thing. It\'s funny, even without leaving nostalgia in the mix.

So, this becomes the challenge. Creating things that stand on their own, that are good not because of references you make, but in spite of them. It\'s a daunting prospect at best, but one worth the taking!

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