Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

The Glory Days of Nick at Nite

Each night the normally children-focused Nickelodeon television network shifts gears to feature content for adults after the kiddies are in bed. Traditionally, Nick at Nite was the place for the classics: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters and later The Brady Bunch, Happy Days and The Wonder Years and more. That was then. Since, the network has made a switch to contemporary shows like George Lopez, Malcolm in the Middle and Everybody Hates Chris. Classics? I think not. I remember begging my parents to stay up late so I could join them for an episode of I Love Lucy. It was a fun way for us to connect as a family — me watching their favorite show for the first time. What will kids beg for today? A rerun of a show that was new last week?