Where Are the Reruns?

Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeannie, Charlie's Angels, Love Boat, Welcome Back, Kotter, etc., ...I guess I took them for granted and thought they'd always be there. Sure, you can find a Three's Company wedged in between The George Lopez Show and Home Improvement, but you have to do your homework to find it. For fifteen to twenty years, The Brady Bunch was on on some channel every afternoon, and I turn around and it's buried on TV Land at midnight! I guess there's no longer the widespread love of 60's and 70's TV as there used to be.

....Or, is that shows like WKRP in Cincinnati, Barney Miller, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show are now hot commodities to be sold on DVD and not to be wasted on weekday afternoon TV? In other words, does the absence of classic TV from the airwaves mean that, in fact, their stock has gone up?
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  1. Right on Little Buddy! Even the new retro channel should take a look at your blog. Maybe you should start giving them line-ups for their network. The oldies are truly the goodies. Keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks for the compliment. RTN plays some good reruns like Happy Days and Buck Rogers, and the American Life Channel plays Land of the Giants, Batman, and Lost in Space; however, the bigger networks (TV Land, WGN, Nick at Nite, etc.) aren't playing them like they used to.

  3. AnonymousJuly 18, 2008

    I think it's that sad fact of time marching forward. Every decade cannibalizes the previous in terms of syndication of TV favorites, and each new year it seems like we're looking back less and less. Heck, most shows go into syndication before their original run ends these days (as a fer instance I remember getting inundated with Friends back in the late 90s.)

    I totally agree with your lament though. It's part of the reason I finally let go of any form of cable TV in lieu of a 6 million-at-a-time Netflix account and just started catching up with the old favorites again as well as discovering all of the shows I missed to begin with.

  4. Here it it,2015....we have MeTV, Antenna TV, Cozi,TV, and the upcoming Decades (previewing now over the air, bur officially launching Memorial Day)--plus on June 1, the classic game show channel Buzzr.