how televison has changed since the Andy Griffity show to now and if you feel the change is good or bad?how televison has changed since the Andy Griffity show to now and if u think whether its good...

how televison has changed since the Andy Griffity show to now and if you feel the change is good or bad?

how televison has changed since the Andy Griffity show to now and if u think whether its good or bad?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

TV in the days you ask about was sappy and silly and totally artificial:  illusion of the worst kind.  Comparing TV in the Andy Griffith days to today's best shows is like comparing nursery rhymes to Jerzy Kozinski's The Painted Bird or anything by Nabokov.  TV then was sickeningly (sp?) sweet. 

Life isn't innocent, why would I want my TV innocent? 

By the way, a student farted in my class last Tuesday.  And i've gone to the bathroom five times, no, seven times, so far today!  That's life!

If you think TV was of a higher quality in the Andy Griffith area, so be it.  But you can't like it just because the shows were filled with girlscouts and boyscouts, can you?

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Television, publishing and art reflect society's values at any given time.  In the 1960's we were more innocent for longer periods of time, that is, we didn't grow up so fast.  Television was cleaner, both in storyline and language.  There was never sexually suggestive scenes or nudity, no cable or pay per view.

While I have more choices of what to watch today, I also have to monitor television more closely as to what my kids watch and what is age appropriate.  TV programmers are less responsible than they used to be.  Regular networks now have to compete with cable networks that have fewer programming rules.  With more channels, the quality of programming has gone down.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Personally, I enjoy TV both then and now.  However, having said that, there is an innocence to the Andy Griffith age of TV that is nonexistent in most TV today.  Perhaps it could be called prudery, but people rarely ate on TV, and they certainly didn't belch, pass gas, have sexual relations, or even go to the bathroom on TV back then.  Now, it is a rare occasion that one or more of these events does not happen.  Plus, today, the language on TV is not innocent at all.  The topics, the word choice, and the way characters on TV dress are all drastically changed over this period of time.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In defense of The Andy Griffith Show, there is a timelessness to this program yet today.  One man told his son-in-law that it would be good for the grandchildren to watch it as there are moral lessons in nearly every episode.  The son-in-law now sits with his children and all three watch together.  So, this old show does yet appeal to younger people.

At least the shows on TV were filled with actors and performers, not some spoiled, immature people off the street. Perhaps, people need a break from reality, not a reality worse than their own.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Television has changed some for the better and some for the worse. The goal is still to entertain, but people are entertained by different things today. We are offended by a lot less, it seems. I think that in some ways television has changed for the worst, because it does usually pader to the lowest common denominator. Howeve there are more choices, television is more educational, and mang of the shows are much more sophisticated than in Andy Griffith's day.
besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Television has most definitely changed since the time of Andy Griffith. Standards in television have also changed just as society has. Shows back then were more wholesome. They did not focus on violence and sex. They also didn't focus on reality-it was squeaky clean. There are many television shows today that are great, others not so great. I guess it all depends on what people allow their children to watch. That's what matters.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Television has changed with our society. During the time of Andy Griffith we did not have as many choices as far as channels to watch, as someone else said it was before the days of satellite TV and big cable companies.