Episode 109: Watching Retro Shows (Action Shows)


Last week, I went through all of the available sitcoms that were available in Hits TV. I managed to go through all of these retro comedy programs. Some of them I liked (Seinfeld and Married… with Children for example) while some of them I didn’t (The Cosby Show and The Wonder Years). But I didn’t just watch retro comedy programs. I also watched all of the dramas that are on Hits TV. Now, while I enjoyed a few of the older comedy shows, I can’t really say the same for the action shows.

Before I begin, there is one comedy program that I failed to mention. I didn’t include it because, while most “sitcoms” last for only 30 minutes, the show I didn’t include was a hour long show. And that television program is Moonlighting. I actually enjoyed the irreverent humor of the show. I love that they just break the fourth wall like it was a normal thing to do! It’s also interesting to see what Bruce Willis was like when he was young! I also like how “fancy” the theme song is!

Now, moving on! So, I am lumping in the rest of the 1-hour programs available on Hits TV. I’m doing this for the sad reason that I just didn’t get interested with them! Okay, there are some shows I’m not going to include because… I can’t consider them to be retro! They are showing Lost and I actually watched the entire series during its original run! I also question Hits TV showing shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds since these shows are still active! So, I’m not including those 3 television programs here.

I’ll go talk about the “old” action shows now. That would be The A-Team, Murder… She Wrote and The X-Files. I… I don’t get it. No, I understand these are cult classics but I honestly don’t get it! First, let’s talk about The A-Team. This was the show that was hugely popular during the day. Okay, the concept is sound: a bunch of soldiers are wrongly tried for a crime they didn’t commit. Now they road the country saving people in trouble. But, while these guys are supposedly really tough-as-nails soldiers, they sure don’t act like it! There’s a lot of slapstick comedy and the action scenes look really dated! I guess the show hasn’t aged all that well!

Murder… She Wrote is another show that’s just really feels old! We have mystery writer Jessica Fletcher who always “just so happens” to be in a place where a murder happens. If I were the police, I would make Jessica Fletcher my number one suspect every time it happens! That’s just too big a coincidence every time! Anyway, the show usually has “Mrs. Fletcher” managing to crack the case because of one slip up the murderer makes. Usually, it’s something he says or does that contradicts something he/she said earlier in the episode. Let’s see if that’ll stand up in a court of law! However, once I got over the “oldness” of the show, it can be a lot of fun, especially if you also try to figure out who the culprit is.

The last new “old” show I’ve watched is X-Files. This is a show that has FBI Agents Mulder and Scully traveling around the United States investigating unexplained reports. Mulder is a firm believer of everything supernatural (aliens, ghosts, monsters, etc.) while Scully is a pure skeptic, trying to give a scientific explanation to these strange occurrences. It’s a good concept and a few of the episodes are kind of enjoyable. But a lot of them are just incredibly too slow paced for my taste. Generally, I say The X-Files is more tolerable that actually good.

There is one show that I haven’t talked about that is one Hits TV. It’s already ended its original run and it’s a program that I really like. Then again, I already watched pretty much every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation on cable TV a long time ago. It may not be as smart and “fresh” as I remembered it. But it’s still much better than the old boring A-Team! I still do watch it from time to time since it really is good… or maybe that’s my nostalgia getting the better of me.

I guess it’s a part of the changing times. A lot of the brutish style of The A-Team isn’t cool anymore. People think smart is the new sexy. But is that really true? Well, next week, I’ll go talk about that!


What are some of your favorite retro action shows? Do they still hold up even up to now? Let me know in the comments section below!

One thought on “Episode 109: Watching Retro Shows (Action Shows)

  1. Pingback: Episode 174: A Youngster Looks at More Retro TV Shows | 3rd World Geeks

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