I really don’t want to crap on something others like, but I think it’s also a good illustration for how far TV has come. It’s very 90’s in it’s structure, with the cast providing life lessons on how to get along, accept people for who they are, take responsibility for your actions and to basically be a more adult version of Sesame Street. And there’s always a place for that kind of jogging pants type of TV, whether it’s The Ofice, Friends or Parks & Rec. However, it does feel old in it’s style, like a relic of TV from 20 years ago. Like Next Generation does.
Wifey asked me the other day if I watch non violent TV anymore, and after thinking about it pretty much everything I love is violent. When you have kids you think about this alot more because you can’t watch what you’d like in front of them. My top shows (outside of sports) are all pretty violent, showing stuff that wouldn’t have been put on TV even 20 years ago. Somehow a show where people get maimed and killed in agony is my relaxing TV show now.
Having said all this she got me watching The Marvelous Ms Maisel a few weeks ago and I’m almost through the second season. It’s basically another Gilmore Girls, fabulous lead actress who can do anything and overcome everything, and a cast of kooky characters around her. And it works in that Gilmore Girls way. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Gilmore, and it’s amazing that one show was barely watched while the other is winning every single award. The power of moving away from the demands of advertising TV is freeing up the stories we watch to be whatever they should be, not whatever gets ratings. And that’s great for us. I’ve enjoyed it immensely, without any blood or beheadings in sight.