Our generation has seen a radical change in what is exceptable to be on prime time television. We have series like Breaking Bad, which features the production of meth and the destruction of the classic American family. Pretty Little Liars is a teen series and it features so much sex and promiscuity. Walking Dead includes so much violence and horror it is unbelievable. Comparing this to the television series that were popular in the 1980s it seems unreal.
Some of the most popular TV shows around the 1980s era include:
Many of the series were centered around family values and the moral lessons we should all be learning. For example, every episode of Full House had to end with a moral lesson that we should all take home.
Now it is hard to find a TV show that is still airing that has a good heartfelt message that even has touching music playing in the background.
Not all TV series were quiet as family oriented as these were though:
However, comparing the “violent” scenes in these series to the ones in today’s series they are almost laughable.
At about 5 minutes in this clip we seen an gunfight. We don’t see any blood, just the gun shot and the victim fall to the ground dead. Now comparing that to these clip from Breaking Bad:
The VERY first thing we see is a partly decomposed body that has been half melted with hydroflouric acid! I mean it is disgusting and horrible gory and graphic.
Even just typing “80’s TV series” into Bing yields much more reserved results. There is a lot of pictures of groups of family and friends.
Now typing “Popular TV Series in 2013” into Bing we get a much more violent sense. A lot of the pictures portray guns or other weapons, half naked women, or zombies. We have two of the top hits being Breaking Bad as well as Walking Dead!
The overall feel of television has changed so much. We left the nice mildly violent or family-oriented TV series in the past to make room for the new ages horror, gore and thrillers we have today!