Sunday, September 11, 2005

Old TV...It's Bad, It's So Very Bad....


My girls gave me a DVD set of "Dallas" for my birthday. Back in the late 70s, early 80s I was addicted to that show - right along with most of America.

But oh, it has not stood the test of time. It's more like a bottle of Ripple wine than an aged Merlot. The acting is wooden, the sets cheesy and the dialogue is contrived. And sexist, oh is it sexist - the comments the men make about "pretty girls" and "are you really a secretary" seemed normal at the time. Now they make my jaw clench.

The late 70s were not a high point when it comes to fashion or interior decoration. Plaids, prints and palms appear to have been the standard. Big hair, big purses and high heels at all times. The script supervisor appears to have been in the twilight zone - Pam, wearing a fur coat talks to Lucy who wears a bathing suit. At a formal ball some of the guests are in evening gowns and others in leisure suits (and oh were those ugly!). Artifical was the fabric of choice. Garish green gold and brown the predominant colors. .

In one episode JR sports a "beeper" and everyone marveled at the new technology. In Dallas phones have cords and secretaries type on IBM Selectrics. E-mail, laptops, cell phones, IMs, personal computers, and the internet have yet to make an appearance.

And yet, I'm going to watch it all the way through - just so I can once again find out who shot JR!

6 comments:

Mamacita said...

Hey, Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

I know who shot JR, even though I never once watched the show.

As for those leisure suits. . . . man, those were the ugliest men's fashion EVER.

Well, except for those white hose and wigs they wore back during the Revolution, maybe.

Julie said...

Oh ha ha! Total flashback to high school -- what a great idea for a gift.

Happy birthday!

SilverMoon said...

HI, Happy Belated Birthday. I'm a Sept. Birthday, too. Thoughtful gift- It *is* so interesting how our own expectations of acting (or other opinions) evolve.
I never watched Dallas, but that "who shot JR? fervor I remember.

OMG I remember a relative in leisure suits and dare I admit, I kept one for my daughters'theatre costumes........ ROFL!
BD Balloons and candle from one SEpt BD person to another: ~=======
~~~~~~~~o ~~~~~~~O ~~~~~~~~~O - Hope you had a terrific B-day!!!!!

SilverMoon (aka Gel)

SilverMoon said...

Oh, when you get a moment, would you please email me how to implement that New post update thing on the blogroll?

I messed up the html coding on my Good Vibrations blog, so I have to reinstall the blogroll among lots more.

Also, would apreciate linkage to Silken Threads because I'm doing more writing there with different topics than what I cover at GV site,in efforts to combine the two sites into one eventually. Since I used two different names to register, it would greatly help reduce confusion among my longerterm blogger friends, like you. (that link is www.SilkenThreads18.blog.com)(note it's not at blogspot.)-

Thx so much Guusje!! :)
( Hubba is going to help me code b/c he's a computer person and it leaves me more time to create artwork for my work! :)

KarbonKountyMoos said...

Belated Birthday Wishes, Guusje!

I didn't really watch much of Dallas - but wasn't it famous for "catfights"?

I love to laugh at the fashions, too.

TaraMetBlog said...

My mother and I used to watch it when I was younger and I've been watching the reruns on the Soap Network! :)

I hope you had a great bday!