My mother can remember going over to a relative’s house because they had a television and most people didn’t. In my own childhood, although most shows were broadcast in color (and only had been for a few years) we had a black-and-white set. It was a huge console, about six feet across, although the screen itself was less than thirty inches. As a piece of furniture, the only larger piece in the living room was the couch.
Sometime in the mid seventies, we got a color television. We got NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and maybe one or two others. We had to get up to change the channel. My sister and I were limited to how much television we could watch each day. We would often pool our time, agreeing on one show and sharing time on others. Star Trek was usually the first thing we agreed on!
Today, my eighteen-year-old and ten-year-old daughters don’t care too much about television. They both prefer YouTube, watching whatever catches their eye whenever they want to. My teen does like a few shows such as AFV and The Voice, and we are showing our ten-year-old classic shows such as Mr. Ed and The Dick VanDyke Show. It’s a big culture shock to her.
Do you remember your family’s first television? Do you watch shows as they air, or do you have a different way to watch?