Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I Dream of a Bewitched Martian

Was There A Fantasy 'War' on American TV, 50 Years Ago?

I've wondered that for so long, since I've been a classic TV Sit-com fan, during the period from 1964 - 1969.  There were competing fantasy sitcoms and science fiction shows on American Television. 

Was that meant to be a distraction to a very unpopular war and
a very unpopular, controversial Democratic President?

Imagine it's 1964, and it is nighttime in America:
On your brand new RCA or Zenith 25" television, you could watch such imaginative TV programs as "Batman", "Star Trek",
or "Mr. Ed".

But the real battle for ratings came from far more personal, more intimate, fantasy relationships: Built upon the shoulders of famed shows like "I Love Lucy", "Leave It To Beaver", "The Donna Reed Show""Daddy Knows Best", "The Honeymooners",
even "The Flintstones".

Starting in 1964, you could watch "I Dream of Jeannie" on NBC, or "Bewitched" on ABC,
or "My Favorite Martian" on CBS.  
In my opinion, a clear, three-way battle for fantasy distraction
for the average male, back then.

CBS offered "My Favorite Martian" as an alternative first to ABC's "Bewitched", then NBC jumped in with "I Dream of Jeannie".  There were many critics in that time who panned all three fantasy shows, as being merely the extension of hedonistic thought among Americans from the 1950s, the desires to or for getting away from the bland or horrific news of that era,

... the very beginnings of TV erotica.

So what better way for American males and their wives to escape,
but to have 1/2 hour each week devoted to Fantasy?
"Bewitched" was first, and began with a mortal man, Darrin Stevens, getting married to a young hot witch.

Then came "My Favorite Martian", about a successful guy who houses an alien from Mars as his 'uncle'.

Finally, taking a truly American hero approach, CBS debuts "I Dream of Jeannie", a story-book tale about an American astronaut, who discovers a gorgeous Genie in a bottle, upon his successful return to Earth from a dangerous orbit.

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NOW, all we get are zombies eating mortals on AMC,
or comic book super heros, or moronic, uber-sexual,
bedroom soap operas.
Or (essentially worse) "Reality shows", where staging and pre-planned interactions are the norm.

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