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May 07 2017

Do teens know 90's TV shows? Prepare to feel old.

"Dawson's Creek sounds like something my grandmother would watch on Lifetime."

Yeah, feelin pretty darn old.
I have to say I wasn't a great expert on early 60s shows when I grew up as a teen in the 80s.
Whedonites need to show Buffy to their kids. There needs to be a Chosen One in every generation!
I feel like, with how much all you Scoobies are talking about the show CONSTANTLY, publishing new analysis articles and flooding the polls on "best show" lists to this day, I'm a little shocked BtvS didn't have a lot more brand recognition. Huh.
My 17yr daughter knows all about the whedonverse. If she finds anyone who doesn't, she educates them.
Thomas Jefferson reportedly said that there should be a revolution every 20 years. Unfortunately, after 20 years of Buffy, we still need a revolution. If each generation of young people watches the show for the first time, it might help the cause a little.

Or what Ricardo L. said.
This cannot stand. The Buffy doctrine must be spread. Share the power slayers. The youth need to understand the struggle of the little blonde and her group of equally impressive friend and realize their inner power and rise up to kick bad back into the hellhole from where they came from!

Maybe we need a reboot!
I'm going to spend hours fixating on that one teen who'd never heard of Buffy. What is this life?
I'm fairly certain that atleast three of my siblings have never heard of "Buffy", either. Neither have about 90-95% of my entire family.

It's a somewhat different story with those kids, but I suppose that's what happens when you have individual programming and individual sources of information. When all you are confronted with are the Youtube-channels, social media profiles and streaming shows you've chosen and subscribed to and there is no more "mandatory watching" because there's no longer only one tv/device in the house, which receives maybe 20 channels for you and your family to pick from, it can become somewhat difficult to come across and notice things outside of your bubble.

Apart from that, there are several reasons not to watch "Buffy":
- It has a tendency to look cheap and cheesy. Viewers today are spoilt by big budget productions and cinema-quality visuals. I've had people reject the first season of (new) "Doctor Who" for that very reason. And those weren't even teens, but people older than me.
- Speaking of current productions - there are quite a lot of them. It figures kids would rather watch the stuff, all of their friends are talking about, than some ancient show with the girl the older ones might vaguely remember from "HIMYM". Are vampires even cool these days?
- There's also the fact that the show tends to get dragged into all of these - for lack of a better term - "empowerment discussions" that tend to annoy some people. Though I have no idea how kids are thinking about this and whether they are in general positiv, negativ or indifferent towards it.

That being said, I feel sorry for everyone - no matter if kid, teen or adult - watching "The Walking Dead" over "Buffy".
(I also feel sorry for "Dawson's Creek" which was brutalized here. I just watched the first four seasons a short while ago and somewhat liked it.)

[ edited by Sahjhan on 2017-05-09 05:59 ]
I have to say I wasn't a great expert on early 60s shows when I grew up as a teen in the 80s.

Really? I watched Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Beverly Hillbillies, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Mission: Impossible, The Prisoner, The Man from UNCLE, The Avengers and those are just off the top of my head.

In the 80s there were loads of 60s shows being rerun in the UK. Most of them at tea time on Channel 4 lol.

[ edited by bivith on 2017-05-09 11:06 ]
Young people today watch youtube or Netflix. Sometimes they stumble on an old series. In my household of me and three guys in their 20s if they aren't gaming or watching youtube vids they are watching reruns of Frasier.

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