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Netflix Doesn’t Have Western TV Shows

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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I’ve yet to get Netflix, as well there are other options out there to view shows or TV. However, one thing I was suprised by was the fact they carry no western TV shows. Classic shows like Bonanza, Gunsmoke and many more older westerns (what made up a lot of early Television programs) are not available on Netflix. Hard to believe, but I guess they can’t carry everything.

History Channel and White Trash Redneck Stereotypes

Friday, October 12th, 2012
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I’ve written before, about how the History channel is no longer about history or science. I even wrote them an email once. But it seems, A&E Television Networks is intent on catering to a wider audience and ignoring the niche audience their channels were to provide.

I realize reality TV shows are cheap to make and quite popular to watch. They often create some drama that more people can relate to, such bickering between family, friends and other people in general. Who can really relate to murders and drug busts in other TV shows? Probably very few. The History channel does seem to produce shows to various aspects and cultural distinctions of America, but it’s not called the Americana network. And it’s not called the Mythology or Conspiracy station either, so shows like UFO Hunters, MonsterQuest or Ancient Aliens are really poor to broadcast. And now they have a H2 channel and it doesn’t focus on history any better. Big Shrimpin’, Ax Men and Swamp People, how are they history?

A&E seems to have become a station about reality TV shows as well. In the past their niche seemed to be based on crime stories. But now they have the shows Deadliest Catch, American Hoggers and Duck Dynasty. I’m not sure I understand the fascination with white trash redneck backwoods stereotypes. Sure it can be kind of funny sometimes, but in the end they are just regular people like everyone else. It really doesn’t matter if someone lives in a double-wide trailer or the ghetto. Or if someone has a twang to their voice or speaks ebonics. It’s odd to think the middle class has broken this far apart. I really hope the trend of reality TV shows ends. Perhaps they will run out of interesting little cultural aspects or unique jobs to base a show around. But I believe this television format is bound to be around forever.

How to Make a Bigfoot Call

Friday, September 2nd, 2011
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If you’ve seen the TV show Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet, you may have seen the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) making Bigfoot calls late at night in the wildnerness to try to lure the Sasquatch in.

I’ll be honest, the yells are impressive, but I’m not sure the Skunk Ape or Yeti will ever appear outside of blurry photographs or shaky videos.

The TV Guide Channel

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Posted in Television

Has anyone else noticed over the years that the TV Guide Channel has less and less bars of information? I remember years ago they used to have like 5 bars of information and used to only show like Movie trailers and maybe showcase a few TV programs with perhaps a few ads. Now days they have their own programming in a much bigger area and put 2 bars at the bottom, hoping you pay more attention to their shows and miss what is scrolling up, so you have to wait a few minutes to see it go around again. Also why don’t they put up a current weather and forecast bar? Seems the Weather Channel likes to make you wait slightly by showing you showing you small bits in timed tabs.

The Loudest Person On TV

Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Posted in Television

Billy Mays, famously known for his OxiClean commercials along with the other ads he yells in.