As you may recall, our television is not connected to the outside world. We only use it for watching movies or old television shows we get from Netflix or the library. On occasion, if I want to watch a current TV show, such as Mad Men, I will watch it on my laptop. We’ve been able to discover all sorts of great shows from the early days of television this way. Recently, our viewing has consisted of Daniel Boone starring Fess Parker (although, I’ll admit, that I find Ed Ames much more interesting).
But, recently, I’ve had a craving. I had gone cold turkey and had lasted for several months. But then one night I sat down with my laptop and decided to watch an episode of “Perry Mason Returns.” Although the writing and characterizations weren’t as well done as the original, I was lured back in. I just finished adding the original Perry Mason series to my Netflix queue. Again. Please don’t tell The Mister.
You see, I’ve seen every episode of the original series as least 10-15 times. The Mister gave me Season 1, Volume 1 for Christmas a few years ago and I’ve started watching those again, even though those DVD’s are well worn. Most of the time I remember “who-did-it.” So, why do I want to watch them (yet) again?
I’m addicted to the characters. And the wardrobes. And the set decoration. And the dialogue and mannerisms that are no longer in common use. I love that Della is a feminine career woman and isn’t afraid to use her charms to get information out of unsuspecting men. And she is always viewed as a class act and lady. I love that the stories revolve around issues that showcase the post-war boom and optimism of the day without sentimentalizing them. Sure, the stories can get pretty convoluted at times (okay, most of the time) but that is the fun of Perry Mason. The stories can be gritty but they are never cynical.
How about you? Do you have an old TV show that you can’t help but watch over and over again?
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