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"I'm definitely seeing a lot less bad TV than I used to see bad movies when I was a film critic"

Sars: Speaking of Hill Street Blues, that just reminded me -- I think they were rerunning that on, like, the Sleuth Channel or something recently, and I watched an episode, my mother was super into that show when it was considered pretty dark and different and it was, like, good "thinking people's" television at the time, and it just has not held up very well. Are there any other shows like that that won a bunch of Emmys back in the day that now you're sort of like, "How did that happen?"

Johnston: You know, I saw Hill Street Blues on DVD when the first couple of seasons came out -- I don't think they released it past the second season because they just didn't sell well enough, unfortunately. I thought it -- it didn't hold up, like, amazingly well, but nor was it really terrible terrible. It probably held up a hell of a lot better than something from the decade that preceded it, like Barnaby Jones or Ironside or what have you. For its time, it was a pretty great show, but one thing I think of as a show I really am not sure about in that regard is L.A. Law, which I haven't seen in many years, and I just can't avoid this suspicion that that show would be a little disappointing today, relative to when I was in high school; it was a show that definitely all the sort of cool but nerdy, sort of smart kids watched and thought was like the funniest coolest thing, like when that woman fell down the elevator shaft and died out of the blue like that, and everybody thought --

Sars: Rosalind!

Johnston: Yeah -- I'm skeptical as to how that might have held up, you know. Or another one I really wanted to revisit but really have not had the opportunity to, because I guess the DVD release had licensing issues or whatever, is thirtysomething -- I'm really curious as to how that would hold up.

Sars: Yeaaahhh! Is that out yet on DVD?

Johnston: I don't think it is.

Sars: 'Cause I? Loved that show, and my one other friend and I who watched it in high school were so fucking smug about how we watched thirtysomething, which -- I do wonder how that would have held up.

Johnston: That was really the first of all those great -- I was a big fan of all those Ed Zwick/Marshall Herskovitz shows, and that was really the original one, and I'd really like to go back and check it out, but I haven't really had the opportunity. I'm sure it's somewhere on cable, but I haven't seen it on cable in a great while.

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Ask A TV Critic: Andrew Johnston

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"I'm definitely seeing a lot less bad TV than I used to see bad movies when I was a film critic"

Sars: Speaking of Hill Street Blues, that just reminded me -- I think they were rerunning that on, like, the Sleuth Channel or something recently, and I watched an episode, my mother was super into that show when it was considered pretty dark and different and it was, like, good "thinking people's" television at the time, and it just has not held up very well. Are there any other shows like that that won a bunch of Emmys back in the day that now you're sort of like, "How did that happen?"

Johnston: You know, I saw Hill Street Blues on DVD when the first couple of seasons came out -- I don't think they released it past the second season because they just didn't sell well enough, unfortunately. I thought it -- it didn't hold up, like, amazingly well, but nor was it really terrible terrible. It probably held up a hell of a lot better than something from the decade that preceded it, like Barnaby Jones or Ironside or what have you. For its time, it was a pretty great show, but one thing I think of as a show I really am not sure about in that regard is L.A. Law, which I haven't seen in many years, and I just can't avoid this suspicion that that show would be a little disappointing today, relative to when I was in high school; it was a show that definitely all the sort of cool but nerdy, sort of smart kids watched and thought was like the funniest coolest thing, like when that woman fell down the elevator shaft and died out of the blue like that, and everybody thought --

Sars: Rosalind!

Johnston: Yeah -- I'm skeptical as to how that might have held up, you know. Or another one I really wanted to revisit but really have not had the opportunity to, because I guess the DVD release had licensing issues or whatever, is thirtysomething -- I'm really curious as to how that would hold up.

Sars: Yeaaahhh! Is that out yet on DVD?

Johnston: I don't think it is.

Sars: 'Cause I? Loved that show, and my one other friend and I who watched it in high school were so fucking smug about how we watched thirtysomething, which -- I do wonder how that would have held up.

Johnston: That was really the first of all those great -- I was a big fan of all those Ed Zwick/Marshall Herskovitz shows, and that was really the original one, and I'd really like to go back and check it out, but I haven't really had the opportunity. I'm sure it's somewhere on cable, but I haven't seen it on cable in a great while.

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