World Television Day

World Television Day

Today is World Television Day, and this one is relatively official as it’s sanctioned by the United Nations. It’s not just a day to watch more TV, but a reminder of what television represents which the UN says is a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world. Quite a mouthful, but there you have it.

Things have changed quite a bit as you don’t even need a television anymore to catch your favorite shows, nor do you have to watch them at a specific time. But there was something magical about an era with appointment viewing and having to wait for your favorite show each week. Back then, televisions had backs on them and required everyone in the family to pitch in just to move it across the room.

When I was a kid the best television night was Saturday night because I got to stay up late with ABC’s one-two punch of Love Boat followed by Fantasy Island. If I was super lucky, I even got to stay up to watch Saturday Night Live, which was always incredibly fun. But the real fun came on Sunday, when one of my favorite shows aired – Murder, She Wrote, starring the amazing Angela Lansbury.

I realize that this show was meant for women over 40, but how could anyone resist the spunky mystery author turned real-life detective, Jessica Fletcher, as she brilliantly solves a myriad of murders. Obviously any sane person would have moved the hell out of Cabot Cove since the odds of getting murdered there were nearly 100%. But at least you could rest easy knowing Jessica would skillfully put your killers in their rightful place after you’re gone.

Jessica would travel frequently and people would also die wherever she was, so one had to wonder why she was ever invited to go anywhere. No matter where Jessica went, she was also recognized by everyone who saw her, which is amazing considering she only wrote books. Much of this was due to the fact that the odds of being related to Jessica Fletcher were also 100%. She had an endless list of relatives that she would always help, even though she never managed to have children of her own.

I was shocked to discover Murder, She Wrote was also one of Philippe’s favorite shows. Apparently, we were both middle-aged women in a former life, which is equally comforting and disconcerting. Luckily, all of the seasons are on Netflix so we can binge watch whenever we like and see our Jessica’s face wildly smiling in freeze frame at the successful completion of each one.

Even if they were a bit ridiculous, what I liked about these older shows was that they were all attempting to tell you a story. Later, television would move to a million “reality” shows that successfully turned most of the nation into peeping Toms and sent talented writers to the unemployment lines. As for me, I’ll always have a soft spot for shows with a plot.

So today is the day to enjoy some of your favorite television shows and a time to remember those shows you used to love. Television is definitely one of the most influential inventions in history, so it’s nice to see it gets to have its own special day to be celebrated.

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41 Comments
  1. Jacob 2 years ago

    That TV is awesome! Remember when you actually had to get up and press the buttons? Kids these days with their 90-inch flat screens… they don’t know they’re born.

    Ha, I too loved Murder She Wrote when I was little! Very much in a point-and-laugh fashion. I can even play the theme tune! 😉 My favourite show, though, was/is The Crystal Maze. If there are any Brits here I’m sure they will back me up on that one. There are no words for its excellence (at least until I can find an excuse to write a post about it).

    I don’t really watch a lot of TV on the box or online these days, but I have fond memories of what I now know as ‘appointment TV’ growing up – indeed by the time I’d reached any age it had largely become a thing of the past, with only a few exceptions. I guess the last thing I was hooked on that fell under that umbrella was Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – at one point, over a third of the country were watching that every night. Seems unbelievable today! Then someone went an won the million and the everyone abandoned it 😛

    Yay for TV, though. So many warm memories.

    • Author

      It’s funny how TV is almost just a memory now with all the alternatives today! Hmm…The Crystal Maze, eh? Never heard of it. I’ll have to look that one up! I think we use the TV to play video games more as we often watch shows on our iPads here. Philippe and I usually only have one or two shows that we’re watching as they come, but always on Hulu or Netflix these days.

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        I guess the only way for linear TV is down, which is a bit sad when one has such vivid memories of it. I guess that’s technology for you!

    • Rebecca 2 years ago

      Yes! Do a Crystal Maze post! I’ll vote for that. Even my 13 year old son has fallen under its spell, thanks to the repeats… 🙂

      • Author

        Okay…I have got to check out this show now!! I second your vote….Jacob needs to make a post!! 😉👍🏻

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Your son has great taste! I grew up with the repeats and indeed can still watch them in today and be entertained. A really fantastic show!

  2. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    From “But at least you could rest easy knowing Jessica would skillfully put your killers in their rightful place after you’re gone.” to “Apparently, we were both middle-aged women in a former life, which is equally comforting and disconcerting.” I just LOLOLed!! You manage to make art even more entertaining than it is! Gosh, yeah, I remember when TVs used to be the size of Smart Cars…and black and white! Watching the moon landing on TV was my biggest thrill (or was it watching Star Trek and having a crush on Mr. Spock?). I think we had a TV in the 70s that looked just like the one you doodlewashed! 😀 BTW, I’m glad you two middle-aged ladies found each other! xo

    • Author

      Haha! Thanks Teresa!! ❤️😃 I’m pretty happy we found each other as well! 😉 And I’m bummed I just missed the moon landing, but I did have these TVs. My dad was an early adopter so we upgraded things really quickly and were the first people on our block to get cable. So even though I missed the moon landing, I did see the first video ever aired on MTV, so that was something I guess. 😉

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        LOL! Yes, the first video on MTV is definitely as important as the first moon landing! 😀 It was “Money For Nothing,” wasn’t it? I loved it.

      • Author

        Actually the first video was, rather appropriately, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles! Lol

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Oh! I don’t remember that…I don’t know why I thought it was Money For Nothing. 😀

      • Author

        Actually, I think that one was the first to be aired on MTV Europe! 👍🏻

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Ah! 😀

  3. Jodi 2 years ago

    What a delightful television doodlewash Charlie! It took me right back to being about 5 years old and sitting on the living room floor watching it intently!

    Can you believe I never saw even one episode of Murder, She Wrote??!! I don’t even have a clue about anything you said about it, LOL!, but I think it is adorable that you and Philippe were both young fans! Too funny!

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi! ❤️😃And are you kidding me?!! You need to get on Netflix immediately and watch it!! Lol You’re missing out! Okay…it’s admittedly a bit silly, but super fun. 😊

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        I might have to wait until I am really bored to do that…. haha!

      • Author

        Haha! You might be surprised…it’s a quite enchanting show! 😉lol

  4. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    I remember as a kid when we got to move the TV so we could watch it while we ate dinner. It was such a special treat! Lol! My have times changed! 😉 I was a big fan of Murder She Wrote! Your humor cracked me up! 😃 I like the movies on the Hallmark Chanel – call me old fashioned but I like stories with plots and happy endings. ❤️ I’m not much of a TV watcher like most people. I’d rather do art. 🎨 Fantastic Doodlewash today, Charlie!!! 🌟🌟🌟

    • Author

      See?! Plots and happy endings are the best! The sequel to the Hallmark Channel movie I worked on called Northpole airs tonight! Lol But I don’t have cable and don’t watch much TV either these days 😊 Glad you liked my doodlewash!! ❤️😃 It was fun to do as it brought back so many memories! (And so happy to hear you’re a Murder, She Wrote fan! Yay! 💕😃)

      • Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

        How did you work on it, Charlie? Were you one of the writers? We still don’t have electricity or we’d watch it. Maybe it will air another time? 😃

      • Author

        I was part of coming up with the concept and and Executive Producer on the first film. And it along with the first one will air a lot throughout the end of the year. Hehe 😉ugh…I hope you electricity returns soon!! That’s terrible!! ❤️

      • Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

        WOWZA! Charlie! That is so COOL! So you are a celebrity! YAY! 🌟🌟🌟

      • Author

        Haha! Not really! 😊But it was cool to show up on IMDB! Lol

      • Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

        I think YOU are a celebrity! I’m impressed! YAY Charlie!!! 🌟🎉💖

      • Author

        Hehe…you’re so sweet! Thanks! 😊❤️💕

  5. jmnowak 2 years ago

    Oh, my! This brings back memories from the deep dark archives. 1956, Australia, TV is launched, sets like your doodle, black + white, sitting on the couch, very close to it as it was a small-ish screen. Not watched every day, more as a special treat. My fave was the Mickey Mouse Club and I too can remember the theme…and, in that group, my all-time favourite Mouser was Annette Funicello, remember her in those beach movies that were so popular, way back then, in the ’60s? There used to be the Saturday night Drama Theatre and, of course, European movies, which my mother loved, along with British dramas, which I enjoyed. Eventually, Australian-made shows were all about sport and entertainment (what’s changed?). I could talk forever about them. Yet, I enjoyed all the shows you’ve mentioned here, but thought Survivor was a dreadful show, teaching us how to be nasty to each other; is that really how you survive, I doubt it! Today, as stated in one of your earlier post’s comments, it’s about Food — because these days they are also travelogues, which I adore, as I know I’ll never get to those wonderful places, although I can eat the food, here. And Lifestyle shows, and documentaries and David Attenborough and the Discovery Channel. Well, I’ve just written a post too! LOL. 🙂

    • Author

      I love that you wrote a post too Janina! Doodlewash is all about collaboration!! Hehe! ❤️😃👍🏻 And I’m a huge Mickey Mouse fan… It was actually his birthday on Apple Cider Day but I don’t really do fan art so I skipped it. Hehe And I think all reality shows tend to teach some horrible lessons, so I’m with you there!! Give me something nice like Annette Funicello I say! 👍🏻😃

  6. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Thanks for the walk down TV memory lane, Charlie. My first memory of TV is watching Miss Francis on Ding Dong School, 1953 or 54. Our family had a large blond wood console with a very small screen.
    I still watch Murder She Wrote. I love the old shows. Love your narrative.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon! ❤️😃It’s such a great show isn’t it?! And what? I have never heard of Ding Dong School but it sounds awesome!! I’ll have to look that up! 😉

  7. kirkistan 2 years ago

    That’s a great image. I remember those old TVs–they had their problems, like vertical hold.

    • Author

      Thanks Kirk! Yeah…they weren’t the best at that! Lol…but they sure looked cooler than what we have today at least! 😉

  8. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Oh I never thought to look up old episodes of Murder She Wrote, dang, I loved that show too. Happy endings always get me and I found here so comforting…but more importantly I love your TV! I remember out first color TV, it took up about half of the family room. The family cat would lay on top of it and become over headed…and you know the rest (blah down the back of it). Those were the days. I dont even own a TV any more…gasp I know but somehow I see plenty shows!

    • Author

      Hehe! So glad you liked that show too! Wasn’t it great?!! Thanks Cathe! 💕😃 I really miss these TVs… definitely more like furniture. Lol And these days you don’t even need one to catch some shows! Hehe

  9. Tori 2 years ago

    Your retro TV is so cool, love it! Not a big TV watcher but I do get hooked on box sets, I’m currently working my way through Orange is the New Black, it’s seriously addictive 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Tori!!💕😃 And ooooooh yes…you’re done for now…Orange is the New Black is seriously addictive! Lol Philippe and I were totally hooked!

  10. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Love your painting. Such great detail. Awesome shine and reflective quality to wooden cabinet, (looks a lot like my uncle’s old tv). So funny about “Murder, She Wrote”…I wanted to move to Cabot Cove, seemed like a nice place, wondered too how
    Mrs. Fletcher got invited anywhere and wished I could grow up to be just like Mr. Spock. Fun post, fond memories…what a distance technology has taken us just with television alone. 😎

    • Author

      Thanks Haunani! 💕😃 hehe… I actually thought Cabot Cove looked lovely and wanted to live somewhere like that one day…but with a lower per capita murder rate. Television has definitely taken us places we’ve never been! Even to the moon! 😉

  11. itsmyhusbandandme 2 years ago

    I hate to shatter any illusions but the harbor of Jessica’s home town, Cabot Cove, is actually the Jaws lake on the Universal Studios tram tour. I almost fainted when I saw it. That’s showbiz for you.
    Jean-Paul

    • Author

      Haha… I love those tours! You learn so much! That makes perfect sense actually. I always wondered why they didn’t try to add a killer shark to Murder, She Wrote! lol

  12. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    Charlie, you can always make me crack up! I have an equal fascination with british cozy murder shows. you would think the people would flee that part of the country, but they just stay and get blackmailed, run over, killed and maimed with abandon.

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