i rarely turn on stuff. i'd love to think that it's because i have awesome taste. (hello, "all in the family" and "mash" as my growing-up favorites? "barney miller"? "bob newhart"? "chips"? okay, maybe "chips" isn't in the same league as the others. but that larry wilcox was cyooot.) so yeah. i watched a lot of kickass tv in my childhood. and as a grown-up. yes, i've watched plenty of stuff that you might think is ridiculous (i know: "guiding light" and "as the world turns" are not what everybody loves), but i don't hate it. i stand by my taste. or i'm nostalgic when i see stuff even if i know it's not maybe something that i'd have gotten hooked on for the first time now.
i can think of a pundit i used to love and now think it was just his accent: bill kristol (i cannot explain myself. i adore a midwest accent. don't even get me started on bob woodward. i think it's why i fell in love with my michigander husband). oh, and john stossel. i loved both of them in the 1990s. now, not so much.
anyway, tv: the love boat is one that i would.not.miss for anything when i was growing up but now couldn't sit through more than a couple of minutes before thinking, "yeah. nostalgia over. this is bad." but boy did i love that opening-credit sequence and seeing who this week's guests would be. and whether it was a good episode (with lauren tewes) or not. (and i have just now discovered that lauren tewes was born a few miles from where i am writing this!)
movies i can't think of any that don't still make me happy and take me back to wherever i was when i first saw them. however, i imagine that i wouldn't go out of my way to see kiss of the spider woman now; when i first discovered it back when i was 19 or so, i thought it was the most amazing movie ever. probably because my boyfriend at the time thought it was the most amazing thing ever and i wanted to agree with him. don't get me wrong--it's a great movie--but i'd avoid it now. (see earlier posts re avoiding violence. it's violent.)
music is the same way: i don't necessarily feel the need to blast barry manilow's "a very strange medley,"
which i totally did as a kid, but hearing it doesn't make me feel anything like hate. it makes me laugh and takes me straight back to singing into my hairbrush in the living room (because i had no stereo in my room, which i think is a criminal thing to do to a kid simply because of the shame of having one's brother walk in while singing "nobody does it better" in the living room).