Would You Give Up Your Television Set? #Writing Prompt

When I was a kid, I enjoyed watching television, even though I couldn’t see much of what went on unless I sat close to the set. In my teenaged years during the 1970’s, my favorite shows were The Bionic Woman, Little House on the Prairie, The Walton’s, and Dallas. I also enjoyed such situation comedies as Alice, The Jeffersons’, and MASH.

When I graduated from high school, my parents gave me my very own television set. It sat on a table next to the armchair in my bedroom, so I could see it more easily. Although it was a black and white set, it opened a new world for me. I could see what my favorite characters looked like and could take pleasure in watching Lawrence Welk’s dancers perform.

Six months later, Santa brought me a color television set. By that time, I’d become a fan of Star Trek reruns. For the first time, I discovered that Captain Kirk wore a gold shirt. Mr. Spock wore a blue shirt, and everyone else wore red shirts.

When I went away to college, I took my TV set with me and watched in my dorm room when I wasn’t studying or participating in extracurricular activities. But over the years, I developed more of an interest in books than television. When I married my late husband in 2005, I was forced to give up TV altogether. Although we had a set, Bill didn’t watch and didn’t want cable. This was fine with me because by that time, there wasn’t much on television I liked. We watched movies on videotapes, but that was it.

After Bill became incapacitated as a result of his strokes, and we moved to another house that could more easily be made accessible to his wheelchair, we got cable television because it was one way he could tune into his beloved Colorado Rockies games and other sports events that weren’t always available on the radio. I occasionally watched news and other programs, but that was the extent of our television-watching.

After Bill passed, I discontinued the cable service and relegated our television set to the garage. I suppose I could subscribe to NetFlix or some other streaming service I could use on my computer or tablet, but I don’t see the need. I have books, podcasts, and social activities to keep me entertained. There’s nothing on television I need to watch.

How about you? Did you have any favorite television programs when you were growing up? Would you get rid of your television set now? Thanks to blogger Cindi for inspiring this post, and thank you for reading and responding.


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7 thoughts on “Would You Give Up Your Television Set? #Writing Prompt”

  1. I’m glad you were able to use my post as a prompt. As I’ve said before, those are sometimes my favorite prompts. I’m a bit older than you, Abbie, although I enjoyed some of the same shows you did. I started watching Star Trek on the very first day it aired, Sept 8, 1966. I remember that date and that it was a Thursday because I was taking a Japanese language class on Thursday nights and got home right at 8pm just in time for Star Trek to come on. I also had some favorites from the 50’s such as Stoney Burke starring Jack Lord who later when on to star in Hawaii 5-0, another favorite of mine. A family favorite in the late 50’s and early 60’s was Sea Hunt. My dad was a professional scuba diver and actually did some of the filming for the Sea Hunt show. I have this series now on DVD and I have to laugh at how overly dramatic it all was. Another childhood favorite was Sky King and I eventually bought this on DVD too. It was really strange to me because the female lead character, Penny, always wore the same outfit in every single episode.

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  2. Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    You and I watch the same TV programs growing up LOL.
    I do not have a television either.
    But reading about these television programs makes me want to go download them on my Netflix or Amazon prime LOL. Might be a welcome distraction. Thanks for a wonderful post. Everybody click over and read the entire thing. Have a wonderful day.

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  3. We watch very little new programming these days. The shows we watch are on the vintage channels (MeTV, Decades, Cozi TV and a local station that plays ancient TV shows). We gave up cable five and a half years ago and get our TV by antenna, just like in the good old days. We still have a TV with a picture tube, quite possibly the last in existence; when that goes, we’ll see whether we want to buy a new set or just use our electronic devices and stream things.

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    1. Hi John, I wouldn’t blame you if you decide to just use your electronic devices to watch TV once your old set dies. If I ever decide to go back to TV watching, that’s what I’ll do. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


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