Science Fiction Tv Shows And Movies That have Not Aged well

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I've been watching more than a few of these 'dated' shows with my kids and for the most part they've loved them. People seem to think the fact that if the SFX shots, sets and props look a little clunky that should be enough to date a show and relegate it to obscurity but if you watch these shows through kids' eyes - and most of them were aimed at a kid or kid-like audience - then they hold up pretty well.

I mean just look at the continuing and enduring popularity of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin's stuff. Bagpuss plays as well these days as it did back in 1974. Clunky stop motion and paper cutout stuff. But with an endearing sincere honesty to them that makes them as true today as it was back then

What will date a show in my mind is more to do with the social attitudes and stereotypes played out in the scripts. Star Maidens is the best example that comes to mind here with hideously dated sexual politics as a female dominated society (aka SF BDSM Sissy Fantasy #1) comes in contact with REAL MEN from earth.

Other times they were just really sh*t to start with. Did anyone ever think Rocky Jones, Space Ranger was anything other than adequate from day one? - or Jason of Star Command?
 

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I've been watching more than a few of these 'dated' shows with my kids and for the most part they've loved them. People seem to think the fact that if the SFX shots, sets and props look a little clunky that should be enough to date a show and relegate it to obscurity but if you watch these shows through kids' eyes - and most of them were aimed at a kid or kid-like audience - then they hold up pretty well.

I mean just look at the continuing and enduring popularity of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin's stuff. Bagpuss plays as well these days as it did back in 1974. Clunky stop motion and paper cutout stuff. But with an endearing sincere honesty to them that makes them as true today as it was back then

What will date a show in my mind is more to do with the social attitudes and stereotypes played out in the scripts. Star Maidens is the best example that comes to mind here with hideously dated sexual politics as a female dominated society (aka SF BDSM Sissy Fantasy #1) comes in contact with REAL MEN from earth.

Other times they were just really sh*t to start with. Did anyone ever think Rocky Jones, Space Ranger was anything other than adequate from day one? - or Jason of Star Command?

I have Rocky Jones on dvd , Very dated . and dire and worse has an annoying kid in the cast. . Jason Of Star Command is very cheesy, silly dated stuff and I also have that one dvd but between the tow Jason is by far the more entertaining.:)
 

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I have Rocky Jones on dvd , Very dated . and dire and worse has an annoying kid in the cast. . Jason Of Star Command is very cheesy, silly dated stuff and I also have that one dvd but between the tow Jason is by far the more entertaining.:)

I would agree, if only because Susan O'Hanlon is a total babe.

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and it's always fun watching Sid Haig and Julie Newmar chewing the scenery
 

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I would agree, if only because Susan O'Hanlon is a total babe.

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and it's always fun watching Sid Haig and Julie Newmar chewing the scenery

Susan O Hanlon ? Oh my god she was beautiful ! :cool:


I liked Sid Haig and Julie Newmar , hell of actress ! classy and beautiful !:cool: They were both in a 2 part Buck Rogers alms with Sam Jaffe .:)
 

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Yes, I also completely avoided that too.

As well as Gentle Ben, Grizzly Adams, Lassie...

I think the whole human-animal drama thing really didn't click for me. :D

Harebrain - you definitely deserve a like for that, not for reminding me of the tune, but for your exceptional memory skills.

Those some biggest mind and soul destroying tv shows of all time. :eek:
 

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Cheeky bugger. Getting another like out of me for a nine year old post.

Still, I'd rather be generous with likes, so take a coveted 'love' one.

VB have you ever seen the 1930 science fiction movie Just Imagine?
 

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Interesting, Sci-Fi was still figuring itself out as a genre at the time. Will have a look!

Its science fiction musical set in the year 1980 , in whisk a man from 1930 is brought back and shown the wider of this then future world. VB I tuned it it on and for 30 minutes I sat there paralyzed by what I was watching. It was horrible ! I couldn't move move my finger to change the channel on the remote. The only thing saved me was a commercial interruption ! :eek:

VB if your going to watch this make sure your not alone and the person with you is wearing blind fold so they can save life and sanity by changing the channel or turning it off ! .:eek:
 

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Its science fiction musical set in the year 1980 , in whisk a man from 1930 is brought back and shown the wider of this then future world. VB I tuned it it on and for 30 minutes I sat there paralyzed by what I was watching. It was horrible ! I couldn't move move my finger to change the channel on the remote. The only thing saved me was a commercial interruption ! :eek:

VB if your going to watch this make sure your not alone and the person with you is wearing blind fold so they can save life and sanity by changing the channel or turning it off ! .:eek:

Oh - I do like a challenge. (And I must admit Just Imagine had been on my 'I must see this one day' list when I first read about some 50 odd years ago. Back then - before VHS even - I never thought I would but now...



Great Zot! It's nearly two hours long!
 
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Oh - I do like a challenge. (And I must admit Just Imagine had been on my 'I must see this one day' list when I first read about some 50 odd years ago. Back then - before VHS even - I never thought I would but now...



Great Zot! It's nearly two hours long!

It appears to have been shunned even by Mystery Science 3000.;)
 

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