A little more on decline

We just mentioned decline and when it might have begun. First, we’ll have a little old-style fun and refer you to Hide the Decline. But our next thought, based on what’s playing in the TV background, is this: how would the guys or gals or guy/gals pitch comedies Gomer Pyle USMC and Hogan’s Heroes to the networks in today’s world? So many opportunities for outrage and PC suffering re the 2 series and their casts. Alas, not much comedy would be in such shows today, if it was ever there before.

One Response to “A little more on decline”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    re Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Whoever said a politician had to be smart, particularly when a friendly media is providing protection?

    Re Gomer Pyle & Hogan: Unless there are parts of it I have forgotten, it might sell today. The stereotype ignorant-southern-hick is alive and well in Gomer. The most significant change might be to give Gomer a boyfriend love interest. One could argue it would lend verisimilitude given Jim Nabors proclivities.

    As for Hogan . . . yeah . . . might have to eliminate all of Hogan’s scenes hitting on Klink’s secretary, Hilda, (even though she likes it) but perhaps they could have celebrated Bob Crane’s perverse sexual life in the Hogan character instead? OTOH, they were one of the earliest shows to include a regular black cast member and I don’t recall anyone every being shot and/or killed on camera, so there is that as well.

    As a side note, I loved Hogan’s Heroes as a kid, and my brother and his wife seem to have the DVDs perpetually running in their home.

    That said, there are a lot of shows from back then that wouldn’t be made today.

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