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Nick at Nite is Giving Me a Complex

As a kid, I used to love watching Nick at Nite programming. I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, The Munsters, My Three Sons, Bewitched…all those old school shows that were completely outdated and seemed like they were probably from the Paleolithic Era. Or, you know, that long ago time when our parents were kids.

The shows were old, there’s no two ways about it. They were usually in black and white, all the characters smoked, the parents slept in separate twin beds and the kids said things like “golly” and “gee whiz.” It was nothing at all that I could relate to, but I loved them nonetheless.

But now? Nick at Nite programming features shows that I watched, not just as a kid, but as a college student (and beyond!). It’s current line up includes such “classics” as The Nanny, Home Improvement and Friends. FRIENDS. Which, in my mind, went off air only last year, but in reality ended eight years ago. I still haven’t quite recovered from it.

I’m suddenly feeling very…old and outdated. Are my kids going to watch Friends at some point and look at it the way that I looked at The Beverly Hillbillies or Green Acres? Are they going to think it’s adorable and quaint and completely ridiculous? Or are they going to recognize it for the comedic genius that it is (was)?

I suppose time will tell. Hopefully I won’t have to disown them for uttering a disparaging remark against the shows of my youth. Some things have to remain sacred.

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