I’m sure I’m not the only one who growing up as a kid truly believed that TV Land was an actual place — with all these little characters running around in it. I believed the same about radio, come to think of it.

By the time my kids were growing up in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s, major network American television was mostly crap, and besides PBS and Canadian television, we mostly watched Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite.

Essentially, my kids grew up on a lot of the shows I grew up on, to the point where as far as they were concerned, classic TV WAS current contemporary television. My son considered Maxwell Smart quite up-to-date and even dressed as him one Halloween.

My point being that while I do enjoy a good escape into TVLand, nowadays I choose DVDs from the library — a lot of old classics from American TV like Perry Mason, Kojak, Rockford Files, Green Acres, Hogan’s Heroes to a few later gems like Miami Vice and Northern Exposure. Otherwise, the houseboy and I are watching mostly television from around the world — much of it distributed here through Acorn TV and other means.  All are discs we get from the library because again — LOVE your LOCAL Library — it holds vast wealth that is free for all of us, and I will ALWAYS urge folks to USE it or LOSE it.