Like millions of Americans, come February I’m going to need a digital converter box to watch television when the analog signals go silent. Last spring I submitted a request for a coupon for the box, and on Memorial Day I went out to Best Buy and bought one, hooked it up, and entered the digital television world.
I watch very little televisioin. I’m not sure that with the digital converter box I’ll be watching much more. The first thing I noticed, after hooking up the box and getting it configured, was that the picture was rock solid and sharp. The second thing I noticed was that most stations now had three or four different channels. Channel 2, for instance, now had Channel 2-1, Channel 2-2, and Channel 2-3. The PBS stations had a Spanish language channel in addition to the “regular” channel. For most of these stations, the extra channel was simply a place for a doppler weather radar and headline news.
A few Sundays ago, I was flipping through the channels, and I discovered that one channel, WJLA out of DC, showed old television shows from the 1960’s and 1970’s on one of their “spare” channels. I was intrigued by what they were showing, a sitcom called Operation Petticoat. Wasn’t that a film that starred Cary Grant? I thought. But here was a sitcom starring John Astin. I gave it a shot, and I was amused.
It’s about a pink Navy submarine, on various missions, while carrying a bunch of Army nurses and getting into various scrapes. Other than Astin and Jamie Lee Curtis, I don’t know any of the other actors in the show. I don’t imagine it lasted long; Wikipedia mentions that it existed and little else. I certainly have no nostalgic memories of the show. The sub interiors look fine, if a bit clean. Anything back projected looks terrible as you might expect. For something made in the late 70’s, it’s adequate. John Astin’s always fun to watch.
They also show Airwolf on the weekends. I’ll have to remember that. Though with my luck, right now they’re in the middle of the Barry Van Dyke era. 😆
Old television shows never die. They just get shunted off to weird stations no one ever watches because they’re cheap to buy.