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Why the Golden Era of ‘50s and ‘60s TV is Still Relevant Today

Let’s face it – a lot has changed since the 1950s and ‘60s. When it comes to nearly every aspect of our daily lives, the characters of the TV series of the ‘60s might not even recognise our world. Just think about it - our technology, social politics, transportation, leisure activities and fashion have all changed in dramatic ways since our grandparents watched the telly. You might be tempted to think that the programs they watched are irrelevant to us and our lives today. Sure, they may be quaint, but they can’t teach us anything, right?

Well, if you’ve thought this in the past, it’s time to reconsider those outdated notions. Yes, the TV series of yesteryear might look a little different, feature some funky fashions, and might even be in black and white, but they are still some of the best TV series to watch.

From Homer to Shakespeare – the Human Condition is Universal and Timeless

Just think about it this way – we are still compelled by the works of Homer (no, not Simpson - although that is a TV series box set that can be fun to get stuck into – the Ancient Greek poet) and William Shakespeare. The tales that these writers weave take place hundreds (if not thousands) of years ago, but they still ring true and manage to tell us something about what it is to be a living, breathing and struggling human.

From Dickens’ treatises on class and poverty to John Donne’s paeans of religious ecstasy, scholars and laypeople alike still read the classics to learn lessons about their own lives. In the same way, we can learn a lot and be very entertained by the TV of the Golden Age of early television. Read ahead, and soon you too will be wondering where you can buy where to buy old movies.