Pakistan's First TV Generation
The Twilight Zone used to give me nightmares.
Great Family Comedy shows like Perfect Strangers, Full House were among the very best of the times.
Six Million Dollar Man, The Master, The Saint, La Law, Heart of the city, Colombo, Streets of San Francisco, Bergerac, The Sledgehammer, Only fools and horses, Faulty Towers, Miami Vice, PSI factor, The Girl from Tomorrow, Round the Twist, Mirror Mirror, Mission impossible, Battlestar Galactica.
All these great Tv Shows were accompanied by the best Documentaries of the time from the National Geographic, we were glued to our seats to watch those, at least at my house. My love for space and science started with Carl Sagan's Cosmos. I loved it then and I love it now. It came late at night and I used to beg my brothers to let me watch it and if they didn't I used to sit at the edge of the door listening.
In the mid 90s came Pakistan's second channel and with it came Flash, Misfits of science, Automan, Street Hawk, Manimal, Quantum Leap, The wizard, Mr Belvedere, Alf, The Highwaymen, The A team, V the Final Battle, Out of this world, Family Ties, Fresh prince of bel air, Amazing Stories, Small wonder, Rent a ghost, Magnum PI, Bless this house.
The love of computers & technology took centre stage in my life, I would draw touch screen consoles on my school desk and embark on voyages in my head, the captain of my own Starship Enterprise.
During this time I fell in love with Star Trek - The Original Series and The Wonder Years which used come on Star Plus Daily. What a channel Star Plus was, free of all Indian mediocre programming, just quality english entertainment.
The X-Files was the peak where FTA Satellite TV took us then came the news that Star TV was going pay tv and one by one all of the tv channels got encrypted.
By that time I had acquired a taste for movies and I made a deal with my local movie rental that I'll take two movies each day at discount price... This went on for about 3 years in that time watched a lot of movies and I mean a lot. Finally cable tv arrived in my city but it had no english channels at the beginning. I don't like to watch a movie or a tv show on cable anyway too many interruptions...
There are many other shows and cartoons programs which I forget to mention here I would love to hear similar stories from anyone who shared these times growing up in Pakistan as the first tv generation.
I miss those days and miss that clean and fun entertainment. Were we being brain washed? I don't think so. Good morals and good stories teach only ethics and non violence. I loath the programming Pakistan is forced to watch now all in the name of Public Demand. If this is public demand then the Pakistani Nation has regressed instead of growing in the past 25 years.
I have not mentioned the Urdu Programming on purpose. Everybody knows about the great shows like Tanhayan or Alif Noon.