I’d never seen an episode of either Gunsmoke or Mad Men before today. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed both of them, and hopefully will get an opportunity to watch more of both.
Gunsmoke got me to thinking about the western as a genre, and how intriguing it is to go back to a time when villains could change their face and changed their names from one city to another. As a writer, remembering the article we read on westerns basically saying we’ve exploited the genre as much as we possibly can makes me sad, because it seems like it’s just so rife with opportunity. Yet, at the same time, I’m sure that any idea I came up with could probably be traced back to something that’s been done before, even if I had an ‘original’ idea.
Seeing Mad Men right behind it sparked a thought that both of these shows are probably going to be well known in the pantheon of television for their times. I sincerely doubt that people are going to stop remembering Gunsmoke anytime soon, even if references to the show aren’t necessarily in our current pop culture consicousness. And in fifty years, I fully expect classes analyzing television to be watching Mad Men with the same sort of reverence and historical respect.