A Special Television Event

In today’s era of video-on-demand, hundred-channel satellite packages, and instant-streaming services it’s easy to forget a time when a movie airing on network television was a big deal. Even when owning a VCR meant you could ostensibly watch whatever you wanted I still remember waiting with much anticipation for Friday-night broadcasts of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK or POLTERGEIST. True, we’d seen these movies before. Yes, they were edited for content and were interrupted by commercials. But it was easy to swallow the hype, especially when the movies were presented like this:

I think what I miss most is that it was a time when the networks treated movies with a sense of grandeur and importance. Hell, it was a time when the networks actually showed movies.

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