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Classic TV Shows New Age Fans Now See As ‘Flops’

Classic TV Shows of the 80s and 90s may have been a hit back then. But new age fans hate them. Here are a few classic TV shows that did not withstand the test of time.

Doctor Who

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Doctor Who (Pre-Modern Era)

Before the fans of the show start strangling us, we are not talking about the new Doctor Who shows. We are talking about the vintage, 20th Century, pre-modern version. The Doctor Who of that era was a mess of a show. It is really hard for millennials and Gen Z viewers to go through a 3 or 4 hour show on a single sitting. And the effects were not that great either. Given the special effects are not a good point since the show was made very earlier, the plot holes are another element that cannot be ignored. Doctor Who, the pre-modern version of the show at least, is full of gigantic plot holes. Vintage Doctor Who shows are just not our cup of tea anymore. If you still don’t believe us, just sit back and watch “Time and the Rani“. Not even a Time Lord could get out alive from that ordeal.

The A-Team

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The A-Team

TV shows today can never catch up to the violence and bloodshed of classic TV shows of that age like The A-Team did. Every episode saw the show making its characters fire hundreds of magazines of ammunition. There were scenes where the main characters jump from planes and helicopters and not even get a scratch. Realism was certainly not the strongest suits of classic TV shows. The A-Team exemplified that logic. Now when new age fans look at the show, all they see is violence of epic proportions that is not possible in real life. Production budgets of shows have increased so they don’t need to go The A-Team route anymore, thankfully.

Xena: Warrior Princess

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Xena: Warrior Princess

Classic TV Shows like Xena: Warrior Princess were the first ones to the scene that broke stereotypes. It’s lesbian undertones and the show’s ability to break female stereotypes and barriers was noteworthy and well ahead of its time. But there are some flaws in the New Zealand cult classic that are no longer ignored by fans. The clumsy direction that switched tones from one episode to another was a very glaring issue. And then there’s the problem of sub-par production value. Sets were reused so frequently without any changes that even the ardent fans started hating it. Xena did a terrible job with its genre mix of dark and gritty violence that break into musical numbers that feel misplaced.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

The villain of the week format left little wiggle room for the show to introduce major antagonists. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers may be one of the most iconic classic TV shows to ever exist. But they did have a villain problem, just like many superhero shows of the present age do.The show stole fight sequences directly from the original Japanese show Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger. That gave Hollywood a clever way to spend very little on set pieces while creating a show based on a tried and tested formula. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, with age, has become truly unwatchable. It’s painfully obvious why new age fans hate to watch it now.

Knight Rider

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Knight Rider

David Hasselhoff was part of a lot of cringeworthy productions back in his prime. Baywatch, may be the pervert’s paradise but as a show, it had very little to offer to the audience other than what was obvious. But not even Baywatch compares to the mediocrity of Knight Rider. Michael Knight and KITT make for a very awkward crime fighting duo. Back in the 80s, the ‘cutting edge’ special effects may have worked. But now Knight Rider is one of those shows we would definitely ask Aladdin’s genie to erase out of existence.


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Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.