Have you ever imagined your life without televison? There would be no favorite sitcoms, no Major League Baseball game, no movies, no news, no American Idol… In general, sitting on the couch, enjoying a packet of chips and lazily surfing through channels would no longer be an option for you in your free time. How would that feel to have no particular channel or TV show to get hooked to on a boring Saturday night?
In the year 1948, one million homes in USA owned a television; the popularity of television increased with the introduction of cable TV in the 1950s, the invention of color television and once popular comedy TV shows of the yesteryear in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s like “I love Lucy”, “I Dream of Jeannie”, “It could be You”, “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, “Bewitched” etc began to be aired on television. Thus began an era of indomitable popularity of the television, the demand for more variety of TV shows, news, channels etc. Television started riding high on the crest of success and the popularity keeps on soaring even after so many years.
1991 saw the Gulf War was first covered live on CNN. The early 90’s also saw the emergence of popular shows like Seinfeld, The Simpsons and our all-time favorite F.R.I.E.N.D.S. More and more people started enjoying sitcoms like F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Full House, Small Wonder etc. In fact the popularity of sitcoms knows no bounds these days and with great TV shows like How I Met Your Mother, Castle, The Big Bang Theory, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, House, True Blood, Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, Two and a Half Men, Bones, Prison Break, 30 Rock etc enjoying viewership that runs into millions all over the world. People enjoy live games like baseball, football etc on televisions; teenagers watch Hannah Montana, Gossip Girl, High School Musical to their hearts’ content. The Neal Caffreys, Barney Stinsons, Troy Boltons weave a magical web and people find themselves getting more and more mesmerized by it and enjoying it.
Sometimes people lose touch with reality and live in a dream world created by their favorite protagonists on televisions. This is when television is considered to have adverse effects on the society at large. Otherwise, there is no soul which can deny the importance of televisions and their skyrocketing popularity in America.