Author Topic: Why Were Episodes From 1969-1976 Revived?  (Read 3028 times)

MIKEBENNIDICT

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Why Were Episodes From 1969-1976 Revived?
« on: May 03, 2017, 04:00:01 PM »
I know it had to do with Mr. Rogers taking a few years off from the show but The CTW ceased production on The Electric Company in 1977, continued to air on PBS till 1985 and only the last 2 seasons of it were shown.


If there's anything on the message boards that explain that let me know.


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Re: Why Were Episodes From 1969-1976 Revived?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 10:23:45 AM »
I think they wanted to air as many episodes as possible.  When they started new episodes in 1979, they started phasing out the old episodes, but since there were only a few new episodes each year, it took many years (until 1995) to completely phase out the old episodes while having enough to fill even a full year.

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Re: Why Were Episodes From 1969-1976 Revived?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2017, 03:17:41 PM »
I thought they didn't start phasing out the pre-79's till the 90's.


I know the 1969 episodes last aired in 83?

But I could of sworn I've read  here that in the last few episodes of those that Rogers showed clips of the older episodes telling the audience that we'd soon be seeing these.

Meaning a good portion of the older episodes at that point hadn't been aired in sometime.

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Re: Why Were Episodes From 1969-1976 Revived?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2017, 08:15:56 AM »
Only 6 weeks of the 1969 season aired in 1983-84 (1001-1030 and 1061-1065), the rest stopped airing sometime before then.  Much of the 1973 and 1974 seasons (1291-1350) last aired in 1987 and 1988.  There were 4 weeks of the 1975 season (1396-1400, 1411-1420, 1441-1445) that last aired in 1988 and 1989.  The one 1976 week (1456-1460) last aired in 1989.  Then after that, they really started quickly phasing out the pre-79s.

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Re: Why Were Episodes From 1969-1976 Revived?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2017, 01:34:34 PM »
In 1975, Fred decided that they had covered most of the topics of child development, and therefore, had a "complete library" of MRN episodes they could keep repeating from start to finish (the 1969 to 1975 programs), and as audiences cycled in and out of the target of 2 to 6 year olds, each audience would be seeing MRN as a fresh program.

However, as the years went on, Fred felt the need to develop new programs for topics that were either not covered during the original run, or topics that he felt needed to be updated.  If you think about it, in the late 60's and 1970's, topics like divorce, day care/night care, the "Superheroes stuff," weren't as much of a worry as they ended up becoming in the 1980's.  If you look at a week like "Conflict," that week of episodes was created because young children were learning more and more of the cold war due to it being so prevalent on the news as the networks increased their coverage and as they increased the airing of much more graphic footage.

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Re: Why Were Episodes From 1969-1976 Revived?
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 05:54:14 PM »
In 1975, Fred decided that they had covered most of the topics of child development, and therefore, had a "complete library" of MRN episodes they could keep repeating from start to finish (the 1969 to 1975 programs), and as audiences cycled in and out of the target of 2 to 6 year olds, each audience would be seeing MRN as a fresh program.

However, as the years went on, Fred felt the need to develop new programs for topics that were either not covered during the original run, or topics that he felt needed to be updated.  If you think about it, in the late 60's and 1970's, topics like divorce, day care/night care, the "Superheroes stuff," weren't as much of a worry as they ended up becoming in the 1980's. 

How was superheros not as much of a worry before the 80's?