The Baby boom was a post WWII rise in the population from 1946 to 1964. It may not be known as one of the best generations, but it will be remembered as the largest populated generation. It was easy to market to this generation as they all hit pivotal points around the same time. They needed reading glasses at the same time which created “Lens Crafters”. Viagra hit the scene when the earlier Boomers started hitting their 50s.
We saw movies in the 80s that were more Juvenile in nature because many of the Boomers started having children in the late 70s to late 80s. So movies like Ferris Beuller’s day off and Weird Science were successful hits at the box office.
Technology was also changing the face of entertainment in 1985 when the VCR became affordable to the common household. In the 70s we had the Atari 2600. Later we had the original Nintendo and one new household requirement; Cable TV. So movies became more Ubiquitous as Television became more desperate. The family shows of the 70s and early 80s like “Eight is enough” started to fade. Oprah and Phil Donahue gave way to a new generation of “Reality” TV in the 90s. We saw the Ricci Lakes, and eventually, Jerry Springer. This opened the door to a new form of television “fluff”. I think it might have gotten its’ official start with MTV’s “The real world”.
How we got to Swamp People and Duck Dynasty is something I can’t explain. It’s been a long hard road for Television. We’ve gone from Gun Smoke to Doomsday Preppers. The only non-reality TV series I get excited over is 24. America needs a Jack Bauer since we have no leader. From what I hear, the truly great Television entertainment is on “Net Flix”. This is a new pay per view TV Series format. And possibly the way of the future.