Over at the Brothers Judd was a discussion about the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond. In the comments was the claim that Happy Days and The Cosby Show did poorly in syndication. I’m not surprised by the latter. I, for reasons I can no longer recall, liked The Cosby Show during its initial run. However, these days I literally can’t bear to watch it. I change the channel or just turn it off. Perhaps it was Little Bill that turned me - I couldn’t handle that show from day one. I had thought that Barney was the ultimate in cloying, sacharine shmaltz, but I was wrong.
But why can’t I stand The Cosby Show anymore? The theory in the comments is that the first season or two was very good and that colored the perception of the rest of the run, which stunk. After a while, the glow from the early episodes fades and one is left with the obviousness of the dreck. Or, alternatively, that one is but a leaf on the currents of the zeitgeist. I prefer to think of myself as young and naive in those days, because that implies that I was young not so long ago.