Major Influences #1: Old School TV

Old School TV Influences, TMNT, Voltron, Transformers, Power Rangers, The Simpsons, Married with ChildrenThis will be the first in a series of posts about fiction which influenced me as a writer and a person. Though I’m trying to find success as a novelist, it’s probably television that impacted me the most. My TV was my live-in nanny.

The shows in the image above are some of the more prominent television series I watched as a kid. Four of them include a whole lot of no-blood violence (Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesVoltron: Defenders of the UniverseTransformers, and Power Rangers). These shows had moral lessons here and there, probably at least one per episode, but they’re mostly about beating up bad guys. Watching these shows, I started my life long love of self-righteous violence.

Then, we have two infamous Fox shows, The Simpsons and Married… with Children.

Yes, I watched Married… with Children as a kid (it’s not all that crazy, considering the role Family Guy has in today’s society; then again, it probably paved the way for Seth MacFarlane). The main reason I started watching Al Bundy’s Continue reading