Try and sit through shows broadcast in 1972, such as The Mod Squad, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In or The Brady Bunch ... without squirming. Take a sampling of movies from 1972: The Godfather, Cabaret, Deliverance. They’re still brilliant. Only Deliverance will make you squirm, and that’s for dramatically appropriate reasons.
Television is more subject to the whims of pop culture and is more easily stale-dated as a result.
On the revolting subject of kiddie beauty pageants, I can watch Little Miss Sunshine, which has some interesting and funny things to say about the phenomenon, but I couldn’t watch a minute of Toddlers and Tiaras without getting terminally creeped out.
Both critics agree: there’s no defending shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, above, or its hillbilly spinoff
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, left.