Could Timmy and Lassie be produced today?
I sat and pondered upon this. In today's world....Timmy would have drug issues by age 14.....be connected to some nutcase girlfriend with green hair....detained by the cops at least once for setting bales of hay on fire, and Lassie would have a reputation for attacking poodles down the street.
The sad thing is that we can't make TV shows like that anymore. Timmy has to be a problem-kid....mom has to be a semi-alcoholic.....dad has to be down-and-out, and Lassie cannot be a friendly dog.
Lots of past shows fall into that category. Go and imagine how Bonanza would work today. Or how about Three's Company? Or even even My Three Sons?
It says a lot about society, and how far we've fallen.