Mr. Burrow is very much a part of the TV generation. He grew up in the '60s and '70s watching shows like Emergency! and Adam 12, and he still enjoys these programs as an adult. He also enjoys watching cable re-runs of old comedies from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.
He watches very few network shows among today's offerings, choosing instead to watch cable channels like the Food Network and HGTV. He does enjoy satiric animated comedies like The Simpsons, but otherwise he prefers documentaries, and shows like Forensic Files. He lamented the switch of networks like Discovery and the History Channel to "reality" programming rather than educational content.
Mr. Burrow fails to see the attraction many people have to digital pictures, full-surround sound, and big screens. Perhaps this is because he remembers growing up watching snowy black and white pictures with barely audible sound, and thinking that was a miracle. His childhood home of Mt. Pleasant was one of the first areas in the country to get cable TV, and he remembers being impressed and amazed at the prospect of receiving twelve channels, most of which came through fairly clearly.
Mr. Burrow sees the VCR as a far more important invention than advanced TVs. Because of his father's job as a media director, the Burrow home had a video recorder (on reel-to-reel tape) even in the early '70s, a full decade before most other homes had one. Mr. Burrow grew up taping programs, both for time-shift viewing and for archiving, and he continues to do so today. He was annoyed when the local cable company switched to a "modern" digital system, because it was no longer compatible with a VCR.
With the advent of DVDs, Mr. Burrow especially likes listening to audio commentary tracks and other special features. He has a sizeable collection of DVDs, including both feature movies and classic television collections.
David Burrow watching TV on Christmas morning, 1979
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