Network Awesome is here to remind us what television was like before it sucked
This week, Nickelodeon has been running some of its favorite shows of the '90s, finally tapping into what the Internet has been saying all along: People like old television programming. And, as Netflix continues to make its customers increasingly irate with price increases (information released last week in a coddling, irritating blog post), many have turned to YouTube, Hulu and other sources for good stuff to watch instead. But what if you don't know what you want to watch, exactly? Enter Network Awesome, a website that is exactly what it sounds like: A "channel" of rad, weird and nostalgic programming for everyone to enjoy.
Just a glance through the site's archives reveals episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Underdog and This Is Your Life, alongside documentaries about Frank Zappa, John Cage, John Waters and more. Cartoons from every decade, educational films and Jim Henson's eccentric, pre-Muppets commercials live inside Network Awesome, and it is completely free and viewable at any time. Basically, if Network Awesome was a place, we would hang out there like it was The Peach Pit.
We've picked just a few of our favorite selections from the dozens available on the site, and encourage you to check back often, as new stuff shows up everyday!
Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (1986-1992)
More comedy than wrestling, G.L.O.W. was all about hair-pulling, high-waisted spandex and of course, wild, crazy and out of control women. Sunday morning television was never the same again.
Liquid Television (1991-1994)
Before low-budget reality shit shows infected the channel, MTV was home to subversive, interesting programming. Surprisingly, Liquid Television was (at some point in its short life) aired during the day, introducing kids everywhere to Beavis and Butt-head, Aeon Flux and as shown below, Winter Steele, a strange puppet biker woman on the search for love.
What's My Line? (1950-1967)
The longest running game show in television history, What's My Line gave insight into the idea that famous people were just regular old people too. In this episode, try to ignore for a moment that Lucille Ball's facial expressions are funny, even when she's not speaking and watch as blindfolded contestants attempt to guess who she is, based on her cartoonish voice.
Salvador Dalí: A Soft Self-Portrait (date unknown)
In this first clip of five, the viewer gets a peek into the world of Salvador Dalí, including an excruciating, up-close introduction to his mustache. In his own "Dalían English," Dalí talks about his art, while the narrator talks about his greatness. In everything.
Talk Show: Thurston Moore (1988)
While interviews with Thurston Moore are hardly rare, this particular piece is a nice look into the Sonic Youth dude's apartment life in the late '80s. Here, Moore casually talks about his label, Ecstatic Peace, and his old pals Lydia Lunch and Michael Gira.