As part of tonight’s TV Land Awards gala (9 p.m., TV Land, with host Megan Mullally), the rerun network has anointed another “Future Classic”: Grey’s Anatomy (pictured are cast members Kate Walsh, T.R. Knight, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, Patrick Dempsey, and James Pickens Jr.). What does it mean to be a Future Classic? Basically, that TV Land anticipates one day clearing space for Grey’s between airings of My Mother the Car and Barney Miller. (Past Future Classics include Malcolm in the Middle and Desperate Housewives.)
Grey’s has its charms, I suppose (I’m not a regular viewer), but a “classic”? When you’re in the business of fetishizing a disposable medium, I realize standards become somewhat fluid. Still… classic? What are the criteria? Coca-Cola became “classic” simply by not sucking as much as New Coke. Does Grey’s get the brass ring just because it’s competently written and pulls down bigger numbers than L.A. Doctors ever did?
You could make a case for The West Wing. You could’ve made a better case for Sports Night, when it was on. Noble ratings failures have won the TV Land award before, Arrested Development being the most recent example. But before you start enshrining a flavor-of-the-month in Cathode Valhalla, alongside the likes of All in the Family and The Simpsons, you’d better be damned sure what you’re doing.
C’mon, Grey’s fans — prove me wrong. Everybody else, chime in with your “classic” nominees. (Any posts titled According to Jim will be automatically deleted.)
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