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Would YOU Like To Be Queen For A Day!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Does anyone remember that TV show? Women would talk about the financial and emotional trials in their lives, the disabled children, the debt, the missing husbands, sick parents, and the audience would applaud. The woman who got the loudest applause on the "applause-o-meter" (yes, that was a real thing) would win a.......washing machine!, or some other household appliance. And for a few moments she wore an ermine cap and a crown. How that eased the pain of a disabled child, I don't know.

I was watching Home Free, a TV show by Mike Holmes and Tim Tebow, featuring contestants that are trying to win a home for their hero. At the end of every episode, Tim Tebow says, in the same voice that Jack Bailey used on Queen For A Day, "You've won this brand new house!!!"

Same format, but oh how our expectations have risen!

There was a show not all that long ago on TLC called Trading Spaces, where two couples would exchange houses and have two days and $2,000 to redecorate a room. It was a big deal at the time, but nowadays TV redecorating requires moving walls and redoing plumbing and electric, and $2000 is a laughably low amount. No one would watch a show with such a small budget.

Has television followed public expectation, or is it setting it?

It's always an interesting mental exercise to re-evaluate your expectations.
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    Oh oh oh! I remember Queen for a Day. almost nobody I know does but I do. I loved that show. I was probably 10. My mother, who disdained daytime television, never ever watched it so I had to sneak into the den to see it - with the sound down so low it was almost off. And that applause-o-meter ... oh my. I vividly remember a show where the lady who won was a social worker who's clients were teens. She was loosing her hair and felt like the teens didn't listen to her because of that, so she was asking for a wig. As I remember she also got the washing machine, but she did get 3 wigs. sort of like ... 3 hats.

    Thanks for prompting my memory

    As for inflated expectations - well - they are everywhere, aren't they?

    1436 days ago
    I think inflation, technology and social change overall influence the way shows are tailored. It's kind of a feedback system - the show gets with the times and pushes the envelope just a bit and then society absorbs that and raises their expectation
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    I remember Queen for a Day! Your analysis and description is very accurate. I did catch the ending of the Tim Tebow show....okay I am a Tim Tebow fan....and it looked interesting.

    I do think tv execs try to outdo each other and yes the ante's are higher ....will there be an end? Who knows. I really enjoyed this blog because it makes me think.

    Nell, please write more blogs.

    1538 days ago
    I don't remember seeing Queen for the Day, but I do remember my mother talking about it. She just couldn't understand why anyone would talk about their personal lives on television. She was especially harsh about women who spilled their private matters and ended up losers anyway. I was raised to keep secrets and hide our troubles.
    1540 days ago
    I remember Queen for a Day, but we didn't watch it in our household. We watched comedies and talent shows. I still don't watch much TV, but it is very important to DH. Interesting question. Tastes have changed for sure on what people watch, and what the TV execs think it takes to draw them in. I often do not agree with it.
    1540 days ago
  • KITT52
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    Love this blog, very thought provoking, I'll have to 'mull' it over for my thoughts, thanks.
    1540 days ago
    never watched "Queen For A Day ' but barely watch TV now & its both setting expectations & raising them
    1541 days ago
    I do remember watching Queen for a Day at a girl friend's house: we didn't even have a TV!! And it was so exciting, so riveting -- encouraging people to sob piteously and present themselves as victims. Oh my oh my.

    Still don't watch TV (except for a bit of Netflix instead of going to the movies): but I read about the prizes and recognition from the house reno show, the bachelor shows, the biggest losers shows and yup: the ante's been upped for sure!!
    1541 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I remember the Queen For A Day...WELL....I often cried like a baby over it. I love you last statement up there...."Has television followed public expectation, or is it setting it?" I think both but especially the LATTER! Good thought!
    1541 days ago
  • BETRHO48
    emoticon Hmmm. I don't really know the answer to your question, but I would suspect that television is doing both: following and setting expectations. (And I do remember the "Queen for a Day" show!)
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