Why don’t uplifting and spiritual-based TV shows last very long on the air these days? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself ever since another one of them got cancelled recently that I was loyally following and is now on the dead pile of many others I watched in years prior.
The show was “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World” on ABC and I was extremely disappointed when I learned it got cancelled because it was one of those that truly could make a person feel better by the end of each and every episode. Several times in fact, I found myself feeling tears of joy drop from my eyes while watching it and that’s a rare thing indeed in my life as of late.
Nevertheless, shows like this usually don’t make it past their first season and if somehow they do, they rarely make it beyond subsequent ones. I’ve seen this happen time and time again with many other inspiring shows in years past like “Eli Stone”, “Joan of Arcadia”, “Tru Calling”, “Early Edition”, and “Wonderfalls”. Each attempted to draw in audiences through spiritual elements that tended to deal with the nature of God, yet none ever garnered enough Nielsen ratings to keep them on the air for very long.
Instead, people seem far more interested in content during the past decade that only mimics everything one could see in the news. In other words, the majority of television has mostly focused on reality shows or content that was centered around crime, violence, bloodshed, adultery, deception, murder, war, raciness, and well you get the point.
Yet, there are people just like me who keep clamoring for more uplifting and spiritual-based shows that people of all ages could enjoy. Shows that teach good values and positive principles. Honestly, I miss those years when I was growing up when the majority of programming on the air was more about that than bloodshed and sex.
But television tends to mirror where our culture is at in any given point in history and thus right now it’s far more common to see shows focusing on violent and edgy content, rather than shows focusing on something like a guy named Kevin who’s tasked by God to help find the remaining righteous souls on the planet to help save it from becoming a faithless society.
Regardless, I truly miss those days when I was growing up where more spiritual shows like this were on the air including “Touched By An Angel” and “Highway To Heaven” or even those good-natured and positive-message-filled shows like “The Facts Of Life”, “Silver Spoon”, “Different Strokes”, “Three’s Company”, “Happy Days”, “The Love Boat”, “Fantasy Island”, and more. I remember content back then being far less violent and racy, and I learned a lot about the spiritual principles I now try to live by today because of many of them.
So, as I ponder the loss of yet another spiritual-minded and positive-feeling television show like “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World”, I’ve come to the acceptance that this trend is only going to continue so long as people keep tuning into shows that mimic the negative actions of our current society. Hopefully one day, programming will become a lot more uplifting and spiritual-based and will merely reflect a better society that we all are finally living in…
Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson