I watch the show om two networks, TVLand and MeTV. Both keep showing the same episodes, and neither ever show what I call the last half. One guess is that it has to do with Barney, but come on, folks, they are leaving out a substantial number of episodes. I noticed the same thing with Gunsmoke. TVLand never seems to show the early ones with limping Chester.
I have noticed that TVLand doesn't show the color episodes. There are some good color ones, but the general consensus is that the B&W ones - episodes 1-159 are hands-down better. Barney or no Barney...the show just lost something when it went color. Even the few episodes where Barney returns...it's just not the same.
Netflix has Seasons 1-8 commercial-free with the full episodes - unedited. There's a DVD series that also has the original sponsor spots for some seasons, which are really cool to see.
I agree overall. Similar to how a sequel never matches up to the original movie.
From what I understand, a station buys 'rights' to show only a certain number of selected episodes and not the entire series. The episodes are 'cut up' (have scenes missing) so the network can squeeze in as many minutes of advertising as possible. When the shows were originally aired, the episodes were 28 minutes long, leaving one minute in the middle for a commerial and one minute at the end for another. Today they need like 10 minutes of ads so they have to cut the other eight minutes from the episode.
So, this is what you have to deal with if you watch any old series on network TV. The only way to really watch a legacy series like TAGS is to buy the DVD set or stream it commercial free.
Sorry if I overexplained. I'm not positive but I think this is why.
I also noticed with TVLand, some days episodes are 0:36 in length, not he standard :30, and the extra six minutes are for MORE commercials. Shazam !
Thanks to you both, Ralph and Dud.
For what ever reason, there are 16 episodes of TAGS in public domain that you can often find in the bargain bin at Walmart for a couple$$
You can watch them on Youtube for free.