Why are so many of the shows from the 70s and early 80s so grimey looking in the way they're filmed?

 Taxi, Streets of San Francisco, Hill Street Blues, Welcome Back Kotter, All In The Family......these are just a few. There's a real gritty and grimey feel about them, and I'm wondering why. Was this intentional, to project a certain atmosphere, or was this just more or less the technology of the era?

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago
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    That was what it looked like at that point.  Smog was much worse than today.  And large cities in the late 1970s and early 1980s had a lot of financial problems, which meant there was more crime, more garbage in the streets, more graffiti etc.  Parts of NYC that are rich hipster enclaves today looked like Beirut in the 1970s.  People wouldn't go there unless you paid them and gave them a weapon.

  • 3 weeks ago

    also Video >Tape> as it gets older gets Grainy

    Most shows are filmed digitally now

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    I think it's because that's how the streets looked. Pollution and graffiti and trash used to be worse. Esp. New York City. The rivers used to be on fire regularly. The EPA ended this, but it looks like the future will be more like the past.

  • 3 weeks ago

    It's to reflect the environment of the stories. Those didn't take place in the best parts of the world.

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