In case you too have the “Salute Your Shorts” theme song running through your head at any given moment, and used to get up in the middle of the night to watch old TV shows like “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” and “Mister Ed” on TV Land while eating a box of ice cream sandwiches, making your parents wonder why they couldn’t just have a normal child, The Paley Center is for you.
Loaded with 150,000 television and radio programs and advertisements at your disposal, I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s kind of the greatest. Just stroll in with visions of Ren & Stimpy dancing through your head, cue it up, and take a (comfortable!) seat around one of the old-fashioned TV stations. The lights are off too for maximum TV-trance potential, and you can even pick out your shows ahead of time on their online database HERE.
The Paley Center also has screening rooms running different shows, movies, or specials (like “Greatest Advertisements from the 60s”) continuously, and special exhibits featuring props and other things people seem to like to look at from shows like LOST. Even cooler, almost every week they have a different premiere or party going on with special guests you might actually care about, which you can check out HERE. Also–!!!–the $10 or $8 for student admission is suggested. So let’s sing it… “Paley Center for Media, we hold you in our heeeeaaarts… Ug! ”
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd Street (btn 5th & 6th Aves)
Photo Credit: EW.com