One of the great aspects of the modern digital world is that a plethora of channel choices has enabled many 'old friends' to be seen again on a variety of cable and secondary HD screens. This classic 1971-1981 series clearly ranks among the best dramas to have ever been presented on the small screen.
Earl Hamner (portrayed as John-Boy through natural brilliance of Richard Thomas) simultaneously honored his family and offered a gift to future generations when he penned the classic 'Spencer's Mountain'. From there a theatrical movie was born. Another of his stories, 'The Homecoming', was smartly turned into a television movie, with resulting public response creating the need a weekly, decade-long, TV event.
Some jaded observers on this good earth, who forever seek non-existent utopian lands, may always view a family-based drama in a biased manner. But, the emotional logic used by those personality types actually reveals the apparent gaps within the lives of those poor souls, or whatever they believe their existences (and that of everyone else) should have been like.
Entertainment elitists look down upon almost everything, choosing to believe the public applauds the lowest common denominator. Hopefully those sharp minds will eventually understand that 'simple people' aren't beneath, or behind. Instead, they are looking back at wise men and women who are about to lap them one more time.