The Supercops: A Tour of Dirty 1970s New York


Below is a great video from the 1974 television show The Supercops, which is like a tour through 1970s New York. The video really shows the urban, gritty nature of the city back then, and is accompanied by a groovy soundtrack by Jerry Fielding, who composed many film scores of movies in the 70s.

Here’s a preview clip of the television show; quite a difference between shows produced today! For one thing, these shows were shot on film, not video. The pacing of shows and movies in the 1970s was much slower than today, because attention spans were longer. Today, constantly stmulated by mobile devices, the Internet and video games, people need something to be happening all the time, every second. None of those things existed back then.

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