Agent Earle wrote:But there are objective excuses for it: back then, the show really didn't have much of a legacy, let alone such a unanimously positive reputation in the general public it has come to enjoy in the last 15 years or so.
Peaks had a positive if mixed rep before that, IMO - I think the general public felt one way and was very dismissive of a lot of it yet was still leaning on its famous iconography, rerunning it, making its plot points and characters game show questions, etc. And of course every future show was influenced by it. So while the public claimed to have moved on, entertainment never really did. And much of the industry was always still a bit worshipful. But the whole of TP got much more appraisal with the DVDs, yes. That's when the tide began to turn towards general admitted public appreciation, because it was no longer unfashionable.