Are these cantankerous TV characters talking about Boomers or Millennials?

Were these “kids today” complaints made in the Sixties or more recently?


As two of America’s largest generations, Baby Boomers and Millennials have both profoundly influenced pop culture. Judging by some headlines, it seems like the two age groups could not be more different.

But there are plenty of similarities, especially if you think about what both generations were like in their teens and twenties.  

Here are ten TV quotes all complaining about “kids today” and how easy they have it. However, “today” could refer to the Sixties or more recent times. Try to guess which generation each line is poking fun at! 

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  1. “Children nowadays have trouble expressing themselves with words from the English language.”
  2. “You’ve grown up on instant orange juice. Flip a dial – instant entertainment. Dial seven digits – instant communication. Turn a key – push a pedal – instant transportation. Flash a card – instant money. Shove in a problem – push a few buttons – instant answers.”
  3. “I mean, it's bad enough that these kids today have to make a date to play with each other. They can't go in the street and kick a can.”
  4. “Don’t you know what a radio is, boy?”
  5. Who are you people? When I was a kid, for my allowance I got one cent for every year of my life. That means when I was 12, I got 12 pennies!
  6. “You people and your education. Everybody’s gotta go to college. Pizzas don’t deliver themselves.”
  7. “Them hippies stole my command post!”
  8. “Whole modern world's got a swishifyin' effect on kids today. And their MTVs and their diet sodas ain't gonna set 'em straight, neither.”
  9. “The trouble with kids today is we pamper 'em too much. No wonder so few of them grow up to be President.”
  10. “Kids today are missing out on the best thing: growing up as kids, not teenaged adults.”

Are these cantankerous TV characters talking about Boomers or Millennials?

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WGH 16 months ago

Just missed out on being a boomer. Gen X all the way baby!
Miss_Kitty 17 months ago
6/10,,,,,,glad I'm not alone.....but in my defense, the ones I missed were shows I've never seen
GEMof72 20 months ago
Gen X just gets left out….
RJOwles GEMof72 17 months ago
Yeah, but we're too cool to care.
Sachelle 27 months ago
6/10. This one is a little tricky.
Lillyrose 27 months ago
6 out of 10.
Coldnorth Lillyrose 26 months ago
At least I don’t feel alone.I got 6/10 also
Zip 27 months ago
Too many quotes from modern shows that I never watched.

Nice to see the Gomer Pyle quote in there!
bsantaniello 27 months ago
5/10 thought I’d fouettés than this. 😡
hyppymom 27 months ago
Battin' 500 on this one. Being the youngest of the Boomer generation I heard them all. And said a few as well.
RJOwles 27 months ago
Rocked it. Gen-X for the win!
BuckeyeBeth7 RJOwles 26 months ago
Sweet! Because I screwed this one up 🤦‍♀️ 6/10
nightshade 27 months ago
8 out of 10 although some of them could have either answer right ...
RichLorn 27 months ago
Wow! As a boomer I bombed.
AllisonWunderland 27 months ago
6/10…🤦‍♀️ Another embarrassment
LalaLucy 27 months ago
7/10 from another forgotten ( as usual) Gen Xer. Some I recall, but others are from shows I don't even watch. Nice to see some good Dragnet speeches though. It's on too early for me to catch anymore but I have good memories of Joe Friday's classic deadpan. He had some good insights.
bripuck1 27 months ago
Shows not on metv. That's all I watch.
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