the original POTA is one of my all-time favorite films. i have a special place in my heart, not only for it, but each of it's prodgeny...even the lowly TV versions...never was scared by it, but i was enthralled at the audacity of the idea...a planet, where things went so haywire that the apes ruled and man was an animal !?!
and, as junky as they got to be, they offered quite a bit of social commentary for crappy little sci-fi films...though, the only qualifiably good one is the first, the rest have a sort of kitschy fun about them
i still have my entire POTA comic book set, from when i was a wee lad, how geeky is that ?
i'll, mostly, agree with mike on todays films and shows...but, for every CSI, or whatever that goes over the top...there are almost as many good shows that require you to think, and use your imagination.
TV and movies have always been like this, they always will be. until we, as a whole, become smarter, they just play to the common denominator...which isn't always that high.
some of these junk films and shows can be kinda fun, though...if you approach them with the right attitude.