I was digging around in my cartoon vault and found this old gem, so I updated it a bit with some color. I believe it was a gag I drew for the 91X radio station out of San Diego, when they were publishing my cartoons in their newsletter back in the eighties.
As for the luxury of TV remotes, I never even heard of one when I was a kid. We just sat next to the set absorbing harmful radiation, and flipped back and forth between the shows that happened to be in the same time slot. There was no way to record them, and if we missed anything we pretty much figured we'd never see it again. Nowadays, if you misplace your remote, you can't even operate your television. One night I lost it for almost an hour, and tore the place apart till I found it again. It was in the freezer, and the ice cream was on top the TV.