But they're composed that way from the start. This wasn't. And removing parts of the original image never makes sense, regardless of whether you're cropping widescreen to fullscreen or vice-versa. They're both equally destructive to the original image and its composition.
Eh, I thought the story and drama were still perfectly well conveyed.
I mean, we're not talking about a Stanley Kubrick movie here, where every shot is a gorgeous, beautifully-composed work of art; it's an 80s TV show that was usually shot in a pretty standard, routine way.
If that show can look a lot more dynamic by losing some of the picture here and there, then I'd be perfectly fine with that.