Cheapo comedy, huh?
Whatever happened to the double-breasted suit? I loved them. Letterman doesn't even wear one as often as he used to.
On topic (as it's drifted, anyway), who gives a rat's ass about perceptions? And, how conceited (or offended) can we be as fans to even believe there are perceptions, at least not those that we ourselves don't make fun of or pretend (I hope) to live up to? Roll with it. The demographics of TOS made it the "St. Elsewhere" of its time. (Don't know what "St. Elsewhere" was? Then Google it.)
People who got into "24" weren't geeks over that show? Folks actually thought "The Sopranos" was high culture? "Twin Peaks"? "Monty Python"? Let's not even go down the path of the perception of Pythons fans.
It's pop culture. It's fun. It's a cold beer on a hot day. Perfect for the situation, and that's about it.