Yes, OP, we actually did play outside from morning until dark in the summer. If it rained, we watched from a garage or a front porch. During the school year, we played on the playground before school, during morning, lunch and afternoon recess, and also after dinner during spring and fall.
We played outside during winter, sledding, ice skating, building snow forts.
Yes, I could rattle off a bunch of TV shows I enjoyed on our three channels, but we actually only watched during limited hours, and very little in the summer.