Friday, July 23, 2010

TV Blasts from the Past

By Heather

My husband was flipping channels last weekend when he stumbled across Davey and Goliath, a show he watched regularly (reruns!) as a little boy. As we watched for a while there was no denying that the animation is prehistoric, the overall feel is straight out of the early 60s, but the moral of the stories still ring true and the simple charm of the show is still as strong as ever.

I’d seen the show once or twice as a little girl, but my favorite shows back then were vastly different.

Hardy Boys
I didn’t miss this show. Come Sunday night, I was parked in front of the TV, and I don’t think I budged for the whole hour it was on.

One Day at a Time
Dysfunctional family angst at its best. Valerie Bertinelli is still one of my favorite actresses. (And I still think the mom should have married the handyman.)

Little House on the Prairie
This is still one of my favorite shows. There is nothing not to love about Ma, Pa, Laura and her sisters.

Quincy, M.E.
I wasn’t a normal kid, okay? I adored this show and would run home from school to watch the reruns.

The Love Boat
This show was just plain fun for me. A guilty pleasure, even back then.

I also loved older shows—was a sucker for them. Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, My Three Sons, F Troop, Gidget…the list goes on and on.

Huh—guess I watched a lot of TV!

What are some of your childhood favorites?

45 comments:

Linda Leszczuk said...

My childhood pre-dates yours but my absolute favorite was a British import - The Avengers. John Steed and Mrs. Peel. I thought Diana Rigg's Emma Peel was everything I could only dream of being.

A close second would have to be the original Twilight Zone.

Dru said...

If I wasn't reading a book, I was in front of a television set. My childhood favorites were Happy Days, Get Smart, Addams Family, It Takes A Thief, The Brady Bunch, Love American Style, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Lost in Space and I can go on and on.

tonya kappes said...

Well...my husband has to watch M*A*S*H! It wears me out b/c the Family Channel plays it alot! And my kids have found a few shows from my past and they love them on Nick at Night.

Andrea C. said...

Love Boat was a favorite that brings back memories- I remember it was on at 11 pm (reruns) on Friday and Saturday and I would get to stay up and watch b/c my parents would switch off their shift at the hospital (one worked 7-11 and the other was 11-7) and they would have to take me with them to switch so I wasn't alone!
Other favorites include:
One Day at a Time, Facts of Life, and Family Ties

Fun topic Heather! :)

~ Babs ~ The World of book Reviews said...

Oh Heather this is a fun topic let me see My Three Sons,
Bonanza, All in the Family, Little House on the Prairie,
Threes Company, Happy Days, get Smart, these are just a few I could go on we watched a good bit of TV.

Rebecca said...

Great topic! I loved The Walton's, Little House on the Prairie, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew. A couple years ago, for Christmas, my parents bought me the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew DVD sets - it brought back memories for them too.

mary in MO said...

Andy Griffith Show, now one of my REAl friends and local neighbors is Mitch Jayne (one of the Dillards). Hmm, sometimes I think I live in Mayberry.
Twilight Zone, my dad would not let us watch at home, too many little brothers and sisters, so oldest brother and I could go to the neighbors and then walk home in the dark.
M*A*S*H I will always love Hawkeye and the 4077th.
Yes, I am so old that moss is growing on me!

Anita in PA said...

Wow there are so many! Charlie's Angels, Chips, Love American Style, Facts of Life, Three's Company, Gidget, and more recently Designing Women and the best show of all time Golden Girls!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Have to add another. Dr. Kildare. Richard Chamberland was my first TV crush.

Erika Chase said...

Wow -- Linda L. & I were watching the same channels. I loved The Avengers (esp. with Diana Rigg). Dr. Kildare was also a heartthrob. 77 Sunset Strip, My Three Sons, the private eye show with Lee Patterson, and how about The Mickey Mouse Club!And later, Magnum PI!

Heather Webber said...

There are so many here that I simply forgot about. Get Smart??? Loved it! MASH, Family Ties, Facts of Life, Three's Company too.

Someone on FB mentioned Magnum PI. Thunk--how could I forget about Magnum PI? I rarely missed an episode.

I'm feeling the need to watch some old shows!

Anonymous said...

My favorites were Mannix, Happy Days, and Laverne & Shirley (my name is Shirley but I always felt more like Laverne, I do like Pepsi but not sure how she could drink milk and Pepsi?). I also liked Love Boat and Fantasy Island (da plane, da plane!!!)

I was a big Star Trek fan and was thrilled when in college, Gene Roddenberry came to the student union to talk and to show the pilot and gag reels.

When I was younger, I remember watching Lassie, Sky King, and of course, my favorite from Sunday night, Wonderful World of Disney!!!

Linda Wiken said...

Okay...so this is really dating me, but I loved Route 66 -- tried hard not to miss an episode.

Laineshots said...

Father knows Best, Sky King, The Flintstones, Leave It To Beaver, Bonanza, Rocky and Bullwinkle (better for adults!). My earliest memories of TV were all in black and white! The '80s had a couple I loved - Murder She Wrote and an English one called As Time Goes By.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Does anyone remember when morning always meant Captain Kangeroo?

Kelley said...

I mentioned a lot of my favorites on FB: Riptide, Emergency, Happy Days, Petticoat Junction, Dick Van Dyke and more. But, I forgot to mention that as a kid I loved watching game shows. I watched all kinds, but my favorites were Family Feud with Richard Dawson, $25,000 Pyramid with Dick Clark and Password with Bert Convy. I even catch the reruns on GSN every once in a while.

Also, I loved Falcon Crest, Hill Street Blues, and all PBS Mystery Series :) The old ones and the ones showing now.

Dru said...

I remember Captain Kangeroo. We also had Romper Room, Wonderama, Bozo and Zoom.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Hill Street Blues doesn't take me back to my childhood (I'm too old)but it's definitely one of my all time favorites. Frank and Joyce - now that was a romance.

Anyone remember this - "Hey kids, what time is it?"

Aryn said...

I was born in 1976 and was watching Little House on the Prairie in the early 80s when I was about 5-6. My mom eventually banned it in our house b/c she always came in the room to find me crying at the end! Was it that sad?

And just hearing the theme song from Hill Street Blues puts me right back in our old house at about age 10.

Aryn said...

And how has no one mentioned Dallas yet? I only say that b/c I am from Dallas. :) My parents watched it, but I don't remember it at all. Apparently they play reruns in Europe like crazy. My younger brother got to be friends with a winemaker from France (long story) and at first the guy only wanted to talk about Dallas! He was quite disappointed that my brother, born in 1979, had never watched an episode.

Lover of Books said...

I have only seen re runs. yup I am a young kid. lol My favorites are strawberry short cake, captain kangeroo, Hogan's Heroes (re-runs), and Gummy Bears.
Krista

mary in MO said...

Linda, It's "Howdy Doody Time!" I watched that one too.

~ Babs ~ The World of book Reviews said...

Does anyone remember Bozo the clown lol use to watch that show as well I forgot about Andy Griffith the boys watch reruns

Kate Collins said...

What? No "Man from UNCLE?" Ilya Kuryakin was my first crush. Loved his accent. Now he's on NCIS and, well, (sigh) we all get older.
I never missed "Dick Van Dyke" either.

PamelaSueJames said...

I have too many to mention but there is Happy Days, Perry Mason, Laverne & Shirley, Dick Van Dyke Show, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Twilight Zone, Mayberry RFD, Bob Newhart Show, Nancy Drew, Leave it To Beaver and Simon and Simon.

Shelley Shepard Gray said...

Great Topic, Heather.

Let's see. I loved the Brady Bunch, and could probably tell you every episode from just a reminder, (volcano).

I also vividly remember watching Love Boat, followed by Fantasy Island...and never telling anyone I watched them. They were on Saturday nights, which was 'date night' in my high school. No one wanted to be the girl who stayed home!

Heather Webber said...

OMG, GAME SHOWS! I loved them. Still do. Game Show Network is great for catching reruns of some oldies. LOVE Match Game and Family Feud (that Richard, such a lech), and Tic Tac Dough. Password was a favorite, oh and 100,000 Pyramid? So fun.

I loved Dallas, too (when my parents would let me watch it). And I have to mentioned (full disclosure and all) Scooby Doo. Loved me some Scooby and Shaggy. Not so much Scrappy when he came along.

NoraA said...

I'm going back a few years on these, but here are the shows that I watched as a child.

Miss. Francis - Ding Dong School
Howdy Doody
The Adventures of Superman
Wonderama
Winky Dink
Beanie and Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpant.

I am sure there were others but these stick out in my mind. What little of my mind remains.

Lisa D said...

Wow...great post!

A few of my favorites were Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, Bewitched, My Three Sons, Gilligan's Island (love that Ginger)and Knot's Landing. I could go on and on.

Still am I big Looney Tunes fan! Love that Marvin the Martian and Bugs.

Oh...and Mr. Rogers, too!

Cricket McRae said...

The Wild Wild West and Star Trek were two of my childhood favorites. Now we have access to a local retro channel and the Tivo is jammed up with episodes of Hawaii-Five-O, Peter Gunn and Adam-12.
Hearth Cricket

Annette said...

My all time favorite tv rerun is the British comedy, Fawlty Towers. I also love Lucy, I Love Lucy. As teens we watched Dark Shadows, Man from UNCLE. Dick Van Dyke, M A S H and The Honeymooners.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Nora! Yes! Ding Dong School. Beanie and Cecil. (These kids won't remember those.) Do you remember the character Froggy Gremlin on the Buster Brown Show? When I was little he scared me to death.

Heather Webber said...

Nora, your Superman mention reminded me of Batman and Robin. Loved that show, too, with its POWs and BAMs. I always thought Robin was under appreciated.

Andrea C. said...

Oh Yes..Game Shows! I love them - I always wanted to be the first female game show host (didn't happen) - I consider Game Shows a whole other catagory of tv! :)

Heather - did you grow up inOhio? Is anyone near Cincinnati familiar with the Uncle Al show?

Allison said...

I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys as well (I was going to marry Parker Stevenson!), and I just saw the other day you can watch it for free on Netflix. Another favorite was the early Dick Van Dyke show...my guilty pleasure on Netflix as I get ready in the mornings.

Heather Webber said...

Andrea, I grew up near Boston--sorry. Anyone else???

Allison, I was going to marry Shaun Cassidy! LOL.

Nikki B said...

Definitely The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew -- I actually own the DVDS! Charlie's Angels - at least until Tiffany (?) joined....
Batman & Robin and I Love Lucy were staples at dinnertime.
Heather -- was it Sue Ann who actually shot J.R.?
Daytime I always watched General Hospital with my grandmother - I am a product of the Luke and Laura generation :)

Linda Leszczuk said...

Andrea - I remember Uncle Al. But I hate to admit it because I didn't grow up near Cinci, we lived here when my sons were young and they watched it. (so old, so old)

Andrea C. said...

Linda - I am glad someone else knows what I am talking about! :)

Heather - I am jealous of you growing up near Boston - one of my favorite places (although home in Cincinnati is pretty good too

booklover said...

Beanie and Cecil, Soupy Sales, Davey and Goliath (I tried to convince my parents it counted as church more than a few times!!), Milky the Clown...Friday nights watching Dallas with my mom before going out...Love Boat on Saturday nights before going out...what wonderful memories!!! Thanks for the memories!!

Heather Webber said...

Nikki, I had to look up the Dallas answer--I could picture the actress's face but not her name. He was shot by his sister-in-law Kristin Shephard (though, later, he was shot by Sue Ellen, too).

Andrea, Cincy is good except when it's 100*! What's up with that??? LOL.

Booklover, LOL on trying to get out of church! Sneaky.

Vickie said...

Childhood in rerun:
Dark Shadows
Star Trek
Wagon Train
The Munsters
Twilight Zone

regular shows:
Emergency
Adam-12
Hee Haw
Happy Days
Mork and Mindy
Laverne and Shirley
The Waltons
Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew

General Hospital on a rabid basis in childhood and all through college with Rick Springfield...sigh....

Catherine said...

My first memories are of Shari Lewis and Lambchop, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Soupy Sales and Sonny Fox Growing up in NYC we had ABC, NBC, CBS, Channel 5, Channel 9, Channel 11 and Channel 13 (PBS). Channel 9 and Channel 11 played old black and white movies all night long and when I got older and couldn't sleep that's what I would watch

birdie browne said...

a friend turned me onto little house...never got to watch them or read the books as a little kid. boy did i make up for that! read all the books and ended up watching just about every episode on dvd, i think.
loves me some little house. almonzo makes my little birdie heart pitter-patter. :)

Heather said...

How about, Love American Style, Gomer Pyle, Diver Dan, "The Wizard,(science experiments),
"Lost in Space","Dark Shadows"
"To Tell the Truth" for some?