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To me some of my earliest memories forcus in on watching television shows I loved. Everyday after school I came home to watch Ultraman or Johnny Sokko, before thoughts of homework or dinner even began.

Then I would do my homework for the day and go into the bedroom with my mom and watch her shows, the top of which was Match Game in all its various years, the ones I remember most are Match Game 74.

On days when I was home sick I would watch such great shows as Star Trek and the Twilight Zone.

Every so often my father would join us and we would watch his shows, like Barney Miller and All in the Family.

I just remember they were good times, when we would sit in front of the tv and I felt a closeness to my parents even though I might not have gotten all the inside jokes.

Then on Saturday morning along with all the great cartoons were the works of Sid and Marty Kroft.

What are some of your favorite shows when you were a wee youngin, growing up?


Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot

Doctor Who: The First Doctor’s opening

Barney Miller

All in the Family

Twilight Zone

Star Trek Original

Land of the Lost

Sigmund and the Sea Monster

Match Game 74

Adam 12

Originally posted to Thats Entertainment on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:16 PM PDT.

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  •  Rocky & Bullwinkle, (22+ / 0-)

    Gumby & Pokey, the Monkees, Bugs Bunny and the Roadrunner, plus the Brady Bunch.

    We used to have a black and white TV back in those days. When I was in kindergarten a friend came home with me who was a very shy, quiet little girl. We were playing and somehow she managed to knock the TV off the stand and break it. It was probably one of the worst moments of her life, poor thing.

  •  TV (7+ / 0-)

    taught me a lot about people, and the sort of place America was, and would like to be.

    But it's just too easy to suck people's minds in with media.
    I feel lucky to be able to resist, or at least ignore it.

    It will be much easier very soon.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace- Hendrix

    by Maori on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:22:08 PM PDT

    •  I grew up in East Texas, (10+ / 0-)

      and as a small child, watching the 'urban' scenes on Sesame Street, I was totally fascinated! I remember one animated skit where a little boy was sent to the corner store by his mom to buy a few things... the point was 'how to remember stuff', so the kid kept repeating something like 'a loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter' as he passed by all these distracting scenes...  The idea of walking alone to a corner store was completely foreign to me. No one at my school was anything other than white, so at that age, I might not have known that Hispanics or African-Americans existed, were it not for Sesame Street!

      And whaddaya know, here it is on YouTube.

      •  Funny, it works both ways... (7+ / 0-)

        This morning I was in a Filipino food booth at an outdoor market on Guam. A beautiful dark Pacific Island boy (age about 8) sitting next to me at my table said directly to me:

        "You are very white."

        I said "yes" and showed him my freckles.

        Also to his disbelief I told him that when I was his age my hair had been as dark as his.

        "Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." The Little Prince

        by Jane Lew on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 12:45:00 AM PDT

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  •  Battlestar Galactica (11+ / 0-)

    used to come on every afternoon about the time my Mom would get home and she would usually bring me something delicious to eat so that gets my vote.

  •  Home Improvement, Full House (8+ / 0-)

    I remember watching "Growing Pains" reruns after school, while having a snack, before I would do homework. I loved Saturday morning cartoons, Recess was my favorite. Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Doug, and Pepper Ann as well.

  •  We didn't have a television... (18+ / 0-) the house until I was 15. So I never got into the habit of watching it and still pretty much don't. But I did enjoy the 1962-63 seasons of The Twilight Zone.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:29:49 PM PDT

    •  We had a little black and white TV until (3+ / 0-)
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      I was about 15, and my brother and I were not allowed to watch it. (Mom was a teacher and really strict.) Sometimes my parents would turn on the local news during dinner, and we'd be totally the commercials for stuff we couldn't watch.

      I never really started watching TV until 9/11 happened. I was on phone with a friend and as she told me what was happening, I dug an old TV out of the back of a closet just to turn it on to watch the news.

      You know, I still pause before clicking on my TV and for a split second, I hold my breath until the TV tells me nothing 9/11-horrendous is happening.

      Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength.

      by Eileen B on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 01:27:32 AM PDT

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  •  TV is bad (10+ / 0-)

    I was into Gilligan's Island. And Dark Shadows.

    No peace, no justice. No justice, no peace.

    by Miep on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:37:08 PM PDT

  •  I was about to go to bed when I saw this... (16+ / 0-)

    OK, let's see. My parents used to get us out of bed when Senor Wencas was on Ed Sullivan. Also Topo Gigo. I liked watching The Hit Parade, Perry Como, and some daytime stuff back then. Hm. tring to remember the names... Art Linkletter's House Party, As the World Turns...

    But the kid stuff!!

    Leave it to Beaver; Father Knows Best; Rocky and Bullwinkel; The Mickey Mouse Club (wow, I remember the rumors flying in third grade when that was about to start airing!); the Disney show at night... was it just called Disneyland?; Saturday mornings: Sky King; Roy Rogers; The Lone Ranger; afternoons: American Bandstand (I remember hearing about that plane crash from Dick Clark...)

    older, maybe high school: Twilight Zone; Maverick (my Dad's favorite); Combat; The Gallant Men...

    really, I have to get to bed! :)

    Pollan's Rule: Cook! What two people eat for dinner: My 365 Dinners 2011

    by pixxer on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:37:17 PM PDT

  •  Bewitched! n/t (8+ / 0-)

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:38:25 PM PDT

  •  Mission Impossible. (6+ / 0-)

    Peter Graves.  Leonard Nimoy.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:39:26 PM PDT

  •  New Zoo Revue (4+ / 0-)
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    The scene that didn't air, lol.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time." ~ Harry Truman

    by ozsea1 on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:42:21 PM PDT

  •  lots (3+ / 0-)
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    la law, the flying doctors (australian) Police Rescue (australian) A country practice (australian) Shark in the Park (new Zealand) and   five million other ones I can't mention.

    May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.

    by GlowNZ on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:46:04 PM PDT

  •  Got an hour? (5+ / 0-)
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    Star Trek
    Kung Fu
    Hawaii 5-0
    The Night Stalker
    Battlestar Galactica
    Starsky & Hutch
    The Muppet Show
    Any Warner Bros. cartoons
    The Brady Bunch
    The Three Stooges
    The Little Rascals
    Little House on the Prairie
    One Day At A Time
    WKRP In Cincinnati
    Barney Miller
    Twilight Zone
    Night Gallery

    Hope is a good thing--maybe the best of things--and no good thing ever dies.

    by Gemina13 on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:49:13 PM PDT

  •  Johnny Quest, Laugh-In, Mannix, Sea Hunt... (9+ / 0-)

    Same thing...bonding over the black and white TV, especially on Saturday, which was the only day we were allowed to watch as much TV as we wanted (hence Johnny Quest, Sea Hunt and Mannix).  And we got to have a Coke also.

    Otherwise, it was two hours per week, and no carbonated commercial soft drinks.

    We considered ourselves comfortably middle class in a 1200 square foot house, with a 6 year old Pontiac without air conditioning.  We didn't get a color tv until 1971.

    "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding?" Nick Lowe

    by LHB on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:54:18 PM PDT

  •  Detroiters of a certain age will (6+ / 0-)

    remember Soupy Sales and Morgus.  

    Saturday morning it was time for Fury, and My Friend Flicka, and a historical-type drama from the CBC called D'Iberville.

    Other shows I liked:  McHale's Navy, F-Troop, Mr. Ed, Gilligan's Island, Bonanza, and, later, WKRP.

    In my MUCH younger days, I recall a show with Henry Morgan called Pete and Gladys.  I loved Henry Morgan's deadpan sense of comedy even then.

  •  The Flintstones, Bewitched, (8+ / 0-)

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Bonanza, American Bandstand, Gilligan's Island,  I Dream of Jeannie, Mission Impossible, My Three Sons,  Mr. Ed, Flying Nun, Happy Days, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, Three's Company, WKRP in Cincinnati, The Six Million Dollar Man, Love Boat, Trapper John, M.D., Quincy, and The Streets of San Francisco.

    'I've come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.' Barack Obama 5-23-11

    by hyper on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:57:05 PM PDT

    •  yikes! (3+ / 0-)
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      Your memory is better than mine. And you're younger than me.

      I think this is a good blog post conceit on BF's part...we are so influenced by media.

      No peace, no justice. No justice, no peace.

      by Miep on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 11:01:18 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sure there is a lot more that (4+ / 0-)
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        I watched and forgot in the 60's and 70's.  I remember getting to stay up a little later on the nights Bewitched was was a treat.  I grew up in the country, so there wasn't much to do after dark.  Watching tv together was our thing.

        'I've come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.' Barack Obama 5-23-11

        by hyper on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 11:08:49 PM PDT

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        •  yeah, it's very powerful (2+ / 0-)
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          That's why it's so dangerous. Because it's not real, it's just quickly changing images that we become so easily entranced by.

          I won't watch television, and when people who do so try to befriend me into it, I tend to stop being their friends.

          I think it's that bad.

          No peace, no justice. No justice, no peace.

          by Miep on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 11:16:36 PM PDT

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  •  boy.... (6+ / 0-)

    I'm OLD, 8-)

    I remember the earliest ones being....  The Lone Ranger, some "Jungle Boy" thing?, Captain Midnight (took a while for THAT name to surface!) and the Pabst Blue Ribbon weekly boxing (my dad's favorite).  These would be ca. 1955-59? because my daddy died in '59....  (heart attack 3 weeks after a work physical!, dr was stricken, said he'd never in a million years have considered an EKG for a 37yo!  momma beat herself up for years about having fed him the fried foods he liked, but this was just as the Korean War heart conditions info was starting to come out, nobody knew!)

    Captain Kangaroo (and maybe some Howdy-Doody) instead of Mr Rogers.  maybe we didn't get PBS in those antenna days?  I never saw Mr Rogers 'til I was in my 40's, with my one-and-only.  Disneyland every Sunday night.  (Yeah, things are coming back up out of deep-storage, 8-)

    I'd have to see a chronological listing to pick out the ones I particularly remember, although Original Star Trek, Monkees, Twilight Zone would certainly be there...  Father Knows Best was a lot bigger at our house than Leave it to Beaver...

    boy, it would be interesting to see what my sibs remember particularly...

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 11:02:09 PM PDT

  •  We didn't have TV when I was a child. (4+ / 0-)

    Our son was permitted to watch TV an hour each day and he learned to read at age 5, in part, by perusing the TV guide to decide what he wanted to watch.  He also learned how to negotiate with his parents when he wanted to change his choices.  We lived on a farm and he chose to spend considerable time outdoors and time indoors reading.  He wasn't a perfect child because he didn't clean up his room (still doesn't), but he became a very kind and good man.  He loves TV, participates in sports leagues, attends soccer games, teaches in a high school theater program, befriends students in need, attends lots of plays and keeps up on what is happening in theater at least in this country, continues since adolescence in the Society for Creative Anachronisms, and comes to dinner about once a week.

  •  The Original "Superman" w/ George Reeves...... (5+ / 0-)

    We lived in naval housing w/ a park in the middle.  It was agreed that all the kids took their baths, got into pajamas, ran across the park at the same moment to the kid's house w/ the best TV....we watched it together.

    Your mother could strike terror in your heart all week just by saying "If you don't behave, you won't be able to see "Superman" this week w/ the other kids".  

    Later it was "Alfred Hitchcock".  My mom would let me sneak up after the younger kids were asleep.  I'd have to talk her into it every in "I can handle it".  We also had special snacks that she hid behind the cereal just for the two of us.

    I still love horror flicks & have grown into the world's master snack hider.  

    •  I really liked Superman w/ George Reeves (2+ / 0-)
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      They showed it every afternoon at about 4:30 because I remember it being just before supper which was always at 5pm.  Superman was very corney, but it was fun.  Another show I haven't seen listed was "Man In Space", probably late 50s.  I remember when Alan Shepard and John Glen went into space (in reverse order as I recall), which was 62 or so.  

      "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

      by dangoch on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 12:43:43 AM PDT

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  •  Y'all are making me feel OLD (6+ / 0-)

    Black and White TV, ~13" screen, Admiral brand, 36" tall maybe 24" square, blond finish.  Even had a radio tuner (AM only), 11? channels (2-12) had to have a external tuner to get UHF, Channel 22.  We had 4 channels ABC, CBS, NBC and NET (National Educational TV-- Channel 22).  Dad didn't get a color TV till '73, after I left home...

    Prime time started at 7:30 Eastern time.  I don't remember if my parents let me stay up til 9, or if I had to go to bed at 8....

    Car 54 Where Are You?
    Phil Silvers (Sgt. Bilco)
    McHale's Navy
    Broadsides (McHale's spin off)
    Wanted Dead or alive
    The Rifleman
    What's My Line?
    I've got a Secret
    That Was The Week That Was
    Paladin (Have Gun, Will Travel)
    Wonderful World of Disney
    Flintstones and Jetson's started in Prime time

    Saturday AM Toons
    Heckel & Jeckel
    Snagle Puss (Exit; Stage Left)
    Mighty Mouse
    Bugs Bunny hour

    We moved to Dallas in the late '60s and prime time now started at 6:30 Central.
    Star Trek

    •  All of the above (2+ / 0-)
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      in addition to turning the antenna to get the best signal.  We really hated changing stations because of that.

      You left out My Mother The Car from your lineup.

      Al Queda and Chinook salmon have a lot in common. Everything is fine until the seals show up.

      by Grannus on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 12:07:33 AM PDT

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    •  All the ones above on CBS (2+ / 0-)
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      because we were so far away from any transmission tower that we only got one channel and to do that we needed a large, one-channel yagi antenna atop a 30' tower hooked up to a 13" Sears Silvertone "portable", black and white, of course.  When we first got it, broadcasts didn't even begin until 4:30 pm, though they showed a "test pattern" starting at 4.  And promptly at midnight, the station shut down, too.  

      My all-time favorite shows were Adventures in Paradise with Gardiner MacKay, based on James Michener's first book, Hawaiian Eye, and 77 Sunset Strip with the inimitable Ed Byrnes as Kookie.  Loved Twilight Zone, too.  And the original Password.  As a quiz show, it was the best.  Later iterations paled in comparison.  To Tell the Truth was good too.  Fun to watch Kitty Carlisle carry on..  Oops, forgot George Burns and Gracie Allen....  oi vay...  

      -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

      by GulfExpat on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 01:44:42 AM PDT

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      •  Heard about Gardiner MacKay (0+ / 0-)

        in a Jimmy Buffet song, had no idea what he was talking about.

        Didn't watch too many westerns and avoided Twilight Zone and Outer Limits.

        And then there was
        Get Smart
        Hogan's Heroes
        The Addams Family
        December Bride, Pete & Gladys, Our little Margie (I think it was two original series that had Harry Morgan in a recurring role)
        Dennis the Menace
        Leave it to Beaver
        The Dick Van Dyke Show

        I remember the insanity of Rocky & Bullwinkle
        But what about the horrid cultural stereotypes of Dick Tracy?

  •  Senior Moment (3+ / 0-)
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    I forgot the Smothers Brothers and Dean Martin.

  •  Brady Bunch, (4+ / 0-)

    Land of the Lost (what is cooler than Sleestaks???), Looney Tunes, Sesame Street, Electric Company.

  •  Spin & Marty. Yes, Walt Disney made me gay. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 12:16:42 AM PDT

  •  The first show I remember really liking (1+ / 0-)
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    Was "The People's Choice"  The real star was Cleo the Basset Hound who got all the best lines.  My parents rented a TV to see if they liked it.  They bought one because my mother liked "I Love Lucy".  Of course I am old enough to remember life before TV and was a Jack Benny radio show fan.

    Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.

    by J Edward on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 12:17:59 AM PDT

  •  TV shows (3+ / 0-)
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    Saturday mornings~afterschool.


    Speed Racer

    The Flintstones

    Rocky and Bullwinkle

    Fat Albert

    Scooby Doo

    Schoolhouse Rock- How a Bill Becomes a Law

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 12:20:17 AM PDT

  •  I hate to admit this (4+ / 0-)

    because it may supply ammunition to censors, whom I oppose, but a memory that haunts me now.

    When I was in 3rd grade, no announcement was made in my school the day Kennedy was killed. I came home on what seemed like a normal day to find my mother in tears. Of course I was concerned and asked what the matter was.

    She replied "The President's been shot dead. I just saw it on TV."

    My reaction (which I didn't express) was, "I see people shot dead on TV every evening; Gunsmoke comes to mind. Why so upset?"

    Of course I can excuse myself on grounds of youth (I hardly knew who the President was), but it still bugs me I was so callous.

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.

    by Leo in NJ on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 12:21:44 AM PDT

    •  I was in 7th grade when Kennedy was killed (4+ / 0-)

      I delivered the afternoon Minneapolis Star.  The paper called me and said the paper delivery would be very late but all paperboys MUST deliver the papers.  As I recall, we finally got delivery around 7pm (normal was 3pm) so I was out delivering papers in late Nov (I don't remember how cold it was) around 8pm.  I remember every detail of the entire day after it was announced at school.

      "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

      by dangoch on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 12:50:38 AM PDT

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    •  That's the innocence of childhood. (3+ / 0-)
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      Being oblivious is what makes kids so cute - and happy, frankly.

      When I was a kid, we went to church every Sunday. One week when I was about five, as the priest solemnly walked up to the alter, I tugged on my father's arm and asked very loudly: "Why does God always wear the same outfit? Doesn't it get smelly?"

      Even the priest laughed, thankfully.

      Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength.

      by Eileen B on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 01:36:26 AM PDT

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  •  We didn't get a TV until I was in the 5th grade. (1+ / 0-)
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    Before that we "watched" the radio.

    The show Big Jon and Sparky was my favorite.

    The song associated with that show was the Teddy Bear's Picnic

    "Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." The Little Prince

    by Jane Lew on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 12:26:40 AM PDT

  •  Goodnight Chet. Goodnight David. (3+ / 0-)
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    And goodnight for NBC News.

    God help me, yes, I had my cartoons and sitcoms and variety shows. but growing up the in the turbulent 1960s I had to get my news fix each night.

    I shudder to think of how annoying it must have been for adults to try and watch the news accompanied by the parallel commentary of a precocious nine-year old liberal.

  •  I used to race home (4+ / 0-)

    when I was 5 to watch Dif'rent Strokes. I watched so much stuff, I can't even remember when it started. Earliest stuff was probably the Carol Burnett Show, Good Times, Three's Company, Laverne and Shirley, Sanford and Son, Happy Days and some show about The Osmonds. The TV was my babysitter.

    Different Strokes, The Greatest American Hero, Silver Spoons, The Facts of Life, Knight Rider and The Cosby Show were probably the shows that defined my particular TV viewing age group. I could tell how old Seth Mcfarlane was after just a few minutes into Family Guy.

    My all-time fave is probably Bosom Buddies. Tom Hanks was dynamite and I knew it when I was ten. By the time I was 13, he was playing a 13 year old child/man on the silver screen. He became a huge star so fast. That show was doomed because Tom Hanks was too good and he would never remain there with all his talents for longer than two years.

    "Warm smell of Moulitsas rising up in the air..." -seanwright

    by GenXangster on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 01:15:17 AM PDT

  •  My brother and I got to (3+ / 0-)
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    stay up Saturday nights with a babysitter when my parents went out. We would watch, somehow excitedly, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Those are two shows that don't exactly stand up over time.

    Pareto Principle: 20% of the people do 80% of the work.

    by jeff in nyc on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 01:46:08 AM PDT

  •  Didn't have TV until I was 7 (3+ / 0-)
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    (in 1950)  There was only 1 station and it didn't come on until 3:30.  I watched Howdy Doody and Kukla Fran and Ollie.  I Love Lucy, Sid Ceasar and the Firestone Hour (classical Music) came a little later.  Loved the Mickey Mouse Club,n Hopalong Cassidy , and Roy Rogers.

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant

    by historys mysteries on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 03:19:12 AM PDT

  •  Did you know (4+ / 0-)

    they tried doing a movie version of HR Pufnstuff?

    I remember Kimba the White Lion.  

    Captain Kangaroo,

    Dinnertime with the Munsters:

    And of course every town had its local legends.

    Ours were Sir Graves Ghastly, the cartoons shown by Sgt. Sacto and

    The Ghoul:

    Everyone probably had their share of recycling great oldies which were ancient even in their time.  We all watched episodes of Popeye and the entire series of Our Gang and the Little Rascals were as popular when I was a kid as they were when they were first minted.

  •  I grew up in Europe... (4+ / 0-)

    So, obviously I grew watching a lot of foreign shows on TV that were, well different, I don't think anybody here will know them...

    But we did have Sky Channel, it was broadcasted from London: and it showed every U.S. primetime show from the fifties, sixties, and seventies,  and we watched all of them!

    Brady Bunch, Hazel, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, I Dream of Jeannie, Hogan's Heroes, Dennis the Menace and many more!

    Of course then Saturday mornings, Sky Channel brought the "Fun Factory":  cartoons

    Inspector Gadget (my absolut favorite), Transformers, Ramjet, and so many more, a lot of which I can't really remember!

    Yes, this is definitely bringing back some sweet memories!
    Thanks for the post!

  •  Luck is the Lady Maverick Loves the Best! (3+ / 0-)
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    liz dexic, BFSkinner, kerflooey

    Always loved this character. Also the variant Garner created for the later film _Support Your Local Sheriff" who was a full-bore comedy Maverick.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 05:36:01 AM PDT

  •  Ghoulardi, Cleveland TV Fri Night Horror Host (2+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, Actbriniel

    Trashy horror and science fiction movies with extended breaks for his crudely shot cynical clowning around, and Trick Photography where he'd occasionally insert himself live into the action of the movie.

    Stay sick, turn blue ova dae.

    After Anderson's partner Tim Conway went west to join the Carol Burnette show, he followed to become the iconic voice of ABC television in the 70's and "your announcer" for Burnette.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 05:44:00 AM PDT

  •  Composting a mind (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    I had the usual childhood tv babysitter in the Chicago area.  Saturday mornings were the best.... Mighty Mouse, Cisco Kid, Lone Ranger, Sky King, Lassie, cartoons. Later, Gunsmoke,  Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Perry Mason.  My "babysitter" was a round, black and white screen.

    When I was finally a young adult, I was crazy about Star Trek, and watched Mary Hartmann Mary Hartmann, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Honeymooners. Marx Brothers and WC Field movies. Secret Agent Man, The Avengers (with Diana Rigg), and THE PRISONER (which I still adore),

    When I hit 25 years old, henceforth no tv in house. Now over 60, still don't have one and don't want one. I once watched a couple different reality shows and found them to be a waste of time, and frankly I don't want anymore mass marketed "brainwashing."

    NOW,  I watch DVDs when I really need to escape. But at least my tv past made a great mix to my mental mash of learning and books and music.  I'm free of the tube, but much richer for having once been immersed in it.

  •  Definitely agree (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    on Dark Shadows:

    and of course there was The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    I was born in the Detroit area and grew up with Soupy Sales, however, we moved to the south suburbs of Chicago. In that region you had Garfield Goose, Frazier Thomas, BJ and Friends, Bozo, and Ray Rayner topping the list.  Sundays at 3 pm was Family Classics with Frazier Thomas.

  •  Oscar Levant (3+ / 0-)

    ...had a talk show on a local L.A. station in the late '50s. He was brilliant. He was often seemingly on the verge of a nervous breakdown...If there were any other children watching besides me, I wish I'd known them then.

    Between 1958 and 1960, Levant hosted a television talk show on KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, The Oscar Levant Show, which later became syndicated. It featured his piano playing along with monologues and interviews with top-name guests such as Fred Astaire and Linus Pauling. A full recording of only two shows is known to exist,[2] one with Astaire, who paid to have a kinescope recording of the broadcast made, so that he could assess his performance. This is likely the only Astaire performance to have imperfections, as it was live, and Levant would repeatedly change the tempo of his accompaniment to Astaire's singing during the bridges between verses, which appeared to get him quite off balance at first. He did not dance, as the studio space was extremely small. Clip

    The show was highly controversial, eventually being taken from the air after a comment about Marilyn Monroe's conversion to Judaism: "Now that Marilyn Monroe is kosher, Arthur Miller can eat her". He later stated that he "hadn't meant it that way". Several months later, the show began to be broadcast in a slightly revised format—it was taped in order to provide a buffer for Levant's antics. This, however, failed to prevent Levant from making comments about Mae West's sex life that caused the show to be canceled for good. Levant was also a frequent guest on Jack Paar's talk show, prompting Paar in later years to sign off by saying, "Good night, Oscar Levant, wherever you are." On an appearance on the Tonight Show, from New York, Levant once quipped that his Jaguar ambulance was waiting outside for him.

    The 1920s and 1930s wit Alexander Woollcott, a member of the Algonquin Round Table, once said of him: "There isn't anything the matter with Levant that a few miracles wouldn't cure."

  •  Grew up in LA and watched lots of TV (0+ / 0-)

    Loved Rocky and Bullwinkle, Soupy Sales, Laugh In, Man from U.N.C.L.E., Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock and Thriller which was hosted by Boris Karloff. Remember 'One Step Beyond'? The host would ask "Coincidence or psychic phenomena? Loved Star Trek, The Prisoner and the Avengers. We also had the Million Dollar Movie, which showed the same movie every night for five nights. Because of that we'd see crappy movies like the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms multiple times, but there were great movies too. I had the entire screenplay of the Magnificent Seven memorized by the time I was eight and my sister and I would act out scenes because we saw it so many times. Another great one was the Jonathan Winters Show. And anybody ever notice that the Rifleman was a stone cold serial killer? He killed a guy each week. I bet his kid played by cute little Johnny Crawford was in therapy for years once he realized that his kindly dad had shot a least a hundred guys, "Don't go out there, you fool. That's Lucas McCain!!!!"

    Republicans don't want to govern, they want to rule.

    by madame damnable on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 08:37:59 AM PDT

  •  mannix. (0+ / 0-)

    I loved Mannix. A coll show with great cars, a great jazz soundtrack. And it was, like Star Trek, groundbreaking in adding a woman of color to the cast as a major character.
    Also loved Man from U.N.C.L.E. Just too cool for a kid in the 60's.
    Saturday nights in the 70's probably had the greatest line-up ever (well, for CBS). All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart and Carol Burnett.
    Also loved the original Star Trek, Get Smart, and a host of others.
    Today's TV doesn't compare in the variety of shows, even though there were only 3 networks back then. There are some good shows today, but everything is crime or reality. There aren't even any newsmagazines anymore except for 60 Minutes. Dateline and 20/20 have given themselves over to being "true crime" dramas. Every episode is solving some case of a woman or child who was abducted, killed, etc.
    57 Channels And Nothing On? Try 257 and nothing on!
    OK, well there ARE somethings on that are fun, like American Pickers, Auction hunters, a bunch of DIY-type stuff, and cooking shows (I love Jaime Oliver).
    But a lot of nights it's hard to find something.
    And I have to say, weekends are a particular disappointment. It's like the 30-something white male pischers running programming think every other American is out trolling bars with their buds. Weekends used to be chock full of the best shows. not any more.

    If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. - Mark Twain

    by MA Liberal on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 08:42:09 AM PDT

  •  I got up very early (0+ / 0-)

    just before 6am, I think, and turned on the tv with the sound off, and got a test pattern. After a few minutes the test pattern would end, and the farm report would come on. After the farm report, which I really didn't watch, came my favorite program: Mr. Wizard.

    I basically used the farm report to let the tv warm up (it took a while to get a good steady picture) and to adjust the sound so I could hear it but it wouldn't wake my parents.

    Other than that, I watched the family favorites: Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Twilight Zone, Have Gun -- Will Travel. My parents were okay with us kids watching The Mickey Mouse Club and the Howdy Doody show, I think on Saturday. We also watched Zorro, The Cisco Kid and The Lone Ranger. My mother liked Zorro and The Lone Ranger, too, but didn't care much for Cisco Kid.

    But Mr. Wizard was the best. I could take what I saw on his show and actually do most of it myself.  

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 09:31:26 AM PDT

  •  The earliest TV shows I watched (1+ / 0-)
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    were cartoons.  But I don't remember them very well.  A little later, I liked MASH, Room 222, Get Smart, All in the Family, the Smothers Brothers (it was on later than our bedtime, but if we had a baby sitter), F-Troop, Hogan's Heroes, Odd Couple..... others too.

    Of these, only Hogan's Heroes embarrasses me now.

    Founder Math and Statistics Geeks . Statistics for progressives

    by plf515 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 11:11:14 AM PDT

  •  two particular memories about television (1+ / 0-)
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    1. I remember the Vietnam War being on the News every night during dinner

    2. I also remember when Ted Turner started his TV channel (the UHF channel 17 in Atlanta where I lived for much of my middle childhood years).  Channel 17 constituted most (if not all) of our "after school viewing".  It was kid freedom time, the in-between of school dismissal and mom coming home from work.  Nearly everything in syndication, so we got to see the reruns of Dark Shadows, Ultra Man, Speed Racer, anything else cheap from Japanese animation/production.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 02:42:46 PM PDT

  •  Creature Features (0+ / 0-)

    Loved all the old Abbot & Costello, Francis the Mule, Ma & Pa Kettle movies they'd run on Sat & Sun.

    Huge Star Trek Fan- my friends knew not to call me when it was on- not matter how many times a day they ran the reruns, I watched every show. It ran 3x a day pre-cable at one point in the SF Bay Area.  I daresay the tapes are worn out.

    Always liked Barney Miller, too.  Living in  the bay area, one of the most popular shows  was Bob Wilkins Creature Features. He was great.

    Creature Features ran on KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1971 to 1984, hosted by Bob Wilkins

    A prototype super-cool freaky geek,  loved Bob...

    “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

    by Terranova0 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 03:03:09 PM PDT

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