Remembering Classic TV Favorites
Do you remember these?
There were so many great television shows to look forward to as I was growing up in the late 60's and 70's. We only had maybe 5 channels but they gave us all the entertainment we needed. Do you remember some of my early favorites?
"My Three Sons" - This classic was only filmed for 5 years but even the reruns were a treat. The premise was a widowed father raising his three sons with the help of the boy's crotchety maternal grandfather.
"Flipper" - It's hard to believe that Flipper originally was aired for only two and a half years. 5 different female dolphins performed the role of Flipper. Everybody had a tan and Flipper always came to the rescue. I loved the catchy tune for this one.
"Bewitched" - Who didn't love Bewitched? I always wished I could wiggle my nose and make some magic of my own! Wasn't little Tabitha the cutest TV baby ever?
"Family Affair" - This was another classic that showed a family without a mother in the picture. Buffy, Jody, and Sissy were orphaned after the death of their parents and sent to live with their bachelor uncle Bill. Of course Mr. French was always there to help. I remember getting the Mrs. Beasley doll for Christmas and being so thrilled.
"I Dream of Jeannie" - Another fun show with a beautiful genie "Jeannie" who made her magical goof ups with a fold of the arms and a nod of the head. She was always getting into trouble but always had the best of intentions and only wanting to please her master.
"Gilligan's Island" - This show was set on a group of ship wrecked folks stranded on an island after going on a "three hour tour." Guys are still asked who their favorite was "Ginger or Mary Ann?"
"The Flintstones" - OK so this wasn't a show per-say but the animated Flintstones are a classic that made me hurry home to finish my homework so mom would let me watch Fred and Barney try to pull the wool over Wilma and Betty's eyes.
"Gomer Pyle USMC" - Gomer was a simple guy with a big heart and a very loud Sergeant. I am convinced that Gomer is the reason why my younger brother did 2 terms in the Marines.
"The Andy Griffith Show" - Who can forget Andy, Barney, Aunt Bea, Floyd the Barber, and little Opie? Mayberry seemed like the ideal little town. Sad to report that Andy Griffith passed away on July 3rd 2012 at the age of 86. He was a true gem.
"The Beverly Hillbillies" - The American dream, strike it rich and move to Beverly Hills. The cement pond and Granny's cookin' will not be forgotten. I am sure Ellie May was the hottest starlet on TV for as long as this show aired.
"The Brady Bunch" - A lovely lady with three lovely daughters meets a lonely man and his three sons and together they all merge in to the Brady Bunch with a very helpful Alice to keep it all together. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.
"Green Acres" - It's the place to be - some-days I get this theme song stuck in my head and I can't get it out. Eva Gabor was the gorgeous Mrs. Douglas and Eddie Albert was her equally attractive Mr. Douglas. Some favorite characters were Mr. Haney, Sam Drucker, Fred and Doris Ziffel and their son (Pig) Arnold.
"Lost in Space" - This classic was about the Robinson's, a family who travelled in space from planet to planet along with Major Don West and the family Robot who was always warning "Danger Will Robinson, Danger" whenever the young Will would happen upon some trouble.
"Julia" - Julia is one of the reasons why I went into the Nursing field. She was a African American widow who worked as a nurse to support her young son. This show was a favorite for all but it was a very stressful job for the lead actress Diahann Carroll. She eventually asked to be let out of her contract due to the angst she was under.
"Hogan's Heroes" - It is hard to imagine that being a prisoner of war in a World War II prison camp can be turned into something humorous but these guys managed to do just that. "I know Nuthing" became a favorite line back then.
"The Munsters" - Lily, Herman, Eddie, Grandpa, and poor sweet Marilyn. Just thinking about this one brings a smile to my face. Grandpa's creepy lab under the stairs was a source of nightmares once in awhile too.
There were so many family fun, good humored television classics back then. Thankfully we can go back to an simpler times with the magic of cable television. I hope you enjoyed travelling back in time to some of my favorite classic TV shows.
"Happy Days" - Heyyyyy, who can forget Happy Days with Richie, Joanie, Mrs C (Marion Cunningham), and the Fonz! What a fine show, showing all of us 70's kids what the fun 50's were all about. Other prominent characters included Mr C (Howard Cunningham), Ralph da Malph, Potsie Weber, Big Al Delvecchio, and Chachi Arcola.