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Remembering Classic TV Favorites

Updated on January 24, 2016
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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.








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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I grew up watching many of these tv shows...what fun to walk down memory lane with you! Hogan's Heroes was awesome! Voted up!

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      lilmama4273 5 years ago

      I remember a lot of these shows. My parents used to watch these as I was growing up. Thanks for the memory.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      You are very welcome - thank you for reading! It was a lot fun to write this one.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I love those shows! Even love just hearing about them. Thank you!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      My pleasure Angela - those were the good old days for sure!

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Hi Conservative Lady,

      Thank you for this hub.... I enjoyed it, and was reminded of all of those neat old shows which I also love.

      Helen

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Oceansider - SO glad you emjoyed it - this was a fun one to write!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      While I am too young for some of these I did like the Flinstones growing up :) Good list that I vote up and will share too.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I am a bit younger and was born in the 70s, but still grew up watching many of these shows in re-runs and absolutely loved watching Bewitched (loved Tabitha) and The Brady Bunch (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia). Thanks for bringing back some good memories. Have voted up and shared too!

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Janine - They don' make em like they used too do they! Thank you for reading and commenting and sharing too ;-)

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Christy- Thank you I am so glad you stopped by and checked out my hub - this was a fun one to write! Thank you so much for sharing too ;-)

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      Tonja Niemi 4 years ago from Eagan, MN USA

      I've always been a night owl, so whether I saw the shows during the day or late night is questionable. Julia is the only one I haven't seen. What a trip down memory lane, with the big tv with vhf/uhf channels... it's still nice to catch those reruns. Thanks for the hub!

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Julia -I love that these old favorites are still out there on cable tv - they sure beat some of the reality tv junk that our kids see now days. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      "farm living is the life for me,

      land spreading out so far and wide,

      keep Manhattan just give me that countryside."

      I've hexed you into hearing it the rest of the day! lol Great hub! I didn't think anyone remembered Julia anymore! How about "My Living Doll" (Bob Cummins & Julie Newmar), or "F Troop" (Larry Storch & Forest Whitaker), or "That Girl" (Marlo Thomas & Ted Bessell), or even "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E." (Stephanie Powers & Noel Harrison). I agree, the list goes on and on. Thoroughly enjoyed this! (*If I spelled any stars names wrong, my apologies)

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      rcrumple - you are so right - this list could go on and on, maybe I will do a volume 2 someday soon. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, I am honored.

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      T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I love this hub. Voted up! I loveThe Flintstones, The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, Bewitched and Family Affair. My favorite tv show is I Love Lucy. Nothing makes me laugh as much as that show. :)

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      T4an thank you so much for stopping by. They used to make entertaining television back then - I can't say the same about today.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Loved those tv shows. Brought back good memories when tv shows had quality and substance. Most tv shows today are full of flotsam and childish inanities. It seems that utter amateurs are writing tv shows today. C'mon, Desperate Housewives, phewww!

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      gm- I am glad you enjoyed it. TV today is plain rubbish for the most part. I can honestly say I have never watched a single episode of Desperate Housewives - sounds like I didn't miss much. Thank you for stopping in to read my hub!!!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      I would like to add that through promos, many tv shows have descended to an all time stupidity and low level. It seems that it does not take that much thought and intelligence to create a tv series nowadays! Eleven year olds can do a MUCH BETTER job of creating quality shows IT SEEMS!

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      I agree whole heartedly gmw - what is happening to "entertainment" these days.....

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      "Entertainment" is a loose term for the totally puerility which is now tv programs.

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      Gabrielle 2 years ago

      You have the monopoly on useful innanmotiof-arer't monopolies illegal? ;)

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