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Do You Remember These Old TV Shows?

Updated on August 11, 2011

Did You Like These Old TV Shows?

As I was growing up in the late 60's and early 70's there was actually some good entertainment on television and we didn't have to pay out the nose for 100 channels to find it, either. I remember spending the night at my grand parents house. They were getting up there a bit in age and seemed to think that all that rock n roll hippy stuff was pretty crazy.

They watched shows like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Death Valley Days, Rawhide, and The Rifleman, all rootin' tootin' cowboy shows. I think the reason they enjoyed them so much was because they had grown up during a time that was very much like those shows. My grand dad grew up around the little mining towns of Silverton and Durango, Colorado.

As a teenager Granddad's first job was working for the undertaker. The first time they got called out was because a 'lady of the night' had froze to death in her room above the saloon. (I was about 10 when he was relating this story to my cousins and I. Unfortunately granny walked in and interrupted him. He got a good scolding for telling us about it and we never did hear the rest of it, except they were trying to maneuver the stiff frozen, naked body down the outside stairs)

My granny's family were pioneers of Lincoln County, New Mexico, having moved there from west Texas. My granny remembered an outlaw coming to their ranch while she was growing up to exchange his spent horse for a fresher one from her father.

Of course all those Westerns have begun to blur together in my memory. They had many similar plot lines, a lot of which were based on actually happenings. Sheep herders versus cattle ranchers, stage coach, train and bank robberies, green horns from back East, the good guys always wore white hats and always won the day.

Besides Westerns, Granny & Granddad liked to watch the Ed Sullivan show. I think that's the first place I saw Johny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash. I know it was the first place I ever saw Elvis Presley. (Granny didn't seem too thrilled with the gyrating hips, but later on said she liked his voice and collected most of his gospel and Christmas albums. I think that was just a cover up though). We all enjoyed Joan Rivers, Flip Wilson and many others that made us laugh.

Later in the evening Granny & Granddad watched the news and went to bed.

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Saturday mornings were my favorites though. While I liked Woody Woodpecker, Mickey Mouse and Wile E. Coyote, I was in love with horses and cowboys. I couldn't wait until the cartoons were over and the good stuff came on, like Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and even Rin Tin Tin, because I like dogs too.

Find More Great Old Time TV Shows on DVD at Amazon

While it's fun to watch short clips of these old shows over on You Tube, it's even more fun to own all the shows to watch in the comfort of your own living room, just like the old days. (only minus the commercials!)

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      I like your lens a lot. Itâs very nice, thanks for sharing. Gunsmoke is #1.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @George McCasland: wow I knew he did tons of things but hadn't noticed that before! Thanks for stopping by!

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      George McCasland 6 years ago

      Have you noted that Michael Landon worked solidly for 29 years. There was less then a year off between series.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @choosehappy: I always thought PJ was pretty cool; how the girls always seemed smarter than the guys ;-) I'm betting Amazon has DVD's if anyone does!

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      Oh, I loved Petticoat Junction. Hmm...I wonder if they have that on dvd somewhere....

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @OhMe: thank you for stopping by! Yes the old stuff is much better than the new shows I think!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh yes, I do remember all of them and remembering enjoying them very much. I love to catch re-runs.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @EpicFarms: Yes I am so glad that nowadays we do not have to depend on reruns to watch what we want! Thank you for stopping by!

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      Thanks to technology and free enterprise, we still get to watch a lot of these shows. I've been ordering DVDs here and there (like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) to share them with my daughter; she loves them as much as I did growing up ;o)

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @gypsyman27 lm: Thank you very much for stopping by and commenting!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @tssfacts: thanks for stopping by! Glad to know others remember these things too!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you and you are welcome!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I remember all of these, and loved watching them, too!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you for stopping by; too bad they don't make TV shows like these any more!

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      I really like the old shows. It reminds me of sitting in a chair with my grandmother, (she was a tiny little woman) and watching these programs in the '50s. This lens is very well done and well presented. See you around the galaxy...

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      I remember these for sure. Nice to take a walk down memory lane.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We watched every one of these shows as a family growing up, thanks for the memories!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      @littlesites lm: Thanks for stopping by! weren't some of those old shows a hoot?! I don't even watch TV any more; shows today just don't do a thing for me. Yes those girls at the Junction were something else, weren't they?

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      littlesites lm 6 years ago

      Really enjoyed viewing this lens. My brother and I spent many hours in front of the t.v. watching all the shows you mentioned in your poll. We both were big fans of the old westerns too. Oh, and I was a big fan of Petticoat Junction and the girls at the Shady Rest Hotel...where things were always moving kinda slow. This lens definitely brought back some fond childhood memories for me. Thanks!