C is for Cagney & Lacey, the Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Charlie’s Angels, Cannon, Columbo and Cheers #atozchallenge



Welcome to the A-Z Classic TV Shows Theme Songs and Intros! Last year I did an A-Z Musical Tour of My Life and featured tons of classic rock music. I had so much fun with it that this year I decided to present classic television shows theme songs and intros. These are shows that I remember from my youth during the 60s and 70s…with an occasional 80s show thrown in. Each show is introduced with information (gathered primarily from my favorite go-to for info, Wikipedia) or associated memories, followed by a video of the TV show’s theme song intro. At first glance, the posts may seem long because of the number of videos included but it’s really laid out in a way that will enable you to scroll through and read, watch or hear just what you want and then either move on to the next A-Zer or linger and go back in time with all the fun theme song intros you’ll find here. Please leave a comment and share your favorite classic TV shows. By all means, bookmark my blog so you can come back! I hope you enjoy my collection. Now, let’s get started with…

C is for Cagney & Lacey:

Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988. A police procedural, the show stars Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as New York City police detectives who lead very different lives: Christine Cagney (Gless) was a single, career-minded woman, while Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) was a married working mother. The series was set in a fictionalized version of Manhattan’s 14th Precinct (known as “Midtown South”). For six consecutive years, one of the two lead actresses won the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama (four wins for Daly, two for Gless), a winning streak unmatched in any major category by a show.


C is for the Courtship of Eddie’s Father:


"Courtship of Eddies Father 1969" by ABC Television - Licensed under Public Domain via Commons –

“Courtship of Eddies Father 1969” by ABC Television – Licensed under Public Domain via Commons –

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father is an American television sitcom based on the 1963 movie of the same name, which was based on the book written by Mark Toby (edited by Dorothy Wilson). It tells the story of a widower, Tom Corbett (played by Bill Bixby), who is a magazine publisher, and his son, Eddie (played by Brandon Cruz), who believes his father should marry, and manipulates situations surrounding the women his father is interested in. ABC had acquired the rights to the story; the series debuted on September 17, 1969, and was last broadcast on March 1, 1972.

Bixby received an Emmy nomination for the show.


Cute intro from another season:



C is for Charlie’s Angels: When most people think of Charlie’s Angels, the first person that springs to mind is Farrah Fawcett, but surprisingly Farrah Fawcett only starred in this show for the first season!

Charlie’s Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and was produced by Aaron Spelling. It plots the adventures of three women working in a private detective agency in Los Angeles, California, and initially starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, and Jaclyn Smith in the leading roles, with David Doyle co-starring as a sidekick to the three women and John Forsythe providing the voice of their boss. Later additions to the cast were Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts.


Despite mixed reviews from critics and a reputation for merely being “Jiggle TV”, the show enjoyed an astonishing popularity with audiences, and was a top ten hit for its first two seasons. By the third season the show had fallen from the top 10. The 4th season of the show saw a further decline in ratings. The series ended in 1981 after 5 Seasons. The series continues to have a cult and pop culture following through syndication, DVD releases, and subsequent TV and film remakes.

Season 1 Intro and Opening Credits:



C is for Cannon:

Cannon is a CBS detective television series produced by Quinn Martin which aired from September 14, 1971 to March 3, 1976. The primary protagonist is the title character, private detective Frank Cannon, played by William Conrad. He also appeared on two crossover episodes of Barnaby Jones.

Frank Cannon was a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, however he retired after the deaths of his wife and son in a car accident and later became a private detective. The series begins at the point where Cannon is just beginning this new career (the pilot film picks up after Cannon has just spent 2 1/2 months overseas on an investigation). The cause of death of Cannon’s wife and child was not clear through the first four seasons of the show. However, the first episode of the fifth and final season revolves around Cannon’s investigation of the deaths, and he finally finds out the reason they were killed.

The noticeably overweight Frank Cannon had expensive tastes, especially in food and cars. (His primary vehicle was an ice-blue ’72 Lincoln Continental Mark IV.) During the series’ run, his car would range from a Lincoln 1971 Mark III to a 1976 Mark IV in various color schemes, all dark over light blue exteriors, with interiors ranging from red velour to dark-blue leather… Cannon’s investigations were mostly for clients in the Southern California area, although on occasion he was called in for investigations much farther away (e.g., New Mexico in the pilot).

Cannon occasionally would get hurt (shot or beaten) and knocked unconscious. He carried a gun for self-defense, usually a snub-nosed .38 Special revolver (which appeared to be a Colt Detective Special). Sometimes he used other guns (Including an M1911 and a B.A.R). He was known to subdue suspects with karate chops, judo holds, and occasionally he would thrust and knock down adversaries with his huge abdomen.

In the first two seasons Cannon was a pipe smoker. In the third season, the pipe was seen occasionally; it was subsequently dropped altogether.

Here is a typical episode opening:



C is for Columbo:

Columbo is probably my favorite detective show, even after all these years. I never tire of watching his sleuthing. Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, popularized the inverted detective story format which begins by showing the commission of the crime and its perpetrator; the series therefore has no “whodunit” element. The plot revolves around how a perpetrator whose identity is already known to the audience will finally be caught and exposed (which the show’s writers called a ‘howcatchem’, rather than a ‘whodunit’).


Columbo is a friendly, verbose, disheveled police detective of Italian descent, whose trademarks include wearing a rumpled, beige raincoat over his suit, and smoking a cigar. He is consistently underestimated by his suspects, who are initially reassured and distracted by his circumstantial speech, then increasingly irritated by his pestering behavior. Despite his unprepossessing appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all evidence needed for a conviction. His formidable eye for detail and relentlessly dedicated approach, though apparent to the viewer, often become clear to the killer only late in the story line.

Much to my dismay, as hard as I searched, I didn’t find a decent intro theme song online for Columbo. Instead I’ll present this hilarious Emmy acceptance speech from the 1972 Emmys Archives. I love Peter Falk and hopefully you’ll like this short video:



C is for Cheers:

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for NBC and created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. The show is set in a bar named Cheers (named after the popular toast) in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink, relax, and socialize. The show’s main theme song, written and performed by Gary Portnoy, and co-written with Judy Hart Angelo, lent its famous refrain, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”, as the show’s tagline.

After premiering on September 30, 1982, it was nearly canceled during its first season when it ranked last in ratings for its premiere (74th out of 77 shows). Cheers, however, eventually became a highly rated television show in the United States, earning a top-ten rating during eight of its eleven seasons, including one season at number one. The show spent most of its run on NBC’s Thursday night “Must See TV” lineup. Its widely watched series finale was broadcast on May 20, 1993, and the show’s 275 episodes have been successfully syndicated worldwide. Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for all eleven of its seasons on the air, it earned 28 Emmy Awards from a record of 117 nominations.

We came to know the characters so well and they were all so beloved that I thought I’d include this character synopsis that I found on Wikipedia:

Original main characters "Cheers original cast 1982-86 (1983)" by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

Original main characters “Cheers original cast 1982-86 (1983)” by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

Ted Danson portrays Sam Malone, a bartender and an owner of Cheers. Sam is also a lothario. Before the series began, he was a baseball relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox nicknamed “Mayday Malone” until he became an alcoholic, taking a toll on his career. He has on-again, off-again relationships with Diane Chambers, his class opposite, in the first five seasons (1982–1987). During their off-relationships, Sam has flings with many not-so-bright “sexy women”,[11] yet fails to pursue a meaningful relationship and fails to seduce other women, such as intellectuals. After Diane is written out of the series, he tries to pursue Rebecca Howe, but he either fails to achieve or gets uninterested if passion is attempted. At the end of the series, he is still unmarried and recovering from sexual addiction with a help of Dr. Robert Sutton’s (Gilbert Lewis) group meetings, advised by Frasier.

Shelley Long portrays Diane Chambers, an academic, sophisticated graduate student.[6] In the pilot, Diane is abandoned by her fiancé, leaving her without a job, money, and man. Therefore, she reluctantly becomes a cocktail waitress. Later, she becomes a close friend of Coach and has on-and-off relationships with bartender Sam Malone, her class opposite. During their off-relationships times, Diane dates men who fit her upper-class ideals, such as Frasier Crane. In 1987, she leaves Boston behind for a writing career and to live in Los Angeles, California.

Nicholas Colasanto portrays Coach Ernie Pantusso, a “borderline senile” co-bartender, widower, and retired coach. Coach is also a friend of Sam and a close friend of Diane. He has a daughter, Lisa. Coach is often tricked into situations, especially ones that put the bar at stake. Coach listens to people’s problems and solves them. In 1985, Coach is explained to have died without explicit explanation; the actor Colasanto died of a heart attack.

Rhea Perlman portrays Carla Tortelli, a “wisecracking, cynical” cocktail waitress, who treats customers badly. She is also highly fertile and matrimonially inept. When the series premiered, she is the mother of four children by her ex-husband Nick Tortelli (Dan Hedaya). Later, she gives birth to four more, incorporated by Perlman’s real-life pregnancies. All of her children are notoriously ill-behaved, except Ludlow, whose father is a prominent academician. She flirts with men, including ones who are not flattered by her ways, and believes in superstitions, but secretly carries the torch for Sam. Later, she marries Eddie LeBec, an ice hockey player, who later becomes a penguin mascot for ice shows. After he died in an ice show accident by an ice resurfacer, Carla later discovers that Eddie had committed bigamy with another woman, whom he had gotten pregnant.

George Wendt portrays Norm Peterson, a bar regular and semi-unemployed accountant. A recurrent joke on the show, especially in the earlier seasons, was that the character was such a popular and constant fixture at the bar that anytime he entered through the front door everyone present would yell out his name (“NORM!”) in greeting; usually this cry would be followed by one of the present bartenders asking Norm how he was, usually receiving a sardonic response and a request for a beer. He has infrequent accounting jobs and a troubled marriage with (but is still in love with and married to) Vera, an unseen character. Later in the series, he becomes a house painter and an interior decorator. The character was not originally intended to be a main cast role; Wendt auditioned for a minor role of George for the pilot episode. The role was to only be Diane Chambers’ first customer and had only one word: “Beer!” After he was cast in a more permanent role, the character was renamed Norm.

John Ratzenberger portrays Cliff Clavin, a know-it-all bar regular and postal worker. He lives with his mother Esther Clavin (Frances Sternhagen) in first the family house and later an apartment. In the bar, Cliff unwittingly says things that either annoy people, motivate people into mocking him, drive people away, confuse people, are inaccurate, or are unnecessary to people. Ratzenberger auditioned for the role of a minor character George, but it went to Wendt, evolving the role into Norm Peterson.[16] The producers decided they wanted a resident bar know-it-all, so the security guard Cliff Clavin was added for the pilot. The producers changed his occupation into a postal worker as they thought such a man would have wider knowledge than a guard.

Cheers cast

Subsequent main characters “Cheers cast 1991” by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

Kelsey Grammer portrays Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist and bar regular. Frasier started out as Diane Chambers’s love interest in the third season (1984–85). In the fourth season (1985–86), after Diane jilts him at the altar in Europe, Frasier ends up frequenting Cheers and becomes a regular. After the series ended, in the spin-off Frasier, he gives child custody of their son Frederick to Lilith and moves to Seattle.

Woody Harrelson portrays Woody Boyd, a not-so-bright bartender. He arrives from his Midwest hometown to Boston, to see Coach, his “pen pal” (as referring to exchanging “pens”, not letters). When he learns that Coach died, Woody is hired in his place. Later, he marries his girlfriend Kelly Gaines (Jackie Swanson), also not-so-bright but raised in a rich family. In the final season, he runs for political office, and surprisingly wins.

Bebe Neuwirth portrays Lilith Sternin, a psychiatrist and bar regular. She is often teased by bar patrons about her uptight personality and appearance. In “Second Time Around” (1986), her first episode, also her only one of the fourth season, her date with Frasier does not go well because they constantly argue. In the fifth season, with help from Diane, Lilith and Frasier begin a relationship. Eventually, they marry and have a son, Frederick. In the eleventh and final season, she leaves Frasier to live with another man in an experimental underground environment called the “Eco-pod.” However she returns later in the season and reconciles with Frasier.

Kirstie Alley portrays Rebecca Howe. She starts out as a strong independent woman, managing the bar for the corporation that was given the bar by Sam after Diane jilted him. Eventually, when Sam regains ownership, she begs him to let her remain as business manager. She repeatedly has romantic failures with mainly rich men and becomes more and “more neurotic, insecure, and sexually frustrated”. At the start, Sam frequently attempts to seduce Rebecca without success. As her persona changes, he loses interest in her. In the eleventh and final season, Rebecca marries the plumber Don Santry and quits working for the bar.


What other C shows belong here? Did you have a favorite of what you saw here? What are your favorite TV shows, past and present?


54 thoughts on “C is for Cagney & Lacey, the Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Charlie’s Angels, Cannon, Columbo and Cheers #atozchallenge

    • I’m not familiar with The Champions. What’s that about?? I just checked YouTube and see that they have some full episodes online. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for that!


  1. Hi, One L, MIchele!

    I-C you’ve been busy putting together another interesting post. 🙂 Mrs. Shady loves Cagney & Lacey because it portrays women in positions of authority rather than servility. She has been watching reruns the series over the past year. Tyne Daly later co-starred in Judging Amy, another of Mrs. Shady’s favorite series. I liked Bill Bixby in other projects including My Favorite Martian, but didn’t watch The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Magician or The Incredible Hulk, nor was I much of a Cannon fan. I didn’t particularly like Charlie’s Angels, either, and thought Farrah was overrated. I liked the intelligent characters played by Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd a lot more. Before Charlie’s Angels, Jaclyn wowed me in an episode of Dennis Weaver’s McCloud series. Columbo is by far my favorite detective series and Peter Falk’s acceptance speech was a joy to watch. The man was naturally funny. He was a riot in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. I think it was a mistake to spin-off a Mrs. Columbo series because it wasn’t nearly as good and it would have been better to leave Mrs. Columbo to the imagination. The success of Cheers proves that actors can have great chemistry even though they don’t particularly like each other. I didn’t like the series as much after Shelley Long left. Bebe Neuwirth went on to many other acting roles, but whenever Mrs. Shady and I see her, we holler “Lilith!” Like many TV series, Cheers advanced the theory that women are secretly drawn to men who possess brawn and good looks more so than those with brains and moral integrity.

    Thank you, dear friend Michele!

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    • Yes, I love Tyne Daly! Judging Amy was a great series. Columbo is one of my all-time favorites and I still catch the show now and then. You can see reruns of Cagney & Lacey?? On what channel? I’m so irritated with my cable carrier, Suddenlink. Their channel lineup leaves a lot to be desired: they don’t carry networks like MeTV (which has alot of the old time shows), ION, Chiller or many other great networks. I’ve called them and requested the channels to no avail. I’m scared to go with Dish because every time you turn around, I’m seeing announcements that Dish is going to stop carrying such and such networks. It’s all big business, this channelling stuff. Plus I have everything bundled. Arrgh. Makes me irritable!

      And yep, no denying that women are attracted to good lookin’ bad boys. I’m one of them! Or used to be. Not so much anymore. I just like nice guys now… 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by Shady! Have a shady-day! 🙂


    • Columbo is definitely one of my favs. I still watch it on the Hallmark Channel… I think it’s the Hallmark Channel?? Anyway, still good after all these years…
      Thanks for stopping by


  2. I was a regular viewer of all of these, except Cannon. Thanks for the memories, Michele. 🙂 Sharon Gless as Chris Cagney was a great character! A real “tough broad” whom I admired. Al Waxman was a homeboy and had a long-running Canadian show called “King of Kensington”. Peter Falk’s Colombo was another memorable one. We tuned in every time it was on and sometimes catch reruns, even now. Loved the acceptance speech! 🙂

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    • King of Kensington: that sounds familiar but I’m not quite placing it. We used to get Canadian stations of course, being in Niagara Falls and it sounds mighty familiar. I’ll have to look it up when I get a minute. I’ve been on the dang computer all day~!

      Thanks for stopping by, my friend! Appreciate your visit. And the tweets! ❤

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    • I’m so glad you are digging my theme Mary! Love yours too! It’s fun getting exposed to new artists…for me, who’s a dinosaur stuck in my old ways. I’m perpetually living in the past so it’s refreshing to hear new music. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by


    • I don’t remember it being in syndication. I wonder if it airs anywhere now? I loved the theme song to it. When I was putting this all together, that one stuck in my head for days…


  3. What a walk down memory lane. I loved Cagney and Lacey! Tyne Daily is a great actress. And Canon…oh I had forgotten him!! Colombo was another favorite (I told you I love cop shows). Bobby , on Law and Order, reminds me of Colombo. There is just something so endearing about the bumbling!!

    Paula from
    Smidgen, Snippets, & Bits

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    • The bumbling! Peter Falk played that part amazingly well. The role must have been written for him. I bet he was fun to work with!


    • I know, right? I was surprised to learn that too. Because almost everybody associates that show with her. Do you remember the Farrah posters?? So many boys had her pinned up in their rooms!


  4. Cheers is an all-timer. So is the spin-off, Frasier.

    The Cosby Show probably qualifies for C. Crossing Jordan, which I may have watched for Jill Hennessy.

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    • Oh yeah, I like Crossing Jordan. Jill Hennessy is fabulous. I miss that show actually.
      And yep, I forgot about the Cosby Show. That’s a good one. Thanks for the reminder…


  5. Not going to comment on all these (lots going on here), but my favorite Angel was Jaclyn Smith. I always thought she was much prettier than Farrah or Cheryl Ladd. She STILL looks great.

    Cheers was a great show. It ruled Thursday nights for the longest time. I preferred Shelley Long over Kirstie Alley, but I think the show was still excellent up until the end.

    Other C shows I miss: Charmed. I thought there were more, but I’m drawing a blank…

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    • Oh, Charmed is GREAT! I love that show! I never watched it when it was in primetime but I’ve caught the whole entire series on TNT. It’s still on in the early morning hours. What a great show!

      Yes, love Jaclyn Smith. Loved her hair too. She’s a real beauty. Timeless beauty…

      Thanks for stopping by Robin.


  6. How about Captain Kangaroo? XD

    These are all favorites of mine. Remember the show “Burn Notice,” where Sharon Gless played Jeffrey Donovan’s mother? They brought Tyne Daly in as another character, and it was fun to see the two of them back together.

    I like Cannon because I’m built like William Conrad. He was the voice of the Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons and played Marshall Dillon on the radio version of “Gunsmoke.” They used Jim Arness in the TV version, for obvious reasons.

    Bill Bixby had an interesting career, didn’t he? From “My Favorite Martian” to “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” to “The Incredible Hulk.” I saw him years ago in one of those religious films that they used to show at odd hours of the night, usually before the station signed off. Anything he was in, he was good.

    Another reason to lobby for MeTV: “Columbo” is on every Sunday night. We’ve seen all of them several times, and still enjoy them.

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    • Oh yes! Captain Kangaroo!!! Forgot all about that one. That’s a classic for sure!

      I didn’t know that about William Conrad. He did have a great voice. I’m glad they featured him in such a high profile role, especially back in those days when one had to be thin and beautiful to be considered for roles. He played a great part!

      Bill Bixby did have an interesting career. What a change of characters!

      I get to see Columbo once in awhile. It airs on the Hallmark channel I think. I could be wrong about that but I think it’s Hallmark. Or the Family Channel or something like that. MeTV would be better though. Do they air the Mod Squad?? That’s one of my first listings in the M post: I LOVED that show!


      • They did show “Mod Squad” for a while on Sunday afternoon; they might have lost the rights to it. They showed a lot of the 70’s cop shows like The Streets of San Francisco, Kojak, etc. on Sundays, but I haven’t seen them in a while.

        William Conrad was in a version of “Nero Wolfe” for a while. I only saw it in syndication. He definitely had the build for it…

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        • Oh yeah, Kojak and Streets of SF are definitely part of my series here. LOVED those shows!
          I don’t remember seeing Nero Wolfe. I’ll have to see if I can find some episodes, especially with William Conrad in them. I always liked him a lot….


    • Isn’t it funny when you haven’t heard something in YEARS, decades maybe, and you still know all the words? That’s when you know it’s really ingrained in your psyche. Yikes! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by Alex…


  7. Holy crap that’s a lot of “C” lol Information overload! Many of these are classics that I’ve heard of, but Cheers is the only one I ever watched with any regularity. I’ve enjoyed the actors in their other roles over time as well.

    I should know Charlie Angels, but I only know the movie adaptations (and mainly just the first at that). Except for Farrah Fawcett of course.

    As for C shows that I used to watch a lot… I guess The Cosby Show (as someone mentioned above). Maybe Charles in Charge?

    Fun theme! Good luck with the A to Z!


    • Lol! Loved your first line in your comment! 🙂
      I hadn’t thought about Charles in Charge. That’s after Scott Baio was introduced on Happy Days, right? I remember him in Diagnosis Murder too.

      Cheers was a great show. That whole cast had amazing chemistry.

      Thanks for stopping by Jak!


  8. Michele, excellent classic TV programming from the day! I remember most, if not all of these. My personal favorites here in no particular order are: Charlie’s Angels, Cheers, and Columbo. The 70s and 80s were wonderful decades for TV screen writers with lots of talent. There are good writers still around, but people’s judgement has deteriorated so badly that they have no idea what’s good and what’s not, thus good programming gets cancelled while the awful stuff stays around. Thanks for visiting. Playing catch up today after speeding the day in the mountains yesterday! 😉

    Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: Cab Calloway #AprilA2Z

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    • Yes! It drives me absolutely bat-shit crazy when network execs cancel great programming…and they do it all the time! Especially I hate when they cancel a series and don’t wrap it up for the viewers, leaving us hanging in the wind, wondering what happened. That’s so rude! 🙂

      Hope you had fun in the mountains! Sounds like fun…

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  9. Loved Cheers. Avoided detective shows, even Charlie’s Angels, although it was HUGE when I was in high school. In fact, one of my friends had a poster of Farrah Fawcett in her locker. She came out as a lesbian about ten years ago, which explained a whole lot about the poster in her locker 🙂 I was always envious of girls who could feather their hair back, because mine was too curly to do it.

    Dyanne from Backsies Is What There Is Not


    • Oh I remember when feathered hair first came out! My first feather cut was a disaster because the woman cut my hair when it was dry (I have thick naturally curly hair) so the cut turned into a real mess. I had to have my mom take me to someone else to get it fixed, then it looked good. But that first experience was not fun!
      That’s funny about your friend’s poster of Farrah! lol.


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