F is for Family Affair, the Fugitive, the Flying Nun, The F.B.I., Flipper and the Flintstones #atozchallenge

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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…

F is for Family Affair:

Family Affair is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to March 4, 1971. The series explored the trials of well-to-do civil engineer and bachelor Bill Davis (Brian Keith) as he attempted to raise his brother’s orphaned children in his luxury New York City apartment. Davis’ traditional English gentleman’s gentleman, Mr. Giles French (Sebastian Cabot), also had adjustments to make as he became saddled with the responsibility of caring for 15-year-old Cissy (Kathy Garver) and the 6-year-old twins, Jody (Johnny Whitaker) and Buffy (Anissa Jones).

"Family affair 1967" by CBS. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

“Family affair 1967” by CBS. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Family Affair ran for 138 episodes in five seasons. The show was created and produced by Edmund Hartmann and Don Fedderson, also known for My Three Sons and The Millionaire.

 

 

F is for The Fugitive:

The Fugitive is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins. It was produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television. It aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard Kimble, a physician who is falsely convicted of his wife’s murder and sentenced to receive the death penalty. En route to death row, Kimble’s train derails over a switch, allowing him to escape and begin a cross-country search for the real killer, a “one-armed man” (played by Bill Raisch). At the same time, Dr. Kimble is hounded by the authorities, most notably by Police Lieutenant Philip Gerard (Barry Morse).

The Fugitive aired for four seasons, and a total of 120 51-minute episodes were produced. The first three seasons were filmed in black and white; the final season was in color.

The Fugitive was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won the Emmy for Outstanding Dramatic Series in 1966. In 2002, it was ranked No. 36 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. TV Guide named the one-armed man No. 5 in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.

 

 

F is for The Flying Nun:

The Flying Nun was an American situation comedy produced by Screen Gems for ABC based on the 1965 book The Fifteenth Pelican, written by Tere Rios. It starred Sally Field as Sister Bertrille. The series originally ran on ABC from September 7, 1967, to April 3, 1970, producing 82 episodes, including a one-hour pilot episode.

Developed by Bernard Slade, the series centered on the adventures of a community of nuns in the Convent San Tanco in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The comic elements of the storyline were provided by the flying ability of a novice nun, Sister Bertrille.

In the hour-long series pilot, Chicago native Elsie Ethrington arrives in San Juan from New York City after her arrest for having been involved in a protest; she then adopts the name of Sister Bertrille. It is also later learned (in the episode “My Sister, The Sister”) that Sister Bertrille comes from a family of physicians and is the only one who did not follow in their footsteps. She became a nun, joining the Convento San Tanco, after being impressed by the missionary work of her aunt, and broke up with her boyfriend of eight months, a toy salesman.

Sister Bertrille could be relied upon to solve any problem that came her way by her ability to catch a passing breeze and fly. This was generally attributed to her weighing under 90 pounds, high winds at the Convent high on the ocean bluffs, and the large, heavily starched cornette that was the headpiece for her habit. (The cornette was based on one worn until the middle 1960s by the Daughters of Charity, although Sister Bertrille was never said to belong to that order. Indeed, the order which included the Convento San Tanco was never specified in the series.) Her flying talents caused as many problems as they solved. She explains her ability to fly by stating, “When lift plus thrust is greater than load plus drag, anything can fly.” The reason behind that statement was that Sister Bertrille weighed only 90 lbs.; in one episode, she tries to gain weight so she could stay grounded, but the attempt failed. Additionally, in the first season episode “Young Man with a Cornette,” she specifically tells a young boy who intended to use her cornette to fly that there were many factors other than her weight (which was distributed differently than that of the boy) that made her flying possible. The only time she was unable to take off was when heavy rains or storms occurred and caused her starched cornette to lose its shape or when she had to wear something that would keep her grounded at all times.

 

F is for The F.B.I. :

Here’s another police drama. Can you tell I’m into cop shows? 🙂

The F.B.I. is an American television series broadcast on ABC from 1965–74. It was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, and the characters almost always drove Ford vehicles in the series. Alcoa and American Tobacco Company co-sponsored the first season only with Ford.

Produced by Quinn Martin (who also produced The Fugitive) and based in part on concepts from the 1959 Warner Bros. theatrical film The FBI Story, the series was an authentic telling of or fictionalized accounts of actual F.B.I. cases, with fictitious main characters carrying the stories. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. played Inspector Lewis Erskine, a widower whose wife died as a result of an ambush that was meant for him. Philip Abbott played Arthur Ward, assistant director to F.B.I. chief J. Edgar Hoover. Although Hoover served as series consultant until his death in 1972, he was never seen in the series.

Some episodes ended with a “most wanted” segment hosted by Zimbalist, noting the F.B.I.’s most wanted criminals of the day (this was decades before the Fox Network aired “America’s Most Wanted”). The most famous instance during the series’ run came following the April 21, 1968 episode, when Zimbalist asked for information about fugitive James Earl Ray, who was being sought in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The series aired on ABC at 8 p.m. Sunday from 1965 to 1973, when it was moved up to 7:30 p.m. for the final season. The series was a co-production of Quinn Martin Productions and Warner Bros. Television, as Warner Bros. held the television and theatrical rights to any project based on The FBI Story. It was the longest running of all of Quinn Martin’s television series, having aired nine seasons. The series peaked at No. 10 in the 1970-1971 season.

Here is a typical intro along with closing credits:

 

 

F is for Flipper:  This should be no surprise: Flipper was one of my favorite shows!

Flipper, from Ivan Tors Films in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television, is an American television program first broadcast on NBC from September 19, 1964, until April 15, 1967. Flipper, a bottlenose dolphin, is the companion animal of Porter Ricks, Chief Warden at fictional Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve in southern Florida, and his two young sons, Sandy and Bud. The show has been dubbed an “aquatic Lassie”

Animal cast

Flipper. Flipper is a dolphin and the companion animal of the Ricks family. Flipper is an extraordinarily intelligent dolphin who helps enforce regulations in the Preserve, assists Porter Ricks with rescues at sea, and keeps a watchful eye on Sandy and Bud, who themselves he has rescued or helped rescue from danger on numerous occasions. Flipper was portrayed by five different dolphins, the most commonly used ones were named “Kathy” and “Susie.”

Pelican Pete. A pelican named Pete, depicted in the original movie as Sandy’s pet before he met Flipper, had a recurring role on the show and appeared in several episodes.

Additional animal cast members. Other animals appearing on the show included a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Spray (real name was Chobee from Okeechobee, Florida) (seen only in a few early episodes), a seal, a baby elephant, alligators, a female albino dolphin (whose baby Flipper fathered during her only appearance, in the “White Dolphin” episode); and another female dolphin, introduced at the end of the second season, dubbed “Lorelei” by the Ricks family. Lorelei became Flipper’s “girlfriend”.

Human cast

Porter Ricks. Brian Kelly fills the show’s moral center with his portrayal of Porter Ricks, a loving father, conscientious government employee, rugged outdoorsman, and all-around good guy. Porter is a widowed father with two sons, Sandy and Bud, and is employed as Chief Warden and Park Ranger at the fictional Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve in southern Florida. Kelly replaced Chuck Connors (the original Porter Ricks in the first movie Flipper) in the second movie Flipper’s New Adventure although he was then only at Park Ranger training school. Reflecting on Porter being single, Brian Kelly told TV Guide (July 9, 1966): “I’m going to bring a couple of bikini girls on. I want some groovy-lookin’ girls because a lot of fathers who see the show say, “Where are the chicks?”. Porter’s parenting style is firm yet fun as he involves his boys (particularly the older son Sandy) in his various exciting water borne tasks as Park Ranger all the while gladly allowing Flipper to befriend his sons and help with various crucial rescue efforts.

Sandy Ricks. Luke Halpin plays Porter’s elder son Sandy. Sandy begins Season 1 as a 15-year-old outdoorsy athletic teenager sometimes given to boyish mishaps and poor choices (although usually more responsible than his impish younger brother Bud) and ends Season 3 as an 18-year-old old enough for adult responsibilities and duties. Sandy often accompanies his father on dangerous adventures and rescues at, and under the, sea. The character of Sandy is carried over from both the feature films (Halpin was the sole lead actor/character to appear in both movies AND the entire TV series), where he was the one who first met Flipper and became his special friend. Halpin became an expert diver and thus was able to perform the extensive water related scenes throughout the series largely without stunt doubles. Halpin’s role as Sandy Ricks catapulted him to the rarefied atmosphere of teen super-stardom, a status bolstered by his frequent appearances in just cut-down blue jeans showing his tanned athletic swimmer’s build, his trademark mop of blond hair and model-quality telegenic looks.

Bud Ricks. Redheaded, freckle-faced Tommy Norden portrayed Porter Ricks’s younger son. Bud (a character created specifically for the TV series) begins Season 1 as an impish 10-year-old boy who has a difficult time staying out of trouble. Many episodes revolve around mistakes made by Bud, intentionally or unintentionally, and his need to be rescued from the consequences. Bud is gullible and easily swallows the tall tales Hap Gorman feeds him. Bud is at home on or near the sea and loves animals of all sorts. Flipper is his special companion and he ends Season 3 as a 13-year-old able to do more of the work that his older brother Sandy does.

 

 

F is for the Flintstones:

The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show, produced by Hanna-Barbera, fancifully depicted the lives of a working-class Stone Age man, his family, and his next-door neighbor and best friend.

The show’s continuing popularity rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting. The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time (after The Simpsons).

The show is set in the Stone Age town of Bedrock. In this fantasy version of the past, dinosaurs and other long-extinct animals co-exist with cavemen, saber-toothed cats, and woolly mammoths. Like their mid-twentieth century counterparts, these cavemen listen to records, live in split-level homes, and eat out at restaurants, yet their technology is made entirely from pre-industrial materials and largely powered through the use of animals. For example, the cars are made out of stone, wood and animal skins, and powered by the passengers’ feet.

Technology

Often the “prehistoric” analog to a modern machine uses an animal. For example, when a character takes photographs with an instant camera, inside the camera box, a bird carves the picture on a stone tablet with its beak. In a running gag, the animal powering such technology would frequently break the fourth wall, look directly into the camera at the audience and offer a mild complaint about his job. Other commonly seen gadgets in the series include a baby woolly mammoth used as a vacuum cleaner; an adult woolly mammoth acting as a shower by spraying water with its trunk; elevators raised and lowered by ropes around brontosauruses’ necks; “automatic” windows powered by monkeys on the outside; birds acting as “car horns”, sounded by the driver pulling on their tails or squeezing their bodies; an “electric” razor made from a clam shell, vibrating from a honey-bee inside; a pelican as a washing machine, shown with a beakful of soapy water; and a woodpecker whose beak is used to play a gramophone record. In most cases, “The Man of a Thousand Voices”, Mel Blanc, contributed the animals’ gag lines, often lowering his voice one to two full octaves, far below the range he used to voice the character of Barney Rubble. In the case of the Flintstones’ cuckoo clocks, which varied from mechanical toys to live birds announcing the time, when the hour approached 12:00, the bird inside the clock “cuckooing” usually just ran out of steam and gave up vocally, physically, or both.

Characters:

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The Flintstones

Fred Flintstone is the main character of the series. Fred is an accident-prone bronto-crane operator at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company and the head of the Flintstone household. He is quick to anger (usually over trivial matters), but is a very loving husband and father. He is also good at bowling and is a member of the fictional “Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes” (Lodge No. 26), a men-only club paralleling real-life fraternities such as the Loyal Order of Moose.

Wilma Flintstone is Fred’s wife. She is more intelligent and level-headed than her husband, though she often has a habit of spending money (with her and Betty’s catchphrase being “Da-da-da duh da-da CHARGE IT!!”). She often is a foil to Fred’s poor behavior.

Pebbles Flintstone is the Flintstones’ infant daughter, who is born near the end of the third season.

Dino, a prosauropod dinosaur, is the Flintstones’ pet who barks and generally acts like a dog. A running gag in the series involves Dino knocking down Fred out of excitement and licking him repeatedly. Though this irritates Fred a lot, he generally likes Dino very much.

Baby Puss is the Flintstones’ pet saber-toothed cat, who is rarely seen in the actual series, but is always seen throwing Fred out of the house during the end credits, causing Fred to pound repeatedly on the front door and yell “Wilma!”

The Rubbles

Barney Rubble is the secondary main character and Fred’s best friend and next door neighbor. His occupation is, for the most part of the series, unknown, though later series depict him working in the same quarry as Fred. He shares many of Fred’s interests like bowling and golf, and is also a member of the “Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes”. Though Fred and Barney frequently get into feuds with one another (usually due to Fred’s short temper), their deep fraternal bond remains evident.

Betty Rubble is Barney’s wife and Wilma’s best friend. Like Wilma, she too has a habit of spending money.

Bamm-Bamm Rubble is the Rubbles’ abnormally strong adopted son, whom they adopt during the fourth season; his name comes from the only phrase he ever speaks as a baby: “Bamm, Bamm!”

Hoppy is the Rubbles’ pet Hopparoo (a kangaroo/dinosaur combination creature), whom they adopt in the beginning of the fifth season. When he first arrives, Dino (and eventually Fred) mistakes him for a giant mouse and becomes frightened of him, but they eventually become best friends in a manner similar to that of their owners. He babysits the kids as he takes them around in his pouch, which also serves as a shopping cart for Betty. Fred Flintstone regards Hoppy as an overgrown and obnoxious nuisance until the fateful day that the Flintstones and the Rubbles go out together on a picnic. The families’ lives are endangered during the picnic and Hoppy goes for help.

Other characters: Do you remember these secondary characters?

Mr. Slate is Fred’s hot-tempered boss at the stone quarry. Though he is friends with Fred and Barney and often joins them for events such as parties, he is often not impressed with Fred’s antics at the quarry, and has fired him on many occasions, only to give him his job back at the end. A running gag is his ever-changing first name, which has been presented as Sylvester, Nate, Oscar and George. On the episode “The Long, Long, Long Weekend”, which originally aired on January 21, 1966, he is shown as being the founder of Slate Rock and Gravel Company. The company is still in business two million years later and is being run by his descendant George Slate the Eighty-Thousandth.

Arnold is the Flintstones’ paper boy, whom Fred absolutely despises, because he often, unintentionally, throws the newspaper at Fred’s face. A running gag has Fred being outsmarted by Arnold. His parents are mentioned, but almost never seen. His mother has never been seen on screen, but her name is Doris and she is a friend of Wilma’s and Betty’s as evidenced in the episode “The Little Stranger”, which originally aired on November 2, 1962. His father was shown on the episode “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”, which originally aired on April 27, 1962. His name, however, is unknown.

Joe Rockhead is a mutual friend of Fred and Barney. Usually, when Fred and Barney have some kind of falling out, Fred mentions doing something (such as going to a baseball game) with Joe. Joe was, at some point, chief of the Bedrock Volunteer Fire Department (as shown on the episode “Arthur Quarry’s Dance Class”, which originally aired on January 13, 1961). His appearance varied throughout the run of the series, but his appearance in the episode “The Picnic”, which originally aired on December 15, 1961, was the one most commonly used.

Pearl Slaghoople is Wilma’s hard-to-please mother, who is constantly disapproving of Fred and his behavior. Their disastrous first meeting was recounted in the episode “Bachelor Daze”, which originally aired on March 5, 1964. They briefly reconciled in the episode “Mother-in-Law’s Visit”, which originally aired on February 1, 1963. That is, until, she found out that she became Fred’s “nice fat pigeon” when he suckered her out of money he need to buy a baby crib for Pebbles. They would reconcile again at the end of the TV movie “I Yabba Dabba Do”.

The Great Gazoo is an alien exiled to Earth who helps Fred and Barney, often against their will. He is actually from the future, and is quite dismayed when he realizes he has been sent back to “the Stone Age”. He can only be seen by Fred, Barney, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm, other small children, Dino and Hoppy.

Uncle Tex Hardrock is Fred’s maternal uncle and a member of the Texarock Rangers. He constantly holds Fred’s future inheritance over his head.

Sam Slagheap is the Grand Poobah of the Water Buffalo Lodge.

The Flintstones Intro and Closing Credits:

 

What are your favorite TV shows, past and present? Do you like cartoons? Are there any other classic shows that start with F that should’ve been included here?

 

 

 

 

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63 thoughts on “F is for Family Affair, the Fugitive, the Flying Nun, The F.B.I., Flipper and the Flintstones #atozchallenge

  1. I remember hearing about the Flying Nun, but never saw it. I do remember seeing Flipper though, but only occasionally – not sure why :). My animal hero was Champion the Wonder Horse in repeats 🙂 Forever Knight is an F show that I love – a vampire police officer, trying to make up for his years of killing to survive. Firefly is another great one.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    • Tasha, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Champion the Wonder Horse. And I love horses! Another F show that someone else posted was Fury, a show about wild horses. How did I miss these shows??!
      Not familiar with Forever Knight but it sounds good. I’ll have to see if I can find some full episodes on Netflix or YouTube…
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. “Alright, listen up, people. … What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area.” (Tommy Lee Jones quote from The Fugitive motion picture)

    Hi, One L!

    The only two F series in your post that I watched regularly were The Fugitive and The Flintstones. I occasionally watched Family Affair because I liked Sebastian Cabot from his role on the detective series Checkmate (a good “C” series that I forgot to mention). Family Affair is one of those “cursed” TV series because Anissa Jones, the girl who played Buffy on the show, died of a drug overdose at age 18 and series star Brian Keith committed suicide. I watched Sally Field in her earlier series Gidget but didn’t pay as much attention to her as The Flying Nun. Most cartoon shows made for kids bored me to tears, but The Flintstones, modeled after Jackie Gleason’s Honeymooners sitcom, was sophisticated enough to keep me interested.

    Thanks for the memories, dear friend Michele!

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    • Hey Shade! That is one great line from Tommy Lee Jones! I love that movie and watch it every time it comes on TV.
      You mentioned Sebastian Cabot (loved him as Mr. French!) in a show called Checkmate: how do I not know about that one? I’m a cop/detective show freak! What years was that on??

      Yes, that was a terrible shame about Anissa Jones’ drug overdose and then Brian Keith committing suicide. Was the show cursed? Very sad.

      I think it’s funny that the Flintstones were modeled after the Honeymooners. Another show that will be featured in my H post…

      Thanks for stopping by today Shady! Your visits and comments are always appreciated. ❤

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    • Love the Flintstones! I’d love to see them again. Wonder if they are shown on TV anymore?? Loved how they drove with their feet running the vehicles. So cute!

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  3. I used to watch Family Affair and was going to mention the tragedies involved, but Shady beat me to it. The Flintstones was one cartoon I enjoyed but have no interest in the current adult cartoon shows. I’ve seen Flipper a few times, years ago, but never got into The Fugitive or The F.B.I. “Friends” is another show I watched a lot. Two years ago, there was a new series called “Forever” that I really liked, but it got cancelled. 😦

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    • I was a huge Flintstones fan. I also liked some of the adult cartoons. I wasn’t a major Simpsons fan but I did get a kick out of it. My ex used to watch King of the Hill all the time so I saw it quite often and found it really funny.

      I never heard of Forever. What was that about??

      Thanks for stopping by Deb. ❤

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    • Thanks Sylvia! That was my favorite part of the Flintstones too: the feet under the car. I also really liked the theme song intro when the waitress brings the rack of ribs out to the car and it flips the car on its side. Ha. I’d still watch them today if they were on…

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Of course my favorite here was The Fugitive. I did watch all the rest of them too. Loved Brian Keith and his show! He was so handsome! Who wouldn’t want him for an Uncle??

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    • He was very handsome. That was such a good wholesome show. Such a shame about him committing suicide.
      RE: the Fugitive. I wish that were still on TV. I watch the movie with Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford every time it’s on. Good stuff!

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  5. It’s funny. With the exception of my Flintstones TV Guide, we both picked quite different shows to highlight today. I absolutely hated the Family Affair. I’m not sure what it was, but it was one of hte few shows I’d turn off, even if there was nothing else on. I’d rather go play in my room than watch TV. Even now, it holds no draw for me. But some of these others I’d watch an episode or two.

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    • Yeah, that was weird that we didn’t pick any of the same shows. Just goes to show how much is out there. You turned me on to Fury today. I’m definitely going to try to find some episodes. I bet I would love that show…

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      • I hope you don’t mind additional comments.
        Yes, it was a decent show. It held my interest and I was never a horse lover. It really was one of those shows that had something for everyone. If you get a chance to watch it, let me know.
        FYI – According to Wacky-Pedia. Fury was also known as ‘Brave Stallion’ in syndicated reruns. But I don’t remember that.

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        • I love additional comments! Bring it! 🙂
          Thanks for letting me know about the name change to Brave Stallion. I’m definitely going to look for it…when the A-Z is over. I’m just crazy busy blog-hopping!

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  6. The only one of these I’ve never seen is Flipper. I watched The Flintstones regularly and found out later that it was based on The Honeymooners, a show I don’t like because of the threat of violence toward the wife. I watched The F.B.I. occasionally. I’ll never forget when The Fugitive caught the one-armed man! I loved Family Affair. I think it was on Monday evenings. I remember when I was in the fourth grade, we often discussed the show in school the day after an episode. It was so sad that Anissa Jones ended up with drug problems and overdosed. I don’t think she got along with her mom. I saw one show about her that said she was worked to exhaustion as a child. I played the show’s theme song before I read the information about it. The theme immediately struck me as similar to My Three Sons’ chopsticks version. Then I read that one of the creators/producers also worked on My Three Sons. I suppose The Flying Nun was silly (I remember Sally Fields saying later that she hated it), but as a kid I loved it. Sally Fields ended up pretty well with two Best Actress Academy Awards. She’s an excellent actress, whether the role is dramatic or comedic.

    Thanks for your hard work and research, Michele!

    Love,
    Janie

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    • Thanks for your juicy comment Janie! I had heard about Anissa being worked so hard. Child actors were often overworked back in those days. If I’m not mistaken, i THINK Michael Landon (from Bonanza & Little House on the Prairie) was instrumental in changing the way things were for child actors (giving time during the day for schooling, adequate breaks, etc). I think I remember hearing that somewhere but I could be wrong.
      Sally Field is a brilliant actress. I loved her in Norma Rae. I also watched her show Brothers & Sisters all the time.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Janie. ❤

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      • I’m sorry I wrote Sally “Fields.” I should know better by now. I don’t know if Michael Landon contributed to a change in the way child actors were treated. I know the actress (Melissa Gilbert) who played Laura had a great deal of respect for him, and still refers to him as Mr. Landon. Those years also included a scandal to which the children would have been witnesses when Landon had an affair with the much-younger woman who eventually became his widow. I think she was a make-up artist on the show. He had been married to his wife for many years. They had several children, if I recall correctly. His affair and subsequent absence from his ex-wife and children’s lives had a huge effect on them. His ex-wife helped start a support group for the dumped wives of stars. I saw her on some talk shows. A former actor who has tried to make changes for children is Paul Peterson–I think that’s his name–who as a youngster was on The Donna Reed Show. He started a group called A Minor Consideration. They exist to help former child stars who have been used and then abandoned by the industry. The man who played Dennis The Menace as a child (I’m sorry; I don’t remember his name) experienced horrible bouts with depression as an adult and had thoughts of committing violent acts. Paul Peterson assisted him in getting help. This talk of child actors makes me think of another “F” show: The Facts of Life. The girls on that show were severely chastised for gaining weight as they grew into womanhood. Some great brains referred to the show as The Fats of Life. At least one of the girls experienced some sexual harassment. Facts of Life was a spin-off from ??? . . . can’t think of the name. The rich man who has a daughter adopts his late housekeeper’s two black sons. All three of those child stars ended up in miserable situations. Two are dead: Gary Coleman and Dana Plato. Although the law states that a certain percentage of a child’s income is supposed to be put in a trust, many children grow up to find out their money is gone (stolen my managers and parents), or not as much as they expected. Shirley Temple was part of that group. She wrote in her autobiography about how she reached her twenty-first birthday and went to her father’s office to collect her millions. The millions were about $100,000. She was shocked. Her father had been her manager. He invested money badly and couldn’t resist giving hand-outs to friends and relatives. Being a child star is hard work.

        Sorry for going on so long. It’s a subject that interests me because of opportunities offered to children I’ve known.

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        • Different Strokes! The Facts of Life was a spin-off from Different Strokes. I didn’t even have to Google it. I didn’t watch either show more than a few times, but I read and heard about many unhappy stories involving the young stars.

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        • Yes, the children of today are so much better off than those of yesteryear. Back then it was all about money and production. They worked those poor kids to the bone. I’m glad they have laws and policies in place to ensure that doesn’t ever happen again (we hope).

          You mentioned the Donna Reed show. I forgot about that one! I watched that too. When this is all over, I may go back in and add that to my D post.

          My memory is foggy but I do think I remember some scandal with Michael Landon on Little House on the Prairie. Thanks for sharing all that juicy info!

          Re: Facts of Life: Have you seen Kim Fields who is now a Real Housewife of Atlanta? She’s had quite a good career working behind the scenes in production. I like her on the show: she’s not about all the drama…but still manages to end up in the middle of some because of some of the other catty women (Kenya mostly).

          Love your long comments! Thanks for that!!

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          • I’ve never watched any of the real housewife shows. I didn’t know about Kim Fields. I saw her quite a few years ago on a show in which former child stars discussed their experiences. I think I remember that she cried a bit at one point because the girls were treated so badly.

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  7. Flinstones is the only TV show I’m familiar with on this list but the premise for the Family Affair show is interesting. I would be willing to check out a few episodes if it’s in syndication or available on Hulu or Netflix or somewhere. Also that show about Flying Nuns sounds like it’s hilarious. I’m all for it, especially with it starring Sally Field. I like her as an actress 🙂

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    • Love Sally Field. I was just saying to someone how much I liked her in the film Norma Rae. She’s a powerful actor.
      The Family Affair was a really good show: very wholesome.
      Putting this all together has me yearning to see some of these shows again. I hope I can find them on Netflix. I don’t have Hulu but probably ought to get it too…

      Thanks for stopping by Nicole!

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  8. Some of my favorite shows! I wanted a big sister like Cissy. I wanted to be able to fly like Sister Bertrille. And if an episode of the Flintstones came on the tv right now, I would stop what I was doing and watch it.
    Hated Flipper. Bud was nothing but a troublemaker.

    Dyanne from Backsies Is What There Is Not

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    • “Bud was nothing but a troublemaker.” LOL!
      And me too on the Flintstones! I would so watch it every day if it was on. That was one very funny cartoon.
      Glad I featured some of your favorite shows Dyanne. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. As a kid I loved Family Affair and Flipper.

    Other F shows I miss: Felicity (JJ Abrams first TV series), Firefly, and Fringe (another JJ Abrams series). Lots of great F shows out there. Well, used to be out there.

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    • I’m not familiar with Felicity or Firefly. Someone else mentioned Firefly. What was that about?? And Fringe was that show that aired just a few years ago, right? SciFi type show?

      Thanks for stopping by Robin! Can’t wait to see what your word is for tomorrow! 🙂

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      • I loved Felicity. It starred Kerri Russell. A big brouhaha broke out when she cut her gorgeous red locks. She played a college student who had changed her mind about the university she would attend because she followed a cute boy from her high school to NYU (I think that was the one). It was kind of a bad premise because we shouldn’t choose our colleges because of boys. She didn’t even know this guy well in high school, but they became involved in college. It ended up being a great show. I’ve loved Kerri ever since (hope I spelled her name correctly).

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    • I remember watching the Flying Nun but I kinda can’t remember any episodes. I do know that Sally Field didn’t particularly like playing the role or it was her least favorite role. I don’t know why but I remember hearing that way back when… And someone else just mentioned it too.

      Thanks for stopping by Trisha!

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  10. I remember watching “The Flying Nun.” I grew up Roman Catholic, and I was already interested in history, so I think those interests led me to watch the show. Plus I’ve always been a fantasy buff!

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  11. Poor Brian Keith was a gentle guy who lost his daughter and was terminally ill with cancer when he committed suicide and the little girl overdosed..so some sad endings for a couple of the stars in Family Affair. Love The Flintstones especially when the stars came to town like Stoney Curtis and Ann-Margrock. I used to watch Forever Knight which was a great Canadian show about a centuries old vampire who is a detective, trying to right his wrongs and trying to become human again. Had a lot of depth. I loved Freaks and Geeks, Friends and a now cancelled show called Forever that I thought was great

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    • Someone else mentioned Forever Knight. I’d like to see that! Don’t remember Freaks and Geeks or Forever. What was Forever about?

      I forgot about the big stars coming to town. Stoney Curtis, Ann Margrock: hahahaha! So funny. Great scriptwriting!

      Thanks Birgit for coming by!

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      • Freaks and Geeks was brilliant. Produced and created by Judd Apatow, it lasted only one season. Apatow’s TV shows were not successful, but he’s big in the movie industry now! I noticed two members of the Freaks and Geeks cast and predicted they would be big stars: James Franco and Linda Cardellini. It never occurred to me that Seth Rogen and Jason Segal would become stars. Freaks and Geeks’ cancellation caused a lot of anger with fans because the network didn’t bother to show two or three of the final episodes. A&E saved the day by airing the entire series. The final episode was great. Later, I saw the show again, I think on DVD. The DVDs did not include the episodes that were not aired originally. I thought that was odd. I hope that the entire season is available on DVD now. The show was innovative and well written. Many of the stars are regulars in Judd Apatow’s movies.

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        • The big 4 networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and more recently FOX) are famous for pulling shows without wrapping them up. I think that is so uncool. Several shows have been saved by cable networks picking up the shows.
          Network execs make really stupid decisions sometimes and they don’t care about the viewers. If the ratings aren’t where they want them to be, the show goes on the chopping block. Oftentimes a show will have a loyal following but no consideration is given to the people who have invested time and energy every week watching the show. I hate when that happens. But at least now there is means of immediate backlash and hence, the cable networks come to the rescue…
          I love cable. I remember when cable was just starting out. I was a media buyer in Washington DC at the time. Cable was nothing to speak of. A few measly little stations with nothing shows. Now look at it! One of the highest rated show in television today is on a cable network (The Walking Dead on FX). It’s amazing to see how far it’s come…

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  12. Oh, I LOVED the Flintstones. I used to watch it with my dad when he came home for lunch.

    Bamm-Bamm, Pebbles and Dino were so cute. And I loved all the animal gadgets. I’d enjoy vacuuming a lot more if I could do it with a wooly mammoth.

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    • LOL! That cracked me up J.H.!

      And what beautiful memories you have associated with the Flintstones: watching it with your Dad every day. That’s sweet!

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    • Oh I haven’t thought about Fantasy Island in a long time. I think I saw that it was showing on some cable network last year. Not sure if it’s still on. Ricardo Montalban, huh? hmm… Yes, he was quite handsome!
      Thanks for stopping by Kimberley!

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  13. I now know that sitcom stands for situation comedy which I didn’t know before 🙂 … I’m not familiar with any of them though The Flintstones rings a bell … I’m wondering how to get this off to my elder son who is an animator .. your exposition of it is great!

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    • How fun that you have an animator in your family! That must be fun! I bet he’s familiar with the Flintstones. That was such a great show! A cartoon for kids yet it was so pleasing to adults too. By all means, please send your son a link to my posts. I have several other cartoons coming up. I featured the Archies (another 60s/70s cartoon) for my letter A…

      Thanks for stopping by Susan!

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    • Isn’t it funny how those theme song lyrics stay in your head, all these decades later?! The Flintstones rule! 🙂

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    • Yes, David Janssen was fabulous in that role. I might have to think about getting the DVD collection!
      Thanks for stopping by Lee….

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