G is for Get Smart, Gidget, Gilligan’s Island, Good Times, the Golden Girls, Green Acres. Gunsmoke and Gentle Ben #atozchallenge

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STATEMENT THAT APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL A-Z 2016 PAGES:

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 occasionall 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…

G is for Get Smart:

Get Smart was an American comedy television series that satirized the secret agent genre.

Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show starred Don Adams (as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86), Barbara Feldon (as Agent 99), and Edward Platt (as Chief). Henry said they created the show by request of Daniel Melnick, who was a partner, along with Leonard Stern and David Susskind, of the show’s production company, Talent Associates, to capitalize on “the two biggest things in the entertainment world today”—James Bond and Inspector Clouseau. Brooks said: “It’s an insane combination of James Bond and Mel Brooks comedy.”

The success of the show (which ran from September 18, 1965, to September 11, 1970) eventually spawned the follow-up films The Nude Bomb (a theatrical release) and Get Smart, Again! (a made-for-TV sequel to the series), as well as a 1995 revival series, and a 2008 film remake. In 2010, TV Guide ranked Get Smart’s opening title sequence at No. 2 on its list of TV’s Top 10 Credits Sequences as selected by readers.

During the show’s run, it generated a number of popular catchphrases, including “Would you believe…”, “Missed it by that much!”, “Sorry about that, Chief”, “The Old (such-and-such) Trick”, “And … loving it”, and “I asked you not to tell me that”.

On September 16, 2015, the series will be honored for its 50th anniversary.

G is for Gidget:

Gidget is an American sitcom about a surfing, boy-crazy teenager called “Gidget” and her widowed father Russ Lawrence, a UCLA professor. Sally Field stars as Gidget with Don Porter as father Russell Lawrence. The series was first broadcast on ABC from September 15, 1965 to April 21, 1966.

Gidget was among the first regularly scheduled color programs on ABC, but did poorly in the Nielsen ratings and was cancelled at the end of its first season.

The television series was based upon concepts and characters created by Frederick Kohner in his 1957 novel Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas, which Kohner based upon the adventures of his teenage daughter Kathy. The novel was adapted into a 1959 movie starring Sandra Dee, James Darren and Cliff Robertson. The 1965 weekly, half-hour television series is seen by some as a sequel to the 1959 film, despite numerous discontinuities in plot, time frame and other details. It can also be seen as an independent incarnation, related to but distinct from either the novels or the films. Kohner served as a script consultant on the show.

Gidget is about the father-daughter relationship between Frances “Gidget” Lawrence and her widowed father Russell Lawrence. Episodes follow Gidget’s adventures in school, at home, and at nearby beaches. Russell Lawrence guides his daughter through her fifteenth year, while married sister Anne and husband John offer often unsolicited child-rearing tips. Gidget’s friend Larue sometimes takes part in her escapades. More often than not, Gidget receives moral instruction from her father and gains wisdom from her experiences.

Each episode is narrated by Gidget; on occasion, she breaks the “fourth wall” and directly addresses her audience, usually reflecting on what she has learned from the evening’s story, sometimes ending with “Toodles!” (an expression Field improvised during production).

G is for Gilligan’s Island: I used to watch Gilligan’s Island after school every day.

Gilligan’s Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, Tina Louise, and Dawn Wells. It aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967. Originally sponsored by Philip Morris & Co and Procter & Gamble, the show followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive the island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways’ conflicts and their unsuccessful attempts, for whose failure Gilligan was frequently responsible, to escape their plight.

Gilligan’s Island ran for a total of 98 episodes. The first season, consisting of 36 episodes, was filmed in black and white. These episodes were later colorized for syndication. The show’s second and third seasons (62 episodes) and the three television movie sequels were filmed in color.

The show enjoyed solid ratings during its original run, then grew in popularity during decades of syndication, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when many markets ran the show in the late afternoon after school. Today, the title character of Gilligan is widely recognized as an American cultural icon.

G is for Good Times:

Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series’ primary executive producer. Good Times is a spin-off of Maude, which is itself a spin-off of All in the Family.

Florida and James Evans and their three children live in a rented project apartment, 17C, at 721 N. Gilbert Ave., in a housing project (implicitly the infamous Cabrini–Green projects, shown in the opening and closing credits but never mentioned by name on the show) in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago. Florida and James’ children are James Jr., also known as “J.J.”, Thelma, and Michael. When the series begins, J.J. and Thelma are seventeen and sixteen years old, respectively, and Michael, called “the militant midget” by his father due to his passionate activism, is eleven years old. Their exuberant neighbor, and Florida’s best friend, is Willona Woods, a recent divorcée who works at a boutique. Their building superintendent is Nathan Bookman (seasons 2–4), to whom James, Willona and later J.J. refer as “Buffalo Butt”, or, even more derisively, “Booger”.

The characters originated on the sitcom Maude as Florida and Henry Evans, with Florida employed as Maude Findlay’s housekeeper in Tuckahoe, New York and Henry employed as a firefighter. When producers decided to feature the Florida character in her own show, they applied retroactive changes to the characters’ history. Henry’s name became James, there is no mention of Maude, and the couple now live in Chicago. (I had no idea!!!)

Episodes of Good Times deal with the characters’ attempts to survive in a high rise project building in Chicago, despite their poverty. When he is not unemployed, James Evans is a man of pride who often stated he would not accept charity. He usually works at least two jobs simultaneously, from a wide variety such as dishwasher, construction laborer, etc. When he has to, he plays pool in order to hustle money, though Florida disapproves of this.

G is for the Golden Girls:

The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, the show centers on four older women sharing a home in Miami, Florida. It was produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions, in association with Touchstone Television.

The premise: The series revolves around four older, single women (three widows and one divorcée) sharing a house in Miami, Florida. The owner of the house is a widow named Blanche Devereaux (McClanahan), who was joined by fellow widow Rose Nylund (White) and divorcée Dorothy Zbornak (Arthur) after they both responded to a room-for-rent ad on the bulletin board of a local grocery store a year prior to the start of the series. In the pilot episode, the three were joined by Dorothy’s 80-year-old mother, Sophia Petrillo (Getty), after the retirement home where she lived burned down.

The Golden Girls received critical acclaim throughout most of its run and won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice. It also won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Each of the four stars received an Emmy Award (from multiple nominations during the series’ run), making it one of only three sitcoms in the award’s history to achieve this. The series also ranked among the top ten highest-rated programs for six out of its seven seasons. In 2014, the Writers Guild Of America placed the sitcom at No. 69 in their list of the “101 Best Written TV Series Of All Time”.

G is for Green Acres:

Green Acres is an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a rural country farm. Produced by Filmways as a sister show to Petticoat Junction, the series was first broadcast on CBS, from September 15, 1965, to April 27, 1971.

Green Acres is about Oliver Wendell Douglas (Eddie Albert), an erudite New York City attorney, acting on his dream to be a farmer, and Lisa Douglas (Eva Gabor), his glamorous Hungarian wife, dragged unwillingly from an upscale New York condo and the city life she adores to a ramshackle farm. The theme tune, as with those of the show’s rural cousins, explains the basic premise of the show. At the end of the opening sequence, Albert and Gabor strike a pose in parody of Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic. The debut episode was a mockumentary about the decision to move to a rural area, anchored by former ABC newscaster (and then-current host of the CBS game show What’s My Line) John Charles Daly. A few weeks after the show’s debut, Albert and Gabor returned the favor by appearing on What’s My Line as that episode’s Mystery Guests, and publicly thanked Daly for helping to launch their series.

After the first episodes, the series developed an absurdist world. Though many episodes were still standard 1960s sitcom fare, the show became notable for its surrealism and satire. The show appealed to children through its slapstick, silliness, and shtick, but adults were able to appreciate it on a different level.

The “Rural Purge”

During its sixth season in the 1970–71 television season, Green Acres placed 34th out of 96 shows. Despite the respectable ratings and winning its timeslot, the series was cancelled in the spring of 1971 after six seasons and 170 episodes. At the time, CBS was under pressure from sponsors to have more urban-themed shows on their schedule. To make room for the newer shows, nearly all of the rural-themed shows were cancelled. This part of television history has become known as the “rural purge”. Pat Buttram stated of the purge: “CBS cancelled everything with a tree – including Lassie.”

G is for Gunsmoke:

Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the UK, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.

James Arness as Matt Dillon in the television version of Gunsmoke (1956).

James Arness as Matt Dillon in the television version of Gunsmoke (1956). “James Arness Gunsmoke 1956” by CBS Television. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

The radio series ran from 1952 to 1961. John Dunning wrote that among radio drama enthusiasts, “Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time.” The television series ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and stands as the United States’ longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes. In 2010, Law & Order tied Gunsmoke for most seasons for a live action drama series when it finished its twentieth and final season, but the show finished 179 episodes short of Gunsmoke’s final total; in terms of prime-time scripted series with continuing characters, The Simpsons is the only program to exceed 20 seasons. At the end of its run in 1975, Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith wrote: “Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp western as romanticized by [Ned] Buntline, [Bret] Harte, and [Mark] Twain. It was ever the stuff of legend.”

Gunsmoke followed the life and adventures of Marshal Matt Dillion (James Arness) and his deputy Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver) in Dodge City during the 1870s, as they strived for justice, truth, and sincerity in their small town.

Here is the Gunsmoke intro in color:

G is for Gentle Ben:

The CBS television series Gentle Ben premiered September 10, 1967 and ran until August 31, 1969, airing a total of 58 episodes in two seasons. The series chronicled the adventures of young Mark Wedloe (played by Clint Howard, Ron Howard’s brother) and his lovable 650-to-750-pound black bear named Ben.

Gentle Ben was produced by Ivan Tors, who also produced the Gentle Giant pilot film. Tors was an established producer of successful TV series, including Lloyd Bridges’ Sea Hunt, Flipper and Daktari. Like the Gentle Giant film, the TV series Gentle Ben was set in Florida (allowing Tors to use his own studio facilities there) rather than Alaska, and Ben was a large black bear instead of the brown bear of the original novel. The TV series picked up the story where Gentle Giant left off, with Mark’s father Tom Wedloe already a wildlife officer in the Everglades, and Ben an adult bear and established family pet living outside (or sometimes inside) the Wedloes’ house.

The TV series had few regular characters, consisting of the Wedloe family and their friend and neighbor Henry Boomhauer. Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver continued their roles from the Gentle Giant film. The role of Ellen Wedloe, played in Gentle Giant by Vera Miles, was recast for the TV series with Beth Brickell, after Diana Muldaur turned down the part. The Boomhauer character appeared in nearly half the episodes and was played by Clint’s real-life father Rance Howard (who also wrote episodes for the show).

Although several black bears were used to play Ben, depending on what behavior was required for a particular scene, the role was played primarily by Bruno the Bear (who also played adult Ben in the Gentle Giant film).

Musician and voice actor Candy Candido provided the voice of Ben. Although the network wanted to have Ben speak like a human on the show, Tors disliked the idea, so Ben only made animal noises.

Gentle Ben was a moderate hit, reaching a position of #19 in the Nielsen ratings during its first season. A number of TV tie-in products were marketed, including children’s books (by authors other than Walt Morey), a board game and a pull-string talking “Gentle Ben” plush bear by Mattel, a lunchbox, and an album of songs sung by the cast members entitled The Stars of “Gentle Ben”: The Bear Facts. Dell Comics produced a Gentle Ben comic book, featuring photo covers of the TV show actors, that ran for five issues in 1968.

Dust jacket of the original 1965 E.P. Dutton edition of Gentle Ben by Walt Morey

Dust jacket of the original 1965 E.P. Dutton edition of Gentle Ben by Walt Morey

However, in its second season, Gentle Ben failed to make the top 30 and was cancelled. Its decline in popularity has been attributed to its young target audience growing older and losing interest in animal shows, and also to its timeslot forcing it to compete with Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color for its target audience. A letter-writing campaign to save the show (even read into the Congressional Record) resulted in 2600 letters being sent to the network, but was not successful.

In spite of its short lifespan and cancellation, the show continued to run regularly in syndication, including outside the United States. Personal appearances by “Gentle Ben” at circuses and events continued to be popular into the 1970s. In October 1969, after the cancellation of the show, “Gentle Ben” the bear even received a personalized invitation from Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. to a celebrity party in Fort Lauderdale.

Controversy over portrayal of bears

Although the show was praised for promoting respect for nature and family values, it also drew criticism for its unrealistic portrayal of a wild bear’s interaction with humans. Some critics noted that the show premiered only a few weeks after the well-publicized Glacier National Park, Montana fatal grizzly bear attacks of August 13, 1967, when two female campers were killed by grizzly bears, in separate incidents and locations, on the same night. When the show debuted, PTA Magazine complained that “[f]or years, there have been warnings to children and adults against feeding and playing with bears…How CBS could permit a program with a black bear for a pet—not a cub either—but a gigantic adult bear—is beyond our comprehension.”

In 1971, John Hast, the chief National Park Service officer, stated that “[t]he television series ‘Gentle Ben’ was the worst thing that ever happened to us. People saw this big lovable bear on television and when they see a bear in the park I guess they think it’s the same one. They don’t realize how wrong they are until they’re bleeding.”

Sweden also cancelled the show due to concerns that children would be influenced to play and interact with the wild bears indigenous to that country.

 

Do you remember these shows? What G shows from the 60s and 70s did I forget? What are your favorite TV shows, past and present?

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76 thoughts on “G is for Get Smart, Gidget, Gilligan’s Island, Good Times, the Golden Girls, Green Acres. Gunsmoke and Gentle Ben #atozchallenge

    • I wasn’t familiar with Grange Hill so I looked it up. Looks like it was a decent show. i always liked shows centered around school kids. Boston Public and Room 222 were favorites of mine (I’ll be talking about Room 222 in my R post)…

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  1. Good morning, One L!

    This post is “Dy-no-mite!” 🙂

    Stereotypes and cliches abound in TV land and this list offers proof. “Jimmie” J.J. Walker emerged as the breakout star of Good Times but, behind the scenes, his character’s stereotypical language and behavior caused a rift between him and his TV parents John Amos and Esther Rolle. Golden Girls was a big hit, but I disliked the series because it relied heavily on old age jokes. I liked Bea Arthur’s Maude series more. Ironically, actress Estelle Getty, who played the mother of Bea Arthur’s character, was younger than both Bea and Betty White.

    I loved Get Smart and watched every episode. Years earlier I had enjoyed Don Adams’ stand-up comedy routines on variety shows. I also remember Barbara Feldon doing those sexy commercials for Top Brass hair cream for men:

    Gidget reminds me of all the TV series and movies of the 50s and 60s that revolved around a widow, a widower or a single/divorced parent and their children. It became a trite formula. (see Courtship of Eddie’s Father, My Three Sons, Bachelor Father, One Day At a Time, The Danny Thomas Show.)

    My answer to the age old question raised in discussions of Gilligan’s Island: Mary Ann. 🙂

    I watched Gunsmoke regularly because I loved Dennis Weaver as Chester.

    Thank you, dear friend Michele!

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    • Wow, Barbara Feldon in that Brass Hair Cream commercial is great! Was this before her stint on Get Smart? Probably.
      I remember hearing something about the rift between JJ Walker and John Amos & Esther Rolle. But I don’t know specifics. Do you?? You are the Go To Guy for all things trivia! 🙂
      Naturally Maude is in my M post. Loved that show! I loved her fashion on that show. She was so unique and individual…

      I think that trite formula featuring single parent households were highlighted because divorce rates were soaring and suddenly people were finding themselves in those situations. It wasn’t the 50s anymore: people weren’t staying married if they weren’t happy, like they used to back in the 40s and 50s. It was a way to relate with the viewers and I think it was a successful formula, evidenced by the high ratings some of these shows achieved.

      So you were into Mary Ann, huh? hmm. Wonder what that says about you? 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by my friend! So appreciate your comments!

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      • Yessum, Barbara Feldon was the “spokeskitten” for Top Brass hair goop a few years before landing her breakthrough role as “99.” I’m no expert, but I think Amos and Rolle wanted their family sitcom to avoid the old black stereotypes and present positive black role models much like The Cosby Show did. The JJ character exploited black stereotypes and audiences loved it. He became the focus of the show, upstaging Rolle and Amos who had both signed on with the understanding that they were to be the principal characters. What does my preference for Mary Ann over Ginger say about me? It indicates that the wholesome, down to earth, girl next door type is much more appealing to me and, I think, to most other men, than the fake, glitzy, movie star type.

        Thanks, Michele!

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    • Thanks Linda. It was fun putting it together. Glad to have elicited some good memories for you. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Up until this post I had never heard of Gidget. It looks cute. I want to watch it now. 🙂

    My favorite on your list is Green Acres. Loved watching that show as a kid!

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    • Gidget was cute. Sally Field was sooo young!

      And I have the Green Acres song stuck in my head now!

      Thanks for stopping by…

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    • Gunsmoke was a favorite of my Aunt and Uncle’s and when I stayed with them for a few weeks every summer, we watched it all the time. My aunt would grab a pillow and lay on the floor in front of the TV, with us kids and we’d watch Gunsmoke together. Great memory there! Thanks for that… 🙂

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  3. I loved westerns as a kid, but oddly enough, never got into Gunsmoke. Bonanza was my favourite. Never saw Gidget or Gentle Ben, but I remember all the rest. Gilligan’s Island was a guilty pleasure. 🙂 Get Smart had some wickedly funny bits! On the other hand, the movie absolutely stunk! 😛 The Golden Girls was loads of fun, especially Estelle Getty’s character, Sophia. Bea Arthur was great as Dorothy too and their interactions were hilarious.

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    • The Golden Girls was the poster child for perfect chemistry between characters. It’s such a long-running show and the reruns keep being renewed season after season. Longevity for sure.
      I watched Gilligans Island every day.
      Bonanza is another one of my favs. I loved Hoss! He was my favorite… Who did you like best??

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  4. Michele, I loved Get Smart! Don Adams was perfect in his role as Maxwell Smart. Gillgan’s Island was a favorite after-school program. It frustrated me to no end that they were often times this close to getting off the island and never did. Green Acres was another wacky, fun program ~ two city dwellers moving to the country. What can ever go wrong with this picture? Everything! 🙂 Thanks for the smiles you gave me to day with this round of retro TV shows.
    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: GSMNP #AprilA2Z

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  5. What a fun collection of G shows. I suspect your series will be inspiring me into a few very late nights where I tune into the vintage TV shows channel and explore some of the oldies. Even if I don’t like the shows, I always find the original commercials are quite a hoot.

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    • Lol. You missed a really good one. If you saw it today you probably would think What’s the big deal? It’s kind of goofy. But it was part of our growing up years.

      Gunsmoke and Bonanza: both of those westerns I really liked. It was fascinating for me to see how people lived back in those days…

      Thanks for stopping by Alana!

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed my post Sue! Thanks so much for stopping by.
      I love the name of your blog! Heading over to check it out now…

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  6. I love that you featured Get Smart – I used to watch this with my dad who loved the show. My favourite part of it was when they went into the cone of silence and then couldn’t hear each other. Great post.

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    • Hey Pamela, glad my post brought back some good memories for you! I always liked when Don Adams would take off his shoe and put it up to his ear and talk into it because it was really a phone. That always thrilled me… lol.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. You’re covering everything so well that I can’t think of another prime time “G” program. From daytime, Guiding Light was on for years! I was a Guiding Light addict for a while. I didn’t watch it the day after my daughter was born, and that was it. I never watched it again. I didn’t even realize it had ended until after the final show aired. Now, for today’s shows that you’ve chosen, I know every word of the theme songs to Green Acres and Gilligan’s Island. They are burned on my brain. I remember when Esther Rolle was on Maude. Good Times was very popular when I was in high school, and I watched it regularly. I’ve seen Clint Howard in documentaries, commenting on Gentle Ben. He likes to point out that he and his brother Ron were on two of the most popular TV shows at the same time, but Gentle Ben didn’t have the same success as The Andy Griffith Show. I remember watching it, though. I watched Get Smart every week for years, and my mom and I watched Gunsmoke. I never saw Gidget and hadn’t heard the theme. I’ve seen a few clips from the show, and that’s it. I watched the original movie on TV a few times. James Darren was gorgeous. Gidget (the movie) also had sequels that didn’t star Sandra Dee. I tried watching Golden Girls a few times and felt no interest in it. It seemed to be nothing but old lady sex jokes. Now I’m an old lady sex joke. It was probably on during the wrong time in my life, when I couldn’t relate to it at all.

    Great choices, Michele. Your research is so thorough. I can’t imagine how much time you put into preparing these posts for us.

    Love,
    Janie

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    • Lol. You’d be able to relate to the Golden Girls now Janie! We be gettin’ old!!! 🙂

      I never watched the Guiding Light. When I was in college, all the rage was Luke & Laura on General Hospital. I remember all the kids crowding around in the TV rooms watching it every afternoon — skipping class most likely. 🙂

      As always, thanks for your comments. Your thoughts are much appreciated. XOXO

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      • I never watched General Hospital (that was the show with Luke and Laura, wasn’t it?). Much of the time I was growing up, the only channel we could get on our big old TV was CBS. My mom controlled the TV, so we grew up with the CBS soaps. I was only able to watch shows such as Get Smart because we had a little portable TV that we kids were usually allowed to watch. I often had it to myself because I was the youngest, and the older kids had left home or were busy with activities. By the time I hit high school, I watched very little TV because I was so busy.

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    • I sent someone to your blog to check out your vintage commercials. She mentioned vintage commercials in her post here and I told her about your series and that you are featuring some great classic spots. Hopefully she’ll stop by…

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    • Glad you liked reading about the other shows Aneeta! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’re having fun with the A-Z!

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  8. Hmm it wouldn’t allow me to post on the F post so here is my reply for there first:
    “Well, sadly I only watched The Flinstones out of these selections. I’m sure I would have watched both the Fugitive and F.B.I. had I even known about them. They seem like my kind of shows! I loved the movie The Fugitive, which I’m assuming was based on that series. However, I haven’t ever seen the Flinstones movie(s?).

    Was The Flying Nun the precursor to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? :p”

    As for G, I LOVED Gilligan’s Island and The Golden Girls! I could still watch them today (sometimes I do when visiting my Grandma where she has cable and they play reruns) and find them hilarious.

    I wish I knew Betty White IRL 😦

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    • Me too! I love Betty White!! She’s such an animal advocate and I love her for that. Every time I see her on a talk show, she’s so genuine and yet so funny. Love her! What an amazing career she’s had.

      Thanks for commenting on both posts here. Sorry that you had trouble commenting on the F post! I never saw the Flintstones movie either. I doubt it would be as good as the original shows though. I could be wrong…

      My Mom watches the Golden Girls all the time. That’s her GoTo tv shows when she can’t sleep at night. 🙂 They run all night, I think…

      Thanks for stopping by Jak! I appreciate your visit and your comments…

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    • Spot on! That show was definitely smart and funny. It airs in reruns all the time now and the network keeps renewing it after its run so apparently it’s still getting good ratings even in the reruns…

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  9. The only one of these shows that I watched was Gilligan’s Island. My friend and I would play it and fight over who got to be Ginger (I always lost – she was older). I think my favorite episode was when they performed Hamlet as a musical using the music from Carmen.

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    • Lol. Fighting over who got to be Ginger. That’s cute! What a good memory that is!
      I don’t remember the Hamlet episode in particular but they sure knew how to entertain themselves. What always got me is how they had all those costumes in the wooden chest when they were only supposed to be going out for a three hour tour!! 🙂

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    • No, I didn’t really watch Growing Pains. Most of what I’m posting is 60s and 70s, but I throw a few 80s shows in there. I was into TV back then, just not as much because of time constraints (school, social life)…I know I missed some really good shows! You’re proving that with your awesome posts. 🙂

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