I is for I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie, Ironside, It Takes a Thief, The Incredible Hulk and In the Heat of the Night #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…

I is for I Love Lucy:

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on CBS. After the series ended in 1957, however, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials, running from 1957 to 1960, known first as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour.

The show, which was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. Another award that the show won was the coveted Peabody Award for “recognition of distinguished achievement in television.”

I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched only by The Andy Griffith Show in 1968 and Seinfeld in 1998). The show is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world, and remains popular, with an American audience of 40 million each year. A colorized version of its Christmas episode attracted more than eight million viewers when CBS aired it in prime time in 2013 – 62 years after the show premiered. A second colorized special, featuring the “L.A. At Last!” and “Lucy and Superman” episodes, aired on May 17, 2015, attracting 6.4 million viewers.

I Love Lucy is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine.

Premise

Originally set in an apartment building in New York City, I Love Lucy centers on Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) and her singer/bandleader husband Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), along with their best friends and landlords Fred Mertz (William Frawley) and Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance). During the second season, Lucy and Ricky have a son named Ricky Ricardo, Jr. (“Little Ricky”), whose birth was timed to coincide with Ball’s real-life delivery of her son Desi Arnaz Jr.

Lucy is naïve and ambitious, with an undeserved zeal for stardom and a knack for getting herself and her husband into trouble whenever Lucy yearns to make it in show business. The Ricardos’ best friends, Fred and Ethel, are former vaudevillians and this only strengthens Lucy’s resolve to prove herself as a performer. Unfortunately, she has few marketable performance skills. She does not seem to be able to carry a tune or play anything other than off-key renditions of songs such as “Glow Worm” or “Sweet Sue” on the saxophone, and many of her performances devolve into disaster. The show provided Ball ample opportunity to display her considerable skill at clowning and physical comedy.

Lucy’s husband, Ricky Ricardo, is an up-and-coming Cuban American singer and bandleader with an excitable personality. His patience is frequently tested by his wife’s antics. When exasperated, he often reverts to speaking rapidly in Spanish.

Lucy is usually found with her sidekick and best friend Ethel Mertz. A former model from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ethel tries to relive her glory days in vaudeville. Ricky is more inclined to include Ethel in performances at his nightclub because, unlike Lucy, she can actually sing and dance rather well.

Ethel’s husband Fred served in World War I, and lived through the Great Depression. He is very stingy with money and an irascible no-nonsense type. However, he also shows that he can be a soft touch, especially when it comes to Little Ricky. Fred can also sing and dance and often performs duets with Ethel.

 

I is for I Dream of Jeannie:

I Dream of Jeannie is an American fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom she falls in love and whom she eventually marries. Produced by Screen Gems, the show originally aired from September 1965 to May 1970 with new episodes, and through September 1970 with season repeats, both on NBC. The show ran for five seasons and produced 139 episodes. The first season consisted of 30 episodes filmed in black and white.

How it all started:

In the pilot episode, “The Lady in the Bottle”, astronaut Captain Tony Nelson, United States Air Force, is on a space flight when his one-man capsule Stardust One comes down far from the planned recovery area, near a deserted island in the South Pacific. On the beach, Tony notices a strange bottle that rolls by itself. When he rubs it after removing the stopper, smoke starts shooting out and a Persian-speaking female genie (wearing an enticing harem costume) materializes and kisses Tony on the lips with passion, shocking him. (In the second season’s animated opening, it is a kiss on the cheek; and, Tony is happy to receive it.)

They cannot understand each other until Tony expresses his wish that Jeannie (a homophone of genie) could speak English, which she then does. Then, per his instructions, she “blinks” and causes a recovery helicopter to show up to rescue Tony, who is so grateful that he tells her she is free. But Jeannie, who has fallen in love with Tony at first sight after being trapped for 2,000 years, re-enters her bottle and rolls it into Tony’s duffel bag so she can accompany him back home. One of the first things Jeannie does, in a subsequent episode, is break up Tony’s engagement to his commanding general’s daughter, who, along with that particular general, is never seen again. (This event reflects producer Sidney Sheldon’s decision that the engagement depicted in the pilot episode would not be part of the series continuity; he realized the romantic triangle he created between Jeannie, “Master”, and Melissa Stone wouldn’t pan out in the long run.)

Tony at first keeps Jeannie in her bottle most of the time; but, he finally relents and allows her to enjoy a life of her own. However, her life is devoted mostly to his, and most of their problems stem from her love and affection towards Tony, and her desire to please him and fulfill her ancient heritage as a genie, especially when he doesn’t want her to do so. His efforts to cover up Jeannie’s antics, because of his fear that he would be dismissed from the space program if her existence were known, brings him to the attention of NASA’s resident psychiatrist, U.S. Air Force Colonel Dr. Alfred Bellows. In a running gag, Dr. Bellows tries over and over to prove to his superiors that Tony is either crazy or hiding something, but he is always foiled (“He’s done it to me, again!”) and Tony’s job remains secure.

A frequently used plot device is that Jeannie loses her powers when she is confined in a closed space. She is unable to leave her bottle when it is corked; and, under certain circumstances, the person who removed the cork would become her new master.

 

I is for Ironside:

Ironside is a Universal television series that ran on NBC from September 14, 1967, to January 16, 1975. The show starred Raymond Burr as a paraplegic Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside. The character debuted on March 28, 1967, in a TV movie. When the show was broadcast in the United Kingdom, it was initially titled A Man Called Ironside. The show earned Burr six Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations.

The show revolved around former San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Chief of Detectives Robert T. Ironside (Raymond Burr), a veteran of more than 20 years of police service who was forced to retire from the department after a sniper’s bullet paralyzed him from the waist down, causing him to use a wheelchair. In the pilot episode, a TV movie, Ironside shows his strength of character and gets himself appointed a “special department consultant” by his good friend, Police Commissioner Dennis Randall. He does this by calling a press conference and then tricking Commissioner Randall into meeting his terms. In the pilot, Ironside eventually solves the mystery of the ambush.

Ironside uses a fourth-floor room (for living and office space) in the Old San Francisco Hall Of Justice building, which housed the city’s police headquarters. He uses a specially equipped, former fleet-modified 1940 1-1/2 ton Ford police paddy wagon van. This is replaced in the episode entitled “Poole’s Paradise” after the van is destroyed by Sergeant Brown as part of a way to trick a corrupt sheriff. At the end of the episode the paddy wagon is replaced by an equally custom modified brand new at the time 1969 1 ton Ford Econoline Window Van to again accommodate Ironside’s wheelchair as the previous vehicle had done. In the pilot he requests that Ed Brown and Eve Whitfield be assigned to him. He later recruits the angst-filled black ex-con Mark Sanger to be his personal assistant after Mark is brought in as a suspect who wanted to kill Ironside. The show became a success as Ironside depended on brains and initiative in handling cases. Although Ironside was good-hearted and honest, he maintained a gruff, sarcastic external persona, quite unlike Perry Mason’s courtly manner.

 

I is for It Takes a Thief:

It Takes a Thief is an American action-adventure television series that aired on ABC for three seasons between 1968 and 1970 It stars Robert Wagner in his television debut as sophisticated thief Alexander Mundy, who works for the U.S. government in return for his release from prison. For most of the series, Malachi Throne played Noah Bain, Mundy’s boss.

It was among the last of the 1960s spy television genre, although Mission: Impossible continued for several more years. It Takes A Thief was inspired by, though not based upon, the 1955 Cary Grant motion picture To Catch a Thief, directed by Alfred Hitchcock; both of their titles stem from the English proverb “It takes a thief to catch a thief.”

It Takes a Thief, which was created by television writer Roland Kibbee, featured the adventures of cat burglar, pickpocket, and thief Alexander Mundy, who steals to finance his life as a polished playboy and sophisticate. He is in prison when the U.S. government’s SIA (the fictional Secret Intelligence Agency) proposes a deal to Mundy: steal for the government in exchange for his freedom. Mundy is puzzled and asks, “Let me get this straight. You want me to steal?” In the main opening titles, his new SIA boss, Noah Bain, uses the catch phrase, “Oh, look, Al, I’m not asking you to spy. I’m just asking you to steal.” In pre-production, the title for a while was Once a Crook.

Several Guest Stars appeared in the series, most notably Fred Astaire. During the third season, Fred Astaire played Alistair Mundy, Alexander’s father, in five episodes. Alistair is also a master gentleman-thief, who says bemusedly, at the start of each episode in which he appears, “I’ve heard of stealing from the government, but for the government?” Alistair was the lead character in most episodes in which he appeared, rather than Wagner’s character of Alexander, who was relegated to supporting or even cameo roles in these episodes.

Fred Astaire and Robert Wagner 1969

Fred Astaire and Robert Wagner 1969

Susan Saint James appeared in five episodes. Charlene Holt appeared in three episodes. Other guest stars included prominent veteran Hollywood movie stars like Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Paul Henreid, Fernando Lamas, and Ida Lupino.

Here are intros and outros for the first two seasons. Theme song by Dave Grusin:

 

I is for The Incredible Hulk:

The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as David Banner, Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk, and Jack Colvin as Jack McGee.

In the TV series, Dr. David Banner, a widowed physician and scientist, who is presumed dead, travels across America under assumed names (his false surnames always begin with the letter “B”, but he keeps his first name), and finds himself in positions where he helps others in need despite his terrible secret: in times of extreme anger or stress, he transforms into a huge, incredibly strong green creature, who has been given the name “The Hulk”. In his travels, Banner earns money by working temporary jobs while searching for a way to control his condition. All the while, he is obsessively pursued by a tabloid newspaper reporter, Jack McGee, who is convinced that the Hulk is a deadly menace whose exposure would enhance his career.

The series was originally broadcast by CBS from 1978 to 1982, with 82 episodes over five seasons. The two-hour pilot movie, which established the Hulk’s origins, aired on November 4, 1977. It was developed and produced by Kenneth Johnson, who also wrote or directed some episodes.

After the series ended, the fate of David Banner was a cliffhanger until 1988. The franchise was purchased from CBS by rival NBC. They produced three television films: The Incredible Hulk Returns (directed by Nicholas J. Corea), The Trial of the Incredible Hulk and The Death of the Incredible Hulk (both directed by Bill Bixby). Since its debut, The Incredible Hulk series has garnered a worldwide fan base.

Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk, from the 1978 episode "Married"

Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk, from the 1978 episode “Married”

Interesting casting notes: For the role of Dr. David Banner, Kenneth Johnson cast Bill Bixby—his first choice for the role. Jack Colvin was cast as “Jack McGee”, the cynical tabloid newspaper reporter—modeled after the character of Javert in Les Misérables—who pursues the Hulk. Arnold Schwarzenegger auditioned for the role of the Hulk but was rejected due to his inadequate height, according to Johnson in his commentary on The Incredible Hulk – Original Television Premiere DVD release. Actor Richard Kiel was hired for the role. During filming, however, Kenneth Johnson’s own son pointed out that Kiel’s tall-but-under-developed physique did not resemble the Hulk’s at all. Soon, Kiel was replaced with professional bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, although a very brief shot of Kiel (as the Hulk) remains in the pilot. According to an interview with Kiel, who saw properly out of only one eye, he reacted badly to the contact lenses used for the role, and also found the green makeup difficult to remove, so he did not mind losing the part.

Initially the Hulk’s facial make-up was quite monstrous, but after both pilots, the first two weekly episodes and New York location shooting for the fourth, the design was toned down. The makeup process used to transform Ferrigno into the Hulk took three hours. The hard contact lenses Ferrigno wore to simulate the Hulk’s electric-green eyes had to be removed every 15 minutes because he found wearing them physically painful, and the green fright wig he wore as the Hulk was made of dyed yak hair.

 

I is for In the Heat of the Night:

Airing later than most of my showcased programs, I love this show and still occasionally watch the heavily rotated syndication episodes. In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the film and the novel of the same title. It starred Carroll O’Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the black police detective Virgil Tibbs. It was broadcast on NBC from 1988 until 1992, and then on CBS until 1994. Its executive producers were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett and Carroll O’Connor.

In the premiere episode, Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia detective, has returned home to the fictional Sparta, Mississippi for his mother’s funeral. By virtue of his relationship with Gillespie from a previous murder investigation in which he assisted, Tibbs is persuaded to remain in Sparta as Chief of Detectives, in an effort to help overcome the local squad’s reputation of being racist and underskilled. Although the team experiences friction over Tibbs’ dissatisfaction with the department’s limited resources and racial attitudes while Gillespie is annoyed at Tibbs’ condescending suspicion of his hometown, they prove highly effective in enforcing the law.

Eventually becoming a lawyer, Tibbs resigned to practice in Jackson, Mississippi with occasional cases in Sparta while Gillespie was dismissed as Police Chief by the Sparta city council and replaced by Hampton Forbes (Carl Weathers), the town’s first African-American in that position. Gillespie finds a new post of equivalent authority as County Sheriff, and the two senior police officers find they get along in excellent fashion both in the professional and personal spheres.

 

 

What other classic shows would you include here? What are your favorite TV shows, past and present? Do you still watch any of these shows in syndication?

 

 

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45 thoughts on “I is for I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie, Ironside, It Takes a Thief, The Incredible Hulk and In the Heat of the Night #atozchallenge

  1. I dream of Jeannie – so glad you chose this as one of your I shows. Love everything about this and I have to admit my very young self had a crush on Tony. Thank you for the reminder.

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    • Ah, Tony was indeed hot! I loved the way the show developed their relationship. Glad I could bring back that memory for you! Thanks for stopping by Pamela…

      Michele at Angels Bark

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  2. I used to watch The Incredible Hulk every week (have some of it on DVD) and I still enjoy catching to odd ep of Ironside on daytime TV :). Never heard of It Takes a Thief though – first thing I really saw Robert Wagner in was Heart to Heart, which I really should have mentioned for H :). The Invisible Man with David McCallum is an awesome show I loved from the 70s – I was too young when it first aired, but I remember seeing a few eps in reruns and I now have it on blu-ray.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    • Good ones Tasha! I forgot about The Invisible Man and Hart to Hart. That was a great show. I loved Stephanie Powers! Together with Robert Wagner: they just had so much chemistry, it made for great viewing. It was a little campy at times but overall a good show.
      The Invisible Man, I don’t remember that much about it.
      How lucky that you can catch Ironside on daytime TV. It’s not airing on my cable network (Suddenlink). They piss me off: they don’t have all those old retro channels and I keep threatening to go with Dish or Direct TV but then those have their issues too… So I stay with the tried and true and my bundle package. 🙂

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  3. Your post are always awesome, why don’t I visit more… “I” am a dope… now singing/humming the theme to I Dream of Jeanie… Very Nice Post… but you know that, that’s why you posted it! Right!

    Welcome in the letter “I”… thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
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    • Jeremy! So good to see you here! And you’re no dope. But I’d love to see you here more often. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. I just downloaded the issue of Six Strings! I’ll look forward to checking it out. Thanks for that…

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  4. Nice selection here. I found ‘I’ challenging, but I did find a few and I see you have at least two that I featured. Commercials were difficult as well. Incredible Hulk was great as a kid because it was about a comic book character. I know Wonder Woman was out there, but I didn’t really get into that, at the time. It wasn’t until years later that I appreciated watching it in reruns.

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    • I just knew you would “appreciate” Wonder Woman! 🙂 That was one hot outfit she wore every week….

      I wasn’t into comic books so back then, I had no idea the Incredible Hulk was based on one…

      You did great with the commercials! I’m still singing “Brusha brusha brusha…” Hal

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    • Oh you’ll have to check out a few episodes of that show, especially if you get lucky enough to see the ones that my friend Shady mentioned below: when Lucy got drunk doing a TV Commercial for some vitamin concoction that contained alcohol or when she and her best friend Ethel were working an assembly line in a chocolate factory. OMG, bust a gut funny! They were probably the two best ones and the ones that are highlighted when promoting the series (they sell Box Sets of episodes on late night TV).

      Thanks for stopping by Andi…

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  5. Hi, Michele!

    The only I series in this post that I watched regularly in first run was Lucy which made it debut a month before I turned two years of age. Even as a young boy I appreciated the sharply honed comedic talents of Lucille Ball and the other cast members. I Love Lucy was responsible for a number of firsts in television series production and gave us a plethora of classic comedy bits that inspired countless other sitcoms in the decades that followed. They include Lucy getting bombed on Vitameatavegamin while trying to make a TV commercial, and the famous out-of-control conveyor belt scene (also used on Candid Camera). It was hilarious to watch Lucy scheming with best friend Ethel week after week, dreaming up ways to manipulate Ricky and worm her way into performing at his Latin niteclub. Phrases like “Lucy…. you got some ‘splainin’ to do” and “Lucy…I forbit you to do a number down at the clup” have stuck with me through the years.

    The only I series I am currently watching in reruns is Ironside. I appreciate the humor and snappy dialogue used in the series, particularly in the early seasons when Eve Whitfield was the female member of Ironside’s I-team. It’s a sign of the times that Eve’s job description included making coffee for the boss and serving it to him whenever he barked the order at her.

    I didn’t like I Dream of Jeannie as much as most people and it’s for the same reason I wasn’t keen on Bewitched, Mr. Ed, My Mother the Car, Happy (the talking baby) and similar series that relied mainly on outrageous gimmicks. I didn’t find them nearly as entertaining as shows with more realistic characters and plausible plots such as Father Knows Best, Leave It To Beaver, Donna Reed and Ozzie & Harriet.

    Thank you, dear friend Michele!

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    • Hey Shady. Those are my two favorite ILL episodes! They are the world’s favorite episodes it seems; they always feature those two specifically when promoting the box set series.

      I don’t remember Happy (the talking baby) and I only briefly recall My Mother the Car. But I loved Bewitched and you know me, I LOVED LOVED LOVED Mr. Ed. That horse was so damn funny and sarcastic.

      I totally forgot about Donna Reed for my D series! Father Knows Best I wasn’t into so didn’t even give that a thought.

      Happy Monday Shady! Hope you’re having a great start to the week!
      Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits!

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    • Yes, that show was so well done! The storylines were great and the acting was fantastic. Carroll O’Connor as Chief Gillespie gave award-winning performances. I will usually catch an episode or two of this show each month. Love that it’s in constant reruns, exposing younger generations to the quality programming…
      Thanks for stopping by Kathleen!

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  6. In The Heat of the Night was one of those shows I always meant to watch, but didn’t. I’d kinda forgotten about it, but now I’m thinking (once again) that I’d like to watch it.

    BTW, I can’t believe you thought of so many “I” shows. Great job.

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    • Thanks Robin!! You should definitely catch some episodes. You could probably stream it on Netflix, I would imagine. It really is good programming…
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Another great list, Michele! 🙂 I Love Lucy is such a classic and will always be popular. I Dream of Jeannie was fun, but to be honest, I preferred Bewitched. The two of them were duking it out in the ratings. It was nice to see Raymond Burr on TV again as Ironside. I’d been a huge fan of his previous show, Perry Mason. LOVE It Takes a Thief! Robert Wagner was another huge crush and the show had an interesting premise, not to mention Fred Astaire. So cool! The other two I didn’t really get into, but remember Bill Bixby well from My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and The Magician.

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    • Thanks Debbie! I will say that between the two, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched, I’d prefer Bewitched too.
      I LOVE Raymond Burr! Was always a Perry Mason fan and loved him in Ironside too.
      Bill Bixby had quite the career, that’s for sure.
      Glad you liked the post! Thanks. ❤

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  8. Michele, you & Jeffrey have some of the same retro TV programs today. Like I told him, the I love Lucy and I Dream of Jeannie are two of my faves from childhood. Last fall I actually met Barbara Eden in Mt. Airy, North Carolina as she was one of the guests at the annual Mayberry Days’ event (This is Andy Griffith’s home town) and it was really cool to meet her. She was super nice and looked fabulous fro 83 years old. INCREDIBLE choices!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: Ivory Soap #AprilA2Z

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    • How cool that you met Barbara Eden, Cathy!! She is so gorgeous and definitely doesn’t look her age. I’d love to check out the Mayberry Days event. That sounds like a lot of fun.
      Thanks so much for coming by and checking it out…

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    • Yeah, the 80s was my decade for not watching much TV. I was too busy partying… 🙂
      TV is definitely a staple now. I couldn’t live without it!!
      Thanks for stopping by Paula…

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  9. Great choices for I today! I was hoping one of you guys doing old television would do Ironsides =)

    I could spend hours watching Lucy and I Dream of Jeannie, but when it came to the dramas and mysteries, I wasnt allowed to watch (although I’d sneek a peek quite often!) See… my parents thought it would alright for me to watch Tom Sawyer when I was very young ( must have been about three or four) and I had nightmares that ‘Injun Joe’ was living under my bed. I had quite the active imagination when I was little.

    Mary
    #AtoZChallenge I is for Imbruglia

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    • Lol. Aw, Injun Joe under your bed?? That’s cute. I had nightmares when I was little too. My poor mom had to sleep on the couch because I thought she could protect me from “someone” coming down the hall for me…She’d have to sleep on the couch until I fall asleep. Mothers: what they don’t do for us kids!

      BTW, I did Ironside! 🙂 It’s the 3rd one down… Love that theme song intro…
      Thanks for coming by!

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  10. When my mother was in college, the girls in her dorm would gather in the tv room and watch I Love Lucy when it came on. I watched it with her as a child in syndication. It’s still one of my favorite tv shows.
    I used to wish I could grant wishes like Jeannie….

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    • That’s a sweet thing to know about your mom!

      And I wish I could meet a genie who could grant me wishes! I’d be smart about it… 🙂

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  11. I remember I Dream of Jeannie was the best thing. It was funny that they put a jewel in her bellybutton; they had to so the censors wouldn’t give them an improper rating.
    Did you ever see the IDoJ made for TV movie? Wayne Rogers played Tony Nelson because Larry Hagman was not available. Tony and Jeannie had a teen aged son. The boy and Jeannie had a problem and the best way to solve (Jeannie thought) was to use magick and make everything disappear about their family life together,

    Sir Leprechaunrabbit
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    • No I never saw the made for TV movie. I’ll have to check it out.
      I didn’t know that about the jewel in her navel but that sure sounds right for the time… It’s amazing what they get away with now on TV! I think if my grandparents could come back and watch TV today they’d have a stroke all over again!

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  12. I grew up after many of these shows had run their prime time, but I do remember watching I Love Lucy with my grandmother before going to bed at night as a kid when I would stay at her house. It was always such a pleasant way to end the day. Lucy was such a funny show! 🙂

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    • What a nice memory to have about your Grandmother! I remember watching Alfred Hitchcock with mine. Just writing it now is making me smile… Thanks for the memory!

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  13. I love I love Lucy which I still watch and hope to get on DVD. We have Desi Arnaz to thank for filming the show with. 3 cameras and they kept the shows which was not the way back then. If you watch the early shows from other networks etc… You can see how grainy they are and not in good shape. Desi is the one to orchestrate how a tv show should be filmed. He and Lucy are also the reason Star Trek came to be on the air since they owned the rights. I watched Ironside and almost all the others

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  14. I STILL watch I Love Lucy reruns when able! I always really liked the show. It was so hilarious. I’m surprised that they haven’t attempted a reboot… or maybe they have? I loved Bewitched too, but avoided to movie based on it like the plague… I’d likely do the same with an I Love Lucy movie.

    Speaking of reboots, while I haven’t seen Ironside, I’ve heard of it, but that’s because there was a recent reboot of the series (with Blair Underwood). It looked good, but I never got around to watching it and I don’t think it survived the harsh network requirements to get renewed for further seasons beyond the first. It’s a show I think I would get into.

    Now Hulk! You would think with how much I love Marvel I’d have seen a lot of this show, but you’d be mistaken! I have seen a few episodes here and there, but never in its entirety. Not even close. I saw Lou at Mega Con a convention I went to in Florida years ago and he looked so lonely sitting at his table awaiting to sign autographs. Granted whatever he was charging was likely fueling his loneliness lol Anyhow, that’s the closest I’ve ever been to The Incredible Hulk!

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    • Hey Jak,
      I didn’t see the Bewitched movie either. Love I love Lucy! She was indeed hilarious. Another one I thought was hilarious was Fred Murtz. He always cracked me up.

      I didn’t see the rebooted Ironside but I love Blair Underwood. These stupid networks don’t even give a series a chance to build an audience. It really irritates me because there have been many shows that have been cancelled way too early and they were starting to develop loyal viewers.

      Poor Lou! Sitting there all by himself. That makes me feel bad. 😦 He’s run his course…

      Thanks for coming by today!

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