L is for Love American Style, Leave It to Beaver, Laverne & Shirley, Lost in Space, Lassie, the Love Boat, Laugh-In, Little House on the Prairie and L.A. Law #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…

L is for Love, American Style:

Love, American Style is a comedic television anthology, which was produced by Paramount Television and originally aired between 1969 and 1974. For the 1971 and 1972 seasons it was a part of an ABC Friday prime-time lineup that also included The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, and The Odd Couple.

The show featured an ensemble cast that changed from week to week. Each week, Love American Style featured unrelated stories of romance, usually with a comedic spin. Episodes featured different characters, stories, and locations. The show often featured the same actors playing different characters in many episodes. In addition, a large, ornate brass bed was a recurring prop in many episodes. Charles Fox’s delicate yet hip music score, featuring flutes, harp, and flugelhorn set to a contemporary pop beat, provided the “love” ambiance which tied the stories together as a multifaceted romantic comedy each week. For its first season, the theme song was performed by The Cowsills. Beginning in the second season, the same theme song was sung by the Ron Hicklin Singers, featuring brothers John and Tom Bahler (billed as The Charles Fox Singers).

Here’s a neat bit of trivia: On February 25, 1972, the show aired an episode with a segment titled “Love and the Television Set”, a story about Richie Cunningham, his family and friends, which later served as the pilot for the popular series Happy Days. For syndication, the segment was retitled “Love and the Happy Days”.

 

 

L is for Leave It to Beaver:

Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive and often naïve boy named Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver (portrayed by Jerry Mathers) and his adventures at home, in school, and around his suburban neighborhood. The show also starred Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as Beaver’s parents, June and Ward Cleaver, and Tony Dow as Beaver’s brother Wally. The show has attained an iconic status in the US, with the Cleavers exemplifying the idealized suburban family of the mid-20th century.

 

"Cleaver family Leave it to Beaver 1960" by ABC Television - Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

“Cleaver family Leave it to Beaver 1960” by ABC Television – Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

The show was created by writers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher. These veterans of radio and early television found inspiration for the show’s characters, plots and dialogue in the lives, experiences and conversations of their own children. Leave It to Beaver is one of the first primetime sitcom series written from a child’s point of view. Like several television dramas and sitcoms of the late 1950s and early 1960s (Lassie and My Three Sons), Leave It to Beaver is a glimpse at middle-class, American boyhood. In a typical episode Beaver got into some sort of trouble, then faced his parents for reprimand and correction. However, neither parent was omniscient; indeed, the series often showed the parents debating their approach to child rearing, and some episodes were built around parental gaffes.

Leave It to Beaver, which would ultimately run for six full 39-week seasons (234 episodes), had its debut on CBS on October 4, 1957. The following season, the show moved to ABC, where it stayed until completing its run on June 20, 1963. During the whole of the show’s run, the series was shot with a single camera on black-and-white 35mm film.

You may remember these characters from the show: Recurring characters included Eddie Haskell (played by Ken Osmond), Larry Mondello (Rusty Stevens), Hubert “Whitey” Whitney (Stanley Fafara), Gilbert Bates (Stephen Talbot), Judy Hensler (Jeri Weil), Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford (Frank Bank), his younger sister Violet (Veronica Cartwright) and Mary Ellen Rogers (Pamela Beaird). Burt Mustin played elderly fireman Gus, Richard Deacon played Ward’s co-worker Fred Rutherford and Sue Randall played schoolteacher Miss Landers.

 

 

L is for Laverne & Shirley:

Laverne & Shirley (credited as Laverne De Fazio & Shirley Feeney in the first season) is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976, to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, single roommates who worked as bottlecappers in a fictitious Milwaukee brewery called “Shotz Brewery”.

The show was a spin-off from Happy Days, as the two lead characters were originally introduced on that series as acquaintances of Fonzie. Set in roughly the same time period, the timeline started in approximately 1958, when the series began, through 1967, when the series ended. As with Happy Days, it was made by Paramount Television, created by Garry Marshall, and executive produced by Garry Marshall, Edward K. Milkis, and Thomas L. Miller.

 

 

 

L is for Lost in Space: This was probably my favorite show when I was a kid. And my favorite character was definitely the robot (“Danger Will Robinson, Danger!”).

Here are a few videos featuring the robot. The first is a tribute video:

Dick Tufeld was the famous voice of the Robot in the hit 1960s TV series Lost in Space. “Warning .. Warning .. Danger Will Robinson” and “that does not compute” were some of the familiar calls.  He was also an announcer for CBS TV for many many years. He passed away aged 85 on the 22nd of January 2012.

This video is just some shots of the robot with Dick Tufeld’s voiceover:

Here’s some background info on the show and the Lost in Space story:

Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series created and produced by Irwin Allen, filmed by 20th Century Fox Television, and broadcast on CBS. The show ran for three seasons, with 83 episodes airing between September 15, 1965, and March 6, 1968. The first television season was filmed in black and white, with the second and third seasons filmed in color.

Publicity photo (1967) for Lost in Space: shows cast members: Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bob May (Robot), Jonathan Harris, June Lockhart, Guy Williams & Billy Mumy.

Publicity photo (1967) for Lost in Space: shows cast members: Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bob May (Robot), Jonathan Harris, June Lockhart, Guy Williams & Billy Mumy.

 

The Plot:  In October 1997, 32 years into the future from the perspective of viewers in 1965, the United States is about to launch one of history’s great adventures: man’s colonization of deep space. The Jupiter 2, called Gemini 12 in the pilot episode, a futuristic saucer-shaped spaceship, stands on its launch pad undergoing final preparations. Its mission is to take a single family on a five-and-a-half-year journey – updated from 98 years in the pilot episode – to a planet orbiting the nearby star Alpha Centauri. The pilot episode had referred to the planet itself as Alpha Centauri, which space probes reveal possesses ideal conditions for human life. The Robinson family, allegedly selected from among two million volunteers for this mission, consisted of Professor John Robinson, played by Guy Williams, his wife, Maureen, played by June Lockhart, their children, Judy (Marta Kristen), Penny (Angela Cartwright), and Will (Billy Mumy). They are accompanied by their pilot, U.S. Space Corps Major Donald West (Mark Goddard), who is trained to fly the ship when the time comes for the eventual landing. Initially the Robinsons and West will be in freezing tubes for the voyage with the tubes set to open when the spacecraft approached its destination. Unless there was a problem with the ship’s navigation or guidance system during the voyage, West was only to take the controls during the final approach to and landing on the destination planet while the Robinsons were to strap themselves into contour couches on the lower deck for the landing.

Other nations are racing to colonize space, and they would stop at nothing, not even sabotage, to thwart the United States effort. It turns out that Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris), Alpha Control’s doctor, and later supposedly a psychologist and environmental control expert, is moonlighting as a foreign secret agent for one of those competing nations. After killing a guard who catches him onboard after hours, Smith reprograms the Jupiter 2’s B-9 environmental control robot, voiced by Dick Tufeld, to destroy critical systems on the spaceship eight hours after launch. Smith, however, unintentionally traps himself aboard at launch and his extra weight throws the Jupiter 2 off course, causing it to encounter a meteor storm. This, plus the robot’s Smith-programmed rampage causing the ship to prematurely engage its hyperdrive, causes the expedition to become hopelessly lost in the infinite depths of outer space.

The Robinsons are often placed in danger by Smith, whose self-centered actions and laziness endanger the family on many occasions. After the first half of the first season Smith’s role assumes a less evil overtone although he continues to display many character defects. In “The Time Merchant” Smith shows he actually does care about the Robinsons after he travels back in time to the day of the Jupiter 2 launch with the hope of changing his fate by not boarding the ship and allowing the Robinsons start their mission as originally planned. However, once he learns that without his weight altering the ship’s course the Jupiter 2 would be destroyed by an uncharted asteroid, he sacrifices his chance to stay on his beloved Earth by electing to re-board the ship, thus saving the lives of those he really does care about and continuing his position amongst them as a reluctant stowaway.

The fate of the Robinsons, Don West and Dr Smith is never resolved as the series unexpected cancellation leaves the Jupiter 2 and her crew literally on the junk-pile at the end of season three. (Source: Wikipedia)

A shame. I hate when series end with no wrap up or conclusion. I feel that’s a real rip-off for the loyal viewing audience.

This is the Season 3 intro. I couldn’t find just the original Season 1 black and white intro, which is the one I remember the most.

 

Not sure if this will post but here is Episode 1 of Season 1, the very first Lost in Space episode. I’m posting this because it has the the intro that I remember; it’s the best one, in my opinion. It can be found at the 7:30 mark on the video:

 

 

L is for Love Boat:

The Love Boat was an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until February 27, 1987. The show revolves around the ship’s captain (played by Gavin MacLeod) and a handful of its crew, with several passengers – played by different guest actors for each episode – having romantic and humorous adventures. It was part of ABC’s popular Saturday night lineup that included Fantasy Island until that show ended in 1984.

The original 1976 made-for-TV movie on which the show was based (also titled The Love Boat) was itself based on the nonfiction book The Love Boats by Jeraldine Saunders, a real-life cruise director. Two more TV movies (titled The Love Boat II and The New Love Boat) would follow before the series began its run.

The executive producer for the series was Aaron Spelling, who produced several successful series for ABC from the 1960s into the 1980s.

Cast: Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing

Bernie Kopell as Dr. Adam “Doc” Bricker, ship’s doctor

Fred Grandy as Burl “Gopher” Smith, Yeoman Purser

Ted Lange as Isaac Washington, bartender

Lauren Tewes as Julie McCoy, Cruise Director (Seasons 1-7)

Jill Whelan as Vicki Stubing, the captain’s daughter (seasons 3–10)

Ted McGinley as Ashley “Ace” Covington Evans, ship’s photographer (seasons 7–10)

Pat Klous as Judy McCoy, Julie’s sister and successor as cruise director (seasons 8–9)

Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, and Ted Lange are the only cast members to appear in every episode of the series, including the last three made-for-TV movies.

 

 

L is for Lassie:

Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax and was televised from September 12, 1954, to March 25, 1973. The fourth longest-running U.S. primetime television series after The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, and Law & Order, the show chalked up 17 seasons on CBS before entering first-run syndication for its final two seasons. Initially filmed in black and white, the show transitioned to color in 1965.

The show’s first 10 seasons follow Lassie’s adventures in a small farming community. Fictional eleven-year-old Jeff Miller, his mother, and his grandfather are Lassie’s first human companions until seven-year-old Timmy Martin and his adoptive parents take over in the fourth season. When Lassie’s exploits on the farm end in the eleventh season, she finds new adventures in the wilderness alongside United States Forest Service Rangers. After traveling on her own for a year, Lassie finally settles at a children’s home for her final two syndicated seasons.

Lassie received critical favor at its debut and won two Emmy Awards in its first years. Stars Jan Clayton and June Lockhart were nominated for Emmys. Merchandise produced during the show’s run included books, a Halloween costume, clothing, toys, and other items. Campbell’s Soup, the show’s lifelong sponsor, offered two premiums (a ring and a wallet), and distributed thousands to fans. A multi-part episode was edited into the feature film Lassie’s Great Adventure and released in August 1963. Selected episodes have been released to DVD.

 

 

L is for Laugh In:

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (often simply referred to as Laugh-In) is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin and featured, at various times, Chelsea Brown, Johnny Brown, Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Richard Dawson, Moosie Drier, Henry Gibson, Teresa Graves, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Larry Hovis, Sarah Kennedy, Jeremy Lloyd, Dave Madden, Pigmeat Markham, Gary Owens, Pamela Rodgers, Barbara Sharma, Jud Strunk, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin and Jo Anne Worley.

Laugh-In originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967 and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8 pm (EST). The title of the show was a play on the “love-ins” or “be-ins” of the 1960s hippie culture, terms that were, in turn, derived from “sit-ins”, common in protests associated with civil rights and anti-war demonstrations of the time.

In 2002, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In was ranked #42 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

Each episode followed a somewhat similar format, often including recurring sketches. The show started with a short dialogue between Rowan and Martin. Shortly afterward, Rowan would intone: “C’mon Dick, let’s go to the party”. This live to tape segment comprised all cast members and occasional surprise celebrities dancing before a 1960s “Mod” party backdrop, delivering one- and two-line jokes interspersed with a few bars of dance music (later adopted on The Muppet Show, which had a recurring segment that was similar to “The Cocktail Party” with absurd moments from characters). The show then proceeded through rapid-fire comedy bits, pre-taped segments, and recurring sketches. The Cocktail Party was similar in format to the “Word Dance” segments of A Thurber Carnival.

At the end of every show, Dan Rowan turned to his co-host and said, “Say good night, Dick”, to which Martin replied, “Good night, Dick!”. The show then featured cast members opening panels in a psychedelically-painted “joke wall” and telling jokes. As the show drew to a close and the applause died, executive producer George Schlatter’s solitary clapping continued even as the screen turned blank and the production logo, network chimes, and NBC logo appeared.

The show often featured guest stars. Sometimes the guest had a prominent spot in the program, at other times the guest would pop up in short “quickies” (one- or two-liner jokes) interspersed throughout the show. While the guest was available, other bits were recorded, and would be added to other episodes of the series.

 

L is for Little House on the Prairie:

Little House on the Prairie is an American western drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, and Karen Grassle, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s and 1880s. The show is an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling series of Little House books. Television producer and NBC executive Ed Friendly became aware of the story in the early 1970s. He asked Michael Landon to direct the pilot movie, who agreed on the condition that he could also play Charles Ingalls.

The regular series was preceded by the two-hour pilot movie, which first aired on March 30, 1974. The series premiered on the NBC network on September 11, 1974, and last aired on May 10, 1982. During the 1982–83 television season, with the departure of Landon and Grassle, the series was broadcast with the new title Little House: A New Beginning.

Although based on the biographical “Little House” stories, many of the characters and situations differ from the original books. The central characters are Charles Ingalls (farmer and mill worker), his wife Caroline, and their four daughters, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and Grace; in later seasons, they adopt three children, Albert, Cassandra, and James.

Other essential characters include the Oleson family: Nels, proprietor of the town’s general store, Oleson’s Mercantile; his malicious, gossiping wife, Harriet; and their two spoiled children, Nellie and Willie, and later, their adopted daughter, Nancy; Isaiah Edwards, Grace Snider Edwards and their three adopted children; the Garvey family, Jonathan, Alice, and Andy; Rev. Robert Alden; Lars Hanson, the town’s founder and proprietor of the town’s mill; and Dr. Hiram Baker, the town’s physician. In season five, Mary Ingalls meets teacher-turned-husband, Adam Kendall. In the season seven premiere, Laura marries Almanzo Wilder.

Little House explored many themes. Adoption, alcoholism, racism and blindness are portrayed. Some plots also include subjects such as drug addiction (i.e. morphine), leukemia, prejudice, and even rape. Although predominantly a drama, the program has some comedic moments as well.

Several of the episodes written by Michael Landon were recycled storylines from ones that he had written for Bonanza. Season two’s “A Matter of Faith” was based on the Bonanza episode “A Matter of Circumstance”; season five’s “Someone Please Love Me” was based on the Bonanza episode “A Dream To Dream”; season seven’s “The Silent Cry” was based on the Bonanza episode “The Sound of Sadness”; season eight’s “He Was Only Twelve” was based on the Bonanza episode “He Was Only Seven”; and season nine’s “Little Lou” was based on the Bonanza episode “It’s A Small World”.

 

L is for L.A. Law:

Another 80s show, L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994.

Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many of Bochco’s trademark features including an ensemble cast, large number of parallel storylines, social drama, and off-the-wall humor. It reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s, and many of the cases featured on the show dealt with hot-topic issues such as capital punishment, abortion, racism, gay rights, homophobia, sexual harassment, AIDS, and domestic violence. The series often also reflected social tensions between the wealthy senior lawyer protagonists and their less well-paid junior staff.

In addition to its main cast, L.A. Law was also well-known for featuring then relatively unknown actors and actresses in guest starring roles, who later went on to greater success in film and television including: Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Tambor, David Schwimmer, James Avery, Gates McFadden, Bryan Cranston, C.C.H. Pounder, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff, Carrie-Anne Moss, William H. Macy, Stephen Root, Christian Slater, and Lucy Liu. Several episodes of the show also included celebrities such as Vanna White, Buddy Hackett and Mamie Van Doren appearing as themselves in cameo roles.

The show was popular with audiences and critics, and won 15 Emmy Awards throughout its run, four of which were for Outstanding Drama Series.

 

 

Have you ever watched any of these shows? What are your favorite TV shows, past and present?

 

 

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64 thoughts on “L is for Love American Style, Leave It to Beaver, Laverne & Shirley, Lost in Space, Lassie, the Love Boat, Laugh-In, Little House on the Prairie and L.A. Law #atozchallenge

  1. You got all the ones I have today. I was thinking of using Little House on the Prairie. I thought for sure everyone else had forgotten Love American Style. Though I don’t recall watching the show, according to my mother, I would cry whenever Lassie was over. Lost In Space, I just bought the complete series on Blue-Ray. Lot’s of great episodes, lots of cheese too.

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    • oh so much cheese! But good cheese!! I loved Lost in Space. I didn’t know they had the complete series out. My favorite was when they were stuck in the vehicle in the frozen tundra. Do you remember that episode??

      Love American Style was such a funny show.

      Great minds think alike… 🙂

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      • Maybe I have not reached that episode yet. Another I have rewatched yet, but one of my favourites, was the episode where the robot grows in size and they have to walk inside for some reason. I’m looking forward to that one. The next one on my list is with Robbie the Robot, War of the Robots. Looks like an interesting story.

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  2. Hi, Michele!

    These L series represent some of my all time favorites and a couple that the rest of the world watched but I avoided. Whenever I recall Love, American Style, I make the Six Degrees connection to one of my favorite movies, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, via actress Phyllis Elizabeth Davis who had roles in both projects. Phyllis was the “it girl” of Love, American Style, a regular member of series’ acting troupe that performed those brief, silent comedy sketches used as pad between longer vignettes to bring the show to its correct running time. I also regularly watched Love Boat, a series with the same type of format, a rotating star-studded cast of actors and actresses from other hit series taking a romantic cruise together and interacting in surprising and amusing ways.

    Leave It To Beaver was one of the greatest family sitcoms in TV history, probably my favorite if I stopped to think it over, and I never missed an episode. In recent years I reviewed the series on Netflix. I am always curious to learn the “True Hollywood Story” behind my favorite series and actors and I can’t think about Leave it To Beaver without remembering the urban myth that Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell) became porn legend John Holmes. I also feel sad when I think of Sue Randall (Miss Landers). A heavy smoker who once did cigarette commercials, Sue died of lung cancer at age 49.

    Since I wasn’t all that keen on Happy Days I did not watch Lavern & Shirley at all. I objected to the greaser and blue collar working class stereotypes in both series.

    Lost in Space captured my imagination and I watched it faithfully. Stowaway Dr. Zachary Smith was initially played as a sinister, scheming villain, but soon evolved into a flawed, weak-willed yet lovable character every bit as popular as The Fonz on Happy Days.

    I started watching Lassie in 1954 when it was called Jeff’s Collie and starred Tommy Rettig as the boy who owned the dog. I continued to watch the series through the Timmy years until its end. I loved June Lockhart in Lassie and in Lost in Space. June was already a veteran actress by the time she gained fame as the mother in those two TV series. In 1947 she co-starred with another favorite actress of mine, Cathy O’Donnell, in the Film-Noir movie Bury Me Dead.

    I watched Laugh-In on a regular basis, but reacted to it negatively most of the time. The show always went for the cheap laugh and I didn’t find the main characters likable or their skits particularly funny. Poking fun at stereotypes to the point of being cruel, celebrating shallow people who value style over substance, and milking the same gags for all they are worth are not the elements I look for in a comedy series. I didn’t watch Little House and I was not a regular viewer of L.A. Law, although it, along with St. Elsewhere, are two of Mrs. Shady’s favorite shows.

    (I won the Brooklyn Bridge auction and just finished paying the guy $14,700 for the world famous span using Pay Pal – a steal of a deal! 🙂

    Thank you, dear friend Michele!

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    • John Holmes was Eddie Haskell?????? Holy moly, I didn’t know that!!! Is that true??
      I didn’t see the movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. I remember the original film Valley of the Dolls. That was such a good movie.

      I never did grow to like Dr. Smith on Lost in Space. He always got on my nerves, even as a kid. I’m sure I would view him differently now though…

      I love Film Noir but don’t think I’ve heard of Bury Me Dead. I’ll have to look for that.
      Wasn’t aware that Lassie started off as a series called Jeff’s Collie. Hmm, will have to look that one up too!

      Even though you didn’t like Laugh In, you have to admit it was a good starter career for many, especially Goldie Hawn…

      (and don’t tell me: you’re going to institute tolls on the Brooklyn Bridge now that you own it, aren’t you??) 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. Always a pleasure…

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      • As I noted in my comment, the story that circulated about Eddie Haskell going on to become pornstar John Homes was only an urban legend, but the rumor actually made its way into print and was stated as fact in the descriptive text on the box covers of movies that starred Holmes at the beginning of his career. In reality, Ken Osmond became a Los Angeles police officer.

        Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a cult classic and one of my all time favorite movies. Years ago I moderated an online community devoted to discussion of BVD, director Russ Meyer, the film’s quirky characters and the actors that portrayed them.

        I am beginning to experience buyer’s remorse and was wondering if you would be interested in taking the Brooklyn Bridge off my hands. I’d be willing to slash the price by 10%! 🙂

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        • It’s funny how rumors start and how they become “fact” —

          Buyers remorse: I know it well! Will get you every time. I’ll pass on the bridge, but gee, thanks for the offer and the discount! 🙂

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  3. Aww Laverne and Shirley…I loved them. I joined a dance class last year and two girls who danced together were called Laverne and Teresa…Every week I arrived, I called them Laverne and Shirley…I don’t think Teresa was pleased…oops

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  4. Wow, this brought back so many memories! Watched a lot of these shows and probably all of them at least once. I really did enjoy LA Law; very intriguing story lines at times. So true about Lost in Space and other series that just “disappear” without any resolution; makes us hanging, wondering what happened to them, but I guess in their case they truly were “Lost in Space.” for now eternity. And now that I think of it, I don’t think anyone has redone it in any way, have they?

    betty
    http://viewsfrombenches.blogspot.com/

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    • No, I don’t think they have redone Lost in Space. Good point about the series truly being lost in space!! Never thought of it that way!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. You picked some good ones today! I watched all of these, and enjoyed them all. I tried to choose which one/ones were my favorites from the list. I couldn’t do ti.
    Great post!

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    • Oo, the Listener sounds really good! I’ll have to look for that one. Not familiar with Lewis…
      Thanks for stopping by Tasha!

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  6. Ah yes, the iconic Laverne & Shirley theme song. Now that’s stuck in my head, thank you very much 😛

    Oh, and the Love Boat. I was too young to understand the cheese factor of that one.

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    • I love cruises. I’ve only been on one but so want to go on another. I totally get why people get hooked on them. While on the cruise, I met so many people who were on their 8th, 12th, 20th cruise! They’re inexpensive and so fun. Where all did you go? I went to Jamaica, Grand Caymen and Cozumel. Was fascinating….

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  7. Michele, I watched Lassie some when I was a kid and I remember thinking how smart that dog was to always knew to go get help when someone was in trouble. lol The Love Boat brings back good memories. We watched that program during our courtship and the early marriage years. After we got hitched we go to Mr. Gattis (pizza place) in town on Saturday nights for dinner to watch The Love Boat on their big screen TV. It was a lot of fun because at the time we only had a 13″ B&W TV set. Lost in Space and Leave it to Beaver ran before my time. I think I recall seeing reruns of Lost in Space, though. Laverne & Shirley was a fun favorite from my teen years. Those girls were so goofy and fun to watch. Great, great memories with your “L” picks!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: Laughs #AprilA2Z

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    • I have a fond memory with regards to Lassie too: it’s the first TV show that I ever cried over. Lassie was rescuing kittens from a burning building. Lol
      That’s very cool that you and your husband had a date night with the Love Boat!!

      Thanks for stopping by today Cathy.

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  8. Loved all of these shows except Leave it to Beaver which never made it to Tasmanian TV. You do know I’m going to be singing the Laverne andd Shirley theme tune in my head all week now, followed closely by the love boat theme.

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  9. Leave it to Beaver was a show I watched regularly as a kid and the memories are bittersweet. I had a difficult childhood and remember yearning for the type of parents and home life depicted on that show. Never got into Lost in Space, Little House on the Prairie or L.A. Law, but Love American Style and The Love Boat were on the viewing schedule. They both had a great lineup of guest stars. I remember Lassie reruns. Lavern and Shirley had some good moments, especially with Lenny & Squiggy. 🙂

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    • Lenny & Squiggy! What a pair they were!
      I’m sorry to hear that you had a difficult childhood. At least these shows allowed you some escape…which is exactly what TV is good for. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Girl, you don’t miss much. Love Boat and Laverne & Shirley I watched a lot. Little House I watched occasionally. My dad wasn’t fond of that show, and what he said pretty well went. Leave It to Beaver is before my time, as was Laugh In. I think I would’ve liked LA Law, but it was ahead of my time (if that makes sense)… I was too young to appreciate it when it was on.

    The only L show I can think of that’s been cancelled (that I really liked) not listed here is LOST. That was a great show.

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  11. What a list! The Love Boat and Little House On The Prairie were absolute staples of my TV youth… There were a few I didn’t know, a few I’d heard of but never watched, and only one — Lost In Space — which I really didn’t like. Laverne & Shirley was a favorite during the two years I spent in the US, but of course I never watched it again after returning to Mexico. Very cool post, Michele!
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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    • Thanks Guilie! Little House on the Prairie was such a wholesome show. Loved Michael Landon…
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Before I forget I used to watch Land of the Giants…another Irwin Allen production about a group of people who land on an earth but they are very tiny and the rest are huge. The effects were pretty cool. I love Lost in Space! I watched that after school every day and I loved the robot. At that time, the networks never thought of having a program end in a nice way. Leave it to Beaver is still on….somewhere and it’s always fun.

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    • Oo, I forgot about Land of the Giants! That was a great show… Thanks for the reminder. and thanks for stopping by

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  13. L is for good list! I loved Love, American Style. First, I was a huge Cowsills fan. Then I wanted a bed like the one used in the show. It was so cool! I’m sure there was a lot of innuendo that I didn’t understand as a child watching the show, but it would be nothing compared to what we have now on tv.
    Leave It To Beaver I watched in re-runs. My favorite episode is the one where Larry Mondelo talked Beaver into climbing up on the billboard and seeing if there really was soup in a giant teacup on the billboard and he got stuck. And don’t we all know an Eddie Haskell?
    I liked Laverne and Shirley, but not nearly as much as Happy Days.
    Lost In Space used to TERRIFY me. My brother would watch it in the living room with my dad, and I would try to watch, then run into the kitchen where my mom was washing the supper dishes and hide my eyes when it got to be too much.
    We always watched Laugh In. I loved watching the girls go-go dance.
    Now, I didn’t just dislike Little House on the Prairie; I HAAAATED it. I was (still am) a huge fan of the books, and the series was NOTHING like my beloved books.

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    • haha, I remember that Leave It to Beaver episode. I adored Larry Mondelo! He was probably my favorite on the show! Hated Eddie Haskell. He was so kiss-ass with the parents, it made me crazy…
      I just ordered the Box set of the entire series of Lost in Space yesterday! I loved that show. I also ordered the Tour of Duty series (it was only 3 seasons but they were good)…
      Thanks so much for coming by and catching up! Nice to see you here!

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  14. This is a huge conglomerate (word of the day!) of shows I’ve seen sporadic episodes of, but never actually watch watched any of these shows. likely as my parents were watching them, whichever they were into at the time.

    I’d think I’d like Lost in Space the most, but I did have a hankering for Leave it to Beaver and as an animal lover, Lassie!

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  15. Lassie is the best! It’s the first TV show that I ever cried over. Lassie was rescuing some kittens from a fire and I was all upset that the kittens weren’t going to survive. I was so young and I remember being surprised that I was crying…
    Re: Lost in Space: I just ordered the full box-set of the series and it’s arriving on Saturday. I shelled out $80 for it and then a few days later signed up for Hulu and found out they have it 😦 Oh well. At least there’s a lot of cool extras that come with it… (me justifying…) 🙂

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