V is for The Virginian, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Vega$ #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 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…

V is for the Virginian:

The Virginian (known as The Men From Shiloh in its final year) is an American Western television series starring James Drury and Doug McClure which aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was a spin-off from a 1958 summer series called Decision. Filmed in color, The Virginian became television’s first 90-minute western series (75 minutes excluding commercial breaks). Immensely successful, it ran for nine seasons—television’s third longest running western, behind Bonanza at fourteen seasons and 430 episodes, and Gunsmoke at twenty seasons and 635 episodes.

Set in the late nineteenth century, and loosely based on the 1902 novel by Owen Wister, the series revolved around the tough foreman of the Shiloh Ranch, played by James Drury. He and his top hand Trampas (Doug McClure) were the only characters to remain with the show for the entire run. As in the book, the foreman went only by the name “The Virginian.” The Virginian’s real name was never revealed in the nine years the show was on the air. The series was set in Medicine Bow, Wyoming.

 

V is for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea:

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a 1960s American science fiction television series based on the 1961 film of the same name. Both were created by Irwin Allen, which enabled the movie’s sets, costumes, props, special effects models, and sometimes footage, to be used in the production of the television series. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was the first of Irwin Allen’s four science fiction television series, as well as the longest-running. The show’s main theme was underwater adventure.

Voyage was broadcast on ABC from September 14, 1964 to March 31, 1968, and was the decade’s longest-running American science fiction television series with continuing characters. The 110 episodes produced included 32 shot in black-and-white (1964–1965), and 78 filmed in color (1965–1968). The first two seasons took place in the then future of the 1970s. The final two seasons took place in the 1980s. The show starred Richard Basehart and David Hedison.

The pilot sets the plot:

 

 

V is for VEGA$:

Vega$ is an American detective television drama series that aired on ABC from 1978 until 1981. It was produced by Aaron Spelling. The series (with the exception of special episodes filmed in Hawaii and San Francisco) was filmed in its entirety in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is believed to be the first television series produced entirely in Las Vegas.

The show stars Robert Urich as private detective Dan Tanna, who drove around the streets of Las Vegas in a red 1957 Ford Thunderbird solving crimes and making Las Vegas a better place for residents and tourists alike.

Plot: Dan Tanna is a private detective whose clients include Phillip Roth (Tony Curtis), aka Slick, the owner of multiple hotel casinos including the Maxim Hotel and Desert Inn Hotel & Country Club, in Las Vegas. Tanna is always called to investigate criminal cases or more absurd situations, such as a nun who claims to own the land on which the Desert Inn stands.

Tanna lives on the Las Vegas Strip next to Circus Circus Hotel/Casino, in the theatrical props warehouse owned by the Desert Inn Hotel and Country Club, which he converted into his living place. The design of Tanna’s pad allows him to park his T-bird in his living room. Tanna also uses gadgets that were very high-tech for the time such as a car-phone and an answering machine that physically picks the phone up off the hook and into the microphone of a tape recorder).

Tanna often does battle with many of the various criminal element that would threaten the desert oasis.

Tanna is a veteran of the Vietnam War. This is illustrated through flashbacks in various episodes.

 

Did you watch any of these shows? Can you think of any other V shows? What are your favorite TV shows, past and present?

 

 

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38 thoughts on “V is for The Virginian, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Vega$ #atozchallenge

  1. Hi, dear Michele!

    It was bound to happen. I did not regularly watch any of these V shows, but I am familiar with some of the cast members. I didn’t watch The Virginian because, by the end of the 50s, I had grown tired of Westerns. I became familiar with actor Doug McClure through his roles in teen movies which included Gidget starring Sandra Dee, Because They’re Young starring Dick Clark and The Lively Set starring James Darren. Doug McClure is another actor who did not enjoy a long life. He passed away at age 59.

    I watched a few episodes of Vega$, mainly to see Phyllis Elizabeth Davis, the actress I told you about on L-day. As you recall, Phyllis performed in those silent comedy vignettes buffering segments of Love American Style and had a significant role in Russ Meyer’s 1970 cult movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Vega$ star Robert Urich is yet another handsome male star who died young (age 55). He was married to Heather Menzies, a cast member on Vega$ who was also in the cast of Urich’s series Spencer: For Hire.

    Thank you, dear friend Michele, and thank you also for the wonderful comment you left for Margaret and Kathleen on my blog. Kathleen is babysitting my blog again this week and will be writing a personal reply to your comment a.s.a.p. Bless you for being such a great friend!

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    • Ya know, I totally forgot that Robert Urich passed. I remember Spencer: For Hire too.
      You’ve got me interested in seeing Beyond the Valley of the Dolls now.
      Westerns really were popular back in the 50s. And TV sure saw its fair share of them!

      It was a joy to read of Margaret’s birthday celebration today. What a wonderful party she had…I love that it lasted over several days. She sure seems like she has some spunk! Thanks for sharing her with us Shady.

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  2. AHA! We finally have a posting where none of the shows are the same. With such a difficult letter as V, how did this happen? I’ve heard of Vega$ and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, but didn’t realize it was a TV show.

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    • Lol. I know, how did that happen?! Guess what? I just ordered the Lost in Space box set. I looked around for it elsewhere but decided to shell out the $80 for it. I read the reviews and most of them reported the quality of the Blu Ray to be fantastic…but everyone seemed to complain about the packaging. It’s currently out of stock so I’m wondering if they will improve the packaging before releasing more (I doubt it though)… Have you come to the episode where they’re in the frozen tundra??

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  3. I watched all three of these shows, or my father did so that’s what we watched.
    I was young while watching the Virginian, under 10 but remember wanting to know his name and thinking he was handsome. I still like cowboys.

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  4. I’m sorry for being a lousy visitor the past few days. I visit Jeff’s blog and think I’ve visited yours… and, well, no. Bah.

    Haven’t seen any of these.

    I did go on about the show Veronica Mars over at Jeff’s blog. I decided to copy/paste, so I wouldn’t have to type it all again. Here it is:

    My favorite V show that was cancelled is/was Veronica Mars. That show rocked the first season. They did everything right. If you didn’t watch it, the show began with one big mystery arcing over the entire season. Then, in each show pieces were put together for that big arc, but a small(er) mystery was solved within that episode. So, the show built throughout the season to a big climactic ending with resolution of the big arc. They did that again in Season 2 successfully. Season 3… what happened in season 3? Well, they introduced the big mystery and then solved it mid-season. All the characters went somewhat off the rails, not acting true to the character. I don’t know what happened, but it was like watching your favorite sweater unravel. As you might expect, cancellation! However, this show has/had a huge fan base and a movie came out a couple years ago. I think it gave the fans the closure they wanted/needed.

    More recently cancelled (and something I just thought of with your Vegas entry) is the show Vegas that CBS ran for two years a few years ago. It starred Dennis Quaid. I love that guy. I think it was a shame they cancelled it, but that happens a lot.

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    • I never saw Veronica Mars but it sounds really interesting. I love a good mystery and the arc within an arc format sounds intriguing.
      I didn’t watch the Vegas you’re talking about but I love both Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. Too bad it was cancelled. I hate when they do that. The whole thing with shows being cancelled is most times it has to do with the ratings. These network execs just aren’t happy unless they have high double digit ratings; they’re not satisfied with creating a small but loyal viewing audience and they especially don’t care about the time that viewers have invested in a show when they cancel it without wrapping the story up. That irritates me to no end! But money talks and that’s the bottom line…
      Thanks for filling me in about Veronica Mars. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it on Netflix. I didn’t see the movie either…

      Thanks for coming by Robin. I appreciate your visits.

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    • A girl after my own heart: I LOVE horses! I think about those old shows though, before the Humane Society or whoever it is that oversees the shows now to be sure the animals are treated properly and not being injured. I think about all the times those horses in Westerns had to fall due to shootouts, etc. I always worried that the horses were getting injured. Even back at that young age I was worried about the animals…

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  5. The only one of these that I ever watched was Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and that was not very often. I’m thinking that it was on at a time that coincided with another show that I liked better.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    • I love how that doesn’t matter today. If something is on at the same time you want to watch something else, just hit a button and record. Watching TV is so much more fun these days… No getting up to adjust the rabbit ears and getting up every time to change the channel dial. Of course, we’ve also become a lot lazier today than yesterday too, when it comes to TV watching…

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    • Thanks for coming by Maria. Glad my post brought back some memories for you. And thanks for sharing my post at Defining Ways! That was very cool.

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    • Thanks Guilie! And thanks for the shoutout on your blog today. I’m very excited to be a part of your amazing series tomorrow. Thanks for inviting and including me! XOXO

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  7. Although not a regular viewer of the first two, I’ve seen a few episodes and do remember them. Vega$!! Loved that one! 😀 Dan Tanna was so cool and hot at the same time and I loved the car. Sad that Robert Urich died so young (56); another cancer victim. 😦

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  8. Was starting kindergarten in Guam when Vegas came out, so I’d have to say no. Not sure what tv was like in Guam in late 70s, or maybe we didn’t have one. Don’t remember.

    Do you remember the Dennis Quaid Vegas with his two brothers going up against the mob, and one of the brothers fell in love with a Don’s daughter.

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    • Me too! Mysteries rock! Especially when I am surprised at the end. I like not being able to figure it out. That, to me, is a good mystery…

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    • I never watched V. I heard it was a really good show though. Will have to see if I can find it somewhere…
      I just ordered the box sets of Lost in Space and Tour of Duty. Doing this theme has really made me interested in watching a lot of these old shows again! Just watched two episodes of Kolchak: the Night Stalker on Netflix last night. Watching him type with an old manual typewriter was so cool…

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    • Some other folks mentioned V: I never saw it and had no idea what it was about. Aliens that look like lizards? Sound pretty cool… 🙂

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