We all have T.V. shows from the past that we wish were still on. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and all shows eventually get cancelled, whether we still loved them or not.
I thought I’d share with you the ones that were my favorite. You might even miss a couple of these yourself.
Charlie’s Angels was the only immediately obvious hit of the 1976-77 season. By the end of the season, 59% of all TV viewers were watching the show in its time slot. It stayed in the Nielson ratings “Top Ten” for the first three seasons.
Jill Monroe’s hairstyle became such a hit with Charlie’s Angels female viewers that a huge number of them changed to what became popularly known as “Farrah Fawcett Hairdo”.
Charlie’s Angels was the first TV show to get more than $100,000 per minute for advertising.
Charlie’s Angels was originally going to be about three lady cops and would be called “Alley Cats”. Kate Jackson came up with the idea of making the ladies detectives instead of cops. She also recommended that the series be named, “Harry’s Angels”, and that Harry should never be seen and would only be heard on the telephone. All of her suggestions were used except that “Harry’s Angels” was changed to “Charlie’s Angels”. The only reason that was changed was because there was already a series titled, “Harry O” and the producers didn’t want any confusion with or misconceptions about their new show. Kate Jackson’s great instincts for what would work and what wouldn’t later got her fired from Charlie’s Angels for continuously griping about how terrible the scripts were. We’ll never know how many more seasons Charlie’s Angels may have run if they’d listened to Kate.
My thoughts: I loved this show. Farrah Fawcett’s hair was iconic and believe it or not, my favorite angel was Kate Jackson. She was not only pretty, but was sweet as well.
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard TV show was a 60 minute comedy series that aired on CBS. The man in charge of Hazzard County was Boss Hogg. He had the Sheriff in his pocket and had something on just about everyone else. He couldn’t rule the Dukes though no matter how hard he tried! Hogg’s henchmen just weren’t anywhere near smart enough to catch Bo and Luke Duke so they did pretty much as they pleased. The Sheriff’s department’s vehicles were no match for the Duke boys’ car either. They just ate the Dukes’ dust! They tried to catch them but they nearly always ended out in a crash. If the Sheriff blocked them, they’d always manage to simply jump over the squad car! Good ole boys thumbing their noses at corrupt law enforcement made for a really entertaining show!
My thoughts: Great action show. Loved to see the Duke brothers always getting the best of Boss Hogg. Loved that sexy Daisy as well. Did you know that the short jean short style “Daisy Dukes” originated with her? Thanks Daisy!
The Happy Days TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on ABC that followed the lives of the Cunningham family who lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s. Don’t forget Fonzie either; the tough on the outside but soft on the inside biker. The soda joints, drive-in restaurants, juke boxes and all the other typical 1950s stuff made Happy Days a unique television experience!
My thoughts: Absolutely adored this show. I thought The Fonz was SO cool and I loved the way they lived back in the 50s. I also had a huge crush on Scott Baio and thought that Erin Moran was stunningly beautiful.
The Jeffersons TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about George Jefferson and his family who had recently moved on up to the East Side after years of struggling to build their dry-cleaning business.
My thoughts: This show was hilarious. I loved the way Louise’s mother and their maid both picked on George (who, in my opinion deserved it – he was like the black version of Archie Bunker!).
Laverne & Shirley
The Laverne and Shirley TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on ABC about two single females living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the late 1950′s. (Early 1960′s in Los Angeles, California starting in the 6th season). The series followed their lives as they worked hard during the day at a brewery and worked hard at night seeking romance and rarely finding any (although Shirley did eventually meet a Doctor and married him). A variety of goofy characters keep the series interesting.
My thoughts: This was sort of a spin-off to Happy Days. Laverne & Shirley made a few guest appearances on Happy Days, usually as dates for Fonzie. My favorite characters were Lenny & Squiggy. Squiggy was hilarious…just his voice made me laugh!
Little House on the Prairie
The Little House on the Prairie TV show was a 60 minute drama series on NBC that featured the Ingalls family’s struggles to survive the harsh life of pioneers in the 1800s on the Kansas plains. As time went by, they prospered in this new land but, of course, there were continuing challenges to their prosperity. Luckily, their love, “close-knit” family life and wonderful friends were always there to help them endure.
My thoughts: Loved this show. It showed a much simpler time without any of our creature comforts like electricity. They worked hard and they loved even harder. I don’t know how many times this show made me cry. If I happen to find this playing on TV, my family won’t let me watch it. Nothing blows up and there are no boob shots.
The Love Boat
The Love Boat TV show was a 60 minute comedy series on ABC about various couples’ romantic encounters aboard a luxury cruise ship and the crew’s interactions with themselves and the passengers. Each week, well-known stars from other TV shows or movies would appear as guest stars.
My thoughts: Great show but I didn’t really watch it for the regular characters. I watched it more for the weekly guest stars.
The M*A*S*H TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about a unit of doctors and nurses who had been the torn from their personal lives and thrown into a muddy, bug infested camp in the middle of the Korean war! Most of them didn’t want to be there. Their careers had just been “taking off” after years of medical education and training and now their rewards were being denied them. But when they heard the “choppers” coming in with wounded soldiers, all that was forgotten. They became the only hope close enough to the fighting to help the injured. When their work was done, they could go back to their drinking and complaining and sometimes romance in an effort to forget their miserable plight. This TV series did the impossible. It somehow found a way to be a comedy with a very non-comical premise. Most of the comedy revolved around the “draftees” pulling practical jokes on the career military personnel.
My thoughts: Great show and I still watch the reruns once in awhile. I loved the characters and it was just awesome how they could create humor in such a serious event as the Korean war. It wasn’t always funny though. I still remember the episode where Colonel Potter was shot down in his helicopter and killed and of course, show’s season finale which broke viewing records.
The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show was a 30 minute kids TV series that that aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and then in syndication in the United States. Big name guest stars appeared in skits and song routines with puppets that often pulled jokes on the guests or teased them. It was all in good fun and became one of the foremost series that an entire family could enjoy watching together. The kiddies loved the Muppets. Teens and adults enjoyed seeing their favorite stars in situations that they normally didn’t get to see them in and also got to see them more like a regular person than like a star.
My thoughts: It used to play just after our dinner time and we never missed it. My favorite characters were Animal, as well as the old hecklers in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf.
The Partridge Family
The Partridge Family TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on ABC about a widowed mother of five kids who formed a pop music group together in order to pay the bills. Their agent who wasn’t crazy about kids and would typically get involved in some aggravating situation with them. Besides the musical aspect of the series, it also involved the usual problems and solutions involving a single mom raising kids on her own.
My thoughts: David Cassidy. Just sayin’.
The Three’s Company TV show was a 30 minute situation comedy series on ABC about two single girls who needed a third roommate when their current roommate Eleanor decided to move. After throwing a going away party for Eleanor, they found a young man (Jack Tripper) sleeping in their bathtub. After careful consideration, they decided that he would be the perfect roommate … almost. They would definitely feel safer with a man in the house. They were both lousy cooks and he was a chef by trade! The only downfall was that their apartment manager, Mr. Roper, had a firm rule about singles of the opposite sex not engaging in “hanky-panky” in his building. Mrs. Roper wouldn’t have minded. She only wished that there was a little more “hanky-panky” going on in the Roper apartment! Anyway, they convinced Mr. Roper to let Jack stay by leading him to believe that Jack was gay! This was the story-line of many of the scripts. Jack was a “swinging single”, perfectly straight young man and often has to explain to Mr. Roper why he’s kissing some beautiful girl, getting a phone call from a girl for a date, etc. Jack never “scored” with any of his roommates though, but not for a lack of trying!
My thoughts: This show would drive me nuts today, with all the jumping to conclusions it did, but it was pretty funny at the time. While most people were staring at Suzanne Somers, I thought Joyce Dewitt was gorgeous. This was the first time I actually thought a woman with short hair was beautiful.
The Waltons TV show was a 60 minute drama series on CBS about a family who lived and loved on Waltons mountain. They didn’t have many material things but they had a deep love for each other and their large number of friends. Oh yes, they also owned their own mountain – Walton’s mountain! The Waltons TV show was so popular that there were six reunion movies televised after the series ended!
My thoughts: I still love this show and laugh at the simplicity of those times. I really believed at one time that I would love to live like this…but now I’m not so sure. Could I really live permanently without my laptop and facebook? :-P Oh…and I also had a crush on Jim Bob. (Boy, I had a lot of crushes when I was young. Who’d have known that all you needed to get good ratings is a good looking boy (or girl)?
I’d like to thank Crazy About Tv for all the great pictures and information about each of these shows. Did I choose any from this decade that you enjoyed as well? If so, let me know and tell me why you liked them. Surely you’re not as superficial as I am and watched them for the cute boys.