Nostalgia TV – Comedies, sitcoms & family shows – Pt.7

June 5, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  1977-8 #1        LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY #2        HAPPY DAYS #3        THREE’S COMPANY #5        ALL IN THE FAMILY #8        ALICE #10      ONE DAY AT A TIME #12      EIGHT IS ENOUGH #13      SOAP (1977-81). This was possibly the first American series to feature an openly gay character (in this instance played by Billy […]

Nostalgia TV – Sitcoms, Comedies & Family Shows Pt. 5

June 1, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    1972-3 #1        ALL IN THE FAMILY #2        SANFORD & SON #4        MAUDE (1972-80). A spin-off from the iconic All in the Family series, Maude was classed as a sitcom but it also dealt with a number of controversial issues of the day, none more so than abortion. A […]

NOSTALGIA TV – Sitcoms, comedies & family shows Pt 4.

May 30, 2016 Alan Royle 5

  1967-8 #1        THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW #2        THE LUCY SHOW #3        GOMER PYLE U.S.M.C. #5        FAMILY AFFAIR #11      BEWITCHED #12      THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES #16      GREEN ACRES #19      GENTLE BEN (1967-9). A series about the adventures of a family living in the Everglades. Dad, played by Dennis Weaver of Gunsmoke […]

TV NOSTALGIA – Comedies, sitcoms, family shows Pt 2.

May 26, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  1960-1 #5        THE REAL MCCOYS   #11      DENNIS THE MENACE   #13      MY THREE SONS (1960-72). Fred MacMurray is widower Steve Douglas who raises his three sons with the help of his housekeeper ‘Uncle Charlie’. The irascible William Frawley (above right) developed health issues and was replaced in 1965 […]

TV NOSTALGIA – Comedies, sitcoms, family PT 1.

May 24, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  Between 1950 and 1980 nearly a hundred different shows in this genre made the Top 30 in at least one season, so it has been necessary to divide them into several separate postings. Here is section one.   1950-1 #10      MAMA (1949-57). This much-loved series was set around an […]

Nostalgia TV Pt 3 – Law & order, spies, secret agents, 1967-80.

May 22, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  1967-8 #22       THE F.B.I. #26       IRONSIDE (1967-75). Detective Robert Ironside is wheelchair-bound due to an assassination attempt, and is portrayed by the former star of Perry Mason, Raymond Burr. A large man, Burr encountered great physical stress from spending many hours in the wheelchair over the nine years the […]

TV nostalgia 1950-80 Pt1 – ‘The Westerns’.

May 18, 2016 Alan Royle 8

  I thought it might be fun to examine the Ratings Lists for American television through 1950 to 1980. Most of the Australian shows at the time were imported from America (probably still are), so tastes here were very similar to those of the United States. Even so, there were […]

Sara Shane aka Elaine Hollingsworth.

May 16, 2016 Alan Royle 14

  I recently watched a 1956 Clark Gable western titled The King and Four Queens and was struck by the beauty of one of the leading ladies, an actress named Sara Shane. Indeed, she was not the only beauty in the picture for it featured one of my all-time favourite […]