TV TID-BITS – PT 1.

December 14, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  BONANZA                                          Bonanza was shot at Paramount until 1970 when it was moved to Stage 14 at Warner Bros for its final three seasons. The Ponderosa Ranch House was built […]

Old TV Trivia PT 1 – ‘Star Trek’ (1966-9).

November 10, 2016 Alan Royle 3

  NBC marketing staff confronted company executives after the bean counters decided to terminate the series after three seasons and 80 episodes over four years. The powers that be felt that the show’s inability to rise above 52 in the general ratings warranted cancellation. The marketing people pointed out to […]

The Magical Fifties.

June 17, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  I remember being taken in the fifties by my grand-parents to the open-air cinema nearby to watch black and white dramas starring the likes of Joan Crawford, George Raft, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Dana Andrews, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Ida Lupino and many others. For some reason a handful […]

Nostalgia TV – Sitcoms, comedies & family shows – Pt 8.

June 7, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    1979-80 #2        THREE’S COMPANY #4        ALICE #7        FLO (1980-1). Polly Holliday’s popularity as a waitress in Alice for four seasons was acknowledged in 1980 when she was given her own show portraying the same character; relocated to a bar in Cowtown, Texas. The series climbed to #7 on […]

Nostalgia TV – Sitcoms, comedies & family shows Pt 6.

June 6, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  1975-6 #1        ALL IN THE FAMILY #3        LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY (1976-83). Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney are single working girls in 1950s Milwaukee and later in 1960s Los Angeles. Cindy Williams (Shirley) actually walked off the show in 1976, complaining that Penny Marshall (Laverne) was getting all the […]

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 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 […]