TV Shows

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

May 22, 2016 // 2 Comments

  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 show remained in production. #27       DRAGNET [...]

Nostalgia TV – Pt 2 – Law & Order, Spies, Secret Agents, 1950 to 66-7.

May 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

  For Pt 2 of my look at nostalgic TV series I will look at the ‘Law & Order Shows’, those involving police or lawyers, private eyes or secret agents between the years 1950 through to 1966-7. As with the westerns, the focus will be on those series that made it into the Top 30 in the USA each year.   1950-1 #13       MAN AGAINST CRIME (1949-54). Esteemed character actor [...]

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

May 18, 2016 // 8 Comments

  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 quite a few surprises. I will start with the westerns simply because there were so many of them, especially in the [...]

TV Classic – Perry Mason (1957-66)

May 14, 2016 // 2 Comments

  I doubt very much if there has ever been a more popular courtroom drama series than the legendary CBS show starring Raymond Burr called Perry Mason. It was shot at 20th Century Fox’s studio and ran for a total of 271 episodes between September 1957 and May 1966. The strangest thing about the success of the series must surely be the fact that every one of the episodes followed precisely [...]

TV – The old classics – The Honeymooners 1955-6.

May 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Television first reared its ugly head in my hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia on 16 October 1959. By then the quite brilliant comedy series The Honeymooners had come and gone in the USA. TV viewers in WA were probably unaware of that, however, and the show was an immediate monster hit. And it deserved to be. It featured two superb male leads, Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden and Art [...]

M*A*S*H* – A decade of excellence (Pt.2).

April 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

    Harry Morgan: (Colonel Sherman T. Potter) – 180 episodes. The photograph of wife Mildred you see on Potter’s desk is actually a shot of Morgan’s real-life wife Eileen Detchon who remained his spouse for 45 years until her death in 1985. Harry appeared as a character actor in over 100 films and his presence always positively contributed to the movie. One of my all-time favorite [...]

M*A*S*H* – A decade of excellence. (Pt.1).

April 26, 2016 // 4 Comments

  M*A*S*H* was a phenomenally successful series that ran for eleven seasons over 251 episodes from 1972 until 1983. It concerned a US Mobile Army Surgical Hospital operating in Korea during the 1950-53 conflict. Only two members of the cast were contracted for all 251 episodes – Alan Alda and Loretta Swit. Only Alda, however, actually appeared in all 251. Loretta missed a few. Eight other [...]

Nostalgia TV #1 – ‘BONANZA’

April 24, 2016 // 6 Comments

    Over 14 seasons (1959-73), none of the sons in Bonanza ever had a steady girlfriend, and little wonder, for they never changed their clothes! It was agreed early in the series to keep each actor in the same clothes so that stock footage could be drawn upon in later episodes and save on filming costs. Any love interest for any of the boys ended in one of three ways: the girl either [...]

A bit of TV nostalgia.

January 11, 2016 // 4 Comments

  As a follow-up to the Nielsen Ratings of the very top TV shows year by year in the USA, I thought I might take a crack at listing MY favourite programs down the decades. Not one of them reached the top, by the way. I have also highlighted the performer in each show whom I felt was the main reason for my enjoying the program (not always the star). Personally, I enjoy reading other [...]

America’s most watched TV shows 1950-2015

January 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I thought it might be interesting to have a look at the top ranked TV show from each season in America since the Nielsen Ratings first appeared in 1950. As the home of TV, the USA has set the pace for the rest of the world with its programs, some great, some OK, and some pretty awful. Here in Australia we tend to like, entertainment-wise, what Americans like (generally speaking), so most [...]
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