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 […]

TV Classic – Perry Mason (1957-66)

May 14, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  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 […]

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

May 12, 2016 admin 0

  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 […]

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

April 28, 2016 admin 0

    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 […]

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

April 26, 2016 admin 4

  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 […]