family shows

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

June 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

    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 the ratings in its first season. As seems to happen a lot in the [...]

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

June 6, 2016 // 2 Comments

  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 best lines. She returned two days later. Writer and creator Garry [...]

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

June 5, 2016 // 2 Comments

  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 Crystal) as a regular [...]

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

June 1, 2016 // 4 Comments

    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 2-part episode was shot in November 1972 amid little controversy, but all that changed when [...]

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

May 30, 2016 // 5 Comments

  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 fame, is a [...]

NOSTALGIA TV – Comedies, sitcoms & family shows Pt 3.

May 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

  1964-5 #2        BEWITCHED Alice Pearce Dick York                                         Dick Sargent (1964-72). This delightful series owed most of its enormous popularity to Elizabeth Montgomery who played Samantha, the cute witch who is married to a mortal. The support cast, however, contained some wonderfully eccentric performers. Marion Lorne was gorgeous [...]

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

May 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

  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 after appearing in 165 episodes. He did not want to [...]

TV NOSTALGIA – Comedies, sitcoms, family PT 1.

May 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

  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 immigrant family living in San Francisco circa 1910. Peggy Wood plays the Scandinavian matriarch. She would [...]