nostalgia tv

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]