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Friday, June 22, 2007

Televison Favs

As I plan my escape from the boob tube, I've become obsessed with television memories (blame She - she started it with a comment on the previous post). Here's some of my favorites from childhood and teen years. What are yours?

The Wonderful World of Disney –I love Tinkerbell to this day, even though my daughter has informed me that Tinkerbell is a bitch – after all, she tried to kill Wendy.

The Ed Sullivan Show – Remember the guy who spun plates? And well I remember Topo Gigo. I loved him! “Hey Eddie, kess-a-me goodnight.”

My Favorite Martian – Starring Ray Walston (who decades later showed up briefly on the show, Picket Fences) and Bill Bixby – before the Courtship of Eddie’s Father.

The Patty Duke Show – But they’re cousins, identical cousins. They laugh alike, they walk alike, sometimes they even talk alike – what a crazy pair!

Julia – A ground-breaking show starring Diahan Carrol (much later of Dynasty fame). Carrol is about 70 now, and still quite the dish.
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show – political parody extraordinaire – but I didn’t know it back then.

The Soupy Sales Show – Soupy aired early in the morning. One of his gags was to look real close in the camera, and in a whisper, instruct children to enter their parents’ bedrooms very quietly, on tip-toe, and take all the money from their fathers’ wallets and send it to Soupy.

Laugh In – The Fickle Finger of Fate and Here Come de Judge – Nixon even made an appearance on the show – can you believe it?

The Smothers Brothers Show – God bless summer replacement shows – Mom always liked them best.

The Prisoner – “Who is number one?” “You are, number nine.” Or was it really, “You are number nine.” The comma makes all the difference.

It Takes a Thief – Pity that Robert Wagner had to grow old.

I Spy – starring a young Bill Cosby (who even back then had some sort of fetish for sweaters - though thankfully not yet of the Cliff Huxtable variety), flush with comic success and trying his hand (quite successfully) at acting. He and Robert Culp made quite the pair.

Star Trek – The FIRST ONE – which in my book, is the ONLY one. “I’m a doctor, Jim, not a knock-off!"

All My Children – I’m talking way back, kids. I watched the very first episode – with the original Phillip, Richard Hatch, who later appeared in The Streets of San Francisco – after Michael Douglas left the show and much later, in the first Battlestar Gallactica series.

Maverick – before Mel and Will ever got their hands on the role.

The Rockford Files – starring James Garner, of Maverick fame, as a PI, living at the beach in a trailer and driving that cool Firebird. Mike Post composed the theme song – which is certainly one of the best TV theme songs EVER.

The Mod Squad – with some of the worst writing, worst acting known to television; yes, with all that competition – Mod Squad can beat any other show in the “worst” category. We watched it all the same- thinking it was so cool. Peggy Lipton often looked morose.

Saturday Night Life – You know, the one that was actually funny!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

some memories
you have there, bird

umm, fav would have to be Leave it Beaver -- the episode where Wally and the Beaver (with Eddie tagging along) head out to kick the asses of those brats over on the Father Knows Best set (they never get there, but Eddie gets lucky with a half-snapped Lucy while Ricky is at work) -- the good old days!

Peggy morose?!? no, she was simply way ahead of the curve, bird, being one of the first emo kids on television -- i love Peggy!


June 23, 2007 7:17 AM  
Blogger she said...

Topo Gigo! i knew i didnt have it right! thanks bird!

how HOW i ask you did i neglect to mention star trek!
i remember thinking how interesting color looked on that show. lots of the new kids coming up dont under stand the kitschy fun of william shatner. they think the captain of the enterprise is piccard! ayfkm???

my favorite martian! yes. forgot it. loved seeing ray walston again as mr hand in fast times at ridgemont high.

my brother and i had a pretty bad fight once over me wanting rocky and bullwinkle and he wanting whatever he wanted. every day was like a nature show where two animals fight to the death over territory...in this case a television - ONE television in the house. this particular brawl resulted in the two of us crashing thru a glass top coffee table.

/t: eddie haskell was one of the best TV characters ever. what a fun role to play.

thanks for the walk down memory lane !

June 23, 2007 10:00 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

Leave it to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, F Troop, Get Smart, the Monkees, just to name a few more.

June 23, 2007 6:48 PM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

Oh and Dark Shadows and Alias Smith and Jones, too.

June 23, 2007 6:49 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

We shant forget Dr. Zachery Smith on Lost In Space.
Oh deah.......the pain....the pain.

June 23, 2007 8:04 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

Hah! Peggy Lipton, ahead of her times - emo! Haha!

Leave it To Beaver was in the back of my head - Eddie Haskell of course was the best, and who could forget June Cleaver, in her white chiffon dress and pearls icing a cake?

LL - Dark Shadows? Yeah! I completely forgot about that one - absolutely should be on the fav list. Get Smart also - loved Maxwell Smart - especially the cone or was it the bubble of silence?

Yeah, CJ, it would indeed be unforgiveable to forget Dr. Smith (and Billy Mumy - who later appeared in Bless the Beasts and the CHildren - ok - maybe that wasn't the name of the movie - but that was the theme song for it - yup - a Carpenters song.) Danger, Will Robinson, danger!

And yes, really She, we may never be able to speak to you again - you forgot Star Trek? PULEEZE. Favorite episode - oh dear - there were so many (and yet it was only on, what, 2-3 seasons?). Of course, the one with Ricardo Montaban was fabulous - so fabulous - as was The Trouble with Tribbles. Especially liked the beginning one - with Captain Christopher Pike (I think that was his name), the FIRST captain of the Enterprise - that's right - Kirk was the second.

June 23, 2007 8:15 PM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

I love Eddie Haskell.

June 24, 2007 5:38 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

How could we forget I Love Lucy?

June 24, 2007 5:39 AM  
Blogger boneman said...

am i really THAT old?

Amos and Andy, though the star seemed to be more Kingfish gettin Andy into trouble....

Room for One More, the preamble for a flock-of-many-children-in-the-same-house films....

Sky King and his trusty airplane that seemed always ready, fueled, and biting at the bit to fly!

Dang! Am i really so old? ;/

June 24, 2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

For other shows call BR-549.

June 24, 2007 5:35 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

YEAH - Skyking! ANother one I forgot about but loved.

What about Sea Hunt and Flipper anyone?

What would the youngins say ....my daughter loved Transformers (she's very excited about the movie). And Friends as a high schooler - and Southpark (which I love now, but forbid when my kids were little - soooo inappropriate for kids - hilarious for adults).

Br-549? Why does that sound familiar - like I should know what it means ...darn!

June 24, 2007 6:20 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

Now Jack - how does BR 549 (a country band out of Nashiville that came up in the 90s) relate to tv? Did they have a show on the Nashville channel (there is one, right - a Nashville channel - or is that the Country Western channel).

June 24, 2007 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you may
be looking

" Call BR-549 "


June 24, 2007 9:16 PM  
Blogger she said...

gloom, despair!
and agony on me
deep dark deee-press shun
incessant misery
if it werent for bad luck
i'd have no luck at all
gloom, despair
and agony on me


i can here his voice right now (and have no way to approximate that in type)

June 25, 2007 8:47 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

/t and she, you are in the correct corn field. One big guffaw for your keenness. I am sure you had someone tell you about Hee Haw. Neither of you can possibly be old enough to have seen it.

In the end, we may have to resort to Plan B. What's that you say? We'll make it up as we go along.

It worked on I,Spy. I've been using that line ever since.

June 25, 2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger Bird said...


Hee Haw - Buck - what was his last name - the country-western star - Buck Owens?

And Miss Minnie Pearl - with the price tag on her hat.

Who could forget that?

Anyone remember Gomer Pyle, aka Jim Nabors - he sang beautifully. Did he quest on some variety show or did he have one of his own?


June 25, 2007 11:16 AM  
Blogger she said...

jack: oh yes i am old enough to remember Hee Haw and the singer was: *drum roll please*

junior samples

i loved gomer pyle. well surprise surprise surprise

i never saw I Spy!

back to star trek though:

anyone who didnt grow up on that probably doesnt understand the kitschy fun of william shatner. the new kids coming up think piccard is the captain!

captain james t kirk was the original poster boy for globalization/ multi-culti. hell he slept with every alien woman he encountered: blue ones, mind meld ones, the ones in shiny go go boots. (howl)

of course bones was politically incorrect:

"shut the hell up you pointy eared vulcan"

bird you got mccoy right:

"im a DOCTOR jim! not a magician!"

oh this is so much fun

June 25, 2007 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


i remember
my old grandpa
telling stories of that show...

star trek: bones: the diagnosis made on almost every show: "he's dead, jim"

and the time an alien turned a crewman into a pencil: "he's lead, jim"


June 25, 2007 6:22 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Ahh....Hee Haw.
We all got to watch Roy Clark's hair plugs slowly take root.....
Modern technology ala 70's

June 26, 2007 8:19 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

No wonder Peggy looked so morose, she was the token female foil to the men. too bad. From my younger sexist view of the world she was, as they say now, HOT!

Laugh-in was always a riot. I did see Nixon on the show. Now is that an oxymoron?

SNL was always great. Don't know why I don't watch it now. Oh, I remember, it's on quite late, 10:35 PM. That's bed time. tee hee.

June 27, 2007 6:36 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

I think the best tv I saw growing up were reruns. Happy Days was always a favorite of mine...I had a crush on Potsie. :) What a great list, Birdie!

June 28, 2007 6:09 PM  
Blogger Infinitesimal said...

Bird, it was the "Cone of Silence"

Lamby beat me to Get Smart, but what about:

Dr. Who

The Bionic Woman and/or 6 Million Dollar Man

Battlestar Gallactica

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Benny Hill

and of course,

the Jackson 5 cartoon show.

ya can't bust that with a wiffle ball bat!

PS congrats on your recent Giants victory and your home-run record contender.



June 30, 2007 12:40 AM  
Blogger Infinitesimal said...


Lou Grant

Mary Tyler Moore show

Trapper John MD



also Don Ho in Hawaii 5-0

gotta go....

June 30, 2007 12:45 AM  
Blogger Infinitesimal said...

OK one more

(television buff here)

The Carol Burnette Show.

(She and I share a birthday)

June 30, 2007 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if we have MTM, we must have the Dick Van Dyke show - absolutely.

and Murphy Brown.

Trappr John,MD - hahaha - starring something Parnell - the guy who played Adam, the older son, on Bonanza.

and the Carol Burnette Show had to be, hands-down, the best comedy-variety show of all time (well, ok, of the 60s at least - though didn't she run through part of the 70s as well?).

yes, it was thrilling to watch the giants win three in a row - but tuesday night we went back to our regular sucky performance and have kept it up since. those boys are like bad boyfriends - they provide one disapointment after another - you lose heart, then they do something right and you forgive them, take them back, only to have your hopes dashed yet again.



June 30, 2007 8:34 AM  
Blogger she said...

count your blessing boyed. you could have the braves.

June 30, 2007 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


you jes messin' with me now girrrrl.

braves are 42W/38L, second place in their division.

giants are 33W/45L, last place in their division.

i despair. i weep. i yell. i scream. there is no hope.

would to god barry breaks hank's record and skadoodles so the g-men can rebuild the team proper next season.

they all seem to think they gotta hit high and far like bonds - when what will really get the job done are those ever so cool line drives, and the grounders out to the sweet spot.

but no. everybody's got to try to knock it out of the ballpark.

though klesko did last night (kinda sweet), as did bonds.

June 30, 2007 12:58 PM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

I rated your blog at my blog.

June 30, 2007 5:39 PM  
Blogger Infinitesimal said...


can't all have teams like the BREW CREW

I think we lost... what? 6-7 so far... who can count losses with all those wins?

Once every couple of decades or so, we make it to the world series.

Growing up, I also liked Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

That was the family "show"

July 01, 2007 1:28 AM  
Blogger she said...

grrherhaha no boyed i was talking about all the infighting and backbiting in the braves.

July 03, 2007 9:13 AM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

I remember a few of these, but some were reruns at the time...

I remember Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson, Laugh-In, The Hudson Brothers, and innumerable "celebrity roasts" (Dean Martin, etc.)

July 03, 2007 11:33 AM  
Blogger she said...

boyed, i would love to see a post on why you react to HC so viscerally!
re: bogsblog

July 03, 2007 5:55 PM  
Blogger Infinitesimal said...

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July 04, 2007 1:12 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Yeah, me too..why Bird Beauty hates Hilary....bring it on !

July 07, 2007 9:22 PM  

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