They say that TV rots the mind, and if so, I guess mine should be almost gone by now. I remember watching quite a bit of TV as a child, and loving it. I also loved writing books, and took a lot of ideas from the TV shows I watched (I know, sounds like I was a budding plagiarist, although I didn’t even know of the concept).
When I was pretty young (maybe about 5?) we got our first color TV. My dad kept telling me we were getting a surprise, and his only clue was that it said, “It’s ten o’clock. Do you know where your children are?” This didn’t help me at all, and I kept guessing I was getting a Grandma doll.
Ten shows I remember loving:
The Jetsons! Their futuristic house was so cool, and here we have the “video phone.” I remember my mom once saying that someday we probably would be able to see the people we were talking to on the phone, and this idea fascinated me.
Family Affair. You couldn’t feel too sorry for orphans Buffy, Jody, and Cissy – who wouldn’t want to live with nice Uncle Bill in his ritzy big-city apartment? And doesn’t everyone want a housekeeper like Mr. French?
Leave it to Beaver. You had to love this show, where life’s difficulties were wrapped up so neatly in 22 minutes. It was just so wholesome – Beaver would be unbelievably distraught over something like stealing a cookie from the cookie jar. You also had to love Mr. Cleaver always in a suit, and Mrs. Cleaver rocking the nice dresses just for a day at home.
The Brady Bunch. I remember watching this one a LOT. My sister had a special Brady skill: within 5 seconds of an episode beginning, she could tell you which one it was. Who wouldn’t like a friendly housekeeper like Alice, or like taking trips to the places they did? Heck, it was an early Jon and Kate without the discord!
Land of the Lost. As I look at these photos – wow. Special effects and costuming have really improved, haven’t they? I remember those sleestacks (how the heck did they come up with a name like that?) that seemed pretty darn creepy at the time I was watching …
The Waltons. My mom would watch this one with us, and we watched it for years. We had a lot of fun calling goodnight to each other like they did: “Goodnight, John Boy …”
The Lawrence Welk Show. My sister and I (and often Mom) would watch this on Saturday nights. My favorites were the dancers, Bobby and Cissy. We loved it so much that one year we got a tape recorder and my sister and I would tape some musical numbers. I remember our stress in the minutes before a song would start: should we tape this one or not? We would have loved the concept of the VCR.
Little House on the Prairie. I read the books, and was so excited when they came out with the TV series. Sure, the show differed a lot from the books, but seeing Laura and the gang “come to life” was pretty cool.
How could I forget Gilligan’s Island? But I did; thanks SIL Nancy for reminding me. My sister, a friend and I acted out several episodes of this for our parents. I loved Gilligan’s Island!
What TV shows do you remember growing up?