Thursday, September 07, 2006

Thirteen Things about Old TV Shows I Watched

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Following in the footsteps of my beloved

The Thursday Thirteen

It appears that in certain blogging circles, a tradition called the Thursday Thirteen. You basically make a list of thirteen things that are connected in some way. For instance, today Amy listed thirteen old TV shows she liked to watch. Here are mine...

The A*Team - in the height of the 80's controversy regarding violence in TV there came a show about an undergrouond fugitive unit of commandos lead by a cigar-chomping part-time actor (George Peppard), a "face" man, gret with the con and greater with the ladies (Dirk Benedict), a bad-ass black man (Mr. T), and a mentally deranged dguy who could fly anything (Dwight Schultz). Of course it pales in comaprison to moderrn TV, especially cable. Ever notice despite being elite commandos, they never managed to score a fatal shot on an enemy?

WKRP in Cincinati - honestly, would you rather be stuck on a deserted island with Jenniferr Marlowe or Bailey Quarters? Hell would be being on that island with Les Nessman and Herb Tarlik. Greatest TV quotes "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Key West - a short-lived show in the early days of the FOX network starred Fisher Stevens as a NJ factory worker who won the lottery and moved to KW to pursue writing. His ex-wife got the money from him so he went to work for the island newspaper and the show was very well written and the cast included Denise Crosby and Jennifer Tilly.

Battlestar Galactica - here's Dirk Benedict again as ladies man/starfighter Starbuck in a show that was very obviously themed on the tribes of Israel.

Wanted - it appears this TNT drama is not coming back after one season, but I liked it. A special fugitive squad is assembled to hunt LA's 100 most wanted, teaming LAPD, FBI, ATF, DEA, and Navy Intel officers.

Riptide - a private detective show with two studly guys and the geeky guy who helped them all the time. Remember they had a huge helicopter called the "Mimi."

Night Court - Harry Anderson, John Laroquette, Markie Post. Very funny.

Laff-Olympics - back in the day, kids would look forward to Saturday morning to wake up and run downstairs to spend the entire morning watching cartoons. Tops among these were the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Show, The Justice League (where the entire group of superheros hung out in the Hall of Justice and worrked together to fight evil), and my favorite The Laff-Olympics. In the spirit of the Battle of the Network Stars, Hanna-Barbara came up with this show with teams of the Yogi's Yahooies, Scooby Doobys, and the Really Rottens (including Mutley from the Stop the Pigeon cartoons).

The Dukes of Hazzard - late 70's, early 80's, my brother and I loved this show. We lived in PA, and there was a road near our house that crossed a creek. It was midway down a steep slope, and the bridge had a drop off down the hill. We would encourge our dad to accelerate for a cool drop we called the "Duke dive off Hazard Hill." In 1982 we found out we were moving to Georgia. I was 11. I looked at a map to find out where Hazzard County, GA was located. No such place.

Whiz Kids - somewhere in the 80's there was a show about a bunch of computer geeks. As is the formula, I think there was one cute girl, shoulda been cheerleader or something. I don't recall the plotlines, but the opening credits played Mozart's "allegra."

The Powers of Mattthew Starr - about the same time as Whiz Kids, Louis Gossett, Jr. was the teacher/guardian/confidante of the exiled/hidden prince of an alien culture who, like Superman, had abilities beyond Earthlings.

Magnum, P.I. - he lived for free, in Hawaii, and got to drive a Ferrari. The only downnside was the annoying flashback episodes where he was a 40's era private dick.

M*A*S*H - perhaps my favorite show of all time. It was funny, it was serious. When it ended the finale was the most-watched program of all time. The suiting title of the finale was Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

I hadn't read yours yet before I wrote mine on Amy's Blog, but we had one in common :)WKRP can't say the rest without the jingle...