Patti Abbot, she of wise and interesting ideas, suggested bloggers write something on their favorite television shows of the past. Being a slow starter, I’m posting this early in the afternoon, West Coast Time, so most everyone else has already written, submitted, read and commented at length before this even hits the electroniverse. No matter. I had to think about it a little, you see. What the hell does “favorite” mean? What the hell is “television”? What the hell did I watch, anyway?
There was the Kid Period, when I watched stuff like BUSTER BROWN, ROCKY & BULLWINKLE, and old cartoon shows – meaning the shows are old now, and the cartoons were pretty old then. It’s interesting to me that when I think back, I remember some of the commercials as much as the programs. The tall and short indians (we’d call them “Native Americans” or some such politically correct term now) dancing and singing Woo-woo-woo-woo Welch’s in the grape juice commercials, or voices singing “Brush-a, brush-a, brush-a, with Ipana Toothpaste” while Bucky Beaver showed us how. My god, I’m old.
When I was still a kid but a little older I liked the MICKEY MOUSE CLUB, I thought it was pretty cool, especially the nature segments (like clips from Disney’s The Living Desert) but I guess (besides Annette, of course) I liked Spin and Marty the best. I liked FATHER KNOWS BEST too, and watched that, along with my parents.
I didn’t really watch that much television then, and I still don’t. My parents encouraged me to read, and to “go outside and play”, which for me was swim in the pool or climb trees or play pretend in a hundred ways. There were no other kids my age nearby, so I made up my own adventures and played them out solo. But I digress…
After lots of thought and a little deciding what “favorite TV show” means, here’s what I came up with.
Of the old network shows, I liked MY THREE SONS pretty well. I thought HAWAII 5-0 was good and I loved PETER GUNN. PERRY MASON is still a favorite. So was 77 SUNSET STRIP, in spite of Kooky (Ed Byrnes). Later, M*A*S*H was a favorite, it was consistently very, very good. I also liked IT TAKES A THIEF pretty well, at least the first two seasons. Also, MACMILLAN AND WIFE .
My grown-up favorites? I’ve come up with three: NOVA, NATURE and MASTERPIECE THEATER. Okay they’re all PBS shows originating in various places, but these were shows that, for a couple of decades, I rarely missed and often videotaped. MYSTERY! was also a favorite.
That’s it. I’m sure there are more, but my brain is tired.