Friday, January 14, 2011

Remember the Classic TV Shows

We have a Classic TV display up right now and it's got me thinking about a lot of the shows I used to watch. I grew up in the 70s and 80s. As I was watching Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Welcome Back Kotter, my parents were watching M.A.S.H., Barney Miller and All in the Family. Later as I was watching Mork & Mindy, The Dukes of Hazard, and The A-Team they'd be watching Cheers, Golden Girls or The Bob Newhart Show.

Occasionally when I can't find something to watch, I turn to one of the classic TV stations and watch the oldies. It is not surprising to me that some shows hold up over the years better than others. Not too long ago I watched a few old episodes of Mork & Mindy and I could not see what I ever liked; same with the A-Team. But Happy Days still appeals to me. M.A.S.H, All in the Family and Cheers seem as good if not better than they were back in their day. I believe it is the quality of the writing more than anything that makes many of these shows stand the test of time.

And I must put in a plug for my favorite (though not quite classic) TV show of all time, Northern Exposure. Many of these TV series' are available on DVD here at the library. Check 'em out and take a walk down memory lane.

What were some of your favorite TV shows of yesteryear? And do you think they are still good today?

1 comment:

Linda K. said...

Cheers, M.A.S.H, and Northern Exposure are among my favorites too. The Ellery Queen Mysteries (though only on for a season) were lots of fun too. I grew up watching late 50's and 60's black and white TV and I can't think of too many of those shows that hold up well today. I was never a great Lucy or Jackie Gleason fan, even though my folks watched them all the time. I recently watched some Welcome Back Kotter and while it was still funny, it wasn't as good as I remembered it. I still think Laverne and Shirley and Happy Days are hilarious. I guess maybe it's more about what I remember from the times than what the show really had to offer?

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