Get Smart, Sledge Hammer, Wild Wild West, Twenty Mule train, Hogans Heroes,I dream of JeanieTwilight Zone, Wonderful World of Disney, under Walt's control, My world and Welcome to it, The early Outer Limits, Paladin, Riflemen, Gomer Pyle, and I could go on....
Well go on!!!You're leaving out Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith (in all its forms), The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.... and how can you leave out the Twilight Zone?
Check the list, the Zone is in there, and I have all the Beverly Hillbillies on disc.Early Andy, yes, the later years, not so much.Did I tell ya, as a kid, Opie and I could pass as twins, same age.
I thought that was you cameoing for young Mr. Howard. Early Andy is indeed better than later Andy or (gasp) Mayberry RFD. Ken Berry was I'm sure a heck of a nice guy and he was certainly a GREAT performer (dancer, singer, etc.) but a replacement for Andy Griffith? I think not.
I think the best TV series were made in the 1960's. You had Get Smart, F-Troop, Bewitches, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, The Twilight Zone, Dick Van Dyke, Andy Griffith, Lost in Space, Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes, the Addams Family....the list is endless. You show me any decade since then that has produced as many beloved series as the 1960's did. Can you even name one in the past 5 years? I think the last great TV series was Everybody Loves Raymond. That show will be long-remembered like these others and it stands out all the more due to all of the mediocre programing that surrounded it.On a sidebar, did you ever notice what the Munsters was really all about? It was about immigration. You had this legal immigrant family trying to fit in with their American community and adopting the American customs while the Grandpa clung to his old world heritage. To me this theme is blatantly obvious but I've not met many people who've picked up on it. And that's what made the 60's shows great. They were always about something. Bewitched was about interacial marriage (she's a witch, he's a human), the Twilight Zone was packed with episodes with double meanings, and what was F-Troop if not a celebration of capitalism? O'Rourke Enterprises... HA!! I wish we had programs as good today.
Some stuff has aged well. Most of it hasn't. The Whirlybirds is still hard to sit-thru, for example... guys standing-around talking and drinking coffee... scripts laden with weak helicopter-stunts... Longwood Field, as some sort of ranger-station/trading-post/police-HQ/military-base/coffee-shop... roustabouts that can probably recite Lao-Tzu's works backwards, yet are content with mundane charter-cash and common fistfighting... The redeeming thing about the series is the effect it had in influencing hundreds of kids to become Nam-era chopper-pilots.
Only saw it in reruns, considering we lived 10 miles from Sacramento in those days, and the reception was horrid, only got one channel out of three in 1958, and it was snowy as hell.Moved to Sacto in 59 and the TV broke a year later, we went awhile without one, which today isn't such a bad idea.I guess my all time favorite was Disney, a show the whole family could watch, with a good moral base.Man how times have changed, yet young libs today have no idea how much better things used to be.
Yeah. Sacto was a mystical place for me around '59. I think Spin & Marty was based around there... the ranch. That series was fabulously solid. It's hard to disseminate Disney TV-productions. They had built-in never fail's. Musical-counterpointing being the main one.I'll try to review some of 'em in this thread.
I never realized that.But today, the left would claim the show promotes child abuse, pitting two kids against one another to settle their differences.Imagine that, letting boys be boys and learn a valuable lesson on life through violence.Today, they join gangs and fight like cowards because the left has painted such a scenario as failed parenting.When a lib asks how things have changed, this is a perfect example of how culture dealt to resolve issues under Canterbury rules, and it worked quite well.Check it out, this'll trigger some memories.