Wow. Awesome find. That's pretty-much how I remembered it. Life-lessons and adventures... with minimal hoopla. Even the occasional sing-along was void of sap. You're right... this show could never be aired these days. What sucked was that Khrushchev and his wife adored Spin & Marty and other Disney Americana. Rugged boyhood, learning to work a 'communal' farm-ranch life, blah blah blah... Plus, Disney's wife wanted to meet Khrushchev during his 1959 SoCal visit. The Khrushchev's were never 'banned' from Disneyland. That was a media-creation. It was actually a police-security problem. Here's the backstory:http://www.mouseplanet.com/8232/Khrushchev_and_DisneylandLooks like the copyright for Spin & Marty only allows youtube to host clips.
M Squad... I was the only kid I knew who watched it; starring Lee Marvin as Chicago homicide-detective, Frank Ballinger. He narrated the episodes, which were loaded with 'the city at night' shots. But they didn't project a claustrophobic-aura like the more-popular Naked City did. M-Squad was the anti Naked City. No philosophical starch or windy dramatics. -Just Marvin driving-around in an unmarked '57 Ford, smoking cigarettes and solving crimes with fundamental police-skills. Superb.
Forgot Downton Abbey
Ha, I actually like that show.
My wife and I watch it, but it's getting old with the attempts to keep it going.
I haven't watched this latest season...
Vikings is a pretty good TV series thus far. I'm highly impressed.
As a Viking descendent I'm highly depressed by all the historical inaccuracies though.