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TV Shows I Grew Up Watching

Answering "25 Things" and other memes has thrown me into nostalgia mode! Now I'm remembering the TV shows I grew up with, and thought I'd share the ones I can think of now to see if they jog your memories. Admittedly, some of these shows -- okay, most of them! -- were downright silly, but I enjoyed them! And there are a few true classics that stand the test of time.

I'm happy to say my parents introduced me to Get Smart, Star Trek, The Avengers, and The Wild, Wild West (and Hogan's Heroes, but don't hold it against them). They raised me right!

Here is my list, in alphabetical order, with a quick summary or typical quote:

Bewitched: "Calling Dr. Bombay, calling Dr. Bombay. Emergency! Come right away!"
Cheers: "NORM!!"
Dark Shadows: Remember Barnabas Collins?
Dynasty: Blake Carrington, Krystle, Alexis, catfights, and more.
Eight Is Enough: Tom Bradford and his eight kids.
Ellery Queen: Stylish mysteries with great character actors, starring Jim Hutton (who I had a huge crush on).
Fantasy Island: "I am Mr. Roarke, your host. Welcome... to Fantasy Island!"
Get Smart: "Sorry about that, Chief," and "Missed it by THAT much!" The incomparable Don Adams.
Happy Days: Richie, Potsie, Ralph, Mr. and Mrs. C., and The Fonz. "Ayyyy!"
Hawaii Five-O: McGarrett says: "Book 'em Danno, murder one."
Hill Street Blues: "All right, that's it. Let's roll. And hey, let's be careful out there."
Hogan's Heroes: "I see nothing. No-thing!"
I Dream of Jeannie: Major Tony ("Master") Nelson, Major Healey, Dr. Bellows, and the one and only (blinking!) Jeannie.
Josie and the Pussycats: Part of my childhood Saturday-morning-cartoon-binge phase.
Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space: More of the same!
Laverne and Shirley: "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Schlemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated!"
Little House on the Prairie: Laura, Mary, Charles, Caroline, and Nellie Oleson.
Lost In Space: "Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!"
Lou Grant: Lou, Rossi, Animal, Donovan, Billie, and Mrs. Pynchon.
Mary Tyler Moore Show: "I'm an experienced woman. I've been around... Well, all right, I might not've been around, but I've been... nearby."
M*A*S*H: Hawkeye, Trapper, BJ, Hot Lips, Major Burns, Henry Blake, Fr. Mulcahy, Col. Potter, Corp. Klinger, Radar and Maj. Winchester. It doesn't get much better than this.
Mission: Impossible: "As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."
Rhoda: "This is Carlton your doorman."
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Fred, Daphne, and the Mystery Machine.
Star Trek: "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."
The Avengers: "Mrs. Peel, we're needed!" John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg). Pure pleasure.
The Bionic Woman: The adventures of Jaime Sommers.
The Bob Newhart Show: "Hi, Bob."
The Brady Bunch: "Till the one day when the lady met this fellow/And they knew that it was much more than a hunch/That this group must somehow form a family..."
The Love Boat: "The Love Boat soon will be making another run/The Love Boat promises something for everyone/Set a course for adventure/Your mind on a new romance...."
The Partridge Family: "Hello world, here's a song that we're singing -- Come on, get happy!"
The Six Million Dollar Man: "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology." (I had a thing for Oscar Goldman.)
The Twilight Zone (original with Rod Serling): "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead— your next stop, the Twilight Zone!"
The Waltons: "Good night, John-Boy."
Three's Company: Jack, Janet, Chrissy and the Ropers.
Wild, Wild West: Jim West, Artemus Gordon, and a really gorgeous train.
Wonder Woman: Diana Prince, Steve Trevor, "Bullets and Bracelets," and a kick-ass costume.

(Note: I also loved the David Janssen series The Fugitive, with its memorable encounters with Lt. Gerard and the One-Armed Man, but I didn't discover it till I was an adult, which is why it is not on the main list.)

As I worked on this, I kept coming up with more shows. Which ones do YOU remember fondly?

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Feb. 11th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
I share so many of these with you. Google MASH quiz and you can find a quiz. I was stunned that I got one wrong!!!
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