When I Was A Kid...

I don't watch a lot of television anymore. When I do catch snatches of one or another primetime show, I'm sometimes amazed at the extent of the graphic content. I have friends whose kids are absolutely hooked on anything CSI. Pretty heavy stuff. Especially when I think about what I grew up watching.

This is where I embarrass (and date) myself by sharing a few of my childhood faves. In no particular order...

I Love Lucy
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Andy Griffith Show
The Flinstones
I Dream of Jeannie
Get Smart
The Munsters
Beverly Hillbillies
Petticoat Junction
Green Acres
Gilligans Island
Walt Disney
The Brady Bunch (Stop laughing)
The Carol Burnett Show

Then there were the Saturday Afternoon Matinees and Primetime movies... Every Doris Day movie ever made. Ditto for Elvis movies.

Gee. Is it any wonder I write romantic comedy?

Your turn. Come on. What did you watch in your pre-teen years?


Jordan Summers said…
The Hardy Boys, Happy Days, Petty Coat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, and the Monkees. (wg) I watched every musical I could find. Gene Kelly's and Doris Day's movies were some of my favorite. Of course, I also watched every monster movie/television show I could get my hands on like Godzilla, Night Stalker, Night Gallery, Twilight Zone, Lost in Space, etc. *ggg*
Bethany said…
So I watched all of those. And the Smurfs. And um... Beuty paegents. yeah (blushing) I waited for them to come on every stinkin' year.
Josie said…
Beth, I watched most of the TV shows you liked. My favorite program was Hogan's Heroes (do you remember that one?) I had a crush on just about every guy on that show (well...not huge Sargent Schultz!)
Beth Ciotta said…
Jordan, how could I forget The Monkees?? Never missed it. Even though I was very young I had a huge crush on Davey Jones. I aspired to play the tamberine like him. (Psst. I think I actually play it better. LOL) On the muscial side, ditto on the Gene Kelley movies, plus I was hooked on anything Fred Astaire. ;)

You also reminded me of a couple of other never-miss shows. Lost In Space and Night Stalker. I'd also like to add Star Trek (the original) and Dark Shadows!!
Beth Ciotta said…
Bethany, you're not alone on Beauty Pageants. Every year I watched Miss America with my grandma. We had our own score cards and everything. ;)

The Smurfs, huh? Can't say I ever watched them. Along that line, I watched Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo, and HR Puffenstuff. Anyone remember THAT one? *g*
Beth Ciotta said…
Hi, Josie! Nice to see you again. ;) Yup. I remember Hogan's Heroes. Another never-miss. Gee. I must have been glued to the tube as a kid. So unlike now. Anyway, I thought Hogan and Newkirk (Bob Crane and Richard Dawson) were oh, so cute and charming. Imagine my shock a couple of years ago when I saw the movie 'Auto Focus'--an unflattering portrayal of Bob Crane's life. Excellent movie, but totally shattered my 'Hogan' childhood perception of the man.
ElsieHogarth said…
Oh Beth, you are bringing back memories. Since I'm a "little" bit older than you....I have to say Bachelor Father, Let it to Beaver, Hazel, My 3 Sons, Mickey Mouse Club and the series: Annette & Spin and Marty, Ozzie & Harriet(loved Ricky Nelson-he was HOT),3 Stooges, Mighty Mouse, Speed Racer(Very HOT), Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse, That Girl, Night Stalker, Outer Limits, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, Dr. Who, Don Krishner Rock Concert(that was my dateless Saturday-when I couldn't go to ROCK concerts due to the Catholic school girl upbringing), Saturday Night Live, McMillian & Wife, Odd Couple (Jack Klugman & Tony Randall-it's sad when "the stalker"/Sister Dear and I know every episode and dialogue) all Doris Day Movies (Pillow Talk & That Touch of Mink) Monkees(also loved Davy) and in the 70's The Partridge Family(loved David Cassidy), What's Happening, Welcome Back Kotter, The Jeffersons, Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Ohhhhh, television. Good Times.
Beth Ciotta said…
Elsie... LOL You unearthed some more sweet memories. My Three Sons. I was very young, but remember watching that with my grandparents, along with The Lawrence Welk Show and Gunsmoke! Um, speaking of westerns, I also watched Big Valley, High Chapporel, Bonanza, and Wild Wild West.

Didn't watch DKs Rock Concert so much. I was a total Dick Clark's American Bandstand groupie. Mighty Mouse! Yep! And speaking of HOT cartoons... what about Johnny Quest?

McMillian and Wife. Yep! ODD COUPLE!!! Big fave. Moving into the 70s, I watched all of the ones you named along with Jordan's pick: Happy Days. Along those sappy lines--heh-heh-I would also add Mork & Mindy and Laverne and Shirley (come on. They had SQUIGGY!).

As long as we're in the 70s--my never miss shows of that decade are: Barney Miller, The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family, The Rockford Files, and M*A*S*H*!!
Tori Lennox said…
Lots of favorites already mentioned!

Another western I loved was the much lesser-well-known Lancer. Did anyone mention Alias Smith & Jones?

Also The Partridge Family. The Kids from C.A.P.E.R., and Emergency.
Beth Ciotta said…
Tori, I adored the show Alias Smith and Jones. So much so, that I named my country rock band after it. :) Lordy, I totally forgot about 'Emergency'! Which makes me think of another old fave... Starsky and Hutch! Come on. Admit it ladies (old enough to remember the original show), you drooled over one of those guys. Question is... which one? *g*
ElsieHogarth said…
Oh Beth, I loved Randolph Mantooth, from Emergency!, Starsky (Paul Michael Glasser) and CHIPS (Baker not Ponch)and loved Hoss on Bonanza because he was compassionate and had a great heart. Others I remembered: Bat Masterson(Gene Barry), Topper, East Side/West Side Kids, Abbott & Costello, Real McCoys and Rhoda.
ElsieHogarth said…
Almost forgot....Beth did you watch, last night, on PBS-Channel 13, Texas Ranch House-circa 1867? The first episode was on for 2 hours making the introduction of the people living there for the next 2 1/2 months and what they all had to do while living there. I love these PBS series.
Beth Ciotta said…
Elsie, no I didn't see Texas Ranch House on PBS last night. I'm assuming you liked it? Thanks for the heads up! OH! I drooled over Starsky too. ;0)
chryscat said…
Um... the same?
LOVE Bewitched. LOVED it! I Dream of Jeanie.
Hawaii Five-O. Ironside. Maverick. Rockford Files. Barnaby Jones.
And then my mom and I would watch (Heaven help me) The Lawrence Welk Show because the Monster Matinees followed it.
Back in the day.
Beth Ciotta said…
Hi Crystal! Oh, man. Hawaii Five-O and Barnaby Jones! Forgot all about those. Which makes me think of... 'The Streets of San Francisco' with a very young and handsome Michael Douglas. ;)

Ah, yes. Lawrence Welk. To tell you what a dweeb I was, when I 'grew up' I wanted to BE on that show! I thought Bobby and Cissy were the keenest dancers on the planet. I even thought Myron Floren, the accordian guy, was cool. I wanted to be a Lennon Sister! A dweeb, I tell you. And yes, a monster show followed Welk in my neck of the woods too. The host was Sammy Terry (get it?). A grim reaper sort of dude who gave me nightmares. Or maybe that was The Champagne Lady on Welk. LOL
ElsieHogarth said…
Oh Beth, I remembered another show that use to have horror films: Chiller Theatre. I use to also love that program with Zachary the Ghoul and one with Daphne the Witch. Police Series don't forget Mannix too.

All time 80's series: Beauty & the Beast. I loved Vincent and Catherine. I think I cried every Friday, after every episode, because of that impossible love but great love story.

Texas Ranch House will be repeated during the weekend, so check out your local listings for either PBS or WLIW.
Beth Ciotta said…
Elsie, I was on the road (traveling with a band) when Beauty and the Beast ran. It aired at night while I was on stage and I didn't have a VCR. So, sadly, I never saw it. I bet I would have loved it. :)
Taylor said…
Ya hit a soft spot with me Beth! Pre-teen shows?! Oh lord! I barely watch any TV. I hate any primetime show and especially dislike CSI (WAY too depressing!). So I've been going back to my golden age of television - The Nick channel (Or Saturday nights when it was "Snick"). I'm talking about two of my fave shows ever - "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?" which is a twilight zone for kids; and "Legends Of The Hidden Temple" - a kid's gameshow. AYAOTD is off-sydication nowadays so I download episodes online and watch 'em but LOTHT is still on TV on cable television (The Nick Games & Sports channel). Before I go to school in the morning (6 AM) I'm able to catch an episode everyday. Oh, to be young again!

-Aside from recapturing my childhood I do manage to watch more mature shows - including "Degrassi" - a show about teens in high school that dares to "go there" (I'm talking about all the bad things that happen my age: pregnancies! drug overdoses! You name a conflict - They've covered it!) It's great TV!
Beth Ciotta said…
Oh, to be young again??!! Taylor, you're seventeen! That IS young. LOL Ah, perspective. :)

I enjoyed reading about you're pre-teen faves although I confess, I'm not familiar with them. Love the name: Legends of the Hidden Temple" and the concept. And Degrassi sounds interesting too. Okay, so, what was your fave cartoon? Inquiring minds want to know!
ElsieHogarth said…
Favorite cartoons were: Peanuts, Mighty Mouse, Felix the Cat, Popeye, Speed Racer, Astro Boy, Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo. Then into the 80's, with the boys,: G I. Joe (Flint was Hot), Spiderman, Batman, He-Man, Super Friends. Today, it's still Batman, Avatar, Jimmy Neutron, The Proud Family and Kim Possible
ElsieHogarth said…
Sorry forgot one: SpongeBob
Taylor said…
Beth, to answer your cartoon question: Mupppet Babies. The best ever. But that was when I was REAL young (4, 5ish)
Ken Levine said…
I'm going to really date myself. The Honeymooners, Sgt. Bilko, Crusader Rabbit, Dick Van Dyke, Danny Thomas, American Bandstand, Wonderful World of Disney, Car 54 where are you?, Top Cat, Amos & Andy, Superman, Space Patrol, Topper, Rescue 8, Sky King, the Whirly Birds, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Flintstones, I Love Lucy, December Bride, Jackie Gleason Show, Jack Paar, Steve Allen, and my local favorites on Channel 13 in Los Angeles -- Lloyd Thaxton, Webster Webfoot, and Oscar Levant.
Beth Ciotta said…
Taylor, I love the Muppets. I should say 'The Muppet Show'. Did you ever see it? Once again, you've stumped me with the Muppet Babies. We got a generation gap thing goin' on my young frined. :)
Beth Ciotta said…
Ken's in the house. Woo-hoo! :) OMG--Top Cat! Forgot all about that one. Loved it. Honeymooners--classic. Okay. Now the episode where Ed Norton plays the piano, drilling Ralph for the quiz show is in my head. Oy. I already mention Dick Van Dyke and I Love Lucy as two of my faves. All time faves!

Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp? They had a TV series?? Dang. Sorry I missed that. And I am REALLY sorry I missed Steve Allen and Jack Parr. I've only seen snippets in tribute shows. Brilliant.
Thanks for chiming in, Ken. *g*
Roni said…
Flinstones, Top Cat, Jetsons...and Get Smart was one of my all time favorites. I wish they'd bring it back on DVD! About 10 years ago Nickelodeon ran Get Smart during the summer and I did tape about a dozen episodes. I wish I'd taped more! Also the Man from Uncle, and later Night Gallery, That Girl, McMilland & Wife, and Love American Style.
Beth Ciotta said…
Roni! Man, oh, oh, man, you nailed more faves I'd forgotten about. THAT GIRL! I think Elsie mentioned that show too. Loved it. Marlo Thomas was adorable. :) And how could I forget 'Love American Style'?? And.... the JETSONS!

Good times. Good times. :)

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