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The life of a porn addicted housewife.

Friday, July 01, 2005

I Miss 70's TV!!!! 

What were your favorite shows when you were little?
I was born in 1965 so my “little” period was from about 1969 through 1980.

I was, and still am, quite possibly the biggest fan of Hong Kong Phooey. The series ran from ’74-’75 when I was 9-10 years old.
Scatman Crothers was the voice of Penrod Pooch, a mild manner janitor in a police station who jumped in a filing cabinet and popped out as Hong Kong Phooey when danger called. He always had his cat Spot with him. Spot was the one to always save Hong Kong Phooey from peril.
To this day I LOVE this show!!!

One banana, two banana, three banana, four!
The Banana Spits Adventure Hour was an amazing show. Looking back all I see is a drug-induced whirlwind that really resembled The Monkees in a lot of ways. Embarrassing as it is to admit now, I was actually a member of their fan club.
The show, starring Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper, and Snorky, ran from ’68-’70 when I was 3-5 years old. The pretty colors of the 60’s made this eye-candy for little kids.

It pretty much goes without saying that The Muppet Show was a favorite. Is there anyone who doesn’t list this show as a favorite?
The show ran from ’76-’81 and from ’96-’98 (as Muppet’s Tonight).
My favorite episode? DUH! Episode: #2.1 - 13 September 1997 which is the one Prince guested on!!!!

I am an absolute clown hater. So why am I listing Bozo The Clown as a favorite? When I was in grade school and middle school the show was aired live on WGN out of Chicago. I lived close enough that when there were school closings due to snow my schools were listed. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I sat in front of the TV praying that my school name would be called out. Pitiful! That was all I watched of the show. Once the school closings were listed I changed the channel.

For no apparent reason I absolutely loved Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. It was an odd little show about a timid little sea monster who didn’t want to scare people. He lived in Johnny and Scott’s clubhouse who try to save him from being kidnapped from his family. Part of the Sid and Marty Krofft family of shows, it ran from ’73-’75. I actually have a stuffed Sigmund on the bookshelf next to me.

Because I was 13 years old at the time The Bay City Rollers Show show aired it is no wonder it was a favorite. Basically a retread of The Monkees, the show starred the 70s pop group The Bay City Rollers. Because it had a limited audience (13 year old girls) it only lasted 13 episodes before it got the axe. No great loss because looking back I can see that it really was a crappy show.

The Pink Panther Show was originally aired in ’69 when I was 4. The All New Pink Panther Show ran from ’78-’79 when I was 13-14. The show featured The Pink Panther and The Inspector and were loosely based on the popular Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies. I liked the theme of the show because it was very much like some of the goofy detective/cop novels that I read.

One of the shows I remember most is The Midnight Special. The show, which ran from ’72-’83, was a musical showcase that featured musicians from many styles of music including rock, country, pop, disco, etc. I much preferred this show over American Bandstand because I was not into much of the dancy at the time. I was 7-18 years old during the shows run. Of course I originally started watching it because my parents did. When you are 7 you don’t have much control over the TV at night. I would guess that this show is what formed my musical tastes to this day. The host, Wolfman Jack, was the type of person my dad was so I found him much more likable than Dick Clark, who I saw as a big dork. One thing that was great about the show was that no lip-syncing was allowed. And any show that had Curtis Mayfield as a guest is alright in my book!

As far as “drama” type shows I would have to say that Emergency! was my favorite. The show followed a team of paramedics (the delicious Jon Gage played by Randy Mantooth and Roy Desoto played by Kevin Tighe) who worked out of Station 51 in Los Angles. The show ran from ’72-’77. Since the paramedic field was new at the time the paramedics had to be guided over the radio by the doctors at Rampart Hospital. The episode that sticks in my mind most was the one wear a guy took a pop-top (remember the old pop-top cans?) and stuck it inside his can of beer. When he took a drink he swallowed the top which got lodged in his throat. That upset me so badly that even today if someone sticks anything in a can of soda and then drinks it I completely freak out.
Anyone who watched the show should remember this…….”Administer two-amp sodium bicarb, insert an airway. Start an IV, 51. Lactate Ringer's”

Of course there are a lot of other shows I loved like Quincy ME, The Rockford Files, Sanford and Son, All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Adam-12 (the cop sister show of Emergency!), Taxi, WKRP In Cincinnati, etc. etc. etc. I could go on for hours. If I even tried to list the cartoons I loved we would be here for days!

There were many shows I loved in the 80’s too of course, but I thought that for today I would stick to ages 4-15.
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