The Year Without a Santa Claus

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Based on a children's story published in Good Housekeeping in 1956, The Year Without a Santa Claus imagined every child's worst nightmare - what if Santa decided to take a year off? The story might have faded into obscurity, except stop-motion animation gurus, Rankin-Bass decided to give it new life in 1974, with a star-studded television special that won the hearts of many a kid. Continue reading...

Super Friends

Super Friends

Most kids have a superhero they identify with. Problem is, each used to have their own individual shows and there just wasn’t enough time on Saturday morning for every hero to get a time slot - meaning some young Aquaman fan was probably out of luck. The solution was to put them all together, and that’s precisely what Hanna-Barbera did in 1973, under the umbrella of Super Friends. All the favorites were there – Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, even Aquaman, plus a few up-and-coming prospects from the minor leagues. Continue reading...

Kolchak: The-Night-Stalker

Kolchak: The Night Stalker

While he will always be remembered as the perpetually grumpy patriarch (and proud owner of a certain long-legged lamp) in A Christmas Story, actor Darrin McGavin endeared himself to audiences as the frumpily dressed reporter, Carl Kolchak, who tracked various supernatural serial killers in the fondly remembered series, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Although the series was relatively short-lived at the time, its popularity and influence were felt long after it left the airwaves. Continue reading...

The Real Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters

The 1984 film Ghostbusters was an instant hit with audiences (and still beloved to this day) so it was only natural that a cartoon version of the ghost-fighting team appeared on the small screen soon thereafter. Debuting the same year as the film, The Real Ghostbusters was a frightfully fun Saturday morning offering that aired for five years. Continue reading...

Three's Company

Three’s Company

Sitcoms have always derived a steady supply of material based on simple misunderstandings, but perhaps no television series has ever utilized the tactic quite so frequently as Three’s Company, where every single episode seemed to revolve around the overheard innuendo and mistaken assumptions that took place in a little apartment complex in Santa Monica. Continue reading...

Doug

Doug

As any kid who’s had to move around once, twice, or even countless times throughout their childhood can attest, it just isn’t easy to be the new kid. Sure, with time things settle in, but it was never the cakewalk everyone assured it would be. Add to the mix the physical changes and emotional trauma that is junior high school, and you’ve got Douglas Yancey Funnie, star of his very own 90s Nickelodeon series, Doug. Continue reading...

The Partridge Family

The Partridge Family

Hello, world! Watch out for that wacky bus, it's got a singing family inside! The Partridge Family phenomenon blanketed the early 70s with many a groovy beat and one shining teen heartthrob, as this musical television series told the tale of a widowed mother and her five children who hit the road as a pop band. Continue reading...

Joannie Loves Chachi

Joanie Loves Chachi

As has been proven time and time again, there are no sure things in the television industry when it comes to the next big hit. Even the best-laid plans can fizzle in the blink of an eye. Take the popular series, Happy Days, for example – plenty of longevity, beloved by millions of television viewers, and boasting a track record of two reasonably successful spin-off series (Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy). Three times is a charm, right? Well, in the case of Joanie Loves Chachi, not necessarily. Continue reading...