Barney Miller

Barney Miller

The year was 1975, and after an divisive war and political scandal, America was yearning for a little honesty and a lot of humor. Barney Miller delivered on both counts. Sporting a theme song just as funky as its characters, this beloved sitcom won the hearts of millions with its hilarious depiction of daily life within a NYC police precinct. Continue reading...

Charlies Angels

Charlie’s Angels

When Aaron Spelling first introduced the ground-breaking television series Charlie’s Angels in 1976, it was a radical concept. No longer were women relegated to the role of helpless victim or happy homemaker. For the first time, they were gun-wielding crime fighters, perfectly capable of putting their male adversaries in their place. It was brave new territory, and it proved enormously successful. Continue reading...

Roseanne

Roseanne

Based on Roseanne Barr's standup routine, this popular sitcom focused on the everyday lives of the self-proclaimed "domestic goddess" and her brood, a blue-collar family living in Illinois. The sarcastic and perpetually cranky Roseanne was a far cry from the idyllic sticom moms of the 50s and 60s and had to deal with the realistic problems and absurdities of lower middle class life. Continue reading...

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...