Magnum P.I.

Magnum P.I.

You can only pull off loud Hawaiian shirts and an outrageous mustache if your name is Tom Selleck. The rest of us can only sit back in awe and wonderment, gazing longingly at that grooming/clothing combination that shouldn’t work but does. Somehow. These unorthodox stylings were on weekly display in the 80s, thanks to the enormously popular CBS series, Magnum P.I. Continue reading...

M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H

For eleven seasons, television viewers found themselves in the midst of the Korean War - a conflict that only lasted three years in real life. During that run, M*A*S*H captured the hearts of millions of viewers, providing guttural laughter one moment, and tears of sorrow the next, often within the same half-hour. It is one of the highest-acclaimed series to ever grace the television screen. Continue reading...

Charles in Charge

Charles in Charge

Scott Baio was a hot ticket item in the early 80s, fresh off of his stints on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. Though nobody would consider the latter a success, TV execs decided the time was right to try him in a new series, something without quite as much spin-off baggage. Girls were desperate for another television dose of the hunky celebrity. Enter Charles in Charge. Continue reading...

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Dukes of Hazzard

Plenty of television series have taken their viewers into suburban homes and urban metropolises over the years. For audiences more akin to something with a little backwoods country charm, however, The Dukes of Hazzard was right up their alley. With its rural setting, colorful and attractive characters, and a really fast car, this long-running series based on the daily lives of a couple of former moonshiners put aside cerebral themes in favor of fuedin’ schemin’ and car-chasin’ fun. Continue reading...

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Ark II

When the Saturday morning series Ark II debuted in 1976, it bore little more than a slight resemblance to its biblical counterpart. Sure, there was a post-apocalyptic world and a small group of survivors determined to repopulate the earth. And yes, they had an Ark of sorts, alhtough this one was a tad more advanced than its gopher-wood constructed ancestor. It was more of a high-tech Land Rover on steroids. Missing, however, were the countless pairs of animals - although to their credit, they did have a monkey. Regardless, Ark II made enough of an impression on young tykes in the 70s to stick around for a few years on television, then live on in their collective memories for decades beyond. Continue reading...

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TJ Hooker

After commanding the USS Enterprise around the galaxy for three years on the television series, Star Trek, William Shatner made a celebrated return to the airwaves in the early 80s. This time around, he traded his gold shirt, spaceship and phaser for a police uniform, cruiser and a gun, keeping the streets safe from crime on the ABC series, TJ Hooker. Continue reading...

In The News

In The News

If you grew up watching television on Saturday mornings in the 70s and early 80s, you probably recall the networks doing their best to sneak in a little educational material between the weekly doses of Super Friends and Scooby Doo. Over on ABC, they chose to teach us about grammar and government, thanks to the ever-popular Schoolhouse Rock. But if you happened to tune into CBS, news anchorman Christopher Glen taught you about current events via In The News. Running from 1971 until 1986, In the News enjoyed a respectable fifteen-year run and made us all a little smarter along the way. Continue reading...

Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure

A classic fish-out-of-water story if there ever was one, Northern Exposure was one of the cleverest, quirkiest and most under-appreciated television series in the 90s. Following the lives of a collection of colorful characters in a small Alaskan town, the show received an avalanche of critical accolades and developed a faithful and smitten fan following that persists to this day. Continue reading...