The Waltons

The Waltons

Based on both a book and a film called Spencer's Mountain, television's The Waltons chronicled the lives of a poor rural family living in Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II. The series started with a TV special called The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, which drew much acclaim from critics and audiences alike. That success green-lighted the popular CBS show, which ran for a decade on television, winning the hearts of millions. Continue reading...

Alice

Alice

Alice was one of the most successful sitcoms of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, and it had a rather respectable pedigree. It was developed from the 1974 Martin Scorsese film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, starring Ellen Burstyn, who won a Oscar for her performance. The TV show took the premise of the movie and introduced television audiences to Alice, a New Jersey single mother with dreams of being a singer, who moves to Phoenix and gets a job in a diner. Continue reading...

The Beverly Hillbillies

The Beverly Hillbillies

Thanks to the miraculous discovery of an oil well, a clan of rural folk known as The Beverly Hillbillies found their way to a world of luxury in the wealthy community of Bel Air. The ensuing antics as they tried to assimilate into their new high-brow surroundings was the simple, yet endearing premise that made them a television favorite for generations to come. Continue reading...

The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons

Living in Queens, NY, next-door to the bigoted Archie Bunker and his dimwitted wife Edith wasn’t exactly the affluent lifestyle George and Louise (Weezie) had envisioned for themselves. But with George’s new dry-cleaning business flourishing, they were finally able to move on up to a ritzy apartment complex in the long-running sitcom, The Jeffersons. Continue reading...

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...