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...

Flipper

Flipper

Film and television producer Ivan Tors had a strong affinity for nature, especially the marine variety. As a result, he produced a string of marine-themed shows like The Aquanauts. However, the most famous and popular of these productions was the hit show Flipper. It was strongly reminiscent of Lassie, but replaced that show's dog character with a more water-friendly dolphin. Continue reading...

Golden Girls

The Golden Girls

It's not too hard to understand why a sitcom based around women over sixty might be a hard sell in a town perpetually obsessed with youth. To overcome this obstacle, NBC assembled a formidable ensemble cast for The Golden Girls, with decades of sitcom success under their collective belts. This quartet provided the Midas touch that won the hearts of viewers, young and old alike. 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...

ER

ER

As the longest-running prime time medical drama in the history of television, ER took viewers into the emergency room of the fictional County General Hospital for 15 seasons, following the lives of a team of dedicated doctors and nurses amidst all of the chaos of a typical trauma center. Continue reading...

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...

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...

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home

Unlike Trix cereal, cartoons aren't always for kids. The Flintstones, created by Hanna-Barbera, blazed the prime-time animation trail in the 60s, proving that a cartoon series could hold its own against some live-action competition. In the 70s, Hanna-Barbera tried again with Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, a show about a typical family with a few issues. And, much like The Flintstones borrowed from The Honeymooners, the new show was inspired by the much more controversial sitcom, All in the Family. Continue reading...