Chico and the Man

Chico and the Man

Two conflicting characters make for some great comedy. Think Laurel and Hardy, think Fred and Ethel, think Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. And for a short time in the 70s, Chico and the Man. Portrayed by Freddie Prinze and Jack Albertson, respectively, the popular sitcom debuted in 1974 and followed the story of a cranky caucasian garage owner and his smooth-talking Puerto Rican mechanic. And for a few seasons, we not only laughed at their antics, we learned that the most unlikely of bedfellows could become friends. Continue reading...

Highway to Heaven

Highway to Heaven

It is commonly understood that grown men don’t cry – unless, of course, they happen to be subjected to a show produced by Michael Landon, television’s rainmaker when it comes to turning on the eye faucets. Given a few moments of viewing time, the man could make a statue sob. And, after years of coaxing viewers to cry with the hit series Little House on the Prairie, he was up to his tear-inducing ways again in his next endeavor, Highway to Heaven. Continue reading...

Laverne and Shirley

Laverne and Shirley

Any successful television series is likely to have a spin-off or two, and the enormously popular Happy Days was no exception. But, while most spin-offs are lucky if they last a full season, this time lightning struck twice. Following the lives of two lovable brewery workers who lived in 1950s-era Milwaukee, Laverne and Shirley won the hearts of television viewers almost immediately and enjoyed a longevity that few spin-offs have ever managed to achieve. Continue reading...

Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories

Debuting in 1985, the Steven Spielberg-helmed Amazing Stories was a new sort of Twilight Zone, and the network showed their faith in the project with committing to an unprecedented two year, forty-four episode run. The result was a whimsical and creepy series of stories that were unlike anything else on television. Continue reading...

Logan's Run

Logan’s Run

Based upon a popular 1967 science fiction novel written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, as well as feature film that followed in 1976, Logan’s Run premiered as a weekly television series on CBS in 1977, starring Gregory Harrison (Trapper John M.D.) as Logan 5. And, although it's airwave presence was brief, fond memories persist for this futuristic series. Continue reading...

Space: 1999

Space: 1999

The British partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson already had a track record of creating science fiction for television with such puppet-laden shows as Thunderbirds and Fireball XL5. This time around, they put away the marionettes and went with live actors to present Space: 1999, a series that focused on the lives of a group of unwilling space travelers. Three decades later (and well into the next century), the series still has a legion of loyal fans. Continue reading...

The Jetsons

The Jetsons

After Hanna-Barbera proved that a prime-time cartoon sitcom set in the Stone Age could be successful, they set their sites on the faraway mid-21st century. In the middle of a futuristic world where flying cars buzzed the skies and robotic maids tended to the chores, they plopped down a typical family, The Jetsons. Continue reading...

Benson

Benson

Considering the controversy that consistently surrounded the popular 70s serialized sitcom, Soap, one might have expected its only spin-off to follow in the same tradition. As it turned out, Benson, which followed the career of cantankerous butler, Benson DuBois, was pretty mild by comparison. Fortunately, his razor-sharp tongue remained intact enough to handle the incompetents surrounding him, and endear him to millions of television viewers. Continue reading...