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...

Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard

Television shows set in suburbia or an urban metropolis are a dime a dozen. Offering an alternative locale, something with a little more backwoods country charm, the 80s gave us The Dukes of Hazzard. Featuring a quaint rural setting, gorgeous stars and a really fast car, this long-running series put cerebral on the backburner, favoring fuedin’, schemin’, car-chasin’ fun instead. 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...

Six Million Dollar Man

The Six Million Dollar Man

If anyone had any doubts that science fiction could be an enormous success in prime time, those doubts were put to rest with The Six Million Dollar Man. The story of a man who, as a result of a devastating crash in the line of duty, is put back together with advanced technology, then goes on to work as a secret agent, kept viewers (mostly young ones) riveted to their television sets for four years. Continue reading...

Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure

A classic fish-out-of-water story, 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...

Addams Family

The Addams Family

Here was a family for the morbidly minded and the theme song said it all: they were creepy and they were kooky. Ooky, even. The opening sequence music had one of the catchiest tunes around, with finger snaps and everything. And, although there were other monsters (er, Munsters) on the television airwaves of the 60s, The Addams Family contained a decidedly darker humor than its prime-time cohorts and, as a result, won the hearts of millions of loyal fans along the way. Continue reading...

I Dream of Jeannie

I Dream of Jeannie

It may come as no surprise that the viewing habits of adult males have long revolved around sports. To get them to watch prime-time television in the 60s, it took a plan. More specifically, it took a show about a subservient beautiful woman, scantily dressed and willing to grant every wish to her master. I Dream of Jeannie pulled in male TV viewers like flies to honey and went on to become a classic. Continue reading...

Candid Camera

Candid Camera

Long before the perpetual era of “reality TV" took foothold, a mischievous little series called Candid Camera offered us all the opportunity to laugh at other people on television. It also encouraged millions of viewers to ponder the unsettling realization that someone, somewhere, might just be pointing a camera at them. Continue reading...