Donnie and Marie

Donny and Marie

She was a little bit country, he was a little bit rock and roll, and they became one of the most successful brother/sister teams in entertainment history. Their wholesome mugs appeared regularly on television through the latter half of the 70s, and their wholesome music across the nation's radio stations. Make no mistake, Donny and Marie made their mark, and then some. Continue reading...

Eight is Enough

Eight is Enough

Not even the Brady family could rival the enormity of the Bradford brood. Eight is Enough chronicled all of the trials and tribulations of a father trying his best to raise his eight children. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking – the show quickly charmed the hearts of viewers across the country, especially those who had grown up in large families of their own. Continue reading...

Starsky and Hutch

Starsky and Hutch

In the mid-70s, action movies were upping the ante as far as acceptable levels of violence, with films like Dirty Harry redefining the role of the fictional cop. Soon after, the normally timid medium of television decided that they needed to respond in kind if they wanted to attract the audiences that were flocking to see this new era of films. ABC decided that the calm days of Adam-12 and Dragnet were over. There were two new cops on the beat that didn’t take crap from anyone and weren’t shy about drawing their guns and firing off a couple dozen rounds. Their names were Starsky and Hutch. Continue reading...

The Mod Squad

The Mod Squad

There was certainly no shortage of police dramas on 60s television, but they lacked the appeal necessary to capture the devotion of younger audiences who were becoming more turned off by the persona of the typical “square” authority figures. To try to capture some youthful television viewer attention, ABC responded with perhaps the hippest cop show to ever hit the airwaves. Centered on a trio of former juvenile delinquents who become undercover cops, these cocky and fashionable fighters of crime would be forever known as The Mod Squad. Continue reading...

Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island

Imagine a mysterious tropical island where visitors come to have their fantasies played out. If that sounds enticing, you are not alone. For seven seasons, television viewers checked in on the inhabitants of Fantasy Island every Saturday night, watching them live out their dreams, for better or worse, under the watchful eye of their enigmatic host, Mr. Rourke and his assistant, Tattoo. Continue reading...

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

"Don't make me angry... you wouldn't like me when I'm angry."If ever there was a warning to be heeded, it was this one. For once these words were uttered, clothing was going to rip, muscles were going to pop, complexion was going to turn a nice emerald green, and justice would be served – all in a day’s work for an otherwise humble superhero named The Incredible Hulk. And from the moment he made his television debut, fans faithfully tuned in to see Bill Bixby get mad enough to turn into a creature no sane man would mess with. Continue reading...

BJ and the Bear

BJ and the Bear

After years of being reminded that a dog is man's best friend, we learned in the 70s that primates make pretty good pals as well, especially when one is driving a truck. First, we saw Clint Eastwood traveling the nation's highways with his sidekick orangutan in two successful movies, Every Which Way But Loose, and the follow-up, Every Which Way You Can. Then, as network executives began to see the potential of such an interspecies pairing, we were treated to a lighthearted weekly series called BJ and the Bear. Continue reading...

Diff'rent Strokes

Diff’rent Strokes

Despite the curious mid-word contraction, Diff’rent Strokes certainly made its mark in sitcom history, appealing to a wide audience during its original run in the late 70s-early 80s and during syndication later on. Thanks to a cherubic young star, and aided by an incredibly catchy theme song, the series was immensely popular and still resonates in pop culture today. Continue reading...