Kung Fu

Kung Fu

If ever there were an example of “East meets West” in prime time broadcasting, it was Kung Fu, a show that followed the travels of a usually pacifist Chinese Shaolin monk through the American Old West. In the course of his journey, the quiet and introverted refugee faced numerous injustices and prejudices, most of which required him to eventually show off his martial arts mastery. Continue reading...

Emergency!

Emergency!

Back in the 70s, the residents of the City of Angels could rest a little easier knowing that paramedics Gage and DeSoto were on the job. And viewers across the country tuned in each week to watch them dutifully, and often heroically, come to the assistance of injured citizens in the hit television show, Emergency! Continue reading...

Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries

The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew were both stars of their own series of popular children’s books, each of which had almost fifty years of sleuthing under their belts by the time ABC decided to televise their adventures in 1977. The result was The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries, a show that appealed to any youngster with an interest in private investigation, or any teen who simply happened to have a crush on one of the teenage stars. Continue reading...

Mr. Belvedere

Mr. Belvedere

One of the more charming sitcoms to air in the 80s, Mr. Belvedere told the story of a proper English gentleman employed as a nanny/housekeeper for a typical American family. Starring Christopher Hewitt in the title role, the series was an overnight success and proved that Hollywood still had the ability to come up with new and original concepts. Continue reading...

The Wonderful World of Disney

The Wonderful World of Disney

Once upon a time, a kindly old gentleman appeared in our collective living rooms on Sunday evenings. He offered a glimpse into his imaginative world featuring a literal treasure trove of family entertainment. Offering a mixture of classic live-action films, nature segments, and the company's iconic animation, the show went by many names over the years, appearing on just about every channel at one time or another. Most fondly remember it as The Wonderful World of Disney. Continue reading...

Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Tim Allen enjoyed a rapid rise in stardom in the late 80s/early 90s as a stand-up comedian. He owed his success to a hilarious routine that revolved around power tools and the primeval grunting males that covet them in their never-ending quest to be the king of all home repairs. Network execs at ABC thought that made for an interesting premise for a sitcom, and the foundation was laid for Home Improvement. Over the next decade, the series rose in popularity like a mighty skyscraper under swift construction. Continue reading...

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

A family-based sitcom is dangerous territory. If the kids annoy, if the writing falls flat, if the family isn't realistic – all can lead to a quick demise. But every once in a while a show like Growing Pains comes along where everything clicks. This 80s series, which would go on to become one of the longest-running and most watched of the decade, had it all – clever humor eliciting unexpected guffaws, a cast of likable characters of all ages, and a clan that never seemed too “Hollywood.” Continue reading...

Thats Incredible

That’s Incredible!

The 70s brought us a number of reality-based talked shows that put the spotlight on individuals will interesting abilities or stories to tell. The first was Real People, which swiftly rose in the ratings and caught the attention of the competitors. In 1980, ABC answered with That's Incredible, a show that focused on those among us with extraordinary abilities. Continue reading...