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 are annoying, if the writing falls flat, if the family doesn’t seem real – all can lead to a quick demise. But every once in a while a show like Growing Pains comes along and proves that when everything clicks, the rewards can be substantial. This 80s series, which would go on to become one of the longest-running and most watched of the decade, seemed to have it all – clever humor that could elicit an unexpected guffaw, a cast of likable characters of all ages, and a family that never seemed too “Hollywood.” Growing Pains captured the trials and tribulations of raising a family, while never easing up on the laughs. 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...

Cartoon Sitcoms

Cartoon Sitcoms

Back in 1960, a new cartoon concept was introduced to television viewers - the animated sitcom. Designed for a prime-time viewing audience, these shows offered an equal number of laughs for parents and kids alike. And when the original experiment proved to be an overwhelming success (see below), it started a trend in television programming that continues to thrive. Today, we offer up some of the most memorable animated families to ever invade our living rooms, and then we want to hear who your all-time favorites are. Continue reading...