Hello Larry

Hello Larry

Being a beloved character on a hit television series is the dream of many an actor, and McLean Stevenson certainly had that as Col. Henry Blake on the iconic television show M*A*S*H. But he wanted to be the star and Alan Alda already had that role filled, so he opted out of his contract to headline his own sitcom on NBC. It was goodbye Henry Blake and Hello Larry. Continue reading...

The Partridge Family

The Partridge Family

Hello, world! Watch out for that wacky bus, it's got a singing family inside! The Partridge Family phenomenon blanketed the early 70s with many a groovy beat and one shining teen heartthrob, as this musical television series told the tale of a widowed mother and her five children who hit the road as a pop band. Continue reading...

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Happy Days

Back in the 70s, television viewers received a romanticized view of the 50s, thanks to an iconic little sitcom called Happy Days, which followed the daily life of the Cunningham family, their friends and a soon-to-be hoodlum hero named Fonzie. It went on to become one of the most popular series of the decade and today, we pay tribute to this iconic sitcom. Continue reading...

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ALF

For all of the 80s shows mentioned on Retroland, perhaps one of the most fondly-remembered is ALF. Debuting in 1986 and airing for four seasons, ALF was an instant hit, as viewers couldn't help but fall in love with the furry orange alien, always funny and always armed with a wisecrack at the ready. Continue reading...

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F Troop

Considering the adoration that fans retain for the fine soldiers that made up F-Troop, it seems impossible that the show only ran for a mere two seasons. And yet, in that short amount of time, the show was filled with so many memorable moments of silliness that it was destined to pick up numerous fans in later syndication. Perhaps the first parody ever produced of the Old West, F-Troop was a groundbreaking sitcom, fondly remembered for its wacky characters and “Anything goes” attitude. Continue reading...

Bewitched

Bewitched

Mixed marriages have long provided fodder for sitcoms, but Hollywood really conjured up a winner when they paired an advertising executive with a sweet-hearted sorceress in the long-running sitcom, Bewitched. Debuting in 1964, this beloved series charmed an entire generation with its wonderful casting and witty storylines, and still claims legions of enamored admirers 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...