The Rifleman

The Rifleman

Nobody on television ever worked a Winchester with as much agility and speed as Chuck Connors. For five years, viewers tuned in weekly to watch TV's first single parent fight off an endless supply of bad guys, thanks to his trusty firearm, on the beloved ABC series, The Rifleman. Continue reading...

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

Compulsive neatness first matched wits with advanced slobbery on the Broadway stage in the popular Neil Simon play, The Odd Couple. The formula worked just as well on the big screen in 1968, so ABC decided to give it a shot as a sitcom two years later. Starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, the tale of two divorced polar opposites sharing an apartment together proceeded to win the hearts of millions. Continue reading...

CB Bears

CB Bears

Like pet rocks and mood rings, the Citizen's Band radio craze hit the 70's hard and fast. Spurred on by the success of the C.W. McCall song "Convoy," the popularity of C.B. radios skyrocketed, moving from truckers' rigs into private residences. The cries of "Breaker, Breaker" and "10-4 Good Buddy" could be heard for miles around. The song inspired a movie starring Kris Kristofferson and Ernest Borgnine, and eventually the craze manifested itself in a Saturday morning cartoon called CB Bears. Continue reading...

Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

In the 70s, one needn’t even be a hoops fan to know who the Harlem Globetrotters were. Formed in 1927 by millionaire Abe Saperstein, the Globetrotters were heralded around the world for their acrobatic and gravity-defying antics on the court. Whistling “Sweet Georgia Brown” all along the way, their celebrity appeal soared to slam-dunking heights and a Saturday morning cartoon show soon followed. Continue reading...

Adam-12

Adam-12

The first show on television to realistically portray the daily routines of police officers (at least as much as the censors would allow), Adam-12 arrived in the late 60s and quickly won over millions of fans who tuned in each week to watch officers Reed and Malloy help keep the citizens of Los Angeles safe from crime and other calamities. Continue reading...

Beakman's World

Beakman’s World

In the 50s, there was Mr. Wizard’s World to explain the ways of science to young television viewers. The torch, or Bunsen burner, as it were, was passed in the 90s to Beakman’s World, an educational series featuring a scientist with humongous hair named Beakman, who would answer questions sent in by young viewers. Continue reading...

Soap

Soap

Two sisters, with different and rather dysfunctional families were the focus of the controversial ABC sitcom, Soap, which arrived on the airwaves in 1977 and redefined what was acceptable to talk about on television. Often bizarre, usually hilarious, Soap broke down barriers and introduced America to the most colorful characters ever seen on a soap opera. Considering the usual fodder of daytime soap operas, that’s saying something. Continue reading...

Welcome Back Kotter

Welcome Back, Kotter

You can go home again. Or so Gabe Kotter discovered. Plenty of people head back to high school for a ten-year reunion, stick around a few days, and realize things aren't quite like we thought they'd be ten years before. But Gabe came back to Brooklyn's James Buchanan High for a much longer stay - this time as the enemy, a teacher- in the hit 70s sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. Continue reading...