Sanford and Son

Sanford and Son

Rightly considered one of the 100 best TV shows of all time, Sanford and Son blustered into NBC's Friday night lineup in 1972 and made lasting television history with Redd Foxx's portrayal of the one-of-a-kind Fred Sanford. Despite airing in an unpopular time slot, the show enjoyed consistently high ratings throughout its six seasons. Continue reading...

Lost in Space

Lost in Space

After numerous adaptations of The Swiss Family Robinson, a novel penned in 1812 about a family of castaways in the South Pacific, the mythical clan traded their boring island for more otherworldly surroundings. Debuting in 1965, Lost in Space sent the Robinsons higher than any tree house could ever hope to achieve. Continue reading...

Kate & Allie

Kate & Allie

To explore the many issues that come from being a single mother, CBS put two of them together in the same household in the 80s series, Kate & Allie. Cast in the lead roles were two women with extensive television experience - Susan Saint James (McMillan and Wife) and Jane Curtin (Saturday Night Live). The resulting chemistry between the two veterans proved to be quite the recipe for success. Continue reading...

CBS Storybreak

CBS Storybreak

Children's literacy got some televised attention in the 80s, thanks to the popular PBS series, Reading Rainbow. Not to be outdone, CBS rolled out their own book-based Saturday morning series. CBS Storybreak offered animated versions of popular literature hosted by a familiar face to every young television fan of the era, Captain Kangaroo. Continue reading...

I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy

If you have never seen an episode of I love Lucy, you have probably never owned a television. Still broadcast regularly around the world over a half-century after it originally aired, it is without question the most iconic sitcom ever created, and it remains beloved by millions for its wonderful cast and some of the most hilarious moments ever broadcast. Continue reading...

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 Monkees

The Monkees

Whenever something is a resounding success, there will always be imitators that follow. Often they pale in comparison to the original, but in the rare case, it turns out that the imitator has a charm and appeal all its own. Such was the case with The Monkees. Yes, they were Hollywood's answer to The Beatles, but still quirky and original enough to make millions of their own fans along the way. Continue reading...

Hogan's Heroes

Hogan’s Heroes

What could be funnier than a bunch of WWII prisoners of war being held by Nazis? The idea of premising a sitcom on such a concept might seem ill-advised in this day and age but back in the 60s, it provided for some memorable belly laughs in the memorable classic, Hogan’s Heroes. Continue reading...