20th Anniversary of Twin Peaks

Every once in a while, a television show comes along that defies the norm and challenges viewers to follow along for the ride. And when David Lynch and Mark Frost debuted their new series, Twin Peaks, 20 years ago this week, viewers followed in droves, as a colorful cast of characters tried to solve the [...] Continue reading...

3-2-1 Contact

3-2-1 Contact

With an immensely catchy opening theme and the cool ways they incorporated science into everyday situations, the 3-2-1 Contact crew became a staple in after school TV viewing. Most fans can still sing along to the theme song and all remember the show with nostalgic fondness. A few may even credit the series with instilling an early interest in science. All in all, the consensus is that they don’t make ‘em like they used to anymore. Continue reading...

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

It’s virtually impossible to avoid the tidal wave of commercialism that accompanies each holiday season, sending shoppers scurrying to the nearest department store to empty their wallets. Perhaps to provide some counterbalance, a quaint little cartoon airs each year, serving as a reminder that other aspects of Christmas might be more worthy of celebration. A favorite since it first aired in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has touched the hearts of millions of television viewers with its back-to-basics approach to Christmas. Its enduring success stems from its charming simplicity, endearing characters, and an infectious, jazz-laced musical score that replays in one’s memory long after the cartoon’s conclusion. Join us as we take a look back at this beloved classic. Continue reading...

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions, and for kids of the past few decades, one of the most beloved of them, besides the behemoth meal, is curling up in front of the television to watch the classic animated special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Created by master illustrator Charles M. Schulz and filled with all of his colorful Peanuts characters, this seasonal cartoon has delighted kids for over 35 years. Continue reading...

A Look Back at Soul Train

Today, we look back at one of the grooviest, funkiest shows to ever hit the television airwaves. Providing an R&B alternative to the long-running American Bandstand, audiences tuned in for over 35 years to take a ride on the Soul Train. Created and hosted by Chicago radio DJ, Don Cornelius, it remains the “longest-running, first-run, [...] Continue reading...

A Trip To The Neighborhood

Back in 1968, a gentle and soft-spoken man named Fred Rogers introduced a generation of youngsters to his neighborhood – filled with puppets, imagination, jazz music, and valuable lessons that many of them would carry through their adult life. He would continue to do so for the next 33 years, on the beloved series we [...] Continue reading...

ABC Afterschool Special

ABC Afterschool Special

Learning can be fun! At least, that was the ABC Network’s stance when it came to programming for children and teens. With its series of after school specials, ABC managed to deliver some worthwhile lessons and coin a phrase at the same time. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the TV movies taught us all a valuable lesson about pretty much everything, from proper nutrition to the dangers of drug and alcohol. Continue reading...

Actor John Forsythe Dies

Noted film, stage and television actor, John Forsythe passed away on April 3, 2010, the result of complications from pneumonia. He is best remembered as the star of the television series, Bachelor Father, which ran from 1957-1962, and for his role as Blake Carrington on the 80s series, Dynasty. His off-camera voice was also heard [...] Continue reading...

Actor Robert Culp Passes Away

Veteran television and film actor, Robert Culp passed away on March 24,2010, after taking a fall in a Los Angeles Park. He was 79. Culp’s career began in the late 50s, as the star of a short-lived western called Trackdown. He is best remembered, however, for his starring role alongside Bill Cosby in I Spy, [...] Continue reading...

ALF

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. Today, we take a look back at this beloved sitcom. Continue reading...