V

V

We’ve all had an encounter with an obnoxious neighbor. Things start out fine – you extend a friendly handshake, they bring over a couple of plates of food, you lend them the lawnmower – and before you know it, they have made it their sole purpose to take over your life. Imagine this on a more intergalactic level, and you have the premise of V, a science fiction saga that aired as a miniseries on NBC in 1983. Continue reading...

Speed Racer

Speed Racer

Of all of the animated shows to come out of Japan in the 60s, there is none more fondly remembered than Mach Go Go Go, which followed the adventures of a dashing young race car driver. If it doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you know it by its American title, Speed Racer. Continue reading...

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...