The Bullwinkle Show

The Bullwinkle Show

It would seem that most everyone has a soft spot in their nostalgic heart for that lovable duo, Rocky and Bullwinkle. Ever since the Jay Ward characters made their debut in 1959 as Rocky and Friends, they have kept viewers of all ages thoroughly entertained. Kids particularly love the kooky characters, while older crowds notice the sophisticated humor laced with subtle wordplay lurking underneath. This “something for everyone” approach has made this duo one of the most popular cartoon series in history. Continue reading...

The Carol Burnett Show

The Carol Burnett Show

One would be hard pressed to find a more formidable ensemble of comedic talent than the cast of The Carol Burnett Show. For eleven seasons, Carol and her cohorts took sketch comedy to hilarious new heights, thanks in part to each actor's devious desire to make the others crack up on camera. The tactics usually worked, leaving the cast, and generations of viewers, in stitches. Continue reading...

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

The idyllic sitcoms of the 60s rarely presented the struggles of single parents raising children. Perhaps that's why The Courtship of Eddie's Father still resonates with viewers after all these years. Debuting in 1969, the series didn't achieve the same syndication love as its fellow sitcoms from the era, but enough so to maintain a legion of fans who considered the title character to be their fantasy father figure. Continue reading...

The Dating Game

The Dating Game

What was a single person to do when companionship eluded them in the 60s? Simple, go on The Dating Game where you could question three lovely members of the opposite sex and find that perfect person of your dreams, or at least have fun trying, on one of the most popular game shows ever created. Continue reading...

Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard

Television shows set in suburbia or an urban metropolis are a dime a dozen. Offering an alternative locale, something with a little more backwoods country charm, the 80s gave us The Dukes of Hazzard. Featuring a quaint rural setting, gorgeous stars and a really fast car, this long-running series put cerebral on the backburner, favoring fuedin’, schemin’, car-chasin’ fun instead. Continue reading...

The Electric Company

The Electric Company

Once little tykes began to outgrow Big Bird and friends on Sesame Street, they could plug into another PBS series that catered to the 7-10 age group. Primarily using sketch comedy to impart educational lessons, The Electric Company quickly became a favorite of kids and is still fondly remembered to this day by many of them. Continue reading...

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The Evolution Of Fonzie

When Happy Days debuted in 1974, it was a nostalgic look at 1950s family life as seen through the eyes of Richie Cunningham, all-American high school boy. But a minor character, the motorcycle-riding outsider named Fonzie, stole the spotlight and became of the most iconic and enduring characters in TV history. Retroland examines Fonzie’s complex character evolution over the course of the series’ remarkable 11 year run, and breaks them down to four critical phases: Continue reading...

The Facts of Life

The Facts of Life

It all started with the 70s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. When daughter Kimberly Drummond’s school’s housemother quit her job at Eastlake Academy the day before the campus play, disaster was imminent. Who would make the costumes? Edna Garrett, the Drummond’s maid, rises nobly to the occasion. In fact, she so impresses the school that Steven Bradley, the headmaster, asks her to be the new housemother permanently. With a fond farewell to Arnold, Willis, and Kimberly (who continued to go to Eastlake, even though she was seldom seen in this new spinoff), Mrs. G took her place in The Facts of Life, one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1980s. Continue reading...