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...

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

Who could forget The Flintstones, the modern stone-age family that first rocked prime time television on September 30, 1960, courtesy of Hanna-Barbera Productions. From their inception through the next 6 seasons, the cartoon endeared itself to millions of viewers with the prehistoric antics of Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their sidekick neighbors, Barney and Betty Rubble. Continue reading...

Golden Girls

The Golden Girls

It's not too hard to understand why a sitcom based around women over sixty might be a hard sell in a town perpetually obsessed with youth. To overcome this obstacle, NBC assembled a formidable ensemble cast for The Golden Girls, with decades of sitcom success under their collective belts. This quartet provided the Midas touch that won the hearts of viewers, young and old alike. Continue reading...

The Gong Show

The Gong Show

The Gong Show wasn't the first televised amateur show, but it was definitely the most extreme. Literally anyone who was willing to face the shame of being 'gonged' could step up to the stage and present their disputable talents to millions of viewers. The result was a cavalcade of some of the most bizarre entertainment ever televised, as The Gong Show carved out its own personal niche in history. Continue reading...

The Greatest American Hero

The Greatest American Hero

Despite the earnestness of the theme song (which went to number one on the singles charts), The Greatest American Hero never took itself too seriously. And that is precisely how it managed to endear itself to millions of television viewers during its three season run on ABC. Continue reading...

The Groovie Goolies

The Groovie Goolies

With the overwhelming success of The Archies on Saturday mornings, Filmation decided to offer a similar show with monstrous results. The Groovie Goolies, an animated collection of decidedly hipper versions of the famous movie monsters of yesteryear were paired with some new friends. Featured alongside Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies debuted in 1970. A year later, the ghoulish gang finally got their own show, The Groovie Goolies. Continue reading...