The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries

The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew were both stars of their own series of popular children’s books, each of which had almost fifty years of sleuthing under their belts by the time ABC decided to televise their adventures in 1977. The result was The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries, a show that appealed to any youngster with an interest in private investigation, or any teen who simply happened to have a crush on one of the teenage stars. Continue reading...

Mr. Belvedere

Mr. Belvedere

One of the more charming sitcoms to air in the 80s, Mr. Belvedere told the story of a proper English gentleman employed as a nanny/housekeeper for a typical American family. Starring Christopher Hewitt in the title role, the series was an overnight success and proved that Hollywood still had the ability to come up with new and original concepts. Continue reading...

Beverly Hills 90210

Beverly Hills, 90210

The challenge of creating a teen-based serial with any longevity is a daunting task, for the simple reason that the audience eventually grows up. One show that beat the odds was Beverly Hills, 90210, which maintained a loyal following of fans for the entire decade that the series aired, thanks to a combination of compelling drama and a plethora of teen eye candy (although most of the stars weren’t actually teenagers) that kept viewers of all ages tuned in each week. Continue reading...

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 Wonderful World of Disney

The Wonderful World of Disney

Once upon a time, a kindly old gentleman appeared in our collective living rooms on Sunday evenings. He offered a glimpse into his imaginative world featuring a literal treasure trove of family entertainment. Offering a mixture of classic live-action films, nature segments, and the company's iconic animation, the show went by many names over the years, appearing on just about every channel at one time or another. Most fondly remember it as The Wonderful World of Disney. Continue reading...

Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell

On July 11, 1987, a prime-time special entitled Good Morning, Miss Bliss aired on NBC. Soon after, it became a series on the Disney Channel, starring The Parent Trap's Hayley Mills as the teacher, Miss Bliss. Among her students were a young Zack, Screech, and Lisa. Their principal was Mr. Belding, who could switch from best pal to stern disciplinarian at a moment's notice.The show moved to NBC in 1989, soon to become the network's first live-action hit since Land of the Lost in 1977. Playing with the big boys now, the show got rid of its title character as well as its title. Now known as Saved by the Bell, the new show featured Zack (the "preppie" stud), Screech (the nerd) and Lisa (aspiring dress designer), as well as their new friends Slater (the handsome jock), Kelly (the boys' object of desire) and Jessie (the intelligent girl). Continue reading...

The Little Rascals

The Little Rascals

Between 1922 and 1948, comedic film director Hal Roach created a total of 220 film shorts under the name Our Gang. Featuring over 41 different child actors over the years, the beloved shorts chronicled the adventures of a group of children who lived in a poverty-stricken neighborhood together. In the early 50s, thanks to the enormous popularity of the series, MGM took 80 of the shorts and packaged them for television as The Little Rascals. And, in the decades that followed, millions of former kids sat mesmerized by the hilarious antics and colorful characters. A staple of syndicated television for many years, they still hold a fond place in our hearts. Continue reading...

Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Tim Allen enjoyed a rapid rise in stardom in the late 80s/early 90s as a stand-up comedian. He owed his success to a hilarious routine that revolved around power tools and the primeval grunting males that covet them in their never-ending quest to be the king of all home repairs. Network execs at ABC thought that made for an interesting premise for a sitcom, and the foundation was laid for Home Improvement. Over the next decade, the series rose in popularity like a mighty skyscraper under swift construction. Continue reading...