The Skatebirds

The Skatebirds

Roller-skating was all the rage in the 70s, and it didn’t take Saturday morning cartoons long to latch on to the fad. The result wasThe Skatebirds, a mixture of live action and animation produced by Hanna-Barbera and first broadcast on CBS in 1977. Continue reading...

The Smurfs

The Smurfs

Forget the British Invasion of the 60s; let’s talk about the lesser-known Flemish Invasion of the early 80s. For that is when America was introduced to a herd of little blue humanoids known as Schtroumphs in their native land. Not ringing a bell yet? Perhaps you know them by their American translation – Smurfs. Created back in 1957 by cartoonist Peyo Culliford, they first made their presence known in the form of toys, but once TV executive Fred Silverman wisely bought the rights to use their likeness on NBC, The Smurfs quickly won over the hearts of tykes from coast to coast and Smurfmania was on the rise. Continue reading...

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The Twilight Zone

Television took a turn towards the surreal in 1959, thanks to a new anthology series called The Twilight Zone. Delving into such areas as science fiction, drama, comedy, horror or political commentary - the only thing to be expected from each episode was the unexpected. Famous for last minute twists, the series success is due to the genius of its creator, writer and host, Rod Serling, who imagined some of the most engaging stories ever to hit the airwaves. Continue reading...

The Waltons

The Waltons

Based on both a book and a film called Spencer's Mountain, television's The Waltons chronicled the lives of a poor rural family living in Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II. The series started with a TV special called The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, which drew much acclaim from critics and audiences alike. That success green-lighted the popular CBS show, which ran for a decade on television, winning the hearts of millions. Continue reading...

The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

In 1988, a television show debuted that quickly won the heart of every baby boomer out there. The Wonder Years followed the daily life of a young boy named Kevin Arnold, who was coming of age during the turbulence of the late 60s. While Kevin struggled with his own adolescence, the nation had it's own challenges - the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and the liberation of women - and millions tuned in each week to follow the trials and tribulations of this all-American suburban family. 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...

The Year Without a Santa Claus

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Based on a children's story published in Good Housekeeping in 1956, The Year Without a Santa Claus imagined every child's worst nightmare - what if Santa decided to take a year off? The story might have faded into obscurity, except stop-motion animation gurus, Rankin-Bass decided to give it new life in 1974, with a star-studded television special that won the hearts of many a kid. Continue reading...

Three's Company

Three’s Company

Sitcoms have always derived a steady supply of material based on simple misunderstandings, but perhaps no television series has ever utilized the tactic quite so frequently as Three’s Company, where every single episode seemed to revolve around the overheard innuendo and mistaken assumptions that took place in a little apartment complex in Santa Monica. Continue reading...