Saturday, April 2, 2016

Nostalgia TV - B

Welcome to my A-Z list of 2016.
This year, I'll be recalling some of my favourite programs from television, via A-Z, of course.
How many of these do you remember?
Were these before your time?

This Blog post has been written in front of a live studio audience.

1962-1971 The Beverly Hillbillies featuring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas & Max Baer Jr.
A rags to riches story. What would you do if you had more money than you knew what to do with? If you are anything like me, you'd build your very own cement pond. Granny was my favourite character. She wouldn't let the money change her. Not one bit.



1975-1982 Barney Miller. Featuring Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Ron Glass & Jack Soo.
This was probably my first 'cop show' series I loved watching. Most likely because it was funny. No matter what New York city perp was brought in, you knew something funny was about to happen. Just don't drink the coffee.



1979-1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Featuring Gil Gerard & Erin Gray
The late 70s was a good time for me. It gave me Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek reruns and Buck Rogers. I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, a nerd. This show certainly helped develop my inner nerd. As I recall, Erin Gray was my first nerd crush.




This A-Z list has been brought to you today, by....
1941 - Bulova Watch (Worlds First TV Commercial)



1977 - Bounty



1989 - Brown's Chicken (Featuring Steve Carell)

48 comments:

  1. Hi Jeffrey - your knowledge is vast ... and I'm ashamed I don't know many - but I'm not the greatest tv watcher, not American and don't have a kid base .. so I think I'm excused - but these will be fun to show people ... congratulations - cheers Hilary

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    1. If you are able to, come back on Tuesday 'D' day. I should have at least one that you should be familiar with, to some degree. I guarantee it.

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  2. I've never even heard of Brown's Chicken. Carell hasn't changed much since then, though.
    Was a big fan of Buck Rogers and Barney Miller.
    And I think my wife has that particular TV Guide.

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    1. I wonder if Brown's Chicken is a southern thing? I've never heard of them either.
      Your wife is cool. LOL

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  3. Wow, TV existed before me. LOL My husband brings some of this stuff up on Netflix or is it Hulu, either one, and I don't know how or where they're from. But we weren't a big TV family! Love the theme!
    Happy A to Z Challenge Day 2!
    Ninga Minion @YolandaRenee

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    1. It's interesting to see how many television shows were on before our time. And most of them had a good audience for. It's nice that to some degree we can relive those awesome moments and our own nostalgic shows on streaming devices now.

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  4. I love Buck Rogers for all it's corny dancing and outfits :) My husband and I really enjoyed a rewatch when we purchased the DVDs. I never actually saw The Beverly Hillbillies, only ever heard of it. You have Battlestar Galactica on your TV Guide - I used to watch that religiously.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings (72) | Wittegen Press (74) | FB3X (AC) (75)

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    1. I have the Buck Rogers DVD's too. I acquired them from a friend who never picked them back up despite me reminding him a few times. As for the TV guide. I like the older one, I never got into the newer series.

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  5. Of these three TV shows, the one that aired most consistently in our house was Buck Rogers. My dad loved sci fi stuff and had the ultimate say about the TV... so there you go.

    I'm trying to think what Bs I'd put on a list like this. I loved Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I didn't think to add As I really like to your last post. I'd have put Angel (of course) and Alias on my list.

    Watching these commercials makes you realize how much advertising has changed. A bit mind blowing!

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    1. My dad too was into science fiction too, but no where close the level that I am today.

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  6. Granny was such a hoot! ☺ I love Barney Miller and have several seasons on DVD. Those old episodes still make me laugh; especially the one where the cops get accidentally stoned from eating Wojo's brownies. Watched a few episodes of Buck Rogers, but never really got into it. It was fun to see a young Steve Carell. Does Brown's chicken still exist? Never heard of it.

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    1. I envy you, I want seasons of Barney Miller. I need to go look for them at my favourite second hand DVD store. Oddly enough, I just watched the one with Wojo's brownies on youtube the other day.

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  7. Was never really a fan of these...but I enjoyed All in the Family from your post yesterday. I used to watch it whenever I visited my grandparents :)
    Thanks for the blog visit! PS...I love the TARDIS Blue look to your page!
    ~Katie
    TheCyborgMom

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    1. Glad you like the look. Hope you like my my avatar as well.
      You may want to stop back on Tuesday when I'll a really cool retro theme song for a really cool sci.fi. show for my 'Ds'.

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  8. The TV Guide cover reminds me of my Dad. We were his remote controls. It didn't matter what you were watching when Dad yelled, "Bonanza!" or "Mannix!" or "Hawaii 5-0!"

    Keep 'em coming, Jeffrey!

    Cherdo
    Cherdo on the Flipside
    "Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines" on the A-to-Z Challenge 2016

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    1. I remember being the remote control too.

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  9. I totally forgot about Barney Miller and I watched that show! I loved Wojohowitz and the Asian guy who's name escapes me. Fun show!
    Loved your commercial choices! I remember Nancy Walker at the Diner counter. And that's a young Steve Carrell. Good find!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Wojo was the best. Well, next to Fish.

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  10. My dad still watches The Beverly Hillbillies :D I was a huge Buck Rogers fan! We all watched Barney Miller.
    Have a great weekend!
    Lori

    My A2Zs @ As the Fates Would Have It & Promptly Written
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    1. Back in the day with fewer cable choices, I think we all watched pretty much the same thing. There was very little variety, but most of it was all so good, even if it seems a bit campy by today's standards.

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  11. Eek... Can you believe I've never watched any of these? Shameful, I know... But the themes are fabulous!

    Thanks for the visit over at Life In Dogs , Jeffrey. And for your lovely comment. Means the world that a non-dog-owner enjoyed the post :)

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    1. Always enjoyable to read your postings. Be they about dogs or music.

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  12. You are a clever soul! LOVE this presentation of shows and sponsors. A lot of work. Congratulations on fun theme and this presentation. I'll be back. If you have have any time between watching shows and have an interest in hotels and inns, come see me. I'll tune in again soon.

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    1. Your theme is great too. Glad you like this one.
      Agreed, these were actually a lot of work to put together. Choosing something worthwhile, finding the videos, and trying to think of something to say about each one. It is a lot of work. But it's also a lot of fun.

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  13. I was partial to Jed Clampett for his easy-going manner. I was sure he could handle anything ;-) The Brown chicken commercial is hilarious! I wonder how Steve Carell feels about it now?

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    1. I wonder how any celebrity think about commercials they starred in when they were younger. I also wonder if it makes a difference if the product is still around or not.

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  14. Well, the only show I know is Buck Rogers, though I've never really seen it.
    You've gone too far back!


    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

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    1. I'm trying to find some really hidden gems and way back retro. But, there are a few included in my AtoZ list that will be nostalgic for some of my younger readers.

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  15. Omg! Barney Miller....."Mush, mush, mush" I hope you know that episode. You missed Bewitched:) I like the ads you posted here also. Funny to see Steve Carrel in this.

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    1. You might think I missed Bewitched, but it actually makes an unique appearance latter on in my series. Wait for letter Q to see how I include it.

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  16. Erin Gray was definitely crushworthy...

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  17. I thought the Beverly Hillbillies were a hoot! Loved that show for a long time. I liked Barney Miller, too, although I think some of it's humor went over my head at the time.

    I loved seeing the first ever commercial! Awesome! Mama had a Bulova watch.

    Revisit the Tender Years with me during the #AtoZChallenge at Life & Faith in Caneyhead!

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    1. A lot of humour went over my head as a kid.It's interesting to watch these shows now and catch what we missed before. To some degree, it's like catching a whole new show.

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  18. Loved Barney Miller. Still watch it of the RFD TV's offshoot station FamilyNet.

    Father Nature's Corner

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    1. We have a similar station called ME-TV. Tons of older TV shows.

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  19. I used to watch Barney Miller and Beverly Hillbillies all the time. Come to think of it, I watched Buck Rogers as well - just not as often, as that was a time frame that my parents decided we didn't need a television in our house. If there was a show I wanted to see, I had to do it at my friend's houses. Am really enjoying the throw-back!

    Mary
    Twitter: @KnottyMarie
    Literary Gold
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. My parents went through a phase of no boob-tube. Fortunately, it didn't last long.

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  20. "This Blog post has been written in front of a live studio audience."

    A-hem, I didn't receive my tickets... oh wait... did I send the money for them?

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    1. Glad you picked up on the humour. Not sure what happened to your tickets. They were sent out. Honest. Or my names not Buckaroo Banzai.

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  21. I vaguely remember watching some re-runs of Buck Rogers when I was little, but the others I have never seen.
    Debbie

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    1. I have the series on DVD, on loan from a friend. I've been meaning to rewatch Buck Rogers but I keep forgetting.

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  22. Buck Rogers and Battlestar Galactica! Two of my favorite TV shows ever! Love your A to Z theme!

    ~Penny

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. So happy you like the theme. I'm hoping it's entertaining to everyone.

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  23. I was wrong, you didn't write about the Bionic Woman. I was obsessed with Jamie Sommers (or Summers not sure). I even had her head to practive makeup and hair on when I was little. I wasn't into that stuff, but I just loved the Bionic woman. I recently rewatche the first two season and it was still great! So no Bosom Buddies? Tom Hanks first role? it was cheesy but good, clean fun. I did really enjoy Buck Rogers.

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    1. There are so many TV shows out there, I tried to keep my series to just three, plus the commercials. You will notice many 80's, I hope you go on to enjoy. Yes, there were many TV themes from the 80's I wanted to include, but there is always next year. Right? My goal in this series was to try and recall all the shows I watched or were familiar with as I grew up. There are a few exceptions, obviously.

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