Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Nostalgia TV - D

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.

1961 - 1966 / the Dick Van Dyke Show featuring: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tylor Moore
Catching this show in reruns, the big question for me was always, will he or won't he trip over the ottoman. I was big into comedy on TV, so this was a must watch for me. He writes comedy... for a TV show... and there was the UFO episode! 'nuff said!
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1963-TODAY / Doctor Who featuring: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, John Hurt, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and many, many more.
I couldn't do a nostalgic TV list without including my ultimate favourite. This is Doctor Who's theme song. The original, you might say. Starting in 1963, his adventures have continued to this day, making it the longest running and most successful science fiction television show of all time. As a youth, there was a day I was bored and my mother told me there was a cool program on PBS called Doctor Who. I decided to look into it and the rest is history.



1979-1985 Dukes of Hazzard Featuring: Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach & Sorrell Booke as Boss Hogg
What 10 year old boy could resist a program about a couple of good ol' boys never meaning no harm as they engaged in endless car chases and stunts. Then there was the crooked commissioner who received his comeuppance each episode. Then there was the beautiful Daisy where the phrase Daisy Dukes came from. Need I say more?




This A-Z list has been brought to you today, by....
1960'S - Dr. Pepper



1974 - Dow Bathroom Cleaner



1986 - Delta Gold Chips (Featuring Jason Alexander)

44 comments:

  1. We used the watch Dukes of Hazzard every week - it was a ritual :) and Doctor Who. Tom Baker is own doctor because we watched him through our formative years.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Tom Baker was my first Doctor.
      I loved the Dukes of Hazzard. Until Knight Rider came on. Not that I didn't watch Dukes, I just liked KR better.

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  2. I watched Dukes of Hazzard for obvious reasons...
    That Dr. Pepper commercial was annoying.
    And I think Alexander at a few too many of those chips.

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    1. Jason ate them out of business. LOL
      Those old 60s commercials were something else.

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  3. I would watch Dukes of Hazzard when I was a kid too. For some reasons, I've never watched Doctor Who... though I really think I should, sooner or later ;-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

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    1. I think you should give Doctor Who a try. The newer episodes are really good. And the vintage b/w days are excellent too, if you are not overly impressed with flashy sets and XF. Because those older episodes never had that.

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  4. The Dukes of Hazard was looked forward to every Friday night. I liked Dallas, but I'm not sure the rest of the family did.

    Other D shows I miss: Dead Like Me (season 1 was excellent, but season 2 was not so much, and there was no season 3). I loved Dark Shadows as a kid. My mom thought this was very odd. I also liked Daniel Boone about the same time, so I guess it all evened out.

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    1. It's always interesting to find what some people like and dislike. It is interesting when a person likes two vastly different TV shows.

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  5. Loved Dukes of Hazzard. It was narrated by Waylon Jennings and we loved him!! My brother was really little and was obsessed with the show. He even has the album. John Schneider and Tom W ( bo and Luke) both had songs on it.
    Dallas was huge in our family. As you can imagine growing up in Dallas. My grandma worked in a very fancy neighborhood Safeway and got to meet the stars regularly because they filmed in same area a lot.

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    1. My friend who lived across the street from me had the album too. We would listen to it over and over again.
      That's cool about your grandma. :)

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  6. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/

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  7. Van Dyke did seem to have an aversion to ottomans and swinging kitchen doors, didn't he? We occasionally watched Dukes, always Dallas and Dakatri. I enjoyed Dark Shadows when no one was looking;-)

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    1. I remember Dark Shadows being on very late at night, but I never watched it. It was on even later than I cared to stay up alone.

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  8. Now you've got me thinking! Your great examples persuaded me to dredge my memory for a few more. D is for Desperate Housewives, Doogie Howser MD and Due South. Around My Kitchen Table

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    1. I remember watching Doogie Howser all the time. It was such a spin on a medical show. Great additional shows.

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  9. I'm having a blast with both you and Michele's blast-from-the-past vintage TV show posts. Dukes of Hazard were a fixation in every Mexican household — but so badly dubbed that it's painful to hear now :D Still, we didn't get a choice, and we loved them anyway. Somehow, though, I went off them at some point... Not sure how that happened, actually.

    Love the commercials, too... Really cool stuff.
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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    1. Probably the same thing that happened to me. Something better came along, or life go in the way.

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  10. Dr. Who & Dr. Pepper - my kind of combo!

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  11. Jeffrey, The popular hit show from the 80s "Dallas" was great TV entertainment with the man most loved to hate, JR Ewing. Did you watch the newer production of Dallas from 2012? If not, it's great. I hate that they cancelled it. It's available on Netflix. I wish they'd get the original Dallas because I would love to rewatch those old episodes. Someone else is doing TV programs this round and I can't remember who it is now. Think, think, think! Oh well, I"m sure it'll come to me later. Anywho, thanks for the memories!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: Dear Diary #AprilA2Z

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    1. No, I didn't know they redid it in 2012.
      As for the TV programs theme, yes I've found my rival. LOL
      Michele at Angels Bark

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  12. Reruns of Dick Van Dyke recently ran and hubby couldn't pass them up. Love the newer Dr. Who but couldn't tolerate the very first seasons, although hubby loved those the best. Too weird for me. LOL

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    1. I hate to admit it, but I own every Doctor Who episode that's ever been produced. I've quite the collection. Sometimes the show seems to improve, sometimes not. But I always find it enjoyable.
      I'd love to rewatch Dick Van Dyke.

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  13. I remember the Dukes of Hazzard. Loved Dick Van Dyke...and still catch him in episodes of Diagnosis Murder.
    Great tv spots! Got a kick out of the Dr Pepper commercial. "Charge!" ---that's probably back when it had cocaine or something in it ---I heard some rumor of that sort. Not sure of the validity of that claim but there was supposed to be some drug in it that made people peppy.
    LOVE the Scrubbing Bubbles!
    Never heard of Delta Chips. Cool to see Jason Alexander so young...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. I thought the cocaine was in Coke. Which from my memory, was actually true. Dr. Pepper, I don't remember hearing that.

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    2. Maybe I'm wrong...but I thought there was something to that "pep" from the product. I'll try to research it and find out...will let you know if I find anything interesting...

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    3. Awesome, that would be great.

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  14. Doctor Who!!!! Yeeesssssssss. I also used to love the Duke boys...watched it every week!
    ~Katie
    TheCyborgMom

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    1. I thought you'd like the Doctor Who reference. :)

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  15. Hi Jeffrey - the Dick van Dyke show certainly made us laugh .. and I'm sure my brothers watched Dr Who .. but at times - they all come into their own ... Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Hilary. I hope you are having a good April.

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  16. I was hooked on Dallas and watched every episode. Loved The Dick Van Dyke show too! Dukes of Hazzard, not so much. :P I've never seen Dr. Who, but it certainly is famous. Fun to see Jason Alexander with hair! Sorry for the late response. Way behind, as usual.

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    1. No worries. I'm falling behind as well. Had IWSG posting today and that's been eating up all my time. There are a LOT of people I still need to get back to.

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  17. Dallas was so big and so was Dynasty.. Dr. Who, i just never got into, those Daleks reminded me of salt and pepper shakers my mom had (I still have them). I didn't realize those soap bubble guys were that old.

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    1. LOL - Yes, they remind me of those too. Actually, you can now buy salt and pepper shakers that look like Daleks.

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  18. Loved Dallas and Dukes of Hazzard. Watched Dick van Dyke, but never saw Dr Who. Those commercials!! loved the Dow scrubbing bubbles one and the Dr Pepper song was forever stuck in my head.

    Mary
    #AtoZChallenge E is for Elle

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    1. Someone above found the Dr. Pepper annoying. LOL

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  19. Though I have heard of these shows, I have not seen any of them. I used to enjoy Baywatch and Grey's Anatomy. Don't know why I stopped seeing them, I guess I got busy.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

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    1. Life has a way of getting in the middle of a lot of things we love to do. Life is what got in the way of me working on my book for such a long time.

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  20. Loved the Dick Van Dyke show and I recently saw him dancing on TV at 90!!! I couldn't get into Dr Who but it certainly has stood the test of time. Sue @Sizzling60 from
    Sizzling Towards Sixty

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    1. Dancing at 90? Wow. Somehow I missed seeing that.
      Yes, Doctor Who has stood the test of time. Funny that it's been on for 50+ years. I don't think any other show has done that.

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  21. i really enjoyed dukes of hazard, enjoyed watching it with my dad. but my fave D tv show is for sure Dallas. i visited southfork and it was the highlight of my trip through Texas.

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    1. For my household, Dukes of Hazzard was required viewing. Well, maybe not REQUIRED, but you know what I mean.

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