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.
1964-1967 / Gilligan's Island featuring: Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise and the rest.
Long before Survivor was a gleem in anyone's eye, this series followed the exploits of castaway's on a deserted island fighting for survival. Okay, so they were not exactly fighting for survival. Truth is, they could have been rescued a number of times if not for the bumbling of Gilligan. He messed up every rescue, but at least he got to spend a lot of time with Ginger and Mary Ann. Hey, maybe he wasn't as bumbling as I first thought. Perhaps he just wanted to stay on the island and make it look like he was inept.
1965-1970 / Get Smart featuring: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt
This goofy spy series came out a little before my time. But was a favourite of mine when I would catch it on reruns. Don Adams slapstick copy and insane plots always made for much laughter, which is what I primarily looked for in a TV show early on. Not surprisingly, when Don Adams supplied the voice for Inspector Gadget years later, I loved that show as well.
1981-1983 / The Greatest American Hero featuring: William Katt, Robert Culp, Connie Sellecca, Faye Grant
Like most boys of the preteen age, I was heavy into comic books. Legion of SRalph uper Heroes particularly. So you can imagine back in the day when Super Hero films and TV shows were rare, I immediately latched onto this series. I loved his adventures and how he was always discovering new features of the super suit that gave him his powers. But I was always annoyed he could never figure out how to fly. I mean he was always flying. You'd think he'd get the knack of it sooner or later. It was around this time an assassination attempt on then President Reagen, would result in the title character of Ralph Hinkley having a suddenly change in name to Ralph Hanley. With no explanation given in the series. And then, suddenly, it was switched back to Hinkley.
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1955 - Gibbs S.R. Toothpaste (First British TV Commercial)
1974 - Gremlin
1976? - Gino's Hamburgers (Featuring Soupy Sales)