Picking up from wats0n’s post, I started listing my favorite 80s tv shows, and then I realized they were from the 70s!
Wild Wild West – Will Smith himself said he wanted to wear the tight leather pants like the ones Robert Conrad wore on the old series. I was too young to notice back then, because I always looked out for Artemus Gordon’s latest disguises. The Wild Wild West first aired in 1965, and what I remember the most about it is the puzzle-like frame that gets filled up with frozen scenes before the commercials come on.
Hawaii Five-O was the longest continuous-running police series in television history, airing from September 1968 to April 1980. There’s no mistaking the intro theme, Jack Lord’s brushed-up crown, the terse “Book ’em, Dano.” I must admit though, I stopped watching it after James McArthur left the show.
Even before there was Seventh Heaven or Eight Is Enough, there was The Waltons. The Waltons was a television series about the lives of a family who lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. John and Olivia Walton, the parents, lived with their seven children on Walton’s Mountain. Their home was also shared by John’s parents. John and his father, Zeb, together ran a lumber mill from the home. When the series began the people of Waltons Mountain were finding life very hard going during the Great Depression. Thing that stuck most to my memory about this show was how they always said good night to each other, individually: “Goodnight, Grandpa.” “Goodnight, John Boy.” “Goodnight, Erin.” “Goodnight, Jim Bob.” and so on until the scene fades out.
Even those of you who were too young to have watched the original Mission Impossible series will remember the theme, hyped up by U2 or the original by Lalo Schifrin downloadable all over the Internet. I was a fan of the old series with Peter Graves, Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. The show was revived in the late 80s still with Peter Graves but with a totally different, younger cast but I never got the hang of it. “This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.”
Space 1999. I was never much of a Star Trek fan back then (became one when my kids started watching TNG and DS9 and Voyager, but that’s another kwento), but I never missed an episode of Space 1999. They even had books made from the episodes which I bought out of my savings from my school allowance. I liked the Martin Landau/Barbara Bain tandem (from Mission Impossible) and they looked good together here too. And back then I thought 1999 was sooo far off—and now its 2005!
Little House on the Prairie. We watched them grow up through the years, Half Pint and Mary and Nelly the shopkeepers’ bratty daughter. We saw Mary go blind and meet Adam, we giggled through Laura’s little girl infatuation with Almanzo Wilder. And yes, Michael Landon looked heaps better here as Charles Ingalls than Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza.
Quincy M.E. is the original CSI! Long before the likes of Gil Grissom and Horatio Caine and Mac Taylor came into the world of medico-crime busters, Los Angeles County Coroner Quincy and his sidekick Sam Fujiyama were venturing out of the morgue solving crimes based on post-mortem findings.
The Love Boat. The Pacific Princess sailed every Wednesday night on Channel 7 and I was usually on it. Three different storylines per episode, sometimes involving the crew themselves. I envied the Cruise Directector Julie, and I thought back then it would be fantastic to have a job like that.
The S.W.A.T. theme is what plays on my mobile when Sam calls. The theme is stuck on every tv watcher’s brain just as the hawaii 5-0 and mission impossible themes are, indelibly so etched in every police series fans head to the point that Samuel Jackson and company paid homage to it in a scene in the movie version. I followed Jim Street everywhere, even after Robert Urich became Spenser for Hire.
The Muppet Show. Failure to do homework in my day usually meant a t.v. ban, but no one had the heart for keeping me away from the Muppet Show. This was on Sundays at 6pm also on Channel 7 (see, nuon pa man Kapuso na talaga ako). I liked Dr. Teeth’s band, and I adored Animal the drummer. I really didn’t get to like Ms. Piggy until just recently because I thought she was maarte back then. Now I think she’s fabulously malandi!
Starsky & Hutch. I never gave up on this baby. My best friend back in Grade 6 Maricar Gonzales, where ever she may be these days, never failed to watch an episode. May chika pala ngayon na baka daw lovers ang Starsky at Hutch? Hmm, interesting… The movie did a cool turn and showed both David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser in the last scene, although I think Owen Wilson did a poor Dave Hutchinson. Ben Stiller was great (as in everything else he’s been in).
My younger aunts found The Equalizer not to their liking, as the lead character was old. I however, found Edward Woodward to be real cool — he reminded me of Michael Caine, only more macho. And I’ve always had a thing for older actors back then.
Well, there’s my oldies list . . . anyone out there who can beat that has got to be older than me (or at least as old as). Any takers?
* images taken from Nostalgia Central