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That Girl
Wednesday, May 14, 2014      11 comments

From 1966-71, Marlo Thomas starred as That Girl. She was the first single woman to be portrayed on a television show, although the producers found it necessary to give her a boyfriend. Ann Marie was an aspiring actress, supporting herself by a s... Read more
Baretta
Tuesday, May 13, 2014      9 comments

Baretta ran from 1975-78, starring Robert Blake as a plainclothes policeman who wore many disguises on the job. He lived in an apartment with a cockatoo named Fred. Per Wiki, Baretta was a toned down version of Toma, based on a real life New Jer... Read more
The Partridge Family
Monday, May 12, 2014      12 comments

The Partridge Family was loosely based on the real singing family, the Cowsills. It ran fro 1970-74, starring Shirley Jones as the widowed mother of 5 talented singing kids. In the pilot, mom is a bank teller. The kids get her to help with a re... Read more
The Brady Bunch
Sunday, May 11, 2014      10 comments

Just in time for Mother's Day, a story about a blended family. The Brady Bunch ran from 1969-74, and had several reunion movies after the series ended. The premise is that Mike Brady (Robert Reed) was a widowed architect with 3 sons, Greg, Peter... Read more
My Favorite Martian
Saturday, May 10, 2014      11 comments

My Favorite Martian ran from 1963-66, starring Bill Bixby as a newspaper reporter, Tim O'Hara, and Ray Walston as the Martian. They met when "Martin" crashes his spaceship near Los Angeles. Tim takes him in as a roommate, pretending the ET is hi... Read more
The Flying Nun
Friday, May 09, 2014      9 comments

The Flying Nun was a ditzy little sitcom starring Sally Fields as a 90 pound novice nun wearing a BIG cornette (starched hat). Apparently, that sucker was superglued to her head, and the strong winds in Puerto Rico at the ocean bluff Convent Sa... Read more
My Mother the Car
Thursday, May 08, 2014      15 comments

If you blinked, you missed this one. It only ran for one season, 1965-66. Jerry Van Dyke starred as David Crabtree, who, instead of buying the station wagon his family needed, buys an old 1928 Porter touring car. Only David could hear the voice... Read more
Welcome Back, Kotter
Wednesday, May 07, 2014      14 comments

From 1975-79, we enjoyed the antics of a high school class of slackers (only they weren't called slackers back then - they were the Sweathogs) and their teacher, Mr. Kotter. Gabe Kaplan played Gabe Kotter, who had himself been a graduate of the... Read more
Chico and the Man
Tuesday, May 06, 2014      9 comments

Chico and the Man starred Jack Albertson as Ed Brown, a cranky old white man living in the barrio, and Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez, a poor but optimistic Chicano looking for a job at Brown's garage. The show ran from 1975-78. Prinze suffe... Read more
Cinco de Mayo
Monday, May 05, 2014      11 comments

A fairly minor celebration in most Latin countries, a good excuse for drinking and dressing up here in the States. ... Read more
May the Fourth Be With You
Sunday, May 04, 2014      10 comments

Urgh! I worked last night, got off in the morning. There was a bike race (I guess) that trapped me at a crossstreet for 10 minutes. Went out of my way north a couple of blocks to get home - good thing, too, as when I came south on my street, I c... Read more
Rawhide
Saturday, May 03, 2014      12 comments

A classic western set to a cattle drive, Rawhide ran from 1959-66. It starred Eric Fleming as Gil Favor, the trail boss, and a very young Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates, the ramrod (he was later trained to be trail boss and took over when Eric Fl... Read more
Hawaiian Eye
Friday, May 02, 2014      10 comments

After 77 Sunset Strip, the studios launched several other exotic locale PI series. Hawaiian Eye was the first and most sucessful clone. It ran from 1959-63, starring Anthony Eisler as Tracy Steele, Robert Conrad as his half-Hawaiian partner Tom ... Read more
New Profile Photo
Thursday, May 01, 2014      9 comments

I tend to slip and trip a lot - generally I can catch myself, although I've taken a few flying leaps. The joke at work is that when my friend Bex & I go out, she drinks the wine and I fall down. Bex sent me this picture a few weeks ago, and I de... Read more
77 Sunset Strip
Thursday, May 01, 2014      10 comments

77 Sunset Strip was an hour long private detective show which ran from 1958-64. It starred Efrem Zimbalist, Jr as "Stu" Bailey and Roger Smith as Jeff Spencer. Both characters were ex-government agents, knew judo, and traveled all over the wor... Read more

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