Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Tuesdays: Top TV shows that aired before 1975.

Not including Star Trek. These are more feel good, slapstick, sit-coms that have been re-running for ever.

7. McHale's Navy.


This is a funny show about a group of Navy men during World War Two. Not only is this a funny show, it has Tim Conway in it as well! Tim Conway is one of my favorite funny people. He's hilarious.

6. The Partridge Family.


This is a show about the musical Partridge family and their goofy manager Reubin. This is a fun show... and if I were alive back when it aired, I would surely be one of the girls who had a crush on Keith Partridge (David Cassidy. The farthest right in the back row). Although Danny (the redhead) is probably tied with Keith as my favorite character.

5. Gidget.


Gidget, which only ran for one season (sadly) was a sitcom that starred Sally Field as the surfing-loving, freshman, Frances - or, Gidget, as everyone calls her.
She is the second daughter of a single professor. Her older sister is married to a psychologist.
This is a very cute, fun show. Gidget is always full of surprises and likes to push her limits. She always has a plan (and it usually gets her in trouble). Her father, sister, brother in-law, and friend Larue are great supporting characters.

4. The Monkees.

England had The Beatles, and America had The Monkees. The Monkees were (I believe) a made-for-TV-band. They were thrown together to create a musical sitcom about four guys who live together and are trying to get famous.
I love this show. Some of you may be going "WHAT?! HOW can she like the Monkees? She's a Beatles fan! The Monkees just look like Americanized Beatles!" It's perfectly fine for me to like The Monkees because they and The Beatles weren't enemies. John Lennon even said that he never missed one of their shows. So ha.
Anyway, The Monkees show is right up my alley because it's all slapstick humor, which I love.
Micky (top left) is the actor of the group. In the show he's always quoting someone or pretending to be someone or talking in a weird voice. Actually, he reminds me a lot of me. In real like, Micky Dolenz is a very funny man (and a Trekkie, I believe. Though I can't find any real evidence... Some things that he's said, however, have made me think that he's at least a sci-fi fan. Who else would talk about Spock and parallel universes?)
Peter (bottom left) is the dumb, cute one in the show. I'm fascinated with his hair. He shakes his head, and his hair shakes with it (in straight lines - like the ladies on TV that advertise shampoo). It's really quite amazing to watch.
Davy (bottom right) is the British one of the group. He comes from England. He's kind of the level-headed, smart one. Davy Jones in real life is no longer alive. He died last year, sadly.
Mike (top left) is my favorite character. He's from Texas. He's super tall, the 'dad' of the group (he watches out for the others), ALWAYS wears his green hat, and usually always has a grumpy look on his face.
Here's proof:

3. Get Smart.


A hilarious detective show about Agents 86 and 99. This is a great show, and it's tied with The Monkees. While The Monkees is music+slapstick=two of Abbey's favorite things, Get Smart is spys+slapstick=two of Abbey's favorite things.

2. The Andy Griffith Show.


I've been watching this show about as long as I can remember. My grandparents would watch it in  Minnesota and I would watch along with them. I love this show. It's about sheriff Andy Taylor, deputy Barney Fife, and Andy's family Aunt Bee and son Opie. They live in a small town and Andy is the sheriff, sorting out all sorts of problems. It's a great, very clean, moral show.

And number one is.....

1. Leave it to Beaver, starring Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow, and Jerry Mathers as The Beaver.


How can you not love this show? It's like the stereotypical American sit-com. I mean, everyone knows that if your mom is like June Cleaver, it means that your mom is practically perfect in almost every way.
This, along with Andy Griffith, is one of the best TV shows you will ever find.

And there you have it! There are more I could mention... such as Alfred Hitchcock, The Twilight Zone, I Love Lucy, Burns and Allen, The Jack Benny Program.... and more. But, I haven't seen sufficient episodes of those to add them to the list. Well, I could add Jack Benny and Burns and Allen to the list, but it's getting too late already and I must go to bed! Perhaps I shall talk about them some other night.

"Say goodnight, Gracie."
"Goodnight Gracie."


  1. I haven't seen all of these, I should add them to my list. I love old TV shows, they were so much cleaner and a lot of fun.

    I have seen McHale's Navy. I liked that one even before realizing Tim Conway was in it. (I saw him guest star in other shows I watch and some of his show. He is SO funny! He did a skit with Carol Brunnet which was SOOOOOO funny!)

    I didn't know The Monkeys had a TV show. I did know they sang, I even know some of their songs. I will have to try and find that one, it sounds like fun.

    I like Andy Griffth too. Not so much the later seasons, but I LOVE season one!!! I'm still sad Ellie didn't stay, I loved her.

    Get Smart. *High Fives* I never get tired of that show. It looked like it was such fun to make, especially for the chaps who played Himee, Sigfried, and Starker. The fellow who did Himee was brilliant, I don't know how he managed to do all his lines without cracking up.
    "I didn't know you liked hot dogs, Himee." "I know, no one ever thinks of robots. Just wind us up and grease us every 1000 miles." "Fine, do you want the hot dog?" "No, not anymore."

    Thanks for you thoughts on the artist! They helped a lot.

  2. I haven't seen too many really 'old' shows. I watch reruns from a few eighties/early-nineties shows (like Alf or Mork and Mindy) but other than that I'm not really into any terribly old shows, so many of these I've never even heard of.

  3. Your comment made me grin. If I ever give you cause to shout KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNN I shall consider my work here done.

    Oh yes! I loved watch Between the Lions, and Cliffhanger was my favourite!!!

  4. Oh! Becca and I really like the Monkees too! Watching their show gave us lots of ideas for low budget special effects we could use in our own movies we make. I think Micky is my favorite :)