Saturday, May 26, 2012
Flashback to TV Sitcoms
Who remembers all these old TV shows? Anybody remember what it was like to grow up in the seventies and watching all the old shows? It was great and today they are classics. A sign of the times and how things used to be.
And the catchy tune of their theme song had us from the beginning. You weren't a kid growing up in the seventies if you didn't watch all these shows over and over.
The worst one was the Brady Bunch. My dad would come home from Oakhurst Dairy and would hear that show come on. Must have seen all the episodes a thousand times. Marcia, Marcia Marcia. Jan getting glasses. Jan doing tap dances and flunking at every thing she did until she ended up (liking writing? forgetting what she ended up excelling at). Cindy losing Kitty Caryall. Peter's voice cracking. All of them singing on stage. Bobby rescuing a stray cat. Nosy Alice and her Butcher boyfriend, and the most stupid one where Dad's architect plans got mixed up with the silly poster and it shows them all running all over the park to get the right one to him.
And must we not forget the reunion episodes.
My Dad hated that show. Maybe that's why when he came home from work, he would change out of his work clothing and hide out in the bedroom and read his baseball books. And Mom would join him for a little bit. R & R. LOL.
Back in our day, we still worried about being an old spinster even as a young girl growing up in the seventies. Many of the shows in our day and all the older black and white shows that we grew up with, but probably were years older than we were always had an old spinster in it. It was common. Along with Nuns.
You don't see too many Nuns in the black and white garb nowadays. Women that didn't have children. Took the sacred vows. There are some today, but they are modernized and dress like anybody else.
But there aren't as many as there were years ago. It was more the norm that a young woman decided to lead a path to Nunnery.
Kind of like a modern day Lucy and Ethel.
I Love Lucy was awesome too. We were always watching those shows too. And then a few months ago, I found myself watching I Love Lucy Marathon evening one night. And they were really quite funny. One episode they were camping at a cabin trying to get some alone time (Lucy and Ricky) and suddenly a famous couple had rented the cabin for the same week, so they all stayed together. And then the two women ended up losing their men to fishing. And of course dressed up to get their attention. Didn't work of course. Then they left and Lucy and Ricky thought they were going to get privacy and then Ethel and Mert show up for the next week.
And the other funny one was Lucy and Ethel in a hotel room and Lucy sees a hole in the wall. And she peeks through it and sees a famous actor in his bathtub. Then Ethel wants to see too, so Lucy goes and gets a fingernail file so they both can see. Then the wall suddenly must be made of paper and she accidentally makes the hole a lot bigger and the actor suddenly sees both women poking through the wall. And he says, "I need a bigger fan." or something like that.
And looking into that picture on the wall would take us to so many places to learn something new each day. And the trolley train would take us to a sort of fantasy land where puppets talked. I would have to say that I sure was afraid of Lady Elaine. Or was that the actual woman that was in the show. I'm thinking of the puppet that controlled the carousel. She used to be in my nightmares. It had to be her nose. It freaked me out.
And the owl that popped out of his tree. And the life sized panda bear. A little scary too.
I was very little when Captain Kangaroo was on. I vaguely remember him. Mr. GreenJeans doesn't even ring a bell. All I remembered from that show was the bunny. I must have connected with the bunny. I was in Nursery school at that time.
RIP Jack Ritter.
And some of the other sitcoms that come to mind are The Facts of Life, Welcome Back Kotter, Good Times (Jay Jay was really funny), The Jeffersons (his maid was funny), that other show with Bowzer in it. I had a best friend in grammar school that would crack up laughing every time my dad would imitate him.
Who can remember Tootie coming in with her roller skates. And it wasn't until recent years that I realized George Clooney started out on that show. All actors and actresses start out somewhere.
Seinfeld was another great one. My favorite from that show was George. But they were all funny.
And then later on, my mom developed a liking to Mad about You and Everyone Loves Raymond. And maybe Friends too.
And then there was 90120 and Melrose Place. My sister and I were watching those two when we shared a first apartment together.
And then moving on to more present day, but still in the past for a few there was In Living Color, the Drew Carey Show. The bald guy was so funny.
And more recent is Curb Your Enthusiasm.
I bet all those shows in the seventies kept us watching for hours. OMG I'm almost forgetting another fav. Happy Days. Who didn't want to love the Fonz? He was the coolest of the cool.
And who did all of us little girls want to fall in love with? Shawn Cassidy!!!! Okay, he's music, but so what. He was of the seventies and we had his posters. I remember growing up spending hours in a tent made from mom's best quilts hung on the clothesline for the whole day all summer. And what did we do? What else? Play with barbies and sew up a Shawn Cassidy doll. Okay, that was me. It took me all day to make him. Probably my very first sewing attempt.
Lest we not forget The Partridge Family. Those four colorful characters sliding down a slide (forgetting that one). It was some show that came on in the afternoon shortly after we got home from school. Banana Splits. Also the After school specials shows. I'm remembering one where there was a girl that pretended she was 18 so she could have someone like Peter Frampton like her Leif Garrett or some other young music star of the time. And she was really 13.
Well that's all I can think of for all those shows right now. Feel free to mention shows you remember and like. You might jog our memory. Way too many good ones to count them all.
And they all taught us a great lesson in life. Laughter is the best medicine.
Jennifer Jo Fay
May 26, 2012