It's Wednesday, and that means it's one of my favorite days of the week. Not only is the weekend in sight, but it's also Blog Me MAYbe's "May I ask something about you?" day. Today's topic is childhood TV.
I was born in the early '70s and did most of my childhood television-watching in the '80s, a time I consider to be the Golden Age of TV. So many great shows came out of that decade, including several of my all-time favorites:
Beauty and the Beast (1987): My mom and I never missed this show about a man-beast who was in love with an assistant district attorney. I think the show probably appealed to the side of me that loved fairy tales, but when I think back on it now, the premise does seem pretty ridiculous! Take a look at the show's intro. I thought it was really cool back then, but when I watch it now, "cheesy" is the word that comes to mind. What do you think?
Best of the West (1981): This show was a spoof of westerns. I was around nine years old when it first aired, and I don't remember much about it except for the theme song, which I loved so much then that I taped it and played it over and over:
It's kind of catchy, right?
Charles in Charge (1984): This comedy was about a college student who moves in with a family and babysits the kids. I admit that I might have had a tiny crush on the show's star, Scott Baio.
The Cosby Show (1984): My list wouldn't be complete without this show that was based on comedian Bill Cosby's real-life family and was about a doctor, his attorney wife, and their children. My favorite character was the second oldest daughter, Denise, but I was (and probably still am) more of a Vanessa.
Designing Women (1986): This comedy about a group of women who work in an interior design firm will always rank among my top shows, mainly because of my favorite character, the outspoken Julia Sugarbaker. Oh, how I wanted to be as fearless as she was! Check out this clip of her in action as she defends her sister Suzanne against the current Miss Georgia World:
The Golden Girls (1985): Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia--who can forget them (or Rose's St. Olaf stories)? One of my favorite scenes is the one in which Sophia and Dorothy dress up as Sonny and Cher and sing "I Got You, Babe." The look on Rose's face as she plays the piano for them is priceless:
There are so many more: Full House (1987), Kate and Allie (1984), Magnum P.I. (1980), Roseanne (1988), The Wonder Years (1988), Newhart (1982)... There's no doubt in my mind that the 1980s were a great decade for TV.
Now I want to hear about some of the TV shows you enjoyed when you were growing up. What was your childhood must-see TV?