Monday, November 13, 2006
Michael Landon’s hair always reminded me of ground beef.
So, as I lie a-bed, I have discovered all of the reruns that show up on the higher channels of my non-cable TV. This week I saw bits of “Charlie’s Angels,” “Hawaii Five-Oh,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Little House on the Prairie,” among others.
The thing that’s been amazing to me is how well I remember them and the lyrics to their opening songs, how awful they are (and I didn’t notice it back when I was watching them originally). I can’t believe how familiar they all are—did I actually watch all of these things in my childhood? I started trying to get a rough idea of how much TV I watched by simply trying to sing their songs. Here’s a list of songs with which I am way too familiar:
Three’s Company (yikes!)
Eight is Enough
Facts of Life
Golden Girls (yikes again!)
Welcome Back, Kotter
. . and probably a whole lot more, including Saturday cartoons and dumb evening shows like “Ripley’s Believe it . . . (pant, pant) . . . or not!”.
I remember thinking that Gopher was incredibly attractive, Sabrina was the best angel (I never liked the blonds) and Jo was much better than Blair. Denise Huxtable was the epitome of all that was cool. Alex P. Keaton was darling and Fonzie bugged me. So did “Wajoo talkin’ bout, Willis?” and that horrible new kid they brought on to be Willis’s and Arnold’s little brother. (I also hated the new little dog—Scrappy?—they brought onto Scooby Doo. I guess I didn’t like innovation.) And the worst show in the world was that new one (meaning it began when I was a teenager and not watching so much TV) with the all the obnoxious kids—can’t remember the name but Mary Kate and Ashley played the awful little girl. Oh, and that horrible robot show—Small Wonder? ICK!
Amazing that I hated so many of these shows . . . BUT STILL WATCHED THEM!!!!! Explain that?????? It’s called loser life, I guess.
Anyway, you can see why I let my kids watch so little TV. Maybe by pure will I can make them into anti-losers, make their lives more interesting than the trash on TV. At least I can make sure they know more primary songs than TV theme-songs!
Question for you: what are your vivid memories about TV when you were a child?