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Television was the main media when I grew up, and I have vivid memories of some of the programs I watched as a little girl.  In fact, there’s a current jingle I can still hear in my head today, and it’s not from a commercial.  To really test my memory of the lyrics, I Googled the words I remembered and a link to a YouTube video came up with the introduction to this cartoon, The Wizard of Oz.  When my sisters were in school and I was too young to attend, I’d sit in front of the tv and watch this sci-fi fantasy that was pretty weird even back then.  The Wizard of Oz was a television series that originated in 1961.  I came along three years later, so I probably watched reruns of this former television series.  Reruns, do people even use that term anymore?  It definitely ages me.

I also remember my parents tuning in religiously to All in the Family then Sanford and Son on Friday nights while my sisters and I watched Nanny and the Professor, The Partridge Family, and The Brady Bunch back to back on a 10’’ x 10” portable, black and white tv. As you can tell, Mom and Dad got the big colored set in the den.  Those nights were so much fun, cramming onto my parent’s bed and watching a postage stamp television set that rested on my mom’s dresser.  

It took my sisters and I a while to learn about the Brady Bunch.  I remember the night we couldn’t wait to watch the annual airing of Cinderella with Leslie Ann Warren, but my sister’s best friend said we had to watch The Brady Bunch instead, and we did.  We watched it until the series ended, and then we watched it some more when the show became a syndicated  essential.

Other television shows I remember from my childhood I probably shouldn’t have watched like Laugh-In and The Avengers, especially The Avengers.  In The Avengers‘ bad guys popped around every corner, and I literally felt that might happen in my house.  Good thing I had older sisters to protect me.  The basement bathroom was especially scary, and my courageous sisters would accompany me whenever the need arose.

A show that I watched and remembered that was suitable for me was Sesame Street.  It came out in 1969 when I was in kindergarten.  It was a big deal.  Flyers went home to parents advertising the new PBS program that targeted beginning readers with letters, numbers, and fun.  I watched faithfully and even got the Sesame Street *Lp and played it on the record player in my dad’s *hi-fi set. Perhaps I need to provide definitions below for Lp, record player, and hi-fi since these are concepts from the previous century.

I’ve got more television shows in my memory, but I’ll save those for another writing day.  What television shows do you remember?

*Definitions
Lp
Hi-fi
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By nancyrsantucci

Newly retired Texas educator who loves reading, exercising, cats, and hanging out with her husband.

6 comments

  1. I was a big fan of The Avengers, The man from U.N.C.L.E., as well as I Love Lucy. I still have a big collection of LPs. Funny how they are making a comeback. Not funny their price compared to what I would pay for them back in the day. I am old.

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  2. I laughed out loud that I saw that you included the definitions at the end. Yes, those of us of a certain age are indeed of a certain age!

    The shows I used to watch were The Brady Bunch, The Flintstones, I Dream of Jeannie, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Bewitched. Loved them all!

    Do you think Alice the housekeeper finally ran off with Sam the Butcher? I just wanted her to be happy.

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  3. Hi Nancy!
    This was a fun post! I remember many of the same as you…We must be about the same age. I also remember The Green Hornet, Family Affair, The Incredible Hulk, and waiting each year to see the Wizard of Oz movie. It was a time of anticipation and fun! Two of my favorites were The Carol Burnett show on Saturday nights and Bonanza with Lorne Green and his boys!

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