14 August 2012

Predictable ...


This week's Ten on Tuesday post really spoke to me:

Ten Favorite TV Shows from Your Childhood

And this is where the predictable part comes in.  If you have known me for more than ten minutes, you are likely able to guess my #1 pick!  But here we go anyway:

1.  Mr. Ed - Best. Show. Ever.  This is still one of my very favorites.  I longed to move to a house with a barn that happened to have a talking horse left there by the previous owner!

Plus, one of my favorite lines ever, spoken by Mr. Ed one late night when he was bored:
"Midnight:  Too early to hit the hay, and too late to eat it."

I have also won more than one Mr. Ed sound-alike contest, singing the theme song ...

2.  Rocky and Bullwinkle.  What's not to love?  Besides the two principals, you have Dudley-Do-Right, Mr. Peabody and His Boy Sherman, Fractured Fairy Tales, and another fave, Boris and Natasha!  I remember as an adult being blown away when I realized there was a Russian literary character named Boris Gudenov!  And they went to college at Wattsamotta U - brilliant!

And admittedly, sometimes when something goes wrong, I think to myself - "Uh oh, big trobble for moose and squell" ...

3.  Lassie.  Admittedly, I thought Timmy was kinda stupid.  And The Tim and I still argue about whether at the end of the show, during the theme song, Lassie was waving goodbye (my claim) or raising her paw to shake hands (with whom??).

4.  Fury : The Story of a Horse and the Boy Who Loved Him.  It was about a black horse.  His name was Fury.  He was so smart, and used to save the day right and left.  I have no idea what "the Boy" was called, and I'm pretty sure I didn't care. 

5.  I Love Lucy.  Between Lucy and Ricky, and then their neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz, what wasn't there to love?  I was always intrigued by the fact that no matter what, Fred and Ethel (retired vaudeville performers) always had a costume for whatever scheme was afoot.  And to this day, when I give Dug his vitamin tablet, I tell him it's time for his Vitameatavegemin ...

6.  The Wonderful World of Disney.  Back when Disney was still bearable, and they used to show not just cartoons, but also movies for kids that were never in theaters.  The Misses Albert, two sisters who lived next door to us at one of the houses where we lived, were the first in the neighborhood to have a color TV.  They would invite all of the neighborhood kids on Sunday nights to watch this show, and Flipper (good, but not a fave. Too many boys for me).  Miss Emma always had milk and cookies for us.

7.  The Hunter.  He was a character on one of the cartoons regularly shown on Captain Kangaroo. "Have nose, will hunt.  I hunt anything!"  He was a dog.  And my dad especially liked him, which of course worked in his favor.

8.  The Dick Van Dyke Show.  Rob and Laura Petrie, Buddy and Sally, Mel Cooley - they were a fascinating group to me.  When Laura used to dance on the living room coffee table during their parties, I was fascinated.  The coffee table, people!!!

9.  The Flintstones.  I loved that they had a pet dinosaur, and their household appliances were so great.  I longed for a bird-beak record player.

10.  The Jetsons.  I am pretty sure that I never thought it was any kind of accurate depiction of the future, but I did love that they had a maid who was a robot, Rosie, and that their dog Astro spoke with an R at the beginning of his words.

Well, that was fun!  I can't wait to see what others have to say.

8 comments:

Pam said...

Oh, this post takes me back! Love the Mr. Ed line!

Karen said...

How could I have forgotten Mr. Ed!?!? Great list with lots of memories!

Beverly said...

I forgot about the Jetsons. I had high hopes we'd all be traveling by jet packs by now!!

Donna said...

I forgot about Lassie. I remember there was a really sad episode once and I was crying at the end of it. My mom kept asking "are you sad because of Lassie?" And I kept saying "Nope - I'm not crying...".

dianne said...

I remember the feeling of having to be home, cleaned up and in my jammies by 7pm Sunday night so that we could watch Wonderful World of Disney. I especially loved when they would play a movie that would take 2 or 3 weeks to air the whole thing. I bet my mother loved the Sunday night ritual too! It was probably the only night of the week that my brother and I wouldn't fight get ready for bed!

Nancy said...

Yes, Mr. Ed was a great show. I wonder why there aren't reruns of some of these classics.

Thanks for the memories.

andrea said...

Yes to these! Also, Get Smart was a big fav for me. It was run on Nick at Night and I loved it. Dragnet, on the other hand, was a big snooze.

teabird said...

I loved "Dick Van Dyke," too -- my list is a lot less happy-making than yours, though...