31 thoughts on “TOTD 2018-8-9: Pick one”

  1. I have a soft spot for the Beverly Hillbillies. The actors played their parts to perfection. It is surprisingly how well the episodes stand up. To think there was a time when comedies weren’t so preachy.

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  2. All this was before I was even born. All just old reruns to me. I remember loving Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as a kid. Also loved Green Acres.

    MI had the best them music.

    But who can dislike Mr. Steed!

    But, let’s be honest, I am a Star Trek TOS man, and will be until the day I die.

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  3. Bryan G. Stephens:
    All this was before I was even born.

    Wow!  Memory lane—I think I saw every one of these shows in its first run with the exception of “The Big Valley”, of which I was aware but didn’t interest me as I wasn’t attracted to westerns.  (I did watch “Bonanza”, but that was mostly because the characters were so interesting.)

    Gosh, we watched a lot of television back then!  Other than when visiting people who have it on or captive in an airport, I don’t think I’ve watched a minute of broadcast television in the last decade.  We didn’t have distractions like Bioshock Infinite then.

    I agree with “Star Trek” as number one—its impact on the culture is evident in the number of movies and subsequent series that followed its three-year run.  It’s harder to pick a number two—I’d probably go with “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, but then there’s “Batman”.

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  4. 10 Cents:

    Gerry D:
    Star Trek and the Avengers.

    The Avengers were always fun to watch. It was so different than the standard fair.

    Diana Rigg was the coolest chick on TV- ever. She even eclipses Julie Newmar as Cat Woman.

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  5. 10 Cents:
    That ended badly.

    Interestingly, many people believe that the reason Lazenby only played Bond once was the ending of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  In fact, he had informed the studio that he would only appear once as Bond, not wanting to become type-cast.  It may be that the studio chose the ending to close the story and turn the page, as opposed to holding it open were he to appear in the next film.

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  6. The Sinistral Bassist:

    MJBubba:
    Green Acres tops them all.

    Criminally underrated show. It’s a lot more intelligent, high-concept humor than people would expect on a show about a lawyer buying a farm.

    As a kid, Arnold Ziffel was my favorite character on TV. I wrote poetry about him. 🙂

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  7. All those from the sixties, wow, I think at some time I watched them all except maybe one or two.

    The Wonderful World of Color, was the usual Sunday night fare at home.

    #25 Lost in Space, was just too “corny” for my tastes.

    #24 The Man From Uncle, wasn’t top of my list.

    #23 The Beverly Hillbillies, was always good for a laugh!

    #22 The Time Tunnel, I don’t remember that one at all.

    #21 Batman, also was just too corny, more so than Lost In Space!

    #20 The Green Hornet, just didn’t like it enough or something else was on another network that I liked better.

    #19 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, it just got too repetitious in the plots for my continued interest.

    #18 The Ed Sullivan Show, another Sunday thing at home, I liked the Italian Mouse Puppet!

    #17 The Monkees, well that was not my cup of tea, somewhat corny wrapped around four guys that were musicians. More than likely had a huge following among the females of the species. Not me.

    #16 The FBI, my late Father liked this one better than I did.

    #15 Run For Your Life, I don’t remember this one.

    #14 Green Acres, a spin-off of petticoat Junction, but very funny, Loved Mr Haney and loved more, Eva Gabor, even more, it seemed, when in a negligee.

    #13 The Invaders, never viewed it!

    #12 The Fugitive, standard fare in my home growing up. Had to watch it as we only had one television.

    #11 The Jackie Gleason Show, Great comedy show!

    #10 Bewitched, somehow I thought this was in competition with I Dream Of Genie, not mentioned but liked better because of Barbara Eden’s attire, the Genie Costume!

    #9 Mission Impossible, I liked it despite some of the corny, IMHO, scenes with electronics.

    #8 Combat, another favorite of my late Father, I liked it as well.

    #7 The Avengers, not too often did I get to watch it, always someone wanted to watch something else, but I thought it was pretty darn good!

    #6 I Spy, my brother like this more than I did. Why? I dunno….

    #5 The Andy Griffith Show, a good comedy, but in the opening, Andy and his son were going fishing with just poles? No bait?

    #4 The Big Valley, another favorite of my late Father.

    #3 The Wild Wild West, I liked this one as well.

    #2 The Dean Martin Show, I liked it, was it because he always seemed drunk?

    #1 Star Trek, even though the scenery and props were “minimalist” , the plots always seeming along the line, that they were in trouble, I liked it for the possibilities of the future.

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  8. Gerry D:
    All those from the sixties, wow, I think at some time I watched them all except maybe one or two.

    The Wonderful World of Color, was the usual Sunday night fare at home.

    #25 Lost in Space, was just too “corny” for my tastes.

    #24 The Man From Uncle, wasn’t top of my list.

    #23 The Beverly Hillbillies, was always good for a laugh!

    #22 The Time Tunnel, I don’t remember that one at all.

    #21 Batman, also was just too corny, more so than Lost In Space!

    #20 The Green Hornet, just didn’t like it enough or something else was on another network that I liked better.

    #19 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, it just got too repetitious in the plots for my continued interest.

    #18 The Ed Sullivan Show, another Sunday thing at home, I liked the Italian Mouse Puppet!

    #17 The Monkees, well that was not my cup of tea, somewhat corny wrapped around four guys that were musicians. More than likely had a huge following among the females of the species. Not me.

    #16 The FBI, my late Father liked this one better than I did.

    #15 Run For Your Life, I don’t remember this one.

    #14 Green Acres, a spin-off of petticoat Junction, but very funny, Loved Mr Haney and loved more, Eva Gabor, even more, it seemed, when in a negligee.

    #13 The Invaders, never viewed it!

    #12 The Fugitive, standard fare in my home growing up. Had to watch it as we only had one television.

    #11 The Jackie Gleason Show, Great comedy show!

    #10 Bewitched, somehow I thought this was in competition with I Dream Of Genie, not mentioned but liked better because of Barbara Eden’s attire, the Genie Costume!

    #9 Mission Impossible, I liked it despite some of the corny, IMHO, scenes with electronics.

    #8 Combat, another favorite of my late Father, I liked it as well.

    #7 The Avengers, not too often did I get to watch it, always someone wanted to watch something else, but I thought it was pretty darn good!

    #6 I Spy, my brother like this more than I did. Why? I dunno….

    #5 The Andy Griffith Show, a good comedy, but in the opening, Andy and his son were going fishing with just poles? No bait?

    #4 The Big Valley, another favorite of my late Father.

    #3 The Wild Wild West, I liked this one as well.

    #2 The Dean Martin Show, I liked it, was it because he always seemed drunk?

    #1 Star Trek, even though the scenery and props were “minimalist” , the plots always seeming along the line, that they were in trouble, I liked it for the possibilities of the future.

    Thanks for writing the list, Gerry.

    I am always surprised how powerful the theme music is for a show. Just a few bars bring back a lot of memories. Not only Italian puppets are important.

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  9. Gerry D:
    All those from the sixties, wow, I think at some time I watched them all except maybe one or two.

    The Wonderful World of Color, was the usual Sunday night fare at home.

    #25 Lost in Space, was just too “corny” for my tastes.

    #24 The Man From Uncle, wasn’t top of my list.

    #23 The Beverly Hillbillies, was always good for a laugh!

    #22 The Time Tunnel, I don’t remember that one at all.

    #21 Batman, also was just too corny, more so than Lost In Space!

    #20 The Green Hornet, just didn’t like it enough or something else was on another network that I liked better.

    #19 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, it just got too repetitious in the plots for my continued interest.

    #18 The Ed Sullivan Show, another Sunday thing at home, I liked the Italian Mouse Puppet!

    #17 The Monkees, well that was not my cup of tea, somewhat corny wrapped around four guys that were musicians. More than likely had a huge following among the females of the species. Not me.

    #16 The FBI, my late Father liked this one better than I did.

    #15 Run For Your Life, I don’t remember this one.

    #14 Green Acres, a spin-off of petticoat Junction, but very funny, Loved Mr Haney and loved more, Eva Gabor, even more, it seemed, when in a negligee.

    #13 The Invaders, never viewed it!

    #12 The Fugitive, standard fare in my home growing up. Had to watch it as we only had one television.

    #11 The Jackie Gleason Show, Great comedy show!

    #10 Bewitched, somehow I thought this was in competition with I Dream Of Genie, not mentioned but liked better because of Barbara Eden’s attire, the Genie Costume!

    #9 Mission Impossible, I liked it despite some of the corny, IMHO, scenes with electronics.

    #8 Combat, another favorite of my late Father, I liked it as well.

    #7 The Avengers, not too often did I get to watch it, always someone wanted to watch something else, but I thought it was pretty darn good!

    #6 I Spy, my brother like this more than I did. Why? I dunno….

    #5 The Andy Griffith Show, a good comedy, but in the opening, Andy and his son were going fishing with just poles? No bait?

    #4 The Big Valley, another favorite of my late Father.

    #3 The Wild Wild West, I liked this one as well.

    #2 The Dean Martin Show, I liked it, was it because he always seemed drunk?

    #1 Star Trek, even though the scenery and props were “minimalist” , the plots always seeming along the line, that they were in trouble, I liked it for the possibilities of the future.

    Like this list although I hardly remember Ed Sullivan for puppets. He gave me my first glimpse of the Beatles, Stones and Jim Morrison !!!!

    You might have overlooked a few shows:

    1. The Addams Family

    2. My Three Sons

    3. Get Smart

    4. American Bandstand

  10. EThompson:

    Gerry D:
    All those from the sixties, wow, I think at some time I watched them all except maybe one or two.

    The Wonderful World of Color, was the usual Sunday night fare at home.

    #25 Lost in Space, was just too “corny” for my tastes.

    #24 The Man From Uncle, wasn’t top of my list.

    #23 The Beverly Hillbillies, was always good for a laugh!

    #22 The Time Tunnel, I don’t remember that one at all.

    #21 Batman, also was just too corny, more so than Lost In Space!

    #20 The Green Hornet, just didn’t like it enough or something else was on another network that I liked better.

    #19 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, it just got too repetitious in the plots for my continued interest.

    #18 The Ed Sullivan Show, another Sunday thing at home, I liked the Italian Mouse Puppet!

    #17 The Monkees, well that was not my cup of tea, somewhat corny wrapped around four guys that were musicians. More than likely had a huge following among the females of the species. Not me.

    #16 The FBI, my late Father liked this one better than I did.

    #15 Run For Your Life, I don’t remember this one.

    #14 Green Acres, a spin-off of petticoat Junction, but very funny, Loved Mr Haney and loved more, Eva Gabor, even more, it seemed, when in a negligee.

    #13 The Invaders, never viewed it!

    #12 The Fugitive, standard fare in my home growing up. Had to watch it as we only had one television.

    #11 The Jackie Gleason Show, Great comedy show!

    #10 Bewitched, somehow I thought this was in competition with I Dream Of Genie, not mentioned but liked better because of Barbara Eden’s attire, the Genie Costume!

    #9 Mission Impossible, I liked it despite some of the corny, IMHO, scenes with electronics.

    #8 Combat, another favorite of my late Father, I liked it as well.

    #7 The Avengers, not too often did I get to watch it, always someone wanted to watch something else, but I thought it was pretty darn good!

    #6 I Spy, my brother like this more than I did. Why? I dunno….

    #5 The Andy Griffith Show, a good comedy, but in the opening, Andy and his son were going fishing with just poles? No bait?

    #4 The Big Valley, another favorite of my late Father.

    #3 The Wild Wild West, I liked this one as well.

    #2 The Dean Martin Show, I liked it, was it because he always seemed drunk?

    #1 Star Trek, even though the scenery and props were “minimalist” , the plots always seeming along the line, that they were in trouble, I liked it for the possibilities of the future.

    Like this list although I hardly remember Ed Sullivan for puppets. He gave me my first glimpse of the Beatles, Stones and Jim Morrison !!!!

    You might have overlooked a few shows:

    1. The Addams Family

    2. My Three Sons

    3. Get Smart

    4. American Bandstand

    5. Soul Train

    Liz, these are just the shows in the video. The video covers only the  66/67 television season.

  11. 10 Cents:
    Liz, these are just the shows in the video. The video is the 66/67 television season.

    Picky, picky. 4 of my shows were on in 1966/67. I just felt like adding to the list. I’ll delete the two that were not.

  12. EThompson:

    10 Cents:
    Liz, these are just the shows in the video. The video is the 66/67 television season.

    Picky, picky. 4 of my shows were on in 1966/67. I just felt like adding to the list. I’ll delete the two that were not.

    No worries but I will have to put this down in THE BOOK and send you numerous PMs to explain things in detail. 🙂

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