Television is a pretty broad topic. The first TV show I have a clear memory of is Truth or Consequences, probably because I was only allowed to watch half of it. For some bizarre reason, my mother decided I had to get ready for bed at 7:45pm exactly, so I never got to see what was behind Door Number 3. 🙁
That was when we lived in Tarrytown, NY, and I was 6-7 years old. My next important TV memory is from Barclay Ave., in Queens (the second time we lived on Barclay Ave., for those keeping track), when I was about 9, and discovered I Dream of Jeannie. I fell in love with this show, and that love lasted a long, long time. I also discovered Roger Moore in The Saint right around this time, and he became my first crush.
We spent a year living with my Dad’s parents in a house on Longuyland, and even though the adults were all stressed from this arrangement and I didn’t get along with the neighborhood kids, I had fun watching The Brady Bunch with my grandma. This was also the year of All in the Family, ironically, which everyone enjoyed, especially my dad, though he was probably the only one who really grokked it at that point.
I don’t remember what I watched in New Jersey, though I must have had faves, since we lived there 3 years. It’s just a big blur. Henceforth, we shall call it New Blursey! Oopsy, I’m not supposed to make up dumb words anymore, right? Poop. 💩
After we moved to Illinois, I became an avid fan of game shows. Match Game was probably my favorite one ~ I learned later that the peeps were extra funny because they were all drunk. Hollywood Squares was also hilarious. I also loved One Day at a Time. I became a huge Valerie Bertinelli fan and still am; I follow her on Twitter.
When we moved to Chicago, my mom and I watched Dallas and Falcon Crest pretty religiously. Somewhere in these years I got to like Love Boat. Don’t ask me why ~ it’s so dumb. You’ll note I haven’t mentioned boring news shows or anything like that. I sometimes watched 60 Minutes with my dad ~ Andy Rooney was funny.
Generally I wasn’t interested in listening to talking heads drone on and am still not. My view is that TV should be for entertainment and only briefly for necessary news, if at all, unless there’s an emergency. I can’t bear people who have the news jabbering on in the background all the time. It makes me crazy. What’s wrong with silence?
I’ve mentioned before that when I moved to California in 1983, I was thrilled to bits to be able to watch MTV, which I pretty much did exclusively for months until I got so sick of it I never looked at it again. Hey, that’s how I do! Chicago didn’t have MTV because they couldn’t decide who to shoot over it, or something.
Later faves include Frasier, Seinfeld, and L.A. Law. I don’t remember what I liked in the early to mid-1990s. Too busy with little kids to care about TV shows for myself, I guess. Then came The Sopranos on HBO, woohoo! Six Feet Under and Breaking Bad. Grace & Frankie. Game of Thrones.
Now we’re up to date! Whew. 😎