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Initial post: Jun 3, 2009 7:53:04 AM PDT
This is the place for people who love shows like The Honeymooners, Green Acres, Lost in Space, Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, The Flintstones, The Twilight Zone, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters, and so on.

In this discussion we can chat about upcoming DVD releases, the channels that show the programs we love, and anything else dealing with classic TV shows.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 8:25:10 AM PDT
Saturday nights on CBS when I was a kid !
All In The Family
M*A*S*H
Mary Tyler Moore
The Bob Newhart Show
The Carol Burnett Show
Find the clinker in that line-up / all Hall of Fame shows !!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2009 10:07:40 AM PDT
Five gems on one night! "Those were the days"...

While I didn't watch them in their original broadcast (I was still a bit too young to get the humor in those shows), when I discovered them in reruns I was just amazed at the quality of the writing and the acting.

My favorite character from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was the one and only Ted Baxter. What a great character... like some guy whose brain was still nine years old. He was a riot.

And I loved the Carol Burnett sketches, especially recurring characters like Mrs. Wiggins, Nora Desmond, and the pathetic and hotheaded Eunice and her cranky Mama. Oh, and Carol's classic movie parodies were fantastic. Half the fun of the series was when the cast would start to crack up. And Tim Conway and Harvey Corman were awesome together.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 11:01:27 AM PDT
C. Mathieu says:
Hi Baron and David,

My favorite TV time was 1966/1967 and my favorite channel was ABC. Although I lived in Germany way back then, I did watch most of the ABC shows on German TV, too. They came with German dubbing.

Recently I ordered "A Tribute to Inger Stevens" at ioffer.com and it came with lots of DVDs (containing 80 episodes from "The Farmer's Daughter", about 10 or 12 Inger Stevens movies and the ABC Fall 1966 Preview which lasts 48 minutes and was definitely worth the money as Inger Stevens, Elizabeth Montgomery, Anne Francis, a very young Sally Field, Gene Barry and Efrem Zimbalist Jr introduce shows like The Fugitive, Peyton Place, Honey West, Burke's Law, A Man called Shenandoah, Big Valley, Tammy, The FBI etc).
I also loved (and still enjoy watching) "Yancy Derringer", "Sea Hunt", "Ripcord", "The Detectives" (Robert Taylor), "Cheyenne", "Maverick", "I dream of Jeannie", "Flipper" (when will season 2 and 3 finally get released???), "Lassie", "Fury", "Pistols and Petticoats" and many more.

I wonder if "Run, Buddy, Run" ( a very funny parody on "The Fugitive") is finally available on DVD's? Does anybody know?
And who remembers the Australian TV series "Adventures of the Seaspray" (1965)?

Chrissie

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 11:06:20 AM PDT
HarryRfromNE says:
So this info will be available to those on this group that may be new......
Below are the three stations/networks that are classic TV, or have a good chunk of classic TV on it. Any show you can't watch, you can always videotape, record it on a DVD, or DVR it (Can you record shows through TiVo?).

1) AmericanLIfe TV:
NOTE: ALN is no longer owned by the mind control 'cult', the Unification Church/'Moonies' (YAH! www.FreedomOfMind.net). The founder of GodTube (now Tangle) and Robert A. Schuller (son of Chrystal Cathedral founder, Robert H. Schuller) own it. They expect to expand programing demographics, but that doesn't mean they will be dumping classic shows. They already have a bunch of non-classic TV shows, so we shall see. They still have a good list of classics!
They intend on making it a real family-friendly place for people of different ages.
Please contact them, and kindly ask them to keep classic programming (That's when most family friendly TV shows were made, anyway!)

Some of these shows are listed, but are not on the Schedule page, like WKRP. It may be an outdated entry.
AmericanLife TV Schedule:
http://www.americanlifetv.com/schedule

The Program page of what they have (and had?):

Batman
Burke's Law
Combat!
Hill Street Blues
It's a Great Life
LA Law
Land of the Giants
Lone Wolf, The
Lost in Space
Lou Grant
Mission Impossible
Newhart
Remington Steele
St. Elsewhere
The Big Valley
The Bob Newhart Show
The Color Honeymooners
The Green Hornet
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Rat Patrol
Time Tunnel
Trapper John, MD
Twelve O'Clock High
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
WKRP in Cincinnati
http://www.americanlifetv.com/programs

2) RETRO TELEVISION NETWORK:
RTN tailors their program feed to each area channel they have, so it varies from station to station:

You can check where RTN is aired and their particular program lineup here:
http://www.myretrotv.com/programming.html

The full line-up of shows they have:
http://www.myretrotv.com/shows.html

I recently got this in my area. Local stations are the way they get their programming in your area. Either a local station becomes an RTN affiliate, or a local channel carries RTN as a Digital subchannel.

3) WGN AMERICA:
Their concentrated Retro TV time is Sunday nights.
Most of these shows, I don't know how many episodes they air at a time.
The classic shows on Sunday nights (with other times listed also):
SUNDAY- mainly:
The Cosby Show
One hour on Sundays
Weekdays 4pm east | 1pm west
Sundays 5pm east | 2pm west

ALF
One hour on Sundays
Sundays 6pm east | 3pm west

WKRP in Cincinnati
One hour on Sundays
Sundays 7pm east | 4pm west

Newhart
Two hours on Sundays
Sundays 8pm east | 5pm west

The Honeymooners
One hour
Late Sundays 1am east | 10pm west

OTHER CLASSIC SHOWS:
The Beverly Hillbillies
Weekdays 8am east | 5am west

Bewitched
An hour Mon-Fri.
Weekdays 2pm east | 11am west
Sundays 11pm east | 8pm west

The Bullwinkle Show (Yup- the cartoon! I DVR this!)
Late Saturdays 12am east | 9pm west

Coach
Wednesdays 8pm east | 5pm west

I Dream of Jeannie
One hour Mon-Fri
Weekdays 3pm east | Noon west
Late Sundays Midnight east | 9 pm west

In the Heat of the Night
Weekdays 11am east | 8am west

Matlock
Weekdays 10am east | 7am west

Nash Bridges (Did this start in the 1980s?)
Weekdays Noon east | 9am west

** It has other programming, as well. If you like fantasy shows, like Lord of the Rings movies, etc, they also air "The Legend of the Seeker":

Legend of the Seeker
Saturdays 5pm east | 2pm west
Encores Saturdays 4pm east | 1 pm west

And Star Trek:
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Weeknights 1am east | 10pm we

These are only a few of the non-classic programming they have.
http://www.wgnamerica.com/pages/programming

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 11:10:22 AM PDT
HarryRfromNE says:
With the problems between Miramax (Mirimax?) & Universal, can the Six Million Dollar Man & Bionic Woman from the 1970s be aired, if a station wanted to?

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 11:12:15 AM PDT
C. Mathieu says:
Hi,

In case somebody is interested: I just initiated a new discussion/forum called "Run, Buddy, Run" and "Hank". I noticed that these two TV series never get mentioned among all these classic TV series discussions on http://amazon.com, so I hope to meet a few people online who know more about both TV series and with whom I could talk about them (and hopefully end up with copies of the episodes!!!). Would be great!

Chrissie

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 11:23:58 AM PDT
Chrissie,

I wish I was familiar with those two shows but I never saw them. I do hope you have some people chiming in on that thread to share some memories.

Harry,
Thanks for copying that info from the other thread. Much appreciated!

I'd love to see some reruns with Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers. Bring on Bigfoot, and those Fembots!

It's too bad that Batman isn't on dvd because of a studio conflict (DC Comics owns the character and Fox owns the series). They could be making some dough-- that show would sell.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 11:38:02 AM PDT
Time-Warner owns the "Batman" Name and FOX owns the Series. Both Companies can't agree on Royalties, which is why the 1966 Series is not available on DVD.

Same Reason for both "Bionic" Shows except the tiff is between Universal and Miramax.

Does anybody know of some other TV Shows that are in a simular "Limbo"?

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 12:54:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2009 12:57:22 PM PDT
On the 70's and 80's afternoon TV was old horror/sci-fi movies and shows like Gilligan's Island, Star Trek, Six Million Dollar Man, Bewitched, Flintstones, I Dream Of Jeannie, Tom and Jerry, MGM, Looney Tunes and Warner Bros. cartoons and more.

Then Nick At Nite began showing old shows at night, most I had never heard of because they were before I was born. Shows like "The Patty Duke Show", "Make Room For Daddy" and "The Donna Reed Show"

So I always tended to love shows made before my time.

Yes, it's true. The Bionic Shows are held up for US release (they are available in the UK) because the rights of the novel "Cyborg", in which Six Million Dollar Man was based on are owned by Dimension while the series is owned by Universal. The Bionic Woman is similarly held up because, although Jamie Sommers is a owned by Universal, the show carried over elements and characters from Six Million Dollar Man.

In the recent remake of The Bionic Woman, care was taken to avoid those elements.

But, as far as I know, the show can be shown on TV since all this red tape is due to how video home release is handled. The contracts of the time were iron clad in their TV distribution rights but didn't consider the future market of home video.

Which is why you can still show Batman, but it is held up for release.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 1:05:55 PM PDT
I'm a big fan of old cartoons, specifically Looney Tunes, Tex Avery and MGM, Disney (Donald, Goofy, Humphrey Bear), Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, Woody Woodpecker, Rocky and Bullwinkle... and the black and white Popeye cartoons which were always a favorite.

They released the Droopy cartoons in a nice DVD set; now hopefully they will do the same with Tex Avery's cartoons... or all of the MGM ones from the 40's and 50's.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 2:35:02 AM PDT
M. Whorton says:
The cartoons I have on DVD are:

The Complete Goofy
The Chronological Donald Volumes 3 & 4
Tom & Jerry Spotlight collections volumes 1,2, & 3
Woody Woodpecker and his Friends Volumes 1 & 2
Looney Tunes Golden collection volume 2
George of the Jungle Jay Ward cartoons from 1967

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 3:40:15 AM PDT
I always suffered through MASH as a kid. Its sensibility just didn't fit in this line-up. The other shows were fantastic .....

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 4:17:32 AM PDT
C. Mathieu says:
Hi Baron,

I hope, too, that somebody will notice "Hank" and "Run, Buddy, Run" and react on it. So far nobody has discovered my new forum yet :(.
But in the meantime I enjoy reading all of your posts in your new forum very much!
It's fascinating for me to read posts from people who know so much more about classic TV series than I do. I'm so glad that I discovered these amazon.com forums last year in April!

Chrissie

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 8:45:30 AM PDT
Chrissie,

The Amazon forums overall are a really cool and enjoyable place to gather and share; it often brightens up my day. I've met some awesome people here in a few areas.

Plus, before I discovered these forums I was really turned off by other websites' discussion boards because they all seemed to let people include large photos of their pet cat Scruffles or their kids AshLeigh and Braydin... or photos of their favorite skanky celebrities.
And they also allowed members to curse like a sailor on shore leave, lol. Not my cuppa tea. (Of course, once in a while I will use some interesting language but I try to be creative or witty about it, rather than just spewing foulness.)

The Amazon forums work for me... just simple text, no fancy images/gifs (and abusive characters' posts are deleted).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 4:20:54 PM PDT
HarryRfromNE says:
Baron,
Amazon does try to keep out the swearing, but it also goes too far. There was a G-rated word I used in a post for another group. However, *within* that word had the letters for the 4-lettered ss*8, so it censored even that!
that's like, but worse than, porn filters that don't allow people to look up breast cancer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 4:29:19 PM PDT
I know, sometimes their filtering/screening system is overboard. It looks for bad words and also excessive use of capital letters! Go figure.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 4:29:25 PM PDT
HarryRfromNE says:
There is being planned a new Winnie The Pooh movie, which will be *hand-drawn*! It's release date suppose to be 2011, for all the Pooh fans!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 4:32:53 PM PDT
HarryRfromNE says:
Baron,
I think the censorship of 'too many' CAPS is because CAPS are taken in netiquette as e-hollering, though I still use them as emphasis. I think it should be CAPS plus 6 or more !!!'s before it's taken as hollering!!!!! (That's only 5....!)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2009 4:41:39 PM PDT
It's cool that Disney has returned to traditional animation.

I think one of the most charming things they did in the 1960's was "The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh", the film that includes three classic Pooh cartoons strung together. The voice talent alone is worth the dvd.

And ya gotta love Tigger. He's bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!

Posted on Jun 6, 2009 9:41:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2009 10:41:40 AM PDT
Jim K says:
Baron

In the 80's there was a detective show called Black's Magic it starred Hal Linden of Barny Miller fame. As I was watching an episode I was over taken by deja vu, this weeks case involved the murder of a magician. The doomed entertainer climbed into a coffin had his vitals checked by a doctor, was sealed in then lowered into a swimming pool. I believe he was supposed to escape, when he didn't the coffin was raised and opened the Dr. pronounced him dead of a gunshot. I thought this was a really novel concept for a murder, so novel in fact that I remembered it from the first time I saw it 20 yrs. earlier on an episode of Burke's Law starring Gene Barry.

I don't know that I have a real point with this (except the one under my hat) but I've been carrying that around for 20 yrs. with no place to put it. Thanks for the help.

Jim

Posted on Jun 6, 2009 9:53:12 AM PDT
Hi, Jim...

Isn't it interesting when a series borrows a plot from another? This isn't a detective show, but on "I Dream of Jeannie" there was an episode about Jeannie getting the wrong date and conjuring up tomorrow's newspaper which has a headline about an astronaut breaking his leg.

And on "Bewitched" there was an episode where somehow tomorrow's newspaper materializes by Aunt Clara and it has a story about Darrin's boss breaking his leg, and Samantha and Darrin spend the rest of the episode ensuring that Larry Tate doesn't have an accident during his vacation with Louise.

I'm sure there are several other 'coincidences' in television.

And sometimes a series inspires another: "The Flintstones" suddenly had creepy new neighbors named The Gruesomes when "The Addams Family" was on TV. Also, Samantha from "Bewitched" was a guest star on "The Flintstones" one episode.
(And "The Flintstones" is basically "The Honeymooners" scenario, during the Stone Age.)

Yes, we have lots of TV trivia in our noggins, don't we? LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2009 11:06:17 AM PDT
Jim K says:
Baron;

Your mention of the sketches on Carol Burnett brought to mind my favorite involving Eunice and her family.
In the middle of a heated discussion (and weren't they all) Tim Conway started a story about Siamese elephants joined at the trunk. Everyone else stared at Tim as he rambled on to the punchline which was that one of the elephants sneezed and the other one's eye's got real big. The rest of the cast fell apart along with me and several million other people. LOL

Jim

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2009 11:15:58 AM PDT
Oh, I love that!! I found that clip on youtube and this is unedited... awesome:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY

At 4:19 when Vicki Lawrence (Mama) asks that question, that kills me.

Tim Conway has to be one of the funniest guys ever.

Posted on Jun 6, 2009 11:49:00 AM PDT
Jim K says:
Baron;

Thanks for the link I added it to favorites, it don't get no funnier than that.

Jim
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