Retro TV

With such hunger for nostalgia, many of the shows from yesteryear are still on TV.

Can you bear to watch any of them now? Which do you remember most fondly?

Here’s one with a cult following that I never tire of seeing: Police Squad!

When thinking of the shows I used to like best, I always think first of Benny Hill, Les Dawson on Blankety Blank and The Two Ronnies. How they made us smile.

I rarely missed The Chart Show on Saturday afternoons; no annoying presenter, no hip vee-jays, no lip-synching or silly dancing before an equally-silly audience, just blocky computer graphics and garish music videos crammed together. Lovely.

Do you recall Going for Gold? That was always something you could depend on after lunch – and Neighbours – when you were off school with a probably feigned illness and could do little else but wait for the inevitable Columbo repeat (your cue to make a miraculous recovery and feel well enough to return to school at once).

The Seventies and Eighties were times of corny theme music, rubbish game show prizes, coiffured hair, striped orange and brown sweaters, canned laughter and car chases with revolving scenery in the background. What of the Sixties?

Saturdays back then were all about a morning spent in front of the TV watching cartoons, glove puppets and forewarned celebrities getting covered in goo; afternoon play with friends interrupted only by wrestling (the real type, with Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy), that convenient Tom and Jerry filler and The A-Team.

Then, after all that, you’d stay up until the cruel hour of 11pm to catch some football highlights – the only time you’d see any coverage apart from the cup final.

So don your (oversized, Dame Edna Everage-style) rose-tinted spectacles and remember what we used to watch back when TV was so much better… Or was it?

Theme tunes, comedy clips and children’s programmes are surely deserved of their own entries, so please hold those thoughts – and links – for the time being.

Or, like every TV executive working today, prepare to repeat the best bits.


  1. Calibwam

    I love the older series. Seinfeld, Twin Peaks, X-files. It makes me wish I was born in the eighties (although I really wish I was born even earlier, music is much more important).

    Another show I adore, is Boomtown, a show from 2001, ended after only one and a half season. It does seems like the good shows always get cancelled too early..

  2. Graham knight

    Sorry Fed, but I just had to add this link. I still laugh at such childish innuendo, sorry about the quality.

    Who remembers Rainbow?

    • Pete - Coventry

      Crikey, Rainbow… and Rod, Jane and Freddie.

      I remember taking my children to see the tour shows live. I loved hearing Rod, Jane and Freddie. Not sure if the children did though. 🙂

  3. Scott

    The Dukes of Hazard and CHiPs! Those were two shows I spent hours watching, though now I can’t watch them, the acting is too bad! 😉

    China Beach was good while it lasted and Star Trek: Voyager. Surprisingly enough even my wife would watch that with me!

    But my two all time favorite shows were Laverne and Shirley and The Carol Burnett Show. I could sit down right now and watch them and laugh just as hard!

    Thanks for the memories! 😀

  4. Rudders - Toronto

    Lest we forget…

    – Morecambe and Wise
    – The Fast Show
    – Top of the Pops with “now then, now then… Jimmy Saville”
    – Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    – Swap Shop with Noel Edmonds and the legend that is Cheggers!
    – Match of the Day

    Ah yes… small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts… 😀

  5. Alessandra

    My first memories about television goes back to the early ’80s.

    I don’t know exactly what I used to watch, but I can remember a general “coloured plastic” impression coming out from some TV shows in the ’80s.

    I think Italian TV was full of game shows and American series. My favourite one was the Addams Family, but it was a repetition of the ’70s.

    Benny Hill was great. 😀

  6. Julie Davies

    I have always been a big fan of ‘Only Fools and Horses’.

    ‘Butterflies’ and ‘One Foot in the Grave’ were also good too.

    As for today’s programmes, I think ‘Hustle’ is very well thought out.

  7. Taki

    Hi all,

    after a hard week I finally found some time to post again…

    Old shows, lets see:

    Benny Hill
    Kenny Everett
    Monty Python Flying Circus
    The Professionals
    Fawlty Towers
    The Persuaders!
    The Saint

    Thanks to DVD I can enjoy most of them again and again…

    I’m not sure if I’ll find the time to post this week, so enjoy your weekend guys!


    • Rudders - Toronto

      Ahhh, Fawlty Towers. 😀

      I always loved the way the hotel name was re-arranged for each show…

      – Farty Towels
      – Flowery Twats


  8. Veronica from England

    LOL, I love Police Squad and its film spawns (Naked Gun trilogy) Leslie Nielsen is just so funny. 😀

    My favorites from the past, I could be here all night talking about them but just a few were:

    The Sweeney – “Get yer trousers on, you’re nicked.”

    The Good Life – Brilliant, so original and still funny now.

    The Two Ronnies – Barker in my mind was a genius, the word is overused these days but he was a genuine one.

    Tommy Cooper – A very funny man.

    Morecambe and Wise – That breakfast sketch is one of the best ever.

    Upstairs Downstairs – Good Drama.

    All Creatures Great and Small – Compelling Sunday night viewing, never missed an episode.

    Inspector Morse – John Thaw, one of the best actors ever.

    • FEd

      I couldn’t agree more with your comment about Ronnie Barker, Veronica. What a talented, yet very modest, man. I always loved his tongue-twisting speeches and clever word play.

      When we discuss our favourite and most memorable comedy sketches, I think my list will consist of his and his alone.

    • Graham Knight

      Favorite two Ronnies sketch in the hardware store:

      BARKER: Four Candles!
      CORBETT: Four Candles?
      BARKER: Four Candles. (Ronnie Corbett makes for a box, and gets out four candles. He places them on the counter.)
      BARKER: No, four candles!
      CORBETT (confused): Well there you are, four candles!
      BARKER: No, fork ‘andles! ‘Andles for forks!

      …and so on.

    • Veronica from England

      ‘Fork ‘andles’ is a classic sketch, it was one of those he wrote under an alias, he was so modest he didn’t want anyone to know he was writing so he used the name Gerald Whiley. 😀

  9. Buffalo Phil

    Hmmm… if we’re talking about the 80s I’d say Cheers and Nightcourt were my two favorites. A lot of good memories revolve around those shows for some reason.

    The 70s would have to include The Hulk and M*A*S*H*. Of course it never survived more than perhaps 8 or 10 episodes but the original live action Spider-man was a HUGE thing for this ten year old. I was crushed when it was cancelled.

    I also remember sitcoms like Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and later Three’s Company. Certainly not the stuff of Mensa members but fun nonetheless.

    Wish I could recall more but it’s too far back. If I had my one buddy here he could no doubt rattle off 90 shows along with the plot of each episode… probably in their proper running order!

  10. Hoss

    Bonanza for one (this should be pretty obvious).

    Also really enjoyed:

    All In The Family
    Emergency! (My wife’s all time favorite)
    Battlestar Galactica (70s version)
    The Andy Griffith Show (the first 5 seasons)

    Hope everyone has a great weekend…


  11. JJ

    Oh man, The A-Team! I used to love that show. CRAZY FOOL!

    Police Squad is as funny now as the day it was made. Leslie Neilsen is a genius and I love all his movies.

    Thanks for putting this video up FEd, the intro to Police Squad always makes me laugh.

  12. lorsomething

    I loved all the funny ones, including, but not limited to: Benny Hill, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Seinfeld, MASH, SOAP, Friends, Saturday Night Live (the early years), Laverne & Shirley, Roseanne, etc.

    Did anyone see the Roseanne episodes with Bonnie Bramlett? She sang in one of them. I think it was Really Got a Hold On Me, but I can’t remember for sure.

    • Susan

      Yes, I remember that Roseanne episode. David Crosby played her boyfriend or husband; not sure which.

    • lorsomething

      It’s funny the things we remember. I didn’t remember David Crosby at all. I must have TIA’d. :v

      All I remember is Bonnie sitting on a picnic table in Roseanne’s back yard, belting out a song. What a voice!

  13. Bill C

    Police Squad is a definite classic! Hard to believe there were only six episodes, but they are all hysterical, as were the Naked Gun movies that followed (Never mind that O.J. Simpson co-starred).

    Some of the British shows I remember enjoying were Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Two Ronnies, The Goodies, Benny Hill, and, more recently, ‘Allo, ‘Allo.

    From this side of the Atlantic – The Fugitive, Route 66, The Untouchables, Green Acres (for its otherworldy silliness), and The Streets of San Francisco (my hometown).

    Does anyone remember The Beatles cartoon series?

    Bill C

  14. Stephen Barnhart

    Get Smart
    Wallace and Ladmo
    The World Beyond
    Twilight Zone
    Night Gallery
    Time Tunnel

    Anyone remember Doc Tarrie, Coocala Fan and Olie, or Room 222?

    • jan

      Anyone remember Doc Tarrie, Coocala Fan and Olie, or Room 222?

      Stephen: could this be Kookla, Fran and Ollie? Wasn’t Room 222 with Karen Valentine, Michael Constantine?

    • Andrew

      Room 222 was also around the same time as Peyton Place. It was the early 70s, wasn’t it?



    • Stephen Barnhart

      Yes, I do think it was that “Kookla, Fran and Ollie”… I just brought it up because there was so much strange stuff being mentioned.

      Room 222 is just a show I remember seeing, but can’t remember too much about it, except for Karen Valentine of course.

  15. Beppo the Mime

    OK, you asked for it…

    From the 60s (yes, I watched TONS of TV then):

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
    Lost in Space
    Land of the Giants
    Star Trek (first season, with my dad)
    Spiderman (cartoon, from CHCH TV 11 – Hamilton station)
    Land of Oz (again, from Canadian TV)
    Uncle Bobby show (Canadian, again)
    Friendly Giant (Canadian, seeing a trend?)
    Tom and Jerry, Hanna Barbera, Warner Bros (Bugs and Daffy)…

    70s: Battlestar Galactica, Space 1999, The Hulk, Spiderman, Quincy, Kolchak – The Night Stalker, Ultraman (Japanese), Party Game (again, Canadian), Mork and Mindy, Dave Allen at Large, Monty Python (faithfully, every Friday, with my sister), Saturday Night live, Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies.

    80s: Night Court, Whats Happening, Mtv (almost for 3 summers straight, at my buddy’s house).

    90s: Mostly Behind the Music, Legends (from VH1). The Wonder Years, The Simpsons, South Park, Ren and Stimpy, Beavis and Butthead.

    Wow, now I can see why I don’t care to watch much TV anymore! Hahaha!

    Good thread, FEd!

    • Beppo the Mime


      Ba Ba Blacksheep (or Blacksheep Squadron)
      Fawlty Towers
      The Gong Show
      Police Squad

      Funny how the memory goes after a while!

  16. Barbara P

    Gun Smoke, Bonanza and The Ed Sullivan Show come to my mind when I think about watching TV as a kid. I can remember Elvis being on Ed Sullivan and the Beatles.

    Our neighbors had a TV but thought it ran up their power bill too much to watch it so they would come to our house and watch what we had on. We didn’t think anything about it at the time but when I think back on it now it seems silly that they did that.

    Oh yes and The Red Skelton Show was one we watched every week also along with Hee Haw, who could forget that. I could watch any of them again now and be happy. I don’t care for TV of today.

    Have you ever seen Hee Haw Fed?

    Have a good weekend.

    Barbara P

  17. Agustín

    Get Smart is soo funny. I watch it on Retro channel every time I catch it. :))

  18. frank par

    My favourites on the weekend were the classic old Popeye cartoons and the 3 Stooges. I still love those guys.

    Jeopardy, Match Game.

    Benny Hill, All in The Family (Archie Bunker), Sherlock Holmes Series, and Monty Python. I can’t remember the title show with Mrs. Bucket. Felt sorry for her husband and family. 😀

  19. Dr Phang

    Dr. Who, Monkey Magic, Catweasel, Benny Hill, The Saint, Dave Allen, Man About The House, George And Mildred, Bless This House, Some Mother Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Good times!!! GOLD!!!

    My Memory isn’t what it used to be… Don’t get me started!!! :))

  20. piergiorgio

    Oooh, Italian television was nice back then. Cheesy, many times. Ingenuous. But better.

    Late seventies and beginning of eighties marked the adding to the 2 (TWO!) national channels of commercial TV. Before commercial TV in northern Italy it was also possible to see the marvellous Swiss Italian TV.

    What I remember? “Spazio 1999” (Space 1999) arriving in 1978 or 1979 I think, on national TV. I was very very young. And The marvellous “Star trek” in 1979 on commercial TV. Star Trek Classic is the best show of my youth.

    And then “Happy Days” arrived in 1979… Everyone loved that. I also liked “Ai confini della realtà” (Twilight Zone). The original black and white shows. A classic.

    In the beginning of the 80s colour TV was young in Italy, and what better than a Japanese manga, colourful and futuristic, to sell colour TV? GOLDRAKE arrived (grendizer in Japan and goldorak in France). Kids where amazed!!! Totally new, revolutionary. We had a lot of mangas after success of goldrake and in Italy we were writing original songs in Italian for the shows of extreme high quality compared to modern scores for cartoons. Every Italian knows goldrake, jeeg robot d’acciaio and many others…

    Fed you remember the final score of “Star Blazers” (I think?) was an English song. Cartoon was about this space ship, the song seemed a pirate song: “We’re off to outer space/We’re leaving Mother Earth/To save the human race/Our Star Blazers”….fantastic!!! 😛

    • Beppo the Mime

      Ah yes, Star Blazers. I had a friend once who watched that show religiously. During my graduate school years I became close with a comic book collector/dealer who told me that the show had Japanese origins (you can tell by the shape of their heads, eyes, and mouth!) and the actual title of the show (for the Japanese market) was Space Battleship Yamato.

      Your iota of senseless trivia from me! :v

    • Michèle

      Ah… Goldorak… and do you remember Albator 84? or Capitaine Flam (I think it was Captain Future in English)? Great! But I remember that these Japanese animated cartoons were very much criticized here, compared to the high quality of Disney animation…

  21. Piergiorgio

    And Swiss TV had “Scacciapensieri”. A beautiful show of cartoons Italian, American, Japanese. Everyone from northern Italy was tuning the set on the frequencies of “televisione svizzera italiana” on Saturday at 18.30. Italians, do you remember?

    National Italian TV was upset when they realized that in the north Swiss TV was stealing the audience. So they obscured that!!!!

    And last but not least “giochi senza frontere”… Games without frontiers. A show of funny games in eurovision. Italy, France, Germany, Portugal… don’t remember all. Was England in the show? So popular in every country. Michele, you remember?

    Oooh, the old times…..

    • FEd

      You’ve reminded me of It’s a Knockout.

      There was a special one for charity involving members of the Royal Family. Watching this clip now, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    • Alessandra

      I remember when Swiss TV came out. I didn’t know it had been obscured for that reason.

      I used to watch “Giochi senza frontiere”. It was on Saturday evening, or I’m going wrong? Also England was in the show. I remember that, when I was very, very young, I was incredibly attracted by the strange images of the eurovision and by the coloured ball, which (I think) appeared at the end of the broadcasts. 😀

      It should have a name, but I don’t know what it is.

    • Michèle

      ‘Giochi senza frontere’, yes, Pier, the show was called ‘Jeux sans frontières’ here, it was a great success (I was not a big fan, though).

      I had a look on Wikipedia, you (Italy) won 4 times, we won 3 times, but the champions were Germany: 6 times!

      Congratulations, Germany! :))

  22. piergiorgio

    One thing or two on reality shows, in reply to last post.

    First: technically, reality doesn’t exist. When a camera is on, people are acting. Moreover there is a plot. What people do is what happens in cinema – “suspension of disbelief”. But in cinema this magic is created by a piece of art that claims itself false and fictitious by nature. Here is art and magic: we know it is untrue but we cry, we laugh, we shout… Reality shows do the opposite. A bad plot with bad actors it is told us that is real BEFORE the show. Only to stop us from thinking that this is bad acting, bad story. They tell us that it is REAL and we believe that. But if we stop a second we see that it can’t be true, at all. The emotion on faces ARE fake. Example? There is a man on an island. Alone because the last week he lost the competition with other players of the reality show, so he was moved to a solitary piece of land. We watch as he cooks, tries to find food, is starving and looks lonely at the sea, silent. He never looks the camera. Hey! there’s a camera. There are MORE man. Working, not starving, filming. He is only acting. Reality is all this.

    Second: Reality is the CHEAPEST TV show. A serial, with screenwriters, lights, filming, etc. is so expensive. The lowest possible quality and the highest revenues from ads. The main reason for reality is MONEY. These are the cheapest shows.

    In a word, it is stupid to watch them unless you are aware it is fake.

    Unfortunately I am able to think. I am adult. But what about kids? What about them? When we where young we were watching shows, TV series. We knew that the TV set was a box of imagery and imagination. And THAT made a show, and television, fascinating. It was art. We were clearly watching an emotional creation.

    And now? Kids think that those emotions are true, those clothes are true, that life is like that, that those are the values. Unite this to the tendency to stay close at home and the distortion is great in the minds of the young.

    • NewYorkDan

      I agree, could have written this myself. Reality Television is an oxymoron in name as well as in concept. It’s sad that people think this stuff is real.

  23. lorraine

    One I really enjoyed at the time was ‘Edge of Darkness’, I think Eric Clapton did the soundtrack.

    • MartinS.

      Lorraine, this is my favourite piece of TV ever ! And the superb soundtrack was by Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen. Castellorizon always reminds me of it. 🙂


    • FEd

      Did you know that they’ve turned it into a film, starring Mel Gibson?

      It’s due for release later this year.

    • MartinS.

      I think I did know that FEd, but had tried to blot it out. No one could top Bob Peck and Joe Don Baker’s performances. Although I think it’s the original director.

      Perhaps David could do the music. :))


  24. Pete - Coventry

    Benny Hill, Kenny Everett (thanks Taki) and Tommy Cooper. I love to watch those. Tommy Cooper was superb.

    As for films I do enjoy a Carry On, On the Buses, Man About the House and the Confessions of series. Very silly but just can’t turn them off when they come on.

    Monty Python was a fave also.

  25. Michèle

    I remember in the 80s the series ‘Belle et Sébastien’ (not the band ‘Belle and Sebastian’), a beautiful ‘love story’ between a dog and and a child, loved it. I now know it was an animated adaptation of a novel and had been broadcast (black and white) in the 60s.

    And the funny, uncontrollable extra-terrestrial/alien ‘Alf’ who wanted to cook the cat in the oven… Oh, he never did… at least in my naive/selective memory… 😉

    Keep rockin’, Alf ! :))

    See here.


    • piergiorgio

      We had that too. It was Japanese as well, as Star Blazers. I think in Italy we had more Japanese cartoons than anyone else in Europe. It was Goldrake that broke through. They were cheap to buy and very successful. The title tracks in Italian were successful singles in the charts. And some old ones are rerun with a lot of success. “Lupin III” is a myth here. You can see cars with Lupin’s sticker on it!

      Japanese made cartoons from nearly anything. They also adapted the Italian novel “Cuore” by Edmondo De Amicis and made another series of a single episode of the novel “dagli appennini alle Ande”.

      In one case, “Gundam” an Italian channel didn’t pay the right to broadcast it. They basically stole it! Well, the Japanese NEVER gave to any Italian channel the rights to broadcast any Gundam series for the following 15 years! A lesson was learned…

      Here is a tune I liked so much… one of the 9 (!!) pieces of music for Goldrake. This was a “funky” tune for the ending of the first series. “Shooting Star”. It is sung in English but it is Italian… lyrics: luigi albertelli, music: vince Tempera and Ares Tavolazzi. :))


    • Susan

      Oui, Michele Ma Belle! I forgot about Alf! I absolutely loved that show! :))

    • FEd

      Here is a tune I liked so much… one of the 9 (!!) pieces of music for Goldrake.

      Sure is funky.

      OK, let’s bring the ‘TV theme tunes’ post forward…

  26. jan

    Loved some of the old shows. The did not have to hit you over the head with the humor.

    The Comedy Hour (I think it was the name, with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca)
    Jack Benny
    Dragnet (Jack Webb)
    Barney Miller
    Good Neighbors (Felicity Kendal)
    Butterflies (Wendy Craig & Geoffrey Palmer)
    As Time Goes By (think that’s the name, with Judi Dench)
    Keeping Up Appearances
    Bob Newhart (older shows with Suzanne Pleshette)
    Rockford Files (James Garner)
    Rawhide (Clint Eastwood)
    Gunsmoke (James Arness)
    Mike Hammer (Darren McGavin)
    Prime Suspect (Helen Mirren)
    Inspector Morse (John Thaw)
    Adam Dalgliesh
    A Town Like Alice
    The Thorn Birds

    (Some of these were mini series.)

    The comedy shows were the type that did not have to hit you over the head with the humor. They were wonderfully funny.

    • Beppo the Mime

      Oh yeah, I’d add Maverick to my list of favorite shows from the 80s (reruns from the 50s and 60s).

      Now, can anyone name all the brothers! There were three maverick brothers!

      Hint Hint… one was British!!

      Darren 8|

    • jan

      – Maverick
      – Roger Moore: Beau
      – James Garner: Bret
      – Jack Kelly : Bart

      Think that’s right. 😛

  27. jan

    Forgot one of the best of the older shows – M A S H – with Alan Alda & co.

  28. jan

    Has anyone seen a newer series called Dexter? If so, what are your opinions?

    I have enjoyed the first season. Quirky. :))

    • Rudders - Toronto


      Loved it… although… I’m watching Six Feet Under on DVD at the moment and seeing Dexter having liaisons with other men is disturbing.

      He’s a much better serial killer than he is a gay guy.

    • FEd

      I’ve been quite tempted to give it a try a few times, but haven’t yet, so I appreciate your views.

    • jan


      This is one show where the voice over works well. In fact adds to it.

      I have not seen Six Feet Under but hear it is good. I do like Michael C. Halls work on Dexter though. Very good cast. Doaks was a great character.

  29. Gabrielle, Washington State

    The early years:

    Wagon Train, Gun Smoke, The Virginian, Wanted: Dead or Alive (I loved Steve McQueen)

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents (good ev-e-ning), Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Boris Karloff’s Thriller

    The Fugitive, The Untouchables, The Naked City, The Thin Man, Peter Gunn

    Topper, Red Skelton Show, Jack Benny Show, Ernie Kovacks

    Lassie, Leave It To Beaver, Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best (these should be categorized under the heading “fantasy – I really loved it when Rickie Nelson sang a song, though!) :))

    So many of these early shows had really memorable, and sometimes truly good theme music, especially Peter Gunn and Hitchcock.

    In the middle-to-later years I watched I Spy; The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Get Smart; The Monkees (occasionally some really fine guest musicians such as Tim Buckley and Frank Zappa); Mission: Impossible; MASH; The Carol Burnett Show; Sonny and Cher; Saturday Night Live; WKRP in Cincinnati; Barney Miller, etc., etc.

    There’s a bit of a haze that clouds my memory of some of the middle-to-late years–a purple haze, if I’m not mistaken! 8)

    But that’s a story for another time…

    Peace y’all!

  30. NewYorkDan

    M*A*S*H* is one of my all-time faves. The Honeymooners is good, but it gets on my nerve after a while.

    I love shows from the 80s like The Cosby Show and Cheers. The Bob Newhart Show was great because the psychiatrist needed more help than his patients!

    Monty Python was hilarious when I was around 12 or so, but I haven’t seen it since then and I have no idea whether I’d still find it funny. Oh, and I nearly forgot one of the funniest shows ever: TAXI. Andy Kaufman was a genius, even if he was a disturbed man. But most of those are comedies.

    I like other kinds of shows, too. Star Trek plays as comedy to our sensibilities, but they were working with some, er, “fascinating” concepts. The Rockford Files, I grew up with that. Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” was brilliant, is still used in classrooms to this day. And the old Warner Brothers cartoons like Bugs Bunny and Road Runner are the work of some very clever people. I never get tired of those!! (I Love Lucy is UNWATCHABLE for me, even if it made me laugh several years ago.)

  31. John nff

    I really like very early sitcoms. My favourite is The Andy Griffith Show. It’s brilliant. Also like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Honeymooners and who can forget My Favorite Martian?

    I also remember rushing home from school every day to catch the latest exploits of Robin Hood (starring Richard Greene). I can still kind of remember the theme song… “Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen. Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men…”

    Does anyone remember the cartoon series The Mighty Hercules? Johnny Nash sang the theme for that one. “Hercules, hero of song and story…”

    • FEd

      “Feared by the bad, loved by the good…”

      Come to think of it, I suspect I may well have had that on LP with other equally-catchy tunes from its day.

    • frank par

      Too bad Father Ted passed away at an early age, I loved the old priest too. “Drink!”

  32. Ax

    None has said Mr. Bean or Blackadder!! Those are awesome shows.

    I also like:

    MASH, Monty Python, Saturday Night Live (Late Seventies and Early Nineties Casts), The Rifleman, Anything to do with Bugs Bunny, The Three Stooges, Tex Avery and Hanna Barbera shorts, I love Lucy, Laverne and Shirley, Good Times, The Jeffersons

  33. Matt

    Does anyone here remember William Daniels as “Captain Nice“?

    Look! It’s the man who flies around like an eagle.
    Look! It’s the enemy of all that’s illegal.
    Look! At the muscles on those arms, they’re like hammers.
    Look! It’s the nut who walks around in pajamas.
    That’s no nut boy, that’s Captain Nice.
    Nice! Nice! Nice! Nice! Nice!

  34. Andrew

    And what about these classics:

    The Little Rascals
    The Honeymooners

    Also, one of my all time favorites is The Odd Couple.

    Then of course if you want to stroll down memory lane, who remembers these shows?

    Prisoner Cell Block H
    The Hitchhiker
    Dream On
    F Troop
    McHale’s Navy
    Mister Ed
    The Avengers
    Adam 12
    Love American Style
    Mary Tyler Moore
    I, Claudius
    I Dream of Jeanie
    Candid Camera (now there’s reality television)
    Family Ties
    Eight is Enough

    So does that jar some memories???



  35. GianLuca

    I wish TV serials were like when we were growing up, much simpler, proper language, proper soundtracks.

    I remember Magnum PI, Arnold, Starsky & Hutch, The Persuaders, Lupin III, The Muppet Show… man, I’m going to start crying now…

    I gave up my TV something like 8 years ago, never bought one again since then.

  36. Tony

    Most of what I would have mentioned have already been listed so I won’t bore you all by repeating them.

    One missing is The Water Margin, another in the vein of Monkey but for “grown ups”.

    A Series that played out early eighties was Going Out, written by Phil Redmond of Grange Hill fame. Have only met one other person who remembers that series, for years I thought I must have imagined it.

    Harry’s Game, A Kind Of Loving with Joanne Whalley, probably my first real serious crush.

  37. Penny

    Hey FEd;

    I used to watch;

    Lost In Space
    Star Trek (still love)
    The Carol Burnet Show
    The Monkees
    Laugh In
    It Takes a Thief
    The Mod Squad
    Jonny Quest
    Night Gallery
    Twilight Zone
    The Outer Limits
    Kung Fu
    Red Dwarf
    Are You Being Served
    Monty Python
    Absolutely Fabulous
    The Midnight Special
    Saturday Night Live
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Ed Sullivan

    Any many, many more that I’m sure I’m forgetting…

    Have a lovely weekend!


    • jan


      Loved Highlander (Adrian Paul was seriously good looking guy and loved the music of Loreena McKennitt).

      Hercules and Xena! Sad about Kevin Smith. Bruce Campbell believed played a recurring character in Hercules and Xena and wrote a book sometime ago called ‘If Chins Could Kill’. Fairly funny. He and Sam Raimi were very good friends growing up. Wish the would rerun the Xena’s so I could catch the old one with Karl Urban.

  38. Simon J

    Well to me, you couldn’t beat a bit of Bully on a Saturday night…


    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  39. Susan

    Don’t laugh; my favorite show was “Bewitched”… (then my favorite became “Seinfeld” as I have grown older).

  40. frank par

    Go Reds, Go. That’s more like it.

    This should be interesting in both leagues for England overall!

  41. Taki

    … I was a fan of British series since I can remember. I always enjoyed the “clear” pictures on screen in my youth (a lot of quality was lost with the transformation from NTSC to European norms those days), but even more the British accent since they aired them with original sound and subtitles.

    Here some other ones I forgot to mention in my first post:

    Pink Panther cartoons, especially the Clouseau stories in there (no si, oui)
    All Tex Avery cartoons
    M*A*S*H (the earlier seasons)
    Danger Man (with Patrick McGoohan who also worked a lot for “Columbo”, too)

    I also recall seeing a serial around 1975 (but obviously an older one ) with a kind of agent, which in one episode used a blowtube to put a bugging device in the house of an opponent. It could have been Danger Man, but I’m not sure. Maybe one of you has an idea…


  42. Tim_C

    Certainly not on the topic of cult TV, but I am sure you are very pleased with Liverpool’s spectacular win today F’ed…

  43. mikeT

    Hi all. Does anyone remember Chance in a Million? The hapless Tom Chance played by Simon Callow. It’s a shame I don’t recall it being repeated.

    What about The Rise and Fall of Reggie Perin? Classic!

    How about Kunt Kinte, Chicken George etc. in Roots? Superb.

  44. jan

    Another good British series ” Yes, Minister”. Always ended with that line and was interesting to watch to see how they were going to work it in. 😀

  45. NewYorkDan

    Being home sick today, I’ve been watching daytime television. This morning I watched “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire,” “Price Is Right,” “Family Feud.” This afternoon it was an Oprah rerun about cosmetics or some such thing.

    These shows numb the mind and I’m not sure how much of my crummy mood is because of the TV or the sickness that’s kept me here today.