It’s Friday again, and that means it’s time to join Linda for another “Flashback Friday”! Today’s topic is all about television. If you would like to join in, or simply read the memories of others, simply click on Linda’s button! I’m also joining with Java at “Follow Friday” at http://www.nevergrowingold.blogspot.com
When I was a little girl, television was not nearly as popular as it is today. It didn’t dominate households like it seems to now a days. It wasn’t until the last 20 years or so that everyone seemed to go “television crazy”. We played outside most of the time, and television watching took place in the evenings, as a family affair.
I can actually remember when the first color televisions became available. What a big deal that was! My aunt and uncle bought a console color television not long after they became available. On Sunday nights, sometimes my parents and I would go to their house and watch Bonanza in color! I can also remember watching Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color on Sundays, too. Apparently, those must have been two of the first shows to be broadcast in color.
In my childhood days, there was only one television in everyone’s house, and it was located in the living room or den. Everyone gathered around to watch a show together. We had a large outside antenna(above the house) that picked up the television signals. I remember only having 3 channels to watch, CBS, NBC, and PBS. Eventually ABC was added, then Fox came last. Guess what? We didn’t have remote controls either! Parents got their children to get up and turn the dial on the television to change the channel!
I remember the shows Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, and Alfred Hitchcock. My parents liked westerns, but as I grew older, I was more intrigued by shows like Alfred Hitchcock. I can still hear Alfred say “Good evening!”
A few more favorite television shows that I remember from my childhood days are: Captain Kangaroo, Dr. Kildare, I Love Lucy, Batman, Bewitched, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Monkees, Dark Shadows, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Rat Patrol(strange, I know). I also remember sitting and watching “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In” as a teenager. Who remembers Goldie Hawn with all of that body paint? The times were definately changing…it was the 70’s.
My parents bought their first color television in the early 1970’s. They gave their old black and white television to me when I got married, but didn’t last very long. A 19 inch color television set was my husband’s first purchase for our home. He bought it in 1972″on time” from Kmart. One of the first shows that I can remember watching on it was “The Price Is Right”, back when Bob Barker still had black hair! I also remember “The Waltons” being one of my favorite shows after getting married. I loved the Walton family, and watching how life used to be in the “old days”. My husband didn’t like “John Boy”…he thought he was a “sissy”.
I was nearly 40 years old, married, and the mother of 3 children before we bought a satellite dish and actually received more than four channels! After seeing some of the programming coming in on some of those other channels, I was almost ready to go back to antenna television!
My husband and I made the mistake of allowing our children to have televisions in their rooms. I don’t recommend doing this. Our oldest child, a daughter, used her television responsibly. Our sons were a different story. Several nights I caught our teenaged boys watching television in the wee hours of the morning, when they should’ve been sleeping. I can only imagine what they were watching… At one point in time, we had five televisions in our house. What were we thinking?
Now that I am retired, and have more time to watch television, I find that there really isn’t much worth watching. I am appalled at the things that are shown on network television these days–during primetime! It’s worse than what used to come on satellite/cable television late at night. I miss the wholesome family-type shows that I grew up watching. My daughter gets frustrated trying to find shows suitable for her daughter to watch with them.
Sometimes I’ll find some old reruns on television, and watch just for old time’s sake. I still enjoy The Beverly Hillbillies or I Love Lucy. How about you? Do you have any fond memories of television shows that you used to like to watch?