From time to time I write about TV as it used to be. Here’s everything I’ve written on the subject.
Beyond Our Control – It was a TV show about TV. It won awards, it got national press. But unless you lived in or near South Bend, Indiana, you never heard of it.
Hummable television news themes – Local television news ratings have been in slow decline ever since the demise of the catchy news theme song. Hmmmmm.
1950s animated commercials – Cartoons selling stuff? It created some of the best early television.
How many licks does it take? – Remember the classic Tootsie Pop commercial? You probably remember the 30-second version, but there was a 60-second version with extra characters.
Dinah Shore for the 1959 Chevrolet – Dinah shilled Cheverolets for years.
1970s weather forecasts – A look at how low-tech TV weather forecasts were in the 1970s.
Winky Dink and You – A brilliantly done children’s television show from the 1950s.
Bewitched – Shows clips from the show’s original prime-time run, stuff not part of what you see in syndication.
A WGN Christmas – Suzy Snowflake; Hardrock, Coco, and Joe; and Frosty the Snowman.
Hello News – One of the most popular news themes ever, it was used all over the country.
Brought to you in living color – In the 1960s, all three networks had their own special “In Color” intro, from the days when color was still new and special.
A moment from 1977 – An analysis of a few minutes of the normal things that happened between network shows in 1977.
Adam-12 – When I was a boy, I wanted to be Officer Jim Reed!
Password – My favorite game show of all time, with clips from all of its incarnations over almost 20 years.
S from Hell and V of Doom – Why do these closing logos scare children so?
ABC’s AM America and Monty Python – Monty Python co-hosted ABC’s morning news program one morning.
The Andy Griffith Show – Commercials from the show for its sponsor, starring Andy and Barney.
Bill Cullen – The most durable game show host.
The CBS Late Movie – Back before David Letterman, CBS used to show movies after the late news.
Match Game – Remember the funky music they played while the stars wrote their answers to the questions? I have them for you.
The Price is Right ticket plug – Remember how game shows used to let you write in for tickets to see the show taped?
Donahue – A rare opening clip from Phil Donohue’s early days in Chicago.
1978 NBC Nightly News theme – Henry Mancini wrote a well-remembered theme from NBC Nightly News.
Classical Gas TV news theme – The news theme that got me interested in all things TV news.
Hoppity Hooper – I found these magnets of a little cartoon frog. Turns out he had his own show.
Speed Racer – The post that started it all, about a Japanese cartoon I watched as a boy.