From time to time I write about TV as it used to be. Here’s everything I’ve written on the subject.
Card Sharks — The original version of this game show aired in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and always invokes fond memories of my grandmother, who was a card shark herself.
Freakies — This 1970s breakfast cereal was a tour de force of smart marketing. See three commercials for it here.
1950s commercials for Ansco cameras and films – Ansco was second only to Kodak in amateur photography in the 1950s. Here are some television commercials they produced.
The Twilight Zone – A show that originally aired toward the end of the modern age, which is perhaps why my children, who are firmly planted in the postmodern age, don’t like it much.
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.
Beany and Cecil – I loved this silly cartoon show as a boy.
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.