November 23, 2004

That 70's Show

Professor Chaos is taking nominations for shows from the 70's that are gone but should not be forgotten.

Alas, I've personally forgotten a great deal from his current list. We used to watch "Fish" all the time because we were such big "Barney Miller" fans and especially liked Abe Vigoda. "Land of the Lost" was a Saturday morning staple for a while, but the whole bit with the Sleestax and those weirdo diamond-in-the-sky things got too confusing for me. Beyond that, I can't recall much.

Here are a few other shows that come to mind:

Emergency (and its cartoon spin-off, "Emergency +4")
Battlestar Galactica (yes, dammit, the original series blows away the recent Sci-Fi remake)
CHiPs (I mean , come on)
Barney Miller (see above)

And who can forget "Flying High", the short-lived series about the wacky exploits of three stewardesses living together? I don't remember much, but I do remember Connie Selleca taking off her shirt as she walked down a circular staircase (in the episode where their pilot friend was staying with them and pretending to be temporarily blind). Now that was entertainment!

I'm sure you've got lots of other suggestions. You know what to do.

Yips! to Dr. Rusty.

UPDATE: Ah, another synapse comes back on-line! Who can forget the short-lived sci-fi comedy "Quark" starring Richard Benjamin? Alas, the only specific bit I can now remember is a clever rip-off of the Bearded-Spock Star Trek episode featuring "Ficus" - the highly logical first officer - who was exactly the same annoying twit in both universes.

Posted by Robert at November 23, 2004 11:28 AM | TrackBack

How can you even consider compiling such a list without making mention of WKRP in Cincinnatti? Especially THIS time of year?????

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Posted by: Brian B at November 23, 2004 01:24 PM

You're right! Especially since

a) my four year old is known around the house for her "Les Nessman" band-aid moments, and

b) I have been in many, many arguments on the relative, er, merits of Bailey vs. Jennifer. (I'm a Bailey supporter, myself.)

Posted by: Robert the LB at November 23, 2004 01:29 PM



Posted by: jeff at November 23, 2004 01:30 PM

GUNSMOKE. Why haven't they remade this as a feature film?

I was very young when this was on but I still remember the production values as being fantastic. Every episode looked like a movie, with great lighting, authentic sets...

Plus the most violent intro sequence on TV.

Posted by: See-Dubya at November 23, 2004 02:24 PM

MASH was a big favorite of mine.

Posted by: RP at November 23, 2004 02:34 PM

Abe Vigoda is shexayyy.

MARY TYLER MOORE!! (Who could forget the hot and shexayyy Mr. Grant? Ed Asner's back hair. Ooo Eee.)

MAUDE!! (At one time, some sick farker posted a drink recipe entitled "Bea Arthur's Panties." Yum.)

Posted by: Margi at November 23, 2004 03:10 PM

Starsky & Hutch
Six Million Dollar Man
Bionic Woman (I wanted to be Jamie Sommers)
Charlie's Angels

Posted by: jen at November 23, 2004 03:25 PM

I remember Quark. He drove an interstellar garbage scow if i'm not mistaken.

Posted by: DWC at November 23, 2004 03:30 PM

have been in many, many arguments on the relative, er, merits of Bailey vs. Jennifer.

Actually, I have the same response to this question as I do to the Ginger/Marianne dillema: Are you looking for a long term romance or a short term sexual liaison?

Posted by: Brian B at November 23, 2004 08:22 PM

Thanks for the Llamabutchering -- the hits keep coming in. My original intent were shows that most of us had forgotten, so some didn't make the list. But man, WKRP was everything to me as a kid. Les Nessman dropping turkeys out of a helicopter on thanksgiving because he thought they could fly? Classic. Then it turns out to be based on a real radio stunt ...

Posted by: Leopold Stotch at November 23, 2004 08:52 PM

Brian - Let's just say that growing old together was not one of the criteria involved.

Posted by: Robert the LB at November 24, 2004 08:04 AM

Well, in that case, I'd have to go with Jennifer/Ginger. Expertise checkmates enthusiasm.

Posted by: Brian B at November 24, 2004 12:52 PM
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