TV SHOWS WE GREW UP WITH
The  Fugitive  
1963 - 1967  Black&White/Color
120 episodes  ABC 60 minutes
Fugitive Cast
David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble
Barry Morse as Lt. Philip Gerard
Bill Raisch as. Fred Johnson
                (The One-Armed Man)
Diane Brewster (flashbacks) as Helen Kimble

Descritpion:   Dr. RIchard Kimble and his wife Helen are  
having an argument over whether or not to adopt a child.
Kimble storms out of the house. Enter the one-armed man.
He bashes Helen over the head .. Kimble returns home and
sees this man in his headlights. Kimble is convicted of
Helen's murder but as he is being transported to death row,  
a train wreck allows his escape.  Richard Kimble dyes his hair
black and begins the quest to find the one-armed man,
becoming a  fugitive. He is relentlessly pursued by Lt. Philip
Gerard .    Unique for its time, the Fugitive resolved their
storyline at the  conclusion of the series. The two parter
called "Judgement"   was the highest rated television show
until 1967
"Gidget"
1965 - 1966
ABC 30 minutes
Gidget Cast
Sally Field as
Frances Elizabeth 'Gidget' Lawrence
Don Porter- Professor  'Russ' Lawrence
Betty Conner as Anne Cooper
Pete Duel as John Cooper
Lynette Winter as Larue
Jimmy Hawkins as Paul
Martin Milner as the Great Kahuna
DESCRIPTION:
Gidget  lives with her widowed father  
Russell  a professor, in Santa Monica,
California. Her sister Anne  was married
to a psychology student, John . Anne
likes to mother Gidget, while John does  
analysis.Gidget loves to surf at Malibu  
Beach.  What about Moondoggie? Well, if  
you have Gidget, you gotta have
Moondoggie because everybody had  
seen  the Sandra Dee and James Darren   
movies. But in the TV show, Jeff,
Moondoggie, was at Princeton!
                             To Tell The Truth
       Mark Goodson -Bill Todman Production       1956-1968    30 minutes
Bud Collier, host    
Panelists included
Kitty Carlisle,  Orson Bean,  Polly Bergen,
Tom Poston,   Peggy Cass,  Bill Cullen,
and Don Ameche
Description :    Each contestant claimed to
be the same person and panelists had
to guess which one was telling the truth.
The phony claimants could lie but the actual person had "to tell the truth"  
when questioned. At the conclusion of the show, Collier would say,
"would the real ________ please stand up."


              Ding Dong School
                  1952 - 1956    NBC
                                    Ding Dong School Cast
                           Dr. Frances Horwich aka Miss Frances

Seen Monday through Friday, the Ding Dong School was
one of the first educational shows for kids. It pioneered the  
style later used by Mr. Rogers and others.  Our "teacher" was
Dr. Frances Horwich, who was head of the Education  Department at Roosevelt College
in Chicago.  But we knew her as "Miss Francis."The opening sequence was a hand ringing  
a bell. This prompted producer Reinald Werrenrath's three year old daughter to give the
show it's name!
I  SPY      NBC     60 minutes
1965-1968 Mon.   10:00-11:00PM
Produced by Sheldon Leonard,   82 episodes
                     
Cast:
Robert Culp as Kelly Robinson
Bill Cosby as Alexander Scott
Antoinette Bower as Shelby Clavell
Sheldon Leonard as Sorgi
France Nuyen as Sam-than McLean

Description:.    Historically, I Spy will be
remembered as the   
first television show to feature a Black actor,
Bill Cosby, in a
lead role.  Kelly Robinson was an Ivy
Leaguer whose  spy cover  
was that of a top-seeded tennis pro.  
Alexander Scott was a  
scholar and language expert who posed as
Kelly's  trainer. The
show was filmed all over the world in exotic
locales as the
American intelligence agents plied their
secret trade.  Culp
and Cosby never took life too seriously and
often found the
humor even in dangerous situations.  I Spy
was an excellent
vehicle for Cosby to show that he was more
than a standup
comic.
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The cisco kid
1950-1955 Syndicated
Color - 156 Episodes

Cast:
Duncan Renaldo as The Kid
Leo Carrillo as Pancho
Horses: Diablo and Loco


Description:
These guys operated a lot like Robin Hood.    
Although the law regarded them as
desperados, they defended the weak and
helpless. One of the reasons for this show's
longevity in syndication was the early
decision to film in color. Their signature   
sign off was
"Oh, Cisco" and "Oh, Pancho
as they rode off into the sunset.
" Topper "               1953 - 1955   
CBS - 78 total episodes  Black and White   30 mins






CAST:
Leo G. Carroll as Cosmo Topper
Anne Jeffreys as Marion Kerby           Buck -as Neil
Robert Sterling as George Kerby
Lee Patrick as Henrietta Topper
Thurston Hall as Mr. Schuyler

DESCRIPTION:  Serious banker Cosmo Topper   
and his wife Henrietta move into a new home.
Much to Cosmo's dismay, the house is haunted by
the previous owners, George and Marion Kirby.
Worse, only Topper could see or hear them.  The
Kerbys had died in a skiing accident on their fifth
wedding anniversary. Their beloved St Bernard
dog Neil had tried to rescue them and lost his  
life in the attempt.  Poor Neil had developed a
drinking problem with a preference for brandy.
The Kerby's were fun people and they could get
away with anything they wanted. Topper's life    
would have been very boring without them.  Anne
Jeffreys and Robert Sterling were married in real  
life.


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THE SOUPY SALES
SHOW  1964- 1967

Soupy Sales served as host and
was usually the  only human. Random bits of  
silliness (Soupy Says) were intermixed with skits   
(Philo Kvetch, people coming to the door). The audience
usually didn't see who was at the door, just heard the
dialogue and saw Soupy's reaction.White Fang and
Black Tooth were Soupy's "dogs". You only saw a
paw/leg and the dialogue was unintelligible. Soupy
acted as translator. His other puppet friends
ppeared at the window. Hippy was a hippo and Pookie
was a lion.    Soupy brought pie throwing to an art
form — straight to the face, on top of the head, a pie
to both ears from behind, moving into a stationary pie
and countless other variations. By some estimates,
Soupy has been hit by over 25,000 pies.  Sales' hit
dance record, "The Mouse", is from this period of his
career
Annie Oakley
1952-1956   30 minutes
Black and White 83 episodes
CAST
Gail Davis as Annie
Jimmy Hawkins as brother, Tagg
Brad Johnson as Deputy Sheriff Lofty Craig
Fess Parker as Tom Conrad
Shelley Fabres as Trudy
Target - Annie's horse
The story took place in Diablo. Annie Oakley  was a
gun-toting, hard ridin' rancher. And she was a woman! For a
female to have a lead in any series, let alone a Western was
rare. The show was aimed at children and it worked. Many
women who now are called "Grandma" recall Annie Oakley
as a model for what women can do.  Gail Davis was a crack
shot and skilled rider and so did most of her own stunts.
Peyton Place
1964 -1969 ABC 30 MINs
Black and White and Color
524 episodes

Cast:

Dorothy Malone as Constance MacKenzie Carson   
                               (1964-1968)
Tim O'Connor as Elliot Carson (1965-1968)
Mia Farrow as Allison Mackenzie (1964-1966)
Ryan O'Neal as Rodney Harrington
Christopher Connelly as Norman Harrington
Paul Langton as. Leslie Harrington (1964-1968)
Barbara Parkins as Betty Anderson Harrington

DESCRIPTION

Peyton Place was the first prime
time soap opera. . We were
mad for more of the secrets of
this small New England town
with the lovely gazebo and smoldering
passions. For its time, both the novel and the
TV series were seen as highly risque. Sexy
stuff for the Fifties and Sixties.   Among the   
other people who came and went  were:
Lee Grant,   Gena Rowlands, Leslie
Nielsen, Wilfred Hyde-White, Leigh
Taylor-Young,   Ruby Dee and Lola Albright.
A cast of thousands. Peyton Place made stars   of
Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal

American Bandstand
10/7/1957 - 1987   ABC 60 mins
Black & White/ Color (9/9/1967)                                                            
    
American Bandstand Theme Song -
"Bandstand Boogie"
Music by Charles Albertine       Words by Barry Manilow

Weekday afternoons were spent with the kids in Philly, the kids on American  
Bandstand. I knew all their names.
Everybody knew the names of The Regulars on
Bandstand.   Kenny  Rossi and Arlene Sullivan, Bunny Gibson and Eddie Kelly,  Pat   
Molittieri, Carmen Jimenz, Joyce Shafer.
I knew when couples broke up. I imitated all  
the dance steps, sometimes with the refrigerator door as a partner. My mother thought I
was nuts.   To many of you, it was about the music and the artists. Forget that.  Dancing
was a major feature of Bandstand. The kids who showed up every day    (Bandstand aired
every weekday afternoon for the first six years)   knew all the most popular steps. The
Slop. The Hand Jive. The Bop. They even invented a few - the Stroll, the Circle and the
Chalypso.
1st song played on the national edition was Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shaking
Goin' On."
1st Guests:     Billy Williams, Chordettes         Dick Clark's first day as host: 7/9/1956
                   THE WINKY DINK SHOW   CBS, 1953-1957.
Cast:
Jack Barry
Mike McBean
Mae Questel, the voice of "Winky Dink"

                      Description:
For some reason, most every early boomer remembers this one. This was an early "participation" kids show.     
Parents could buy a Winky Dink kit, which contained a film to place over the TV screen. Then, kids could draw   
on the screen to corresponding images on the show. The problem was that some kids drew on the screen
even though they did not have the kit. Oops! Winky Dink was a cartoon character; his dog was Woofer.
Bonanza
NBC, 1959-1973.
  Cast:
Lorne Green - Ben Cartwright
Dan Blocker - Hoss (Eric) Cartwright
Michael Landon - Little Joe Cartwright
Pernell Roberts - Adam Cartwright
Victor Seng Yung - Hop Sing
Ray Teal - Sheriff Roy Coffee

            
  Description:
Justice and family values in the 1800s... the
Cartwright  family lived outside of Virginia City, Nevada,
on a large ranch called the Ponderosa.   Pernell
Roberts left the series before it ended. The familiar
Bonanza theme was composed by David Rose. The
primary sponsor for Bonanza was Chevrolet.
Dragnet
NBC  1951-1959;
Cast:

Jack Webb - Joe Friday
Barton Yarborough - Ben Romero (1951)
Barney Philips - Sargeant Jabcobs (1952)
Ben Alexander - Officer Frank Smith (1952-1959)


           Description:
"The story you are about to see is true; the names   
have been changed to protect the innocent."  
Dragnet is one of those shows that went on and
on. It was a straight-as-an-arrow cop show. Joe
Friday was a stiff as a board.
"Just the facts, ma'm; just the facts."
He played by the book; but he always got his man.
"My name is Friday; I wear a badge."   Yep; Jack
Webb, whose character wore badge 714, narrated
the series, too. In later years, he was also the
producer. The show went off the air in 1959
The Little Rascals, AKA,
the Our Gang comedies
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                            Cast
Spanky, Alfalfa, Porky, Darlene,
Butch, Farina, Buckwheat, Dickey,
Stymie, Darla, Waldo, Wheezer, and Petie, the beloved
dog.
   Description
In the mid-1950s, the 80 Hal
Roach-produced shorts with sound were   
syndicated for television under the title
The Little Rascals, as MGM retained the
rights to the Our Gang trademark.
  The
silent and early talkie shorts actually went on
for over 20 years
. The Little Rascals was
syndicated and often appeared as short
segments in local kids' shows throughout
the fifties and sixties
The series, one of the best-known and
most successful in cinema history, is
noted for showing children behaving in a
relatively natural way. While child actors
are often groomed to imitate adult acting
styles, steal scenes, or deliver "cute"
performances, Hal Roach and original
director Robert F. McGowan worked to
film the unaffected, raw nuances apparent
in regular kids. Our Gang also notably put
boys, girls, whites, and blacks together in
a group as equals, something that "broke
new ground,"   It was Porky who said,
"Otay," not Buckwheat.