Thursday, May 01, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Today, from the woman who watches very little TV, I present, in no particular order:

My Favorite TV Themes!

1. Cagney & Lacey. This is one of my favorite shows, period, and when I hear that intro, it's time to sit down and spend an hour with my favorite gals.

2. Gilligan's Island. Who can resist this show? Stranded on an island, seven of the most mixed bag of folks you could imagine (in the 1960s) try to get along and get off their little piece of heave.

3. Green Acres. From the first tones, you know you're getting ready to watch two city slickers try to turn themselves into country folk. Always worth a laugh.

4. Xena: Warrior Princess. Another favorite show. Xena lost her way a bit toward the end but she remains in my mind as a staunch example of women who take only "yes" for an answer.

5. The Brady Bunch. I grew up with this show. I never missed it. They were the family I always wanted.

6. MASH. While this wasn't always "must see" TV for me, I enjoyed it and enjoy it even more in reruns. I love the theme but I especially like the theme lyrics, which you can read here.

7. Survivor: Whatever. I am ashamed to say that I have watched this show from its inception and continue to watch it today. It is the only reality show I watch, and I honestly don't know why I watch it. There is nothing appealing about it, and every year I say I'm not going to watch, but I do. When I hear those first jungle noises, I'm in front of the set.

8. Bewitched. I could never resist the magic in this show. Samantha wiggles her nose and poof, stuff happens. A great fantasy.

9. The Carol Burnette Show. I wish there were shows like this on today. Then maybe I'd watch something other than Survivor!

10. Charlie's Angels. More women taking names. I thought Kate Jackson was the greatest actress in the world, when I was 12.

11. Little House on the Prairie. I saw this in rerun as opposed to when it actually ran because we couldn't get the channel. I don't recall it appealing to me as a young person but as an adult I enjoy the wholesome nature of the program.

12. The Facts of Life. Ha. Jo used to crack me up all the time. She was the kid I could never be because I was a goody-goody.

13. The Partridge Family. I admit it. I was in love with Keith. I couldn't help myself. Besides, I was only 9.

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  1. Cagney & Lacey plays up there? I'll have to look for it when I get to it too.

  2. Gosh, I loved Charlie's Angels and Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid. I have been getting Little House on DVD for my kids to watch and they are seriously addicted. Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man (he'd be 60 million in today's dollars :) were other great shows.

    Another great Thursday Thirteen!

  3. carol burnette is a comic genius!


  4. I had a huge crush on David Cassidy in the Partridge Family (didn't remember his name was Keith) and forgot about it until you reminded me. I also like Mash. I was amazed at how they blended comedy and tragedy.

  5. June - Cagney & Lacey doesn't play anywhere that I am aware of - I have the first season on DVD and have worn it out. Sorry to have misled you!

  6. Oh I still watch MASH, that is one I never tire of. Somehow it still relates to today. Funny how history repeats itself.

  7. I loved The West Wing and it's music. Great show - too bad it had to end. Along the Brady Bunch line..I loved Peter Brady! =)

  8. Cagney and Lacey was one of my favourite shows too. It still crops up on the cable channels here.

    I love SF, and Doctor Who has started up again here, running in three spin-offs, of which The Sarah Jane Adventures is the least noticed and the best, in my opinion. Also a big Star Trek fan, with the Next Generation as the show's high point in my viewing tastes (though Seven of Nine is my favourite character). Nothing has ever made my blood run so cold or my head work so hard as the Quatermass serials or A for Andromeda and The Andromeda Breakthrough (not to be compared with the very different Andromeda show on US tv recently)>

    While I still have access to these shows, I can't get hold of the westerns I loved as a child at all, however. I'd really like to own The Virginian - and the High Chapparal was right up there in the top three for years. I didn't miss a broadcast, even when it was a repeat. I wish they would release box sets of those shows.


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