has written a wonderful post, for us to take a much needed stroll down Television memory lane, over on on her blog.
W for Wonder has been gracious enough to allow me, to share it, and post it here, FOR YOU!
1. “Get Smart”. Don Adams was my idol, I couldn’t believe it when he died. We were in the car with my mother and heard it on the radio. I went “No!” and looked at her and she said “I didn’t know how to tell you”. Yes, that’s how much I adored that man for this awesome TV show. Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 and his faithful and lovely partner (and later also wife) Agent 99, the Chief, Sigfried, Agent 13… they all made me laugh and entertained me for years with this spoof to James Bond and all the shows and movies about the Cold War. I still watch it over and over again. There’s also a movie with the original cast; new one could be ok but it can’t be compared to this classic.
2. “Mork and Mindy”. Robin Williams was just the best. And this show was so sweet and funny, all because of Mork and that crazy friend he had, Exidor. Also, he (Robin) looked so cute with that hair, although he got a haircut later, similar to today’s and Mindy almost dies. He was one of the first actors I “fell in love with”, along with Don Adams (yes, I’ve always liked older men). I read how he got the part for the show. They say they were looking for someone who could portray Mork, an alien, and some people had been interviewed, so in comes Robin and sits upside down on his chair. They hired him immediately. The casting chap said “he was the only one to behave as an alien” 🙂
3. “Taxi”. Aw, man, I loved “Taxi”. I started watching it cause of Tony Danza (*drools* lol). I’d first seen him on “Who’s the boss?” and this older show was on another channel. At that time, films like “Back to the Future” or “Twins” were very big too, so I recognised and really liked watching Christopher “Doc” Lloyd and Danny DeVito (he was awesome as the mean boss). The whole cast was great, specially DeVito and Andy Kaufman as Latka; so so funny.
4. “Who’s the Boss?”. As I said, I only liked this show because I was mad about Tony Danza. Nah, it was cute and funny, but yes, Tony taking a shower or shirtless at the beach added to the show’s appeal. His relationship with Angela, her mother and the kids made it the typical show for the family, like “Step by Step” or “Full House”, but this one was better, not only because Tony was hot, I’ve always admired him as an actor too, though I bet he plays himself :P, he doesn’t seem to change much from one performance to another. (In fact, his character in this show was also named Tony). Anyway, you’ve got to love that italian-american accent.
5. “Batman”. Of course, how could this not be included. The craziest show on TV. What the hell were they smoking while they wrote this? Lol. Actually, Adam West once explained, the show was intended as a parody, that’s why it has little or nothing to do with the comic books and looks like a spoof. Cesar Romero’s Joker was great as well as the sexy Julie Newmar as Catwoman. Remember those “Bam!”, Crash!”, “Plunk!”, *add any crazy made-up word* for when they were fighting? And I loved the voice and words on the screen at the end of each episode (at least in my country), something like: “Will Batman and Robin be able to escape Mr. Freeze’s trap? We’ll find out next time, at the same bat-hour, on the same bat-channel!”.
6. “Cheers”. I was also watching “Frasier” at the time and loved it, so it was really cool seeing the beginnings of the character Kelsey Grammer portrayed. Ted Danson was great too, very different from his “Becker”, also on during those years. All the characters had something to offer, the stories were cute, though I prefer the Kirstey Alley times to Shelly Long, I couldn’t stand Diane.
7. “The Simpsons”. Of course again. Probably the best show ever and an icon for my generation. Awesome characters, simple animation mixed with great stories, sometimes funny, other times sad, always making you think, fabulous voices (both originals and latinamerican dubbing, Humberto VÃ©lez as Homer being the best in the latter; original voices, I love them all, Dan Castellaneta is wonderful but I’d have to say Harry Shearer wins for his fantastic performance as Mr. Burns and many more). When me and my friends get together, or even just me in any meeting (and people thinking “freak”), there’s always a Simpson quote. I hope the movie does justice to the show that nowadays is definitely not what it used to be, d’oh!
8. “Seinfeld”. To many, the best show in the history of television. And it was great, indeed. The “Yadda, yadda, yadda” episode has to be one of the best ever. “Seinfeld” made you laugh and think about the world around you at all times. It was so real and yet crazy. Kramer was a very cool character but George has to be my favourite, specially when he’d get mad or nervous and yell something in a very particular way. Another very quoted show.
9. “Married with children”. “Let’s rock” would say Al Bundy, and the audience went crazy. No wonder this show lasted 10 years. Every episode was so damn funny. The hot dumb daughter, the virgin son, the tv-watching, non-cooking wife and poor shoe seller Al Bundy in the middle. Also, the neighbours, the “No Ma’am” club… I always remember the Elvis’ sweat on a shirt episode with Marcy’s “orgasm” retelling her experience watching Elvis sing and dance and one of Al’s friends going “he’s alive, I tell you he’s alive!”. Hilarious.
10. “MacGyver”. Could Richard Dean Anderson have been cuter? And you’ve got to love that theme song. Besides, MacGyver was so cool. We all tried at least once to act like him, putting a string on a door to see if someone walks in or something stupid like that. It was great watching him again on “Stargate SG-1”, a show I haven’t got the chance to watch often because it’s on really late and also I’d like to get it on DVD to watch it from the beginning cause it got me really hooked. MacGyver is usually on in this retro tv channel, as well as many of the series I mention.
11. “ALF”. Aw, who didn’t want an alien like ALF? My mother can’t see him, lol. My best friend tells her “how can you not like ALF?” But she’s scared of him or something. So you see, I couldn’t have got one at home :P. The show was nice and very funny, and was all about ALF chasing the cat or getting in trouble. Trivia: do you know what ALF means? Alien Life Form 😉
12. “Baywatch”. Yes, “Baywatch”, got anything to say? I know it was bad, but come on. I was little, there were hot guys (and chicks for men) and it was all about watching them in swimsuits and wanting to be at the beach while you had to go to school. So it was kinda like dreaming for half an hour about a life and a career you’d never have as a hot lifeguard or about being saved by one of them 😛 (Oh, my favourite was David Chokachi as Cody. Btw, have you watched that drunk David Hasselhoff video? To think he looked so good on the show).
13. “Frasier”. I’ve mentioned it, this was a very cool show. Funny, witty and just a pleasure to watch. The relationship between Frasier and his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce in a great performance), both psychiatrists, and his father, a retired policeman was the best. The “CafÃ© Mimosa”, some episodes related to “Cheers”, Niles and Daphne’s neverending come and go, Frasier’s many dates and the crazy calls to his radio show with partner Roz, “enemy” Gil… Another great TV show.
Hope you liked it! It was very fun and nostalgic for me 🙂
Thank you so much W for Wonder!
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