Skip to comments.Question of the day, What was your favorite TV(or for older people) Radio Series and why?
Posted on 03/11/2013 9:43:47 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
I'll Start. I LOVED "Emergency", I loved(what young boy doesn't?) Fire Engines and Sirens.
It Takes A Thief
Even though gimmicky, it was a complete morality play in less than 30 minutes. For a 16 year old raised on Hoppy, Gene, Roy and Rex it was terrific.
I liked Combat, and The Twilight Zone, when I was allowed to watch it, as it was on late.
And Nurse Dixie.
I’ve been watching again the series “the rifleman” for the same reason. Pointed out to my wife today with all the references to “the good book” and other moral messages, it would not get off the ground as a new show.
On the old radio, loved “the lone ranger” as I would listen to it with my grand dad.
Hawaii Five-O (the original)
Original Star Trek
The Bob Newhart Show
WKRP in Cincinnati
Radio: The Lone Ranger.
I have satellite radio in my car, and there is one channel which has all the old radio shows I listened to as a kid.
I love listening to this channel. Sometimes, I arrive back home, and sit in the car to listen to the rest of a broadcast.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Addams Family
All In The Family
Firefly: A sci-fi space adventure western that had some of the best characters, best dialogue, and best conservative/libertarian messages ever on television.
There was an old TV series called “The Gray Ghost”. It was about John S. Mosby. I think it was only on a couple of seasons and always suspected it was canceled because it was about a Confederate Ranger.
I also really liked “Leave It To Beaver”.
The young man on Rifleman grew up to be a band leader for a group that plays 1940’s music in the West. What a strong moral compass depicted on that show.
The Benny Hill Show
M*A*S*H (up until Trapper and Henry Blake left)
Black Sheep Squadron
I Love Lucy
Gunsmoke with William Conrad. We did not have TV until 1960 or 1961 so listened to it on the radio.
Life is Worth Living (Bishop Sheen)
Can’t believe no one mentioned “Rockford Files” yet!
Good writing, interesting plots & characters, even humor ... in other words, all the things Hollywood is incapable of doing today
On radio? ‘The Shadow’ and ‘The Green Hornet’.
The Thin Man
Man From Uncle
It Takes A Thief
Wild Wild West
The Spike Jones TV show.
The Adams Family, I though Gomez was just too cool!
Radio and TV, Space Patrol
MeTV on Dish Network, Channel 20. Watch it.
I fondly recall a very early TV detective show called “Rocky King, Private Detective.”
It had good characters and very innovative camera work. Whenever Rocky was talking to his wife it was shown from her POV, with Rocky speaking into the camera.
The Rat Patrol
My dad said his favorite when he was a kid was an old old “Tales of the FBI” (not sure of the name) show where the perps were described to the public. I asked if any were ever caught from these radio descriptions and he said “yes.”
My grandmother listened to soap operas every day, don’t know their names.
My mother said her uncles LOVED Amos ‘n Andy, they listened through an early type of head set but with only ONE speaker for the ear which they had to hold. They’d laugh uproariously but nobody else could hear what they were listening to so they looked ridiculous.
Listened to the Lone Ranger on our Radio then switched to TV and Hi Yo Silver!
that would be Johnny Crawford who coincidentally gave the Eulogy at Conners funeral.
I also liked Conners as he attended my college, Seton Hall.
Buffalo Bill ... Dabney Coleman was a perfect anti hero.
Wiseguy (the first two seasons) ...... So well executed.
The Willd Wild West ..... James Bond in the old west...what's not to like? Series has not aged well, IMO
The Carol Burnett Show .... I grew up with this show in the background.
Odds against you? Call the equalizer.....
Speaking of The Rifleman...guess who taught John Wayne how to act? Marshal Micah Torrance (Paul Fix) taught him in the 1930s and appeared in almost 30 films in which Wayne was the star.
Loved Rockford Files as a kid then and even more now. Throw in most of me tv programming and Remington Steele that is on another channel.
“Carol Burnett Show” and “Carson” was the ONLY show that would casue my dad(a GRUMPY WW II Infantry Combat vet) to Laugh/Crack Up out loud. Usually he was grumpy.
You nailed it with the OP.
“Emergency”, probably the most realistic first reponder show in television history (followed closely by “Adam 12”).
Compare Crawford to the child stars of later era’s. Big difference.
“Bigfoot and Wildboy”
TV: Laugh In, Johnny Carson, Archie Bunker, Carol Burnett, Married with Children.
Never could understand the “Julie Jondon” “attaction”(too young I guess). Now later on “CHiPs” “Brianne Leary”, I thought was HOT!
Friday Night Lights
Red Skelton Show
Carol Burnett Show
Also liked many already mentioned.
Radio: Fibber McGee and Molly, Sgt Preston of the Yukon, The Shadow, Inner Sanctum (not really a series, more like Twilight Zone).
Television: Was only available after 1960 where I was. Dick Van Dyke, Gun Smoke, Maverick.
Just to name a few....
Growing up we only had one station we could get with our antenna(NBC) and one station we could get sometimes(CBS). The only time I got to watch some of the shows was on vacations to our cousins in the BIG city of Atlanta and Columbia, SC which had stations and stations and even stations that stayed on all night!
Firefly is my all-time favorite show. Walking Dead is catching up to it slowly.
77 Sunset Strip
WKRP in Cincinnati (yes, there ARE phone cops)
Lost in Space (Big fan of Dr. Smith and the robot)
Amos’n’Andy (yeah, I’m a racist)
I’m another MeTV and Rockford Files fan.
“Lost” however, is the only weekly show that I ever carved out time to watch.
Yeah, I forgot, “Have Gun, Will Travel”, great show!!
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