Even though I was born in the 70s, I was fortunate not to have tv-scorning hippie parents, so responding to today’s list prompt – favorite shows from my childhood – was a pretty easy task. Frankly, narrowing down my picks to 10 was the hard part. So, consider this a partial list, then:
1. Little House on the Prairie. Between the books and the tv show, I’m pretty sure I spent most of my childhood wishing I was Laura Ingalls.
2. Brady Bunch. I’m not sure how there were constant re-runs of this in the after-school hours in a time before cable, but there was. I feel like I’ve probably seen every episode a hundred times, but that’s undoubtedly an exaggeration.
3. Silver Spoons. I was just talking about this with friends the other night as the origin of my lifelong Jason Bateman crush.
4. Family Ties. Alex P. Keaton made me the liberal I am today, I swear.
5. Dallas. Obviously, very much not a kids’ show, but I remember “Who shot J.R.?” being the hot question on everyone’s mind in my Girl Scout troop and I spent a whole summer catching up so I’d be ready for the big reveal. It was… Kristin, I think.
6. The Partridge Family. I was really more into Shaun Cassidy than David Cassidy, but I loved this anyway. Honestly, I’ve always been a little sad my family didn’t form a band. (But knowing what my dad considered singing, the rest of the world ought to be grateful we didn’t.)
7. M*A*S*H. This was one of my dad’s favorites, and we watched it all the time.
8. Happy Days. Like the Brady Bunch, this was a rerun staple after school. I think Fonzie pretty much set the benchmark for cool for an entire generation of kids.
9. Mork & Mindy. I know I had the lunchbox. And the rainbow suspenders. Yet, I remember nothing about why I liked this show so much. Adult me finds Robin Williams – especially in clips from his coked up phase, when M & M was on – to be kind of obnoxious, so I just don’t get it.
10. Solid Gold. Before there was MTV, we relied on the interpretive routines of the Solid Gold Dancers to tell us what music was popular. I know, right? So primitive.
What were your faves?