It's 1983 and we're entering TV Guide: The Fat Years. I didn't have cable until I got married in the 90's, so all of these extra channel listings were just mocking annoyances to me growing up. They also make for hard scanning, so please excuse the skewing.
Nancy Reagan on "Diff'rent Strokes". Get ready for another very special episode.
I was a fan of Newhart and liked Mary Frann's role as the supportive wife Joanna to Bob Newhart's Dick Louden. Sadly, she passed away in 1998 from a heart attack at the age of 55.
Apparently, the guy in the middle isn't wearing Sure. Or maybe his team just lost.
We're starting to get into unfamiliar Saturday morning territory here. Video-game themed shows have started to infiltrate the regulars like Bugs Bunny and Superfriends. And wait, there was a Dukes of Hazzard cartoon???
I had given up on Saturday morning for the most part by this time in favor of sleep. Although, I'm sure I was still watching Filmation's "Flash Gordon". Filmed using rotoscope techniques, the animation though repetitive was superior to other Saturday morning fare and the storyline was true to the original comic strip.
Having grown up watching the original "Leave It to Beaver" series (still one of my favorites, by the way), I was excited by this reunion movie. Not so much after I saw it. Beaver was divorced, Larry Mondello was a Moonie, Wally had erectile dysfunction (I'm not kidding!), and Ward was dead. Well, I guess I can't blame them for that last one; Hugh Beaumont really had passed away by then. But it seemed they missed the point of a reunion show and intentionally wanted to put off fans of the show. After being passed up as a series by the big 3 networks, Disney Channel picked it up in 1984 with "The New Leave It To Beaver". Later, TBS extended its run until 1989. And yes, that's Corey Feldman playing Beaver's oldest son.
With the introduction of additional cable channels, TV Guide realized the grid approach would be easiser for planning out your nightly schedule.
The night this aired, my aunt called me in a panic. I calmed her down and explained it was only a TV movie. I thought it was funny that she didn't wonder why no other channels were covering the end of the world.
That lady doesn't look healthy at all. The dieting fad had reached manic heights by this time. It's no coincidence Karen Carpenter passed away due to complications from anorexia nervosa the month before this issue.
Anyone know what relation these microwave antenna's had to television broadcasts? This isn't a quiz. I really want to know. These aren't those gigantic dishes you see rusting in rural backyards these days. These only measure up to 28" in diameter.
Charlie Brown enters his stalker phase.
I don't recall "Small & Frye", but it looks really bad.
Tim Conway never could get a break after his stint on "The Carol Burnett Show". "Ace Crawford" lasted 5 episodes.
Uh, it might more effective if you held the gun the proper way.
Sheena Easton. My early '80's celebrity crush.
"On the Mississippi" was Ralph Waite's post Waltons show. It actually lasted 2 seasons. Ralph Waite passed away last month at the age of 85.
My mom was an avid "Days of Our Lives" fan (still is actually). I recognized "Doug" and "Julie" immediately. And I can still hear that music. It was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart of Monkees' writing fame.
I don't recall his time on CHiPs. Tragically, and not without a bit of cruel irony, his 21-year-old son Connor was killed by a drunk driver on a Los Angeles freeway in 2012.
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Yeah, call the UK and interrupt their tea and crumpet. That's all those bloody blighters do!
We now return you to 2014, already in progress.