When I was a kid, Labor Day always signaled the end of Summer, despite the calendar's official date. It also heralded a return to school. The only compensation for this time of year was of course the new Fall Season of television shows. So much promise. Today, we're going to take a look back 50 years ago at 1966. 1966 seems to be such a pivotal year of pop culture in music and television. It brought us "Revolver", "Pet Sounds", "Sounds of Silence", "Star Trek"," Dark Shadows", "Batman" and "The Monkees". On the other hand, musically we had Donovan's "Sunshine Superman", "J'Mapelle Barbra" and TV shows "Occasional Wife" and "It's About Time". 1966 was also notable for being the first all-color network prime-time season.
A forebear of the TV Guide grid that would become a staple in the '80's.
NBC went all out with this color painting of their Fall shows.
On the other hand, that's a dead on "Shat".
I guess the artist thought "Get Smart!" was going to be a serious action series? Although, at second glance, is that a cork popping out of the machine gun Maxwell Smart is waving around?
You'll notice the credits list Imogene Coca's character as "Shag". After the first episode, it was changed to "Shad". I'm not sure if someone informed them of the British connotation or what. If you really care to watch, there are some episodes on Youtube.
Sadly, Ann Sheridan died of cancer during the first season of "Pistols 'n' Petticoats".
"Hot Springs is Fun". That's evident from the excitement on this boy's face.
I'm not making this up.
"The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." was a spin-off of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (I know, my powers of deduction are unbelievable). It starred Stephanie Powers, but wasn't as successful as it's parent show and was cancelled after the first season.
"Star Trek"? Pfffff. It'll never last.
"A special mood-brightening medication that CHASES BLUES" Apparently, anyone taking Midol was hopped up on goofballs.
At some point you just know the guy put the pen in his mouth and tried to take notes with the cigarette.
Stay tuned. September is Fall Preview month. I'll be posting as many as I can scan.