I was thinking way back to when we watched TV in the early 1950s, and one of the best shows was the “Honeymooners” I think what make it more believable was the fact that a lot of people identified with the show and the struggles of how the characters lived day to day with Raphe driving the city bus for a salary as Alice would say “$62.50 a week – $62.50 a week!
And there was Raphe’s pal of mine Ed and his wife Trixie Norton who lived upstairs from Raphe and Alice, Ed always said he worked as an “water Engineer” in the sewers of the city! We watched it every week and I watch it here on Saturday night it’s on two hours with a break for the regular news show.
I had an uncle who lived in the building next door from us who loved the show and at times if I was there visiting you would hear him laugh as loud as Raphe what a hardly laugh he had!
And how we loved watching “I Love Lucy” and we watched as Lucy got closer to her having her baby “Little Ricky” what a great program it was with Lucy, Ricky, and their best friends, Fred and Ethel Merzte there was alot of funny episodes and the fun of when they went to hollywood for Ricky to star in a movie and a number of hollywood stars appeared on the show! “California Here I come”
And there were shows that were live, such as “Playhouse 90” “Your show of shows” The Hit Parade” where the cast would perform the top ten songs of the week. With “Dorothy Collins” “Gisele Mckenenzie” “Snooky Larson” “Russell Arms” and they did a show on Christmas eve that you can find on “Youtube” it was live in Rockefeller center I think it was 1956 or 1957, I don’t recall now but I’m sure we watched it because we watched the show every week!
As a kid I watched my cowboy shows on saturdays, and Captain video and his video Rangers, like “Ed Norton ” a funny episode and “Sky King” with his Niece”Penny” and “The Real Mc’Coys” There were a number of others in the early days of TV these are just a few of them.
Interesting post. I don’t remember seeing any of those here in Britain. But I do remember loving The Lucy Show which I think must have come after I Love Lucy.
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NEW DELHI: Pressing the rewind button to shows that were wholesome, fun and told their stories sans artifice is perhaps the best antidote to the stresses of today when the country is locked in to stave off a pandemic, say some of those who rang in the golden age of TV in the 19 and 19. Shows such as ‘ Khichdi ‘, ‘ Sarabhai vs Sarabhai ‘, ‘ Buniyaad ‘ and ‘ Office Office ‘ are about nostalgia, of course, but are also helping the younger generation discover a gentler India. The lockdown, which began on March 25 and is set to go on till at least May 3, has led to production shutdowns and a freeze on fresh episodes of current TV shows, forcing channels to dig into their archives to bring back old favourites, including the first major TV retelling of the epics, ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’, that have been remade several times since. And it couldn’t be timed better, said old-timers like filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, writer-director Aatish Kapadia and actors Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah. Kapadia, writer-director of ‘Khichdi’ and co-producer of ‘Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai’, said the progressive values of the two shows, both revolving around Gujarati families, make them relevant even today. ‘Khichdi’ is a good natured look at a madcap joint family whose members want to sell their mansion and go their separate ways but stay put because of the patriarch. ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’ revolves around a south Bombay affluent Gujarati family whose members are often at odds with each other. “These shows have been a part of many generations. So people get a lot of hope, joy, and laughter. Their return is also giving the audience freedom from the current crop of shows which glorify a regressive mindset,” Kapadia told PTI.
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