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One that keeps crossing my mind...Frank Buck, Bring them back Alive...I am sure there are others...What do you remember...Those of us that were around when TV first came out....Test patters after midnight and later religious programs...

 

Texas Lizard

 

Might be dating myself....

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I was born in 61. My favorite shows were reruns of The Untouchables, The Line Ranger and Peter Gunn. I liked Adam 12, FBI, Hawaii 50, Bonanza, Combat, Rat Patrol, Dragnet old and new (50’s snd 60’s) Love, American Style, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In. 

Saturday morning American cartoons and Sunday morning Canadian cartoons when I didn’t have to go to church. 

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The Real McCoys, Car 54 where are you?, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and if course Bonanza!

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Some regional shows like Action in the Afternoon, a western broadcast live from a "western town" set in Pennsylvania.  Afternoon shows like American Bandstand with Dick Clark and a regional knock off with Clay Cole.  One that took up a lot of TV time was The Million Dollar Movie, on WOR TV (predecessor to CW), which ran the same movie several times a day.  Lots of Farmer Brown cartoons-mid to late '50s time frame.

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Captain Video and waiting till 8AM when TV shows came on and 10PM when Indian Test pattern ran through till next day. Sundays until noon was all religion shows from different churches.

Saturday *8AM till late afternoon was all old westerns movies. We had 4 channels what is today CBS, NBC, ABC, and Dumont which advertised its TV sets on every show. 

What I do remember is most shows were shown live, best being Tales of Tomorrow.

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Kukla, Fran and Ollie (puppets with Fran Allyson); Super Circus (Chicago T.V., starring Mary Hartline as the drum majorette...who was married to my uncle for a while); a T.V. program with Gabby Hayes hosting Western movies; You Are There with Walter Chronkite; Hoppy, Roy & Dale, The Lone Ranger and others of the '50's.

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Mid-50’s memories are Phil Silvers Show, Bob Cummings Show (with his real flying car) and Mickey Mouse Club. I also remember test patterns in the middle of the day. 
 

And it hasn’t been that long ago (or has it?) that stations signed off at night with something patriotic. 

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:ph34r:  The Vice, Crusade in the Pacific, Victory at Sea, I Remember Mama, Mr. Peepers, You Bet Your Life, Beat the Clock, Commander Cory and the Space Patrol, The Cisco Kid, Death Valley Days, The Range Rider.

And the news broadcasts gave the FACTS as known, NOT opinions.

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7 minutes ago, Bad Bascomb, SASS # 47,494 said:

:ph34r:  The Vice, Crusade in the Pacific, Victory at Sea, I Remember Mama, Mr. Peepers, You Bet Your Life, Beat the Clock, Commander Cory and the Space Patrol, The Cisco Kid, Death Valley Days, The Range Rider.

And the news broadcasts gave the FACTS as known, NOT opinions.

Oh, yes! Don't forget Capt. Video and His Video Rangers!  And Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, with the opening showing space ships landing by backing down on their own exhausts. Pure science fiction, right? I doubt Elon Musk would have seen that....too young!  And it ain't 2350 AD, and the world beyond tomorrow! B)

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Sky King & a SF Bay Area kids show King Norman & his pet std. poodle who did its' business on the sidewalk outside the station.  How do I know?  I was in the studio audience once.  Most Sunday evenings were spent at my maternal grandparents because they had a color TV.

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Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, The Little Rascals, Gunsmoke, The Phil Silvers Show, Fury, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Highway Patrol, Honeymooners, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, Jungle Jim, Judge Roy Bean, Sky King...

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If you grew up in Arizona in the 50's, 60's, and 70's you would have watched the Wallace and Ladmo show.

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You Bet Your Life,  Concentration, Captain Kangaroo, The Dinah Shore Show, Maverick, Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, The Untouchables, The Grey Ghost, and Perry Mason all come to mind!  Then the Huntley-Brinkley Report the Edward R. Murrow show.

 

And no matter where you were, there was some kind of “Professional Wrestling” on at least one local station!!

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15 hours ago, Bad Bascomb, SASS # 47,494 said:

:ph34r:  The Vice, Crusade in the Pacific, Victory at Sea, I Remember Mama, Mr. Peepers, You Bet Your Life, Beat the Clock, Commander Cory and the Space Patrol, The Cisco Kid, Death Valley Days, The Range Rider.

And the news broadcasts gave the FACTS as known, NOT opinions.

Ordered Space Patrol for Amazon.  Waiting for it to take me back to my youth.  (I WAS young once, but wasn't very good at it.)

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20 hours ago, Cypress Sun said:

Creature Feature w/Dr. Paul Bearer. He always had some cheesy, low budget horror flick to run...they he'd sing "Poisoning the pigeons in the park song". 

 

I can imagine the woke uproar now.

A Tom Lehrer song!

Are you familiar with his music?

A brilliant satirist!!

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4 hours ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

  (I WAS young once, but wasn't very good at it.)


WRONG!!  Your carcas may be old, but the kid inside is STILL cavorting around, GLEEFULLY!!  :lol:
 

Yeah! I got old!!  I just didn’t grow up!!

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