Do you remember when you only had television through the air by antenna or maybe rabbit ears on the television set? With those rabbit ears, you were always moving them this way or that to try to get a better picture. And you had to get up and walk to the television set to change the channels or to adjust the sound. We had a television where the channel tuning knob wore out and wouldn’t switch channels any longer. We took the knob off and kept a pair of pliers handy on top the television. Now if the remote gets lost or stops working, it’s panic time.
Television was sort of magic back then. No color. Lots of snow. Only two or three stations. No way to record the show if you weren’t home. You just missed it. In the daytime, game shows and soap operas ruled. People, especially women, talked about not being able to miss “my show.”
And in the summer, you had reruns. Same shows you might have watched in the winter. But that didn’t matter with many of the shows, especially the half hour comedies. They were still funny the second time around or now the hundredth plus time around since those shows are still reruns on some stations.
You had the Beverly Hillbillies. “Come and listen to my story about a man named Jed.” There was “Petticoat Junction” where if an actress quit the show, the producers just moved in a new actress and the show went on without anybody having to be killed off. They did that with “Bewitched” too. Changed husbands in midstream, but we knew it was just a television show anyway. What we all wanted was to be able to wiggle our noses and get the house cleaned without effort. Or blink our eyes like Jeannie on “I Dream of Jeannie” and be transported somewhere without the travel time. That show was always one of my favorites. “The Addams Family” was fun too. Remember Lurch?
Then there was everybody’s favorite “Mayberry RFD.” Barney could always make us laugh. And I can’t forget “I Love Lucy.” It would probably be amazing to know how many times some of her shows have aired. You hear people claiming a favorite Lucy show.
There are dozens more. Now we have hundreds of stations with all sorts of programs. I think if I was picking, I’d hunt around and find those old reruns. That’s not my husband’s choice though and since he likes TV much more than I do, he keeps the remote and does a lot of station hopping. I can’t handle that, so I just pick up a book. These days I’d rather read than watch. Unless my Kentucky basketball team is playing. Then the remote is mine and we watch basketball AND the commercials to be sure we don’t miss even a minute of the game. LOL.
Which old shows from the good old days of television comedies were your favorites?