Television series are something that I have always enjoyed and for the last few years I have tried to not get swept up in what the latest show is through fear of becoming addicted. So at the moment True Blood and Grey’s Anatomy are all I have time for even though I know there is some great stuff on. Recently I was getting a little nostalgic, remembering the shows I used to enjoy when I was younger, all of which are no longer on, even as re-runs. Part of me thinks there is something in the old shows that is missing today, or maybe the shows are still great but the only difference is that you never watch shows the same way you did as a child.
Here are my top 5 classic TV shows:
5. The Little House on the Prairie
As a strange anti-cartoon watching child, this was a show that I would prefer to watch over The Flintstones or Scooby Doo. The Ingalls family were the all-American family that were loving and wholesome, and over the show’s seven seasons they came across many trials and issues that they had to overcome. Sweet!
4. The Littlest Hobo
Not many people remember this, and although I asked a few friends, all they could remember was Lassie! The Littlest Hobo was on from 1979-1985, and was about a German Shepherd who wondered from town to town helping people in need. It may not sound that exciting but anything with animals is always going to be fun, and tug at the heartstrings. I don’t know if it was the show’s theme song “Maybe Tomorrow” by Terry Bush, or the dog wondering aimlessly without an owner or a home, but there was always a sense of sadness that I had when watching this show.
3. The Incredible Hulk
In my pre-adolescent years before I began to watch shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twin Peaks, I remember being a fan of this TV series. Well we all know the story of David Banner, the scientist infected by a chemical that makes him turn green and super strong when he gets angry. But before Ang Lee and others got their mitts on the story and tried to turn it into a blockbuster superhero film, The Incredible Hulk was a classic 70s show that had modest special effects, Bill Bixby as David Banner and Lou Ferrigno in green paint playing the Hulk.
Recently brought back to TV, V the original series first aired in 1983 with two episodes, then had a further three episodes the following year, and a whole season in 1985. With shows like Star Trek focusing on outer space, V was special in that it was all about reptilian-looking aliens invading earth, and a group of people called the ‘Resistance’ trying to foil their plans. A girl giving birth to a green alien baby seems to have been buried in my mind ever since.
1. The Outer Limits
Even though The X Files was extremely popular at the time, I did prefer watching this show. The Outer Limits was a science fiction anthology series, which consisted of stories about anything from aliens to werewolves. You never had to worry if you missed an episode because each one was different, and the stories always had an interesting plot twist at the end. The opening credits also added to the strangeness and creepiness of the show.