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Andrew Huff / June 4, 2010 1:03 AM

Suggested by Robyn, "in honor of Rue McClanahan."

Night Court was a favorite for a long time, but I think Scooby-Doo beats it for longevity of enjoyment.

LaShawn Williams / June 4, 2010 6:27 AM

It probably SHOULDN'T have been because of all the sexual innuendo, but I have to say "Three's Company." (Hey, this is what happens when you grow up as the only kid in a house full of adults.) :-)

Zoup / June 4, 2010 7:35 AM

Different Strokes? Kid Wonder? I Wouldn't Do That on Television? Those three popped into my head right away. I can't choose a favorite, I loooooooved TV when I was a kid. But I haven't owned a TV now for the past 7 years, so I miss all the reruns :(

Jason / June 4, 2010 8:08 AM

Anything on TGIF for a while there

mike-ts / June 4, 2010 8:33 AM

Bozo's Circus, followed by a Cubs game chaser to see some real clowns in action (this WAS the late 70's). I went outside to play after the game and dinner when it was cooler - I was no fool.

And I used to sneak watching Monty Python. I don't know what was better - the skits or getting away with watching an "adult" program which was actually childish to me then.

LaShawn, I know what you mean about Three's Company, but that was cool how they did all that then - the kids got a kick out of the highjinks but couldn't get the innuendo, and the adults can get that and see a totally different show. It's like that for me when I rewatched Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies again after giving that up when I got into my teens. Now that it's all out there with less censoring, there's no cleverness left.

Tracie / June 4, 2010 9:10 AM

I think only if you are from Ohio would you know this show: Johhny Socko and the Flying Robot. Also, Aquaman.

eee / June 4, 2010 9:31 AM

She-Ra: Princess of Power. God, how I loved her. She was my idol for several of my early years. When I got older, it was Batman: The Animated Series. That one still holds up all these years later.

bob / June 4, 2010 9:39 AM

good times! (set in good ol' chicago). oh, and little house on the prairie.

r / June 4, 2010 10:30 AM

I used to love to watch Johnny Carson, but I only got to watch it when I was at my grandparents' house because they let me stay up late enough to watch it. I would always fall asleep before it was over. I think I mostly liked watching it because my grandpa would laugh really hard at the jokes (that I mostly didn't understand) and it made me feel grown up to watch it with him.

vise77 / June 4, 2010 11:01 AM

Battle of the Planets, MASH, Carol Burnett show (reruns) and WKRP in Cincinnati.

And because I had multiple female siblings who always watched Little House on the Prairie, that dumb, weepy, sentimental show grew on me over the years. God help me.

mike / June 4, 2010 11:10 AM

- B.J. McKay and his best friend Bear.
- Starsky and Hutch
- Streets of San Francisco
- Get Smart
- Scooby
- Johnny Quest
- Little House
- Dallas

joshua / June 4, 2010 11:32 AM

He-Man first and foremost.
Out of This World with the half-alien girl who could stop time.
And, Duck Tales--oh how I loved Huey, Duey and Louie!

Clint / June 4, 2010 11:38 AM

M.A.S.K yeah, remember that?

Roderick / June 4, 2010 11:45 AM

Wow, so many to choose from.

- Perfect Strangers
- Full House
- Family Matters
- You Can't Do That on Television
- Hunter
- Transformers
- GI Joe
- Miami Vice
- Mork and Mindy
- Golder Girls

Heh, no wonder I grew up fat.

JasonB / June 4, 2010 11:58 AM

"Hunter". "Sgt. Dee Dee McCall" was my first crush.

Janet / June 4, 2010 1:02 PM

1. You Can't Do That on Television
2. Today's Special
3. The Hogan Family
4. Matlock
5. Pinwheel

I have no idea what's up with Matlock. I just know I watched it religiously as a child.

Robyn / June 4, 2010 1:30 PM

"Golden Girls" is high on my list--my Mom and I loved that show.

Other winners: TNT Cartoon Express (Hair Care Bears, Grape Ape), Jem, Three's Company (although now I think it was a horribly racist, sexist show), American Bandstand, Saved by the Bell, A Different World, Mr. Belvidere, Growing Pains, etc etc

annie / June 4, 2010 2:42 PM

Night Court
Hill Street Blues
The Price is Right
Mary Tyler Moore

geez, that's pathetic. I could add a ton more too. But like "r" I watched most of these just to sit next to my dad and these were his shows. My shows would be more along the range of Facts of Life.

ac / June 4, 2010 2:43 PM

pacific blue. and it's affected my bicycling ever since with what my girlfriend calls 'bike cop' antics and sliding stops.

Dutch101 / June 4, 2010 3:21 PM

Magnum P.I. - I used to watch that with my dad. I still like it when I see it on reruns. I liked Battlestar Galactica, the original one, that show was cool. Used to watch Scoobey Doo and Looney Toons, when they still ran the culturally insensitive Bugs Bunnies and Tom and Jerrys.

BG / June 4, 2010 4:02 PM

1. Sanford and Son
2. Underdog

KT / June 4, 2010 4:35 PM

The Facts of Life!

Oh, how I loved The Facts of Life.

fluffy / June 4, 2010 7:37 PM

My taste changed as I grew up....Looney Tunes, The Pink Panther, I dream of Genie, Here comes the Grump, and Senorita Cometa were some of my faves. I thought the Pink Panther was a super cool jazz musician I would grow up to marry. :-p

Dunl / June 6, 2010 2:28 PM

The Space Giants week days at 3 PM on WTCG (WTBS)

Later: Battlestar Galactica, The Dukes of Hazzard -- and lots of syndicated Welcome Back, Kotter

Leelah / June 6, 2010 11:51 PM

Taxi was number one.
M*A*S*H, , The Dukes of Hazzard, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island were close behind though.

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