When TV was good!

TV used to be pleasurable, the shows ranged from good ole’ westerns like Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Bonanza, Rawhide, Wagon Train among others,  to Variety Shows Carol Burnette, Flip Wilson, Laugh-in,  to Family shows like Donna Reed, Leave It To Beaver, Make Room For Daddy, to comedies, Soap, Fraiser, Golden Girls, All In The Family and many obscure shows like the ones I have listed below.   Now days it’s the raunchier the better that sells, reality tv as well as adult cartoons.   Feel free to add your favorites in the comment section.

How many of you remember these obscure shows?
Plot Summary for
“Thicker Than Water” (1973)

Sitcom about a squabbling brother and sister each promised a $75,000 inheritance if they agree to run the family pickle business for 5 years.

Julie Harris
Richard Long

Plot Summary for
“The Powers That Be” (1992)

William Powers is a clueless senator whose career is run by his manipulative wife Margaret, his chief of staff/mistress Jordan and his political aide Bradley. Along for the ride are the senator’s shrill daughter Caitlyn and her suicidal husband Theodore, who happens to be in love with the Powers’ bumbling maid Charlotte. Last but not least is the senator’s illegitimate daughter, Sophie Lipkin, who takes a job at her father’s office.

Series Cast

John Forsythe
Holland Taylor
Eve Gordon
Valerie Mahaffey
Elizabeth Berridge
Peter MacNicol
David Hyde Pierce
Robin Bartlett
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Craig Bierko
Cloris Leachman

That’s My Bush! (2001– )


Somewhat dim President George W. Bush’s White House more closely resembles the set of a sitcom than real life, down to the laugh track.
Season 1 Episode 1
The President is scheduled to unite the leaders of the Pro-Life and the Pro-Choice movements over dinner at the White House. Unfortunately, George realizes he’s double booked as he has a date with his wife that can’t be postponed.
Season 1 Episode 8

George is forced to resign and leaves the White House for a trashy apartment and series of dead-end jobs. Will this be the end of the line for the Bush administration or a foundation for a spinoff?
Season 1 Episode 5
(This one was hilarious)

Laura’s 24 year-old cat, Pum’kin, is old and smelly. George realize it’s time to put the cat to sleep but is afraid to talk to Laura about it. Laura notices that George isn’t as amorous as he used to be and is afraid she is the one that’s old and smelly. While Laura tries to solve her female hygiene problems, George breaks Jack Kevorkian out of prison to help him kill the cat.
Season 1 Episode 2

George’s Old Beta Delt fraternity brothers pay him a visit at the White House the same week he is to preside over a death penalty execution. The President wants to prove to the guys that he hasn’t gone soft since their college days and invites them to join him at the execution.
Season 1 Episode 3

The President turns to a telephone psychic for advice and is told someone he trust has it in for him. To ensure his own safety, George outlawed guns.
Season 1 Episode

Laura sets up Karl Rove on a blind date. Too bad he never mentioned he was married. George has enough on his plate when environmentalists show up to protest his decision to drill for oil in Alaska. Now Carl’s wife is accusing the first couple of ruining her marriage.
Season 1 Episode 6

George decides to get tough on drugs. The plan is to make an example of the one millionth drug offender by arresting him on national television. Dowager First Lady Barbara Bush is on hand to participate in the event and make her daughter-in-law’s life miserable. Looking to escape the tension between the two women in his life George drops ecstasy, mistaking it for aspirin, and the anti-drug event turns into a rave.
Season 1 Episode 4

George is frustrated because he’s too stupid to operate the cable TV in the White House. When his neighbor Larry offers to help him install an illegal hook up, they actually get the wires crossed with the antimissile SDI system.


Timothy Bottoms
Carrie Quinn Dolin
Kurt Fuller

Other shows that make me laugh out loud.

Mike and Molly

Last Man Standing

Who’s Line Is It Anyway.


4 comments on “When TV was good!

  1. Never saw the Bush show, but I can vouch for everything in your first paragraph, plus: Green Acres, Hawaii 5-0, the Sonny & Cher hour (loved it when I was a kid), Gilligan’s Island (my sons’ favorite show, as well) Wild, Wild West (James Bond as a Western) and a couple dozen others.

    TV is a joke nowadays, and not even a funny one.

    Which is why we have a HUGE collection of DVDs of old TV series which we can watch as a family.
    Don’t have much choice, unless I want my boys to learn all the wrong things by the time they’re 10.


  2. It used to be only cable programs were inappropriate now network is worse. I defy anyone to name 5 sitcoms that doesn’t have a gay character and at least one inappropriate disturbing sexual implication. TPTB go home every night with a clear conscience and sleep well on a mattress stuffed with money.

    We also have a HUGE collection of DVD’s, some bought, some snagged from http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/ . We have the Wild Wild West box set, as well as Soap, Alias Smith and Jones, That’s My Bush, McHales Navy, Real McCoys, Wanted Dead or Alive, Jeremiah, Milton Berle, Burns and Allen ++++, these are some of the box sets plus we have hundreds of regular movie DVD’s. I have snagged off http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/ many full series as well as hundreds of movies. Did I mention I spend a lot of time on http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/ ? 😀

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