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.
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.
David Hyde Pierce
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.
Carrie Quinn Dolin
Other shows that make me laugh out loud.
Mike and Molly
Last Man Standing
Who’s Line Is It Anyway.