• Cheryl T

Five Of My Favorite Old TV Shows

Updated: Feb 23


TV shows were much better back in the day.

Five Of my favorite old television shows




Bonanza-One of the very first television shows, I never wanted to miss as a kid. Even later, as an adult, I loved the show. The family dynamic is I think what drew me in. That may have been the first show that demonstrated such a high degree of family love and caring. And I do love a good western. And such a great cast. Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Michael Landon, and Dan Blocker. I just felt like I knew the family. Actually, I wanted to be part of the family.


The Man From U.N.C.L.E-Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin were agents for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. They spent most their time fighting the evil forces of THRUSH. As a teenager, this one of my favorites. While I did not get to meet David McCallum, he did make an appearance at a local amusement park. But, he was on the roof of one of the buildings there. Guess, they thought that would be the best way to keep David safe from the crowd of screaming teenage females.


Starsky & Hutch-One of my favorites from the 1970s. I was always a sucker for a good cop show. Throw in two good looking guys. These guys were not just partners, no, they were best friends. I love the best buddy angle, whether cops or cowboys. Kind of liked the Torino also!

About ten years ago, I had the opportunity to meet David Soul (Hutch) and Antonio Fargas ( Huggy Bear). I met David Soul at a Chiller Convention he was appearing at. David had made the movie Salem's Lot, and that was his ticket to The Chiller convention, I guess you could say. I was far from a giggling teen girl, but it was a bit of a thrill to meet David Soul. An older version of Hutch of course.

Antonio, I met at an autograph show in Los Angeles. Amiable man. A pleasure to talk to. Just an all-around nice guy.



MASH-Loved this comedy. Sort of a strange setting for a comedy though. Set during the Korean War-The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital does it's best to take care of the wounded. Their sense of humor helps get them through the horrors of the war. What an amazing and varied group of characters. And the casting was perfection.

My favorite was Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda. Alan Alda seemed to have the perfect chemistry with all of his co-stars.


The cast also included:

Wayne Rogers as Trapper John

McLean Stevenson as Lt.Colonel Henry Blake

Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman Potter

Gary Burghoff as Radar O'Reilly

Mike Farrell as BJ Hunnicutt

William Christopher as Father Mulcahy

Larry Linville as Frank Burns

Loretta Swit as 'Hot Lips' Major Margaret Houlihan

David Ogden Stiers as Major Charles Winchester

Jamie Farr as Maxwell Q Klinger trying so desperately for a section 8 discharge.


The writing, the actors, the whole package just doesn't get much better than Mash.



I Love Lucy-What can one say about I Love Lucy. It's a comedy classic. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, and Vivian Vance. You had to feel sorry for poor Ricky Ricardo. The trouble that woman could get into. One of my favorite episodes was the one where Lucy and Ethel were working in the candy factory. And it doesn't get old. It's still funny today.


I really miss the old days of TV. I still remember we always knew what tv shows we would be watching that night. Today, there is nothing that I view regularly. Actually, I can not remember the last time I watched anything on CBS, NBC, or ABC. Sadly, my television viewing leans more toward True Crime like Forensic Files, and just about anything on Discovery ID.

Can someone point me in the direction of something awesome, I may be missing? I am open to suggestions on what I should be watching.


I do suddenly have the urge to rewatch some MASH episodes.

I may have to do another Five Favorite old Television shows. This little trip down memory lane was kind of fun. And I know I can think of a lot more of my favorites.