Television Shows Then and Now


I am on a bit of “list kick” today, with my 10 Things A Blog Writer Should Know and 10 Things About Purchasing A Cottage. I like lists of things…they are fun and sometimes kind of challenging to come up with. (A trick is to make the list then title it so if you fall short of 10, it can be your top 5 things or 7 things etc)

Ya know, I watch a lot of television. My TV is almost always on while I am blogging, even if it is only as background noise. I work better with the television on, not sure why, I just do, probably some form of attention disorder, coming from growing up with television.

It’s difficult even for my grown children to believe or understand how, when I was young, we only had two television channels, CTV and CBC, and it wasn’t color, it was black and white. I remember when we first got a third channel, it was in french….Now we have a 100 channels or more and I still watch a lot of CTV and CBC.

Before I start this list, I want to point out that you will not find any of the reality television crap that is so popular these days, yup, I am talking about the big ones, the ones you watch because everyone talks about them at work…essentially talentless stuff, but if you like it, well, good for you, but it isn’t on my list.

Given my penchant for television, and my recent penchant for lists I thought I would write a list of you guessed it, television shows. Here are my top ten current television program favorites:

1) Blue Bloods

2) The Craig Ferguson Show

3) Canada AM

4) Live With Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa

5) CBC Suppertime News

6) Flashpoint

7) The Big Bang Theory

8) Criminal Minds

9) The Nature of Things

10) CSI Miami

So that’s my list of current favorite television shows, but what about my favorite television shows from years ago. Well the problem is going to be that there are too many to mention, certainly too many to condense to a list of 10 but I am going to try, here goes, in no particular order:

1) The Beverly Hillbillies (1962 to 1971)

2) Gilligans Island (1964-1967)

3) Get Smart (1965 -1970)

4) The Man From UNCLE (1964-1968)

5) Have Gun Will Travel (1957-1963)

6) The Forest Rangers ( 1963-1965)

7) Magnum P.I. (1980-1988)

8) The Rockford Files (1974-1980)

9) The Rat Patrol (1966–1968)

10) Daktari (1966-1969)

What about you? Do you remember any of these old television shows, what ones did I forget?

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