Sunday, May 10, 2009

Question Of The Week

One of my all time favorite TV shows.....Family Ties. Remember when TV was a shared event? Think way back....before Tivo and DVD's.....HD and even remote control (gasp!)? I can recall watching Friday night videos with my big brother and thinking it was the coolest thing ever. When The Wizard of Oz came on each year, my mom would make stove top popcorn and we'd enjoy it as a family. Saturday morning cartoons.....playing Wheel of Fortune.....The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown each fall.

My SIL, Britney, has movie nights with her family at least once a week. A night I think I started years ago....she has is always stocked with popcorn and M&M's and they cuddle in bed while sharing a movie.

Television used to bring families together. Now, it seems we retreat to our own rooms, watch shows without commercials and rarely share it with someone. I miss that. I don't think TV is the evil force many do. Perhaps it's because I don't watch much and we keep our kids busy and outdoors often. But, I am going to make greater efforts to make it a family thing.

***What are favorite shows from your childhood?


Kelly Beatty said...

I used to beg my mom to let me stay up past my bedtime to watch "Magnum P.I." Oh, but for sure I was in LOVE with "Facts of Life"!! I wanted to go to boarding school in a major way! I knew the entire theme song. I was also a huge "Golden Girls" fan. Weird.

Allyson and Dave said...

We used to love TGIF on ABC with Full House, Mr Belvedere, and Perfect Strangers. Friday night TV was a family event in our house.

The Soladay Family said...

Brady Bunch was hands down my favorite as well as my brother and sister's. I remember watching it together every single day!

Television itself isn't evil. I agree with you. As long as there is a balance, TV is great! I'm not a big television watcher, and neither are my children unless it's cartoons before school or a family movie night etc.

Great question!

Amy said...

Growing Pains!

Tammy said...

First off... love your new header! TV... ummmm...loved the Facts of Life... fell in love with George Clooney for the first time! Also, Growing Pains and Family Ties.

The Jones Family said...

LOVE us some TV and LOVE LOVE LOVE your new header... too freaking cute, and SO true!

We use to watch Growing Pains, The Cosby Show (Brad does the Cosby dance too) and I'm sure lots more but those are the only ones coming to mind right now.

Mom use to watch soaps, she had me watching Y&R and Guiding Light ALL the time with her! I so remember her watching Magnum PI too!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

There were soo many shows I used to watch. I try to watch them now and I'm like, gee that's a dumb show. Why did I ever like that. Probably something about TV in the 1980's.

Our family usually watches Big People, Little World together. I think that's the only show we can all agree on.

OMG, love the new header! It's fantastic. Happy Mother's Day!

If the shoe FITZ said...

Ditto what everyone else header is super cute!

I watched all those same shows too.
Facts of Life
Family Ties
Full House
Growing Pains
Golden Girls
Sisters (do you remember that show? I think it came on Fri. or Sat nights at 9pm I was a teenager then)
Cosby Show and its spin offs
Falcon Crest and of course Dallas!!

Amanda said...

I was glued to the TV as a kid. I loved all the popular ones. Brady Bunch, Growing Pains, Facts of Life, Different Strokes, Happy Days, Full House, Family Ties, Golden Girls...I could go on forever. I am sure there are a lot I am forgetting. My parents got me a TV for my room in elementary school and my own phone line in Jr. High. Our family wasn't the type to do things together. So I guess I lived the ideal family life through the families on TV.

Malinda said...

When I was really young I loved Gilligan's Island and the Bugaloos. When I was a little older I liked Charles In Charge, Family Ties, The Facts of Life, etc.

Thinking of these brings back the memory of HATING the show Land of the Lost. That show creeped me out and I have no idea why.

Coco said...

Family Ties is for sure a fave. Mallory is one of Adam's family names and I about died! BUT his 23 year old sis has dibs. Whatev!

Another one of my faves is and always will be Golden Girls and Growing Pains.

Dee Stephens said...

One of my favorite childhood memories is Friday night TV. Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas and Falcon's Crest.
We would order pizza and I remember thinking that the Dukes and the Ewings were related because all the shows came on back to back.
Those were the dayS!!!

donatelli98 said...

I think it is so funny to think of Alex P Keaton now ... and his conservative view points! I think that was my first introduction into politics! I loved Family Ties, Silver Spoons, Cosby Show, Facts of Life, Growing Pains, FAME ... I remember watching Dallas with my mom every week.

The Rand's said...

Love your new header!
I loved Growing Pains, Family Ties, Facts of Life, all those shows growing up. I also liked Punky Brewster, the Smurfs and Rainbow Brite, but those were in the younger years.

FROGGITY! said...

Cosby Show!!! Punky Brewster, Full House, TGIF on ABC.

I also SOMETIMES was allowed to watch 227, Designing Women, and Golden Girls. Not very often, as those were more 'adult themed shows.' LOL

Great question!!

The Lenzers said...

Oh wow, so many-smurfs as a small child, whos the boss was a fave for sure, and Dallas when i was a bit odler. I can remember when we got our first remote. I think it went to the VCR but it had a cord!!

michelle matthews said...

Loved Family Ties! We watched Wizard of OZ every year too!
Mel's Diner
Silver Spoons
Facts of Life
Cosby Show
Growing Pains
Golden Girls

Jeannette Pucella said...

I watched Magnum PI with my grandmother. And I loved Fantasy Island so much that when I was 7, I walked home from a sleepover in my PJ's, dragging my sleeping bag, because my friend's parents wouldn't let us watch it. Greatest American Hero, Fall Guy, The Incredible Hulk, and Cheers when my parents let me stay up late.

Moni said...

Who's the Boss (I wanted to be Sam), Growing Pains, Doogie Howser, Cheers, Dallas, Magnum P.I., Kids Incorporated, Facts of Life, Family Ties, Solid Gold....