I salute Emmy winning actor Robert Guillaume. Though Soap and Benson are not vintage to me because I watched them during their first run, as a TV head, I am fascinated by old TV. The clothes and pop culture references of the era feed my keen interest in history. Imagine my delight when I discovered the Decades network is airing what they call “Lost TV” for all of October. I’d never heard of the ground breaking show Decoy. Set in the mid 1950’s, Decoy was about a policewoman working cases in NYC. I watched back to back episodes, and marveled as I saw images of the NYC subway. It was really cool to see a very young Ed Asner and Larry Hagman before “I Dream of Jeannie“. Can you imagine that show on TV today? Heck, Benson would never see the light of day in 2017. I hope Decades will show episodes of Beulah or The Nat King Cole Show. It couldn’t get sponsors and was cancelled quickly. I’ve always wanted to see it.
Over on Aspire, they regularly air episodes of Julia starring Diahann Carroll. The dialogue reflects the state of race relations after the civil rights movement. I wonder if Room 222 airs somewhere. The premise of that 1969 show was about teaching tolerance at a diverse high school. It earned a Outstanding New Series Emmy.
I watch vintage game shows too. The Buzzer network airs “Beat The Clock“, “Card Sharks” and the original “Wheel of Fortune” with Chuck Woolery. After Jimmy Fallon started playing Password on late night, reboots of To Tell The Truth, The 100,000 Pyramid and my personal favorite, Match Game came roaring back on ABC. We’re just going to skip over The Gong Show. ABC really messed that one up.
Some Vintage TV can’t ever be re-done. Could you see “Webster ” or “Different Strokes” on TV now?
It freaks me out when my young 20 something friends call a show like Family Matters or Fresh Prince of Bel Air old. Hey! That’s not old!!! Next thing you know somebody will say “Flavor of Love” is nostalgia TV. *shuddering*