Off Topic: Favorite Classic TV Shows?

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I learned an interesting bit of information from the 50s Western, The Californians, this morning.


When Dragnet began in the early 50s Jack Webb's Sgt. Friday introduced himself with "My name's Friday, I'm a cop".  He changed it to "I carry a badge" because many police officers felt the word was derogatory.


In The Californians, a Scots immigrant tells Marshall Wayne that "cop" comes from her country and it's really initials for "Constable on patrol".  Whatever their name, they're not too popular back there and must enter a home by a side rather than main entrance; she's stunned when he's admitted through the front door here.  I guess "old world" attitudes cake and stayed with the newcomers.  


"Better education through television?"


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I used to keep a list of all these titles handy, but inexplicable today, I can't find it. So, I will gamely try to rattle off as many as possible (just going off my shirt-cuff)

  1. 'The Fugitive' with David Janssen (#1 favorite all-time TV show).
  2. 'It Takes a Thief' (Robert Wagner and Fred Astaire)
  3. Police Squad!
  4. Mission Impossible (original)
  5. The Honeymooners
  6. The Ernie Kovacs Show
  7. The Rockford Files
  8. Kung Fu
  9. Monty Python's Flying Circus

The rest in no order:

  • All in the Family
  • Barney Miller
  • NBC Mystery Movie: Columbo, MacMillan & Wife, McCloud
  • Taxi
  • MASH
  • Chase!
  • Candid Camera
  • WKRP in Cincinnatti
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Cheers
  • The Steve Allen Show
  • Steve Allen's 'Meeting of the Minds'
  • Stingray
  • Magnum, PI
  • Simon & Simon
  • The Rat Patrol
  • Combat!
  • Police Story
  • Twilight Zone
  • The Outer Limits
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • Land of the Giants
  • Benny Hill
  • Three Stooges
  • Little Rascals
  • Hanna Barbera
  • Tom & Jerry
  • Warner Bros Cartoons
  • The Munsters
  • My Favorite Martian
  • Beverly Hillbillies
  • Adams Family
  • Andy Griffith Show
  • Laugh-in
  • Dick van Dyke Show
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Saturday Night Live ('Belushi yrs' only)
  • Dragnet, Adam-12, Emergency!
  • The Rifleman
  • High Chaparral
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive
  • Rawhide
  • The Gong Show
  • Johnny Carson
  • David Letterman
  • Captain Scarlet vs the Mysterons
  • Star Trek (original)
  • Space Giants
  • Lost in Space
  • Johnny Socko and His Flying Robot
  • Speed Racer
  • Three's Company
  • Johnny Quest
  • Black Sheep Squadron
  • Ultra-Man
  • Policewoman
  • The Blue Knight
  • Wild, Wild, West
  • Harry O
  • Hawaii 5-0
  • I Spy
  • The Man from UNCLE
  • Danger UXB
  • Sea Hunt


  • Austin City Limits
  • MacGuyver
  • Who's Line is it Anyway?
  • Cheap Seats
  • Good Eats
  • MXC
  • Cops
  • Iron Chef

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