Happy Days (ABC, 1974-1984)
Tom Hanks fights the Fonz.
TOM HANKS FIGHTS THE FONZ!
It’s true, a lot of TV theme songs get you down before they pick you up … and then there’s Maude.
Scan courtesy of Branded In The 80’s
If I was the photographer at this session, and felt I needed another shot, I almost certainly would have said, “Show me that smile again.”
Because I’m an idiot.
The Golden Girls (NBC, 1985-1992)
This week marks the 25th anniversary of The Golden Girls. So here is a great Today Show interview with Bea Arthur taped shortly after the show’s premiere.
Fun things to look out for: Bea Arthur’s lack of hatred over her show airing on Saturday nights, Bryant Gumbel’s attempt at humor and just Willard Scott in general.
There’s nothing in me that doesn’t wish Woman of The House would’ve succeeded.
There needs to be a website called Every Show Everrr that has a library of, well, you get it. Because while, I do remember this show existing, I don’t believe I ever watched an episode. And I have a few hours to kill.
What are some of your favorite semi-obscure, gone-too-soon shows?
And please don’t say Arrested Development. That’s not what we’re going for here.
Thanks so much.
Stay tuned for even more sporadically posted heaps of useless information!
Uncle Buck (CBS, 1990-1991)
Jacob Gelman, you are no Macaulay Culkin. But I’m sure you’ve already figured that out.
PS: Kevin Meaney, I hope you made a lot of money, because you are better than this.
With TV ratings declining year after year, networks have gotten rid of theme songs in an effort to squeeze in just one more commercial. However, they’re overlooking just how a powerful a hook the theme song can be, especially to the long-term remembrance of a show.
Besides if Louie does it, everyone should be doing it.
David Leisure starred on Empty Nest as the annoying neighbor Charley Dietz.
He landed the job after gaining national exposure as the character Joe Isuzu in a long series of wacky commercials for the Isuzu automobile company in the mid-80s.
A career arc I’m sure Isaiah Mustafa is looking to duplicate.
FUN THING TO DO: Imagine Empty Nest stars David Leisure and Richard Mulligan playing golf together.
I mean, “Leisure” … and “Mulligan.” Come on people, these jokes write themselves. (What? I don’t get it. There was no joke.)