Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Ode To TV Shows Gone By

I love TV way too much, but this is nothing new.  My parents never limited my sister and my TV viewing so we watched and watched and watched.  So here I am today still watching.  A number of shows which I loved have been gone forever but I still think of them with great fondness.

Here Comes The Bride -  It ran from 1968-1970 about mail order brides embarking on Seattle in the 1860's.  Playing brothers looking for a wife's were David Soul who later went on the Starsky and Hutch, Peter Brown who I have never seen again in anything and a big heartthrob of the time singer Bobby Sherman.  In my memory this was a great show but recently they played it on TV Land and boy was it cheesy.

Here Come The Brides

Battle of the Network Stars  In my book this was one of my all time favorites.  It was a competitions between stars form ABC, CBS, and NBC and aired on and off from 1976 to 1988. In 2003 they tried to bring it back but no one except maybe me, was interested in watching.  Some of the greats that appeared on it were Penny Marshall (Laverne and Shirley) Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back Kotter) Cheryl Ladd (Charlie's Angels) Valerie Bertinelli (One Day At A Time) and many, many more.

Battle of the Network Stars

The Mole  This reality based show aired for five seasons between 2001 to 2008. The first two seasons it was hosted by Anderson Cooper, The third season he was replaced by Ahmad Rashad.  The forth and  fifth seasons were a celebrity Mole format.  The premise was extremely complex but in a nutshell contestants work as a group to add money to a pot that only one of them will eventually win.  Among the contestants is one person who has been designated "The Mole" by the producers and is tasked with sabotaging the group's money making efforts. At the end of each episode, the contestants take a quiz and the one who knows the least about the mole gets eliminated.  Everyone knows that there is a mole but they do not know who the mole is.  The US was not the only country to air The Mole.  The format was licensed to run in over 40 different counties.  Sounds kind of boring but boy did I love this one.

One of these ordinary people was The Mole

Celebrity Mole
Well I could go on and on about my favorite TV shows and who knows maybe I will, we have 11 more letters to go.

Mary Ann


  1. There is nothing like old TV to bring up feelings of nostalgia. I've never seen any of these shows, but I have heard of The Mole :).

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  2. I had a thing for David Soul and I watched Here come the brides. I also loved The Mole but it disappeared from our TV lineup. I didn't know that it was continued without Anderson Cooper. Nice trip down memory lane this morning. Thanks

  3. None of them made it over to Germany I believe, first time hearing about them.

  4. I actually remember it! I never got into it, but I didn't know it actually lasted as long as it did.

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