I don't remember what I watched on TV before the age of four. Probably just cartoons on Saturday. I do remember watching The Wizard of Oz in black and white on TV one evening with my mom. I didn't like it then. It scared me.
|Here I am in my footy pajamas (I think I'm supposed to be a bunny rabbit)! Our black and white TV is in the background. We had it for years. I don't remember when my parents got their first color TV.|
After we moved to our current family home when I was going on four, I remember watching game shows sometimes during the weekday with our across-the-street neighbors in the summer (but we mostly played outside). My favorites were Let's Make a Deal with Monty Hall and Hollywood Squares with Peter Marshall. I sometimes watched The Mike Douglas Show in the afternoons. During lunchtime, the soap operas would start coming on--The Guiding Light and The Secret Storm are two that I remember. My favorite cartoon was Mighty Mouse!
Several shows that I watched at night over the years when I was a kid are The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Andy Griffith Show; The Danny Thomas Show; Rawhide (with a young Clint Eastwood); Bonanza; Wagon Train, The Virginian, Gunsmoke, The Real McCoys; The Wild, Wild West; Perry Mason; Petticoat Junction; Lost in Space, and Gilligan's Island. I watched Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. sometimes, because some of my siblings watched them, but I really disliked those shows. They just weren't that funny to my young mind.
By the time I was in junior high, I'd rush home every afternoon to watch Dark Shadows with Barnabas Collins the vampire, and I'd get upset when I was late getting home. It came on at 4:00 p.m.
Writing this post, as with all the others in this 52 Weeks of Sharing Memories, sure brought back childhood memories! I had forgotten about some of the shows I watched until I started researching!