Last night the Emmys were on. Considering how things came out between the Cowboys and the Giants, maybe I should have watched them instead. I might not have ended up the night so frustrated and depressed! (Kidding, I truly don’t live and die by the Cowboys, but I sure with they wouldn’t look so bad every week)
Twice today I have seen comments on Facebook or websites where someone has commented that they were glad to see Neil Patrick Harris hosting the show because they had a huge crush on him when they were in junior high and he was Dr. Doogie Houser. I can’t fathom having had a crush on Doogie Houser. I watched the show, but I, obviously, was way past junior high by the time it was on TV.
But it made me think about junior high and who I might have had a crush on back then. Thank God for the the Internet and Wikipedia. It is so easy to look things up. I remember in school there was a book at the library that showed the network schedules from previous years and I just thought that was the coolest thing. Now it is at my fingertips anytime.
Let’s look back at my junior high years. I was going to Canyon Junior High School in Canyon, Texas. We had just returned from 3 years in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
I will happily own up to having crushes on Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy and Johnny Cash while we lived in Colorado, but it is harder to pin down who I liked in junior high (at least from looking at the TV schedule). I’m even surprised to see that the Partridge Family was still on the schedule on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. I expect that if our family was watching TV on a Saturday night, we were watching All in the Family on the other channel. We had moved up to being a 2 TV family at that point in our lives, so I could have been watching the Partridge Family in the bedroom I shared with my sister. We began to have 2 TVs when we returned from Colorado. We had owned 2 houses the whole time we lived there, so when we sold that house and were back to just the house in Canyon, we were suddenly “wealthy”! We bought a new color TV (our first) for the living room, new washer and dryer, new stove, new kitchen dinette set, and car! That was a fun year.
Who, if any, did I have a crush on on TV? Nothing really jumps out. The Brady Bunch was on TV, but I never was a huge Greg or Peter Brady girl, though I always thought Peter was the cutest. I do see Adam-12 was on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. on NBC and I did love Kent McCord (the dark-hairedÂ cop), but it was across from the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, so I expect we were watching that on those nights. But I certainly caught up with some of these other shows during reruns.
Remember when you did that? You might watch one show through the regular season and then there was “rerun season” and you would watch another show or there were fill-in shows that only ran during the off season? TV schedules now have so many season premiers and different start times, there are always new shows starting. Well, except for the big 3 networks and they still decided to start everything in the same 2 or 3 week period and if any show has bad ratings in the first 3 weeks it is canceled before anyone has a chance to even decide if they like it.
Sundays had Mannix and Barnaby Jones, which were always favorites of my mother’s, so we may have watched those, but there was also the Sunday Mystery Movie. Remember that? Columbo, McMillan and Wife, and Hec Ramsey (I do NOT remember Hec Ramsey) alternated.Â I think McCloud had been in that rotation, too, but not the season I’m looking at. I did like Dennis McCloud and I loved Rock Hudson (McCloud and McMillan for you kiddoes), but I can’t say that I had crushes on either.
Monday nights started with The Rookies and I did like that one cop, but I don’t think this show was a must-watch for our family. Next up though, was:Â Monday Night Football. I did have a thing for Don Meredith, I’ll admit. But I don’t think I ever really watched Monday Night Football. But our family usually congregated around the TV no matter what was on or who was watching, so I might have been in the room doing homework or reading a book.
Tuesdays we watched Maude at 7 and maybe Marcus Welby at 9, but the rest of the night was a blur. Probably on that night Dad would have us being his remote control. Yes, children acted as remote controls in those days and got up to change the channel for parents. I don’t think our new color RCA had remote control. My grandmother got a TV about that time that did and it was impressive, but you could only switch up or down, as I recall, and not go to a specific channel. With only 3 channels to choose from, not a big deal, I suppose. I do think she had to go through the channels of static between each network, though. Another invention to be thankful for.
Wednesdays, Sonny and Cher, Cannon and Kojak. My mother loved Cannon. I think she and Mackie and I usually split and went to bed to read when Kojak came on, but Daddy liked it.
Thurdays. Hmmmm. Flip Wilson or the Waltons? I don’t remember which we would have chosen because I certainly watched a lot of both in my time. Maybe then Ironside on one channel and the Streets of San Francisco on another at 9. TV detectives and cop shows were really the thing in 1972, weren’t they? And a few lawyers. Wait, that may as well be said about 2009 with CSI, Law and Order, Cops, The Closer, Saving Grace, Bones, Raising the Bar, etc.Â Right?
Fridays had the Brady Bunch, Room 222, the Odd Couple, Adam’s Rib (don’t remember that one) and Love! American Style, which was a favorite. We didn’t see a lot of Friday night TV in the fall, though. Canyon High School Eagles, you know. And we went to almost all their games.
Saturday nights, there was no doubt where we were as a family. We were watching All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, and Carol Burnette. I do miss those great nights of TV where you HAD to be there to watch and everyone did. I realize there may have been people in the world that had a life and went out on Saturdays and did things, but in our world, we watched TV on Saturday nights and had 3 hours of great TV.