Watching TV Shows – not in my house

Thanks to modern technology, I can now watch all the old TV shows from the 60s and 70s I missed as a child. When I was in kindergarten, all my friends at school were watching TV. There was no television in our house through kindergarten, first, or second grade. 

When my parents realized they were expecting baby number three, they asked my brother and me, “Would you rather have a TV or a new baby brother or sister?” My older brother and I had been dreaming about our first television set for a long time. Well, as long as a four and five-year-old can dream. We asked for a TV. We got a sister. That turned out far better than I would have expected at the time. I wouldn’t trade the sister for all the channels on cable.

The TV came two years later when my parents wanted to watch the first moon landing. I don’t remember the moon landing, but I remember the old TV shows from the 60s and 70s.


TV Wars


My dear old saintly grandmother and I fought a silent war over the television set. She prayed it would break down because no good could come from that box. I prayed we’d get a foot of snow on Sunday evenings so I could go to the Ponderosa Ranch instead of Sunday evening church services. Grandma won the prayer battles far more often than I did. 


I may have been addicted to television as a child. Once, I ran away from home but had to return by 4:00 to watch my favorite show. Or maybe it was for my mother’s chicken and waffles. There was really nowhere to run to in our small town anyway. 


As I revisit the memories of those shows from the 60s and 70s, I can’t help but laugh at myself. Here’s a quiz on some of my old-time favorites so you can laugh at me, too. I guess I’ve grown up a little. But the memories of those old shows still tickle my funny bone.


Let’s see if we watched the same shows


If you get through the quiz, send me an email of some of your favorite old shows. You may remember some I’ve forgotten. Quiz clue – Most of these TV shows are from the 60s and 70s. 


Click here for the Oldies TV Quiz

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