The Dick Van Dyke Show. This is my all time favorite. 150 episodes. I love the chemistry between Rob and Laura. Excellent scripts. My favorite episode is the one where they’re in a haunted cabin in the woods. My next favorite is the one with the aliens and walnuts. And then the famous one where Laura accidentally blows up the raft. Margi bought me dvd’s of this series. This series shows that you can have funny stuff that’s actually clean. Great supporting characters with Buddy, Sally, Pickles, Mel, and Alan. When Mel walked in the room, you just waited for Buddy’s, “Yecchh!”
I Love Lucy. Sheer comic genius. I understand that Ricky was actually the brains behind the outfit, but Lucy stole the show. There will never be a better comic bit than Lucy doing Vita-mita-vegamin. I loved their road trip episodes, and all the episodes in Hollywood. The one where Lucy gave birth to little Ricky is a classic. Even though Ricky didn’t have the best voice in the world, he knew how to entertain. Some of the best had big song and dance routines. How about the one where Lucy put on the big fruit hat and did her own Carmen Miranda? I still watch these episodes and laugh. My kids like them too. Oh… how about the one in the candy store! Sure beats another reality show, don’t you think?
The Andy Griffith Show. Who wouldn’t want to live in Mayberry? Don Knotts made the show. “Gotta nip it, nip it, nip it in the bud…” (warning Andy to correct Opie’s bad behavior). I always like the episodes when Andy outsmarted the state police and caught a really bad guy. Best episodes had Andy on guitar and someone singing. Aunt Bea was beautiful and sweet. How many TV shows today would let their characters go to church and sing real hymns?
These shows touched the heart and tickled the funny bone and elevated values like marriage, family, patriotism, friendship, and integrity. Anything like that out there today?
What are your favorites?