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Still photo from the first episode of Dr. Kildare (1961), with Beverly Garland, Richard Chamberlain, and Raymond Massey. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The 50s:

A non-comprehensive list of TV crushes, comedy, great writing, and escapism.

Maverick, Sea Hunt, The Steve Allen Show, The Jackie Gleason Show.

The 60s:

Dr. Kildare, 77 Sunset Strip, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive.  Too young to watch but did: The Roaring 20s, Naked City.

The 70s:

There was TV in the 70s?  OK, M*A*S*H. And Mission: Impossible.

The 80s:

thirtysomething, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice.  Favorite cringe watch: Dynasty.

The 90s:

Star Trek: The Next Generation, ER, Homicide: Life on the Street, NYPD Blue.  Guilty pleasure: Lois & Clark.

The 2000s

House M.D., The Wire, MI-5, The West Wing.  Couldn’t have made it through the decade without: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Couldn’t look away excess: Entourage.

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  1. Wendy Ng says:

    Loved this! I like the idea of just making a list from the different decades. It tells you a lot about what was happening in popular culture.

  2. TSSNYC says:

    ditto to the above comment

  3. rosie says:

    I also enjoyed the list and remembered how much I enjoyed those shows as well.

  4. Susan says:

    Richard Chamberlain. Sigh. And then he came back in 1983 as the unattainable priest in the miniseries The Thorn Birds. Double sigh.

  5. Betsy Pfau says:

    Longidyohso! How about Patty Duke? I watched a lot of the Mickey Mouse Club in the 50s, we match up in the 80s, and then some. Do you miss Jon Stewart as much as we do? We’re trying Trevor Noah, but he’s not floating our boat at the moment. I’m with Susan about The Thorn Birds, though. I thought that was dreamy!

  6. Constance says:

    Loved Richard Chamberlain in the Australian film The Last Wave, but he really hearthrobbed me in Shogun. I’m a sucker for good costumes.

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