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donhonyc
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Posted: 2006-03-11 11:50 pm   Permalink

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/videoclips/loveamericanstyle.mpg

why can't things be this campy anymore??


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ikitnrev
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Posted: 2006-03-12 01:18 am   Permalink

Whoah! Anson Williams, aka Potsie, was on Love American Style? I never knew until know that the TV show 'Hapy Days' had some roots in 'Love American Style.'

I can remember watching the show as a youth, but I was likely oblivious to much of the sexual innuendo at the time - I was 11 when the above clip was shown.

When my family watched the show, our television set was a black and white one. I remember us sitting there, watching the introduction fireworks in black and white, thinking .... oh, how wonderful it would be to have a color television, so we could see the fireworks in color. (We said the same thing during the Disnet intro.)

A few years later, when we did get the color television, we soon realized that much of television still sucked.

But if the show 'Love American Style' did come out on DVD, I might buy a copy, as it would be way interesting to see how the attitudes towards mainstream television sexuality compares to what is available today.

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donhonyc
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Posted: 2006-03-12 10:00 am   Permalink

Quote:

When my family watched the show, our television set was a black and white one. I remember us sitting there, watching the introduction fireworks in black and white, thinking .... oh, how wonderful it would be to have a color television, so we could see the fireworks in color. (We said the same thing during the Disnet intro.)



It's funny that you should mention that ikitnrev, I was just having this conversation with my girlfriend not that long ago. I'm almost 40, my family didn't have it's first color TV until around 1978. My girlfriend, who is just a few years over 30 could not for a moment fathom that concept. I had to explain to her that even though color TVs did exist it wasn't that uncommon to have a black and white set in the 70s. As a kid, I didn't know any better so it never bothered me, and yeah I was also watching 'The Wonderful World of Disney' every Sunday night (after 'Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom') in glorious BLACK & WHITE.


 
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PiPhiRho
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Posted: 2006-03-12 6:35 pm   Permalink

I remember that episode when it was originally shown. Yes, Happy Days was actually a spin-off of Love American Style. It was first shown as one full episode and was set in the 40s rather than in the 50s. I don't remember a whole lot else about it. As I recall, it was about a family in the 40s that had just gotten their first television set. I could be wrong, it was a really long time ago' like around 1971 maybe.


 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2006-03-13 2:13 pm   Permalink

There's an episode of Love American Style that has a brief exterior shot of Sam's Seafood in Huntington Beach.

http://www.samsseafood.com

The episode was about a guy who became telepathic whenever he ate fish and he used this ability to help his friend get women.


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cynfulcynner
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Posted: 2006-03-14 04:38 am   Permalink


So -- who can name all the TV shows that were "Happy Days" spin-offs?

Mork and Mindy
Joanie Loves Chachi
Laverne and Shirley

Any others?


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donhonyc
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Posted: 2006-03-14 06:34 am   Permalink

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On 2006-03-14 04:38, cynfulcynner wrote:

So -- who can name all the TV shows that were "Happy Days" spin-offs?

Mork and Mindy
Joanie Loves Chachi
Laverne and Shirley

Any others?



The Karate Kid 1 & 2


 
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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2006-03-14 08:55 am   Permalink

How about the characters that disapeared? Richie's older brother Charles "Chuck" Cunningham, Fonzie's cousin Spike and Leather Tuscadero, (Pinky's little sister, played by Suzi Quatro).
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2006-03-14 09:09 am   Permalink

How bout them? But what I really want to know is how many people here still had black and white televisions as the main TV in their house in the mid 70s. Am I the only one here that was deprived of that luxury back then?

 
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mbonga
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Posted: 2006-03-14 10:09 am   Permalink

My family had only black-and-white sets until at least 1976. If there was a show we especially wanted to see in color, like "The Man From UNCLE," we'd go visit friends who had a color TV that night. Although I didn't mind black-and-white, there were a few minor drawbacks: (1) in later years when I had to describe a film to somebody, I was unable to tell them if it was in black-and-white or color; (2) I was delayed in getting a feel for which decades of film had color vs. which decades had black-and-white, (3) some things were misleading, such as the one swimsuit scene I thought was a nude scene because the swimsuit was the same gray shade as the body. Oh well.

In a similar vein, I never owned an air-conditioned car until 1987.



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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2006-03-14 1:06 pm   Permalink

Another Happy Days Spinoff.
Blansky's Beauties
Well, there's some debate weather it's a true spinoff or not

http://www.jumptheshark.com/b/blanskysbeauties.htm



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amiotiki
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Posted: 2006-03-14 1:18 pm   Permalink

hehe, good old black and white...my step-father thought color was 'cheesy and cheap' looking, so he didn't get us a color TV until the old B&W one died and there weren't anymore available, so he HAD to get color. I was already moved out of the house, so it had to have been after 1973 sometime. I was poor and didn't even own a TV of my own until 1982, and yeah, it was a big ol' color set...25" swivel floor model - tres chic for the time...lol.

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mrs. pineapple
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Posted: 2006-03-14 1:47 pm   Permalink

We had a B&W TV that I remember, so it was probably into the 70's. I remember watching Batman and they had the 'now in color' star burst and I didn't understand why it wasn't in color for me?? I also remember FINALLY getting a color tv, and being pretty surprised that the Munsters and Addams Family were still in B&W. I was a little slow on the science curve

I don't think I owned my own color tv until I was in my late 20's. I took a crappy little B&W to college and only got 2 channels and finally bought one from a friend who was moving back to Philly in about 1998. My nephews have 2 giant tvs in their 'playroom' to play video games on and they think they're archaic because they weigh about 200 lbs. They bug my sister to get them flat screens... (I cut this post off cause my boss walked up, I had to finish that sentence in this edit )

Also - I totally remembered the Love American Style theme song and sang right along, and the intro, with the fireworks, but can't for the life of me remember anything about the show. I'm sure I watched it, the theme and intro are embedded in my brain.

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donhonyc
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Posted: 2006-03-14 2:22 pm   Permalink

For whatever reason, I don't know why, I guess the booze hasn't totally wiped out my long term memory, but I can remember alot about that very late 60s early 70s era and I do remember seeing 'Love American Style'. I actually saw an episode recently at the Museum of Television and Radio and even though I remember that it was usually three 'vignettes' that made up the show, I forgot that they ususally had a one minute skit when they came back to the show after a commercial. An example would be a hot girl finding a place to sit in a park. As she takes her jacket off to sit down, a guy comes up and supposedly playing the 'gentleman' helps her off with her coat...and then takes off with it leaving the hot girl standing there astonished, of course followed up by an outburst of uproarious canned laughter.

If you were a really young kid, like all of four or five years old back then, it was in my opinion a pretty interesting time to be getting your bearings about the world, especially if you had the TV and the radio around all the time like I did. There was so much tripped-out colorful stuff around that your little had to process like 'Laugh-In', that crazy NBC Peacock animation they would run to announce that the program was 'in living color', and all of those trippy commercials. I didn't know what to make of it, but it was pretty cool. Wouldn't trade that for anything now.




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naugatiki
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Posted: 2006-03-14 4:05 pm   Permalink

When I was a kid if anything new and improved was on sale my parents grabbed it immediately. We were the first on the block with a microwave oven and a Panasonic VCR that weight about 20 pounds at the time (I still have a recording of the late show of Easy Rider I taped in the late 70s around here on it) and one of those 2 ton combination TV, record player, cassette player units. But even with all this splender our house was located in the neutral zone and one of the only areas in the state with out cable access, so one day a friend of mine invited me over to watch the movie Rocky on his set on HBO and I was taken back watching the film on a black and white set about the size of a 12 inch computer monitor. That movie always reminded me of a 40s film so I hardly noticed. Later during the broke college student period he became one of my roommates and that damn black and white set moved in with him, I think it finally gave out from being pounded on the side of it too many times.


 
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