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exotica59
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Posted: 2006-03-15 07:04 am   Permalink

we were Black and white TV family into the 70's. Folks said there was no need to purchase a new set when this one worked just fine. Also no cable back then. I watched color TV at the neighbors house.
Those giant satellite dishes were just coming out when I met my husband, and I can remember his dad buying one for the back yard. It was crazy! This thing WAS the backyard! I was massive. The controller box was big and bulky too, but for awhile it was cool to be able to watch all those shows. It was to be short lived though, as dishes got smaller really fast, and having to purchase what you watched came to be.
Was love American stle on at prime time when it was first out? If so, my folks must of been watching some cop show or animal program, casue I never saw that or Courtships of Eddies father until it was on during the after noons if I happened to be home sick from school.


 
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2006-03-15 11:08 am   Permalink

Yeah 'Love American Style' was definitely a prime time show. Don't remember what time or what day. The only thing I can remember as far as day and time from back then was that 'The Brady Bunch' and 'The Partridge Family' were on back to back on Friday nights starting at 8. Don't remember which came on first, but how's that for a prime-time line up?

 
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2006-03-15 11:46 am   Permalink

Love American Style also featured a trademark brass bed and when you see a few episodes you can never look at a brass bed anymore without thinking of that show

 
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mrs. pineapple
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Posted: 2006-03-15 12:55 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-03-15 11:08, donhonyc wrote:
Yeah 'Love American Style' was definitely a prime time show. Don't remember what time or what day. The only thing I can remember as far as day and time from back then was that 'The Brady Bunch' and 'The Partridge Family' were on back to back on Friday nights starting at 8. Don't remember which came on first, but how's that for a prime-time line up?




ohhhhh yeah. That was big night for me, I was 6 or 7 and was allowed to stay up until 9 o'clock to watch! My love for the Brady's has been duly noted in Brady Hawaii thread. That reminds me, I'm getting that onto my netflix queue.

I think I remember seeing LAS during daytime reruns during college. Which may explain why I can't remember any details, I may have done some bong hits back then. I don't remember.
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Hau 'oli Tiki
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Posted: 2006-03-16 10:20 am   Permalink

Chuck, the older brother? Huh?

I remember being so excited to see I Love Lucy on the new COLOR set. What color is that lovely gown? Now I'll know! Imagine my dissapointmnet.

Didn't the expression in THE Industry..."Jump The Shark" originate from Happy Days? Meaning when a show gets desperate and goes with some crazy story line. Like when the Fonz jumped a shark on his bike.

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Hau 'oli Tiki
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Posted: 2006-03-16 10:34 am   Permalink

You really do learn something new every day. Even if it doesn't matter... I always thought Happy Days was a spin off of American Graffiti, but it was the other way around! Huh.
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-09-23 8:02 pm   Permalink

Sorry if this has been posted before, but I found a neat site for retro-modern looking TVs called Predicta. Seems funny that so many of us are in that flat-screen, big TV mode and with some of the new technology making our old sets obsolete...this company is a refreshing find.

I have an email into them to see if I can get a brochure with some technical specs and pricing. Wouldn't it be neat to watch Hawaii Five-O on one of those tubes.

EDIT...I found this post, so have emailed Mr Predicta to see if he will stop back by TC and post updates about his products.

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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2007-09-24 1:41 pm   Permalink

The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC

I was fortunate to have experienced the transition from all B&W TV broadcasts to all color TV broadcasts. My family got a color TV fairly early on. I think we got it in 1958. Definitely had it by 1959. Very interesting times.

During the B&W days, first off, TV didn't last around the clock. I forget what time the last show was on, but at some point late at night when the networks didn't have any more stuff to put on, they'd play the Star Spangled Banner and immediately after that you'd either get snow (signal cut off) or a test pattern (camera pointed at a calibration design). It would stay that way until the next moring when regular broadcasting would pick up again. This effect continued well into the color days.

I can't recall when round the clock broadcasting started being in effect. Definitely a network competition. Wheatever one network would do, the others would have to match it. I do recall in the 70's (maybe 80's) though when at some point around 2 am there'd be an inspirational word with a scene of waves breaking on the shore, then (for a long time) there was a military inspirational poem (High Flight) with scenes of an Air Force jet climbing into the upper atmposhpere, that was followed by the National Anthem, and then you got the color test pattern (by then all networks were all-color).

I remember watching Disney's Mickey Mouse Club (got to meet AnnetteŚwoo hoo!) and later the Wonderful World of Disney in B&W. Then Disney's "Wonderful World" went color, becoming Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. When the Flintstones first came on, they were in B&W. I got to see it change to color. Same with a lots of shows, like the Ed Sullivan Show. When the Beatles first came on the scene it was in B&W. The following year (I think), Ed Sullivan was in color. The Beverly Hillbillies started out in B&W and a couple of years later changed to color. Same with Gilligan's Island, but it went color by its second season (I think).

TV offerings were mixture of B&W and color for a long time. But, the more shows that went color on one network meant that the other networks would follow suit. More and more color sets were being bought. News coverage took a longer time than you might expect to go color. While there were lots and lots of color shows popping up (Bonanza started in color), news braodcasts were in B&W. Kennedy's funeral procession was in B&W.

I just looked this up. On November 7, 1966 NBC became the first 100% color network.

That's weird how the pilot that would become Happy Days first instead became an episode on Love, American Style, and then later became the Happy Days series. I know George Lucas cast Ron Howard in American Graffiti based on his work as Richie in the pilot, but I'm not sure that American Graffiti was exactly spun off the Happy Days pilot. Anybody know?


 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2007-09-24 5:29 pm   Permalink

Well Donho, you hopefully remember where I stand on the Fonz....

Eyyyyyyyyyy!!!

I am a nut when it comes to 70's sitcoms, and I have most of them in boxed set DVDs I am such an addict!!

I got Love Boat, and Fastasy Island, and Three's company, Taxi, Cheers, Bob Newhart, Happy days 1 and 2, and season 3 is finally coming out next month. This is the season (I believe) where Fonzi does the motorcyle stunt with the trash cans, has problems with liver and I believe he may actually jump the shark at the end (or that might be season 4)

I got much more, and I never get tired of them, no matter how cheesy. I hate to admit this, but the theme from love boat affected me musically in a deep and spiritual way!


 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2007-09-24 5:33 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-09-24 13:41, The Gnomon wrote:
The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC

I was fortunate to have experienced the transition from all B&W TV broadcasts to all color TV broadcasts. My family got a color TV fairly early on. I think we got it in 1958. Definitely had it by 1959. Very interesting times.

During the B&W days, first off, TV didn't last around the clock. I forget what time the last show was on, but at some point late at night when the networks didn't have any more stuff to put on, they'd play the Star Spangled Banner and immediately after that you'd either get snow (signal cut off) or a test pattern (camera pointed at a calibration design). It would stay that way until the next moring when regular broadcasting would pick up again. This effect continued well into the color days.

I can't recall when round the clock broadcasting started being in effect. Definitely a network competition. Wheatever one network would do, the others would have to match it. I do recall in the 70's (maybe 80's) though when at some point around 2 am there'd be an inspirational word with a scene of waves breaking on the shore, then (for a long time) there was a military inspirational poem (High Flight) with scenes of an Air Force jet climbing into the upper atmposhpere, that was followed by the National Anthem, and then you got the color test pattern (by then all networks were all-color).

I remember watching Disney's Mickey Mouse Club (got to meet AnnetteŚwoo hoo!) and later the Wonderful World of Disney in B&W. Then Disney's "Wonderful World" went color, becoming Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. When the Flintstones first came on, they were in B&W. I got to see it change to color. Same with a lots of shows, like the Ed Sullivan Show. When the Beatles first came on the scene it was in B&W. The following year (I think), Ed Sullivan was in color. The Beverly Hillbillies started out in B&W and a couple of years later changed to color. Same with Gilligan's Island, but it went color by its second season (I think).

TV offerings were mixture of B&W and color for a long time. But, the more shows that went color on one network meant that the other networks would follow suit. More and more color sets were being bought. News coverage took a longer time than you might expect to go color. While there were lots and lots of color shows popping up (Bonanza started in color), news braodcasts were in B&W. Kennedy's funeral procession was in B&W.

I just looked this up. On November 7, 1966 NBC became the first 100% color network.

That's weird how the pilot that would become Happy Days first instead became an episode on Love, American Style, and then later became the Happy Days series. I know George Lucas cast Ron Howard in American Graffiti based on his work as Richie in the pilot, but I'm not sure that American Graffiti was exactly spun off the Happy Days pilot. Anybody know?




No, American Graffiti had nothing to do with Happy Days. American Graffiti was about George Lucas memories of growing up in the 50's car culture of modesto.

"Lords of Flatbush" (a pre-Fonz Henry Winkler) came out before Happy days.


 
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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2007-09-25 08:36 am   Permalink

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On 2007-09-24 17:33, lucas vigor wrote:
No, American Graffiti had nothing to do with Happy Days. American Graffiti was about George Lucas memories of growing up in the 50's car culture of modesto.

"Lords of Flatbush" (a pre-Fonz Henry Winkler) came out before Happy days.



Yeah, I think the Ron Howard connection and the 50's theme make some people think that one was a spin off of the other, but the storylines are too different.

I remember the "Lords of Flatbush." For some reason it didn't do anything for me at the time, but the character definitely worked as the Fonz on HD.


 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2007-09-25 6:13 pm   Permalink

Actually, now that I think of it, there is a major 70's sitcom connection in AG.

Ron Howard-HD
Cindy Williams-Lavern and Shirley
Susan Sommers-Three's company


 
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