With the holidays coming up I’ve been asked to jot down wish lists, which means I’ve had to put my thinking cap on. Or give Amazon a good long look. My attention recently snagged on a DVD set of a show no longer on air, one I have very fond memories of, which made me think of doing a post like this. So, here are five shows that I loved that are either no longer on or are in reruns (on obscure channels, of course.) Feel free to play along!
1. Zorro (1957 – 1959)
Obviously I didn’t watch this show when it originally aired, but I owe my mother big time for making sure I watched it when Disney decided to put it back on t.v. for a brief time. This show had everything my young self could have wanted: Comedy, swashbuckling sword action, romance, and a handsome leading man in Guy Williams. It was on past my bedtime, too, and it was an added thrill that I was allowed to stay up and watch it. Though it only ran for two seasons, my love for the story of Zorro endured, and I’ve found myself drawn to this type of character ever since.
2. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955 – 1959)
When you think Robin Hood, who comes to mind? Errol Flynn, maybe, or *shudder* Kevin Costner? Or, heh, Carey Elwes? Probably not Richard Greene, though, and he was arguably my favorite Robin Hood. Greene’s Robin exuded compassion and confidence; he always seemed quick to smile, and was just as quick with his bow. Another one I owe my parents for introducing me to despite the fact that it had long been off the air.
3. The Adventures of Brisco County Jr (1993 – 1994)
Bruce Campbell in a show that was part western, part sci-fi, and part campy comedy. How could you possibly go wrong with that combination? You couldn’t. It is such a shame that this one didn’t get a longer run, but it had so many memorable characters – including Comet, Brisco’s apple loving, trick playing horse – and storylines that kept the show interesting and fresh. Maybe not what Campbell will be remembered for in the future, but it was a role I loved him in.
4. BeastMaster (1999 – 2002)
Okay, I’ll admit it, this one is a guilty pleasure of mine. It was loosely based on the movie, but in the series Dar was played by Daniel Goddard. It disappeared for a while and it wasn’t until all three seasons were released on DVD that I learned how the show wrapped up the story arc of Dar’s search for his family. Between the gorgeous animals and Goddard, there was certainly plenty of lovely scenery.
This could go on and become a fond five, six, and probably more, but I’d rather not bore you. So! What tv shows do you have fond memories of?