Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > TV Talk
Reload this Page >

What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

TV Talk Talk about Shows on TV

What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Old 03-07-10, 07:44 AM
  #1  
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 84
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

So, what were your favorite sitcoms growing up?

I Love Lucy
The Golden Girls
Threes Company
All in the Family
Roseanne

These five, while some might say are dated, have escaped obscurity into a universal appeal -- all doing fairly well in syndication. All played around the world. All doing very well when they aired originally -- and all doing fairly well in syndication for years.

I Love Lucy, Golden Girls, Roseanne, and Three's Company all did well on DVD too! All in the Family, however, slumped which surprised me. It didn't sell well at all.

-------------------------------------

Mama's Family '83-'90

The show changes from night to day as it goes on... It transitioned from NBC to syndication between '84-'86 -- yep, a very long 2 year hiatus. Known for being the number 1 show in syndication when it returned in '86.

Mama goes from crusty old woman to bitchy, but lovable by season 3. Characters kind of get dumbed down into doing dumber things during the transition. The Grandchildren disappear, a new one is introduced, along with a new neighbor, and the show ended up doing better during its 3rd season. The remodeling of the show worked for ratings, but some fans of Carol Burnett hate this revamped show.

Two episodes that stand out from Season 1 are "The Wedding." This is where Eunice came in and they were quality episodes -- and some of the most memorable ones.

Rue McClanahan hated her role so much that she is killed off by season 3 -- before this season -- transitioning over to the Golden Girls along with Betty White. Betty White makes one final appearance in season 3 as Ellen in an excellent plastic surgery episode.

------------------------------------

Honorable mention goes to The Cosby Show.

Although this seems more like rotten candy compared to the above shows. Sweet enough to rot your teeth! The safest and sweetest show overall. Number one show and did fine in syndication.

On the other hand, I used to watch Gimmi a Break, Family Ties, The Hogan Family/Valerie's Family, Growing Pains, etc., too. These shows, however, are pretty much dated and stuck in their 80s time period. They did fine when aired in the 80's. However, they haven't done as well past the early 90's, in syndication. Growing Pains and Family Ties disappeared pretty quickly from Nick at Nite, for example. Gimmi a Break bombed ridiculously hard on DVD. Growing Pains didn't make it past the first season on DVD.

The Facts of Life somehow escaped this (probably one of the cheesiest shows of the decade/one of the most 80's), and did pretty well in the early 2000's in syndication on Nick at Nite. DVD sales not doing so hot though! It's popularity in the early 2000's seems to have petered out, and I don't see it anymore playing anywhere.

So, which ones did you used to watch growing up, and do you still watch them?
Old 03-07-10, 09:22 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
cdoug57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Macon, Ga.
Posts: 1,014
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Growing up as a youth, these shows were what tickled my funny bone;
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Gilligan's Island
Leave it to Beaver
F Troop
The Little Rascals shorts
The Three Stooges shorts

Whenver I reached my teens I enjoyed more grown up comedies like;
All in the Family
M*A*S*H
Barney Miller
Maude

When the mood strikes, I enjoy watching them over. I amd currently rewatching Gilligan. This show is just timeless and still good for many chuckles.
Old 03-07-10, 10:56 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Nth Power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 2,405
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Facts of Life
Diff'rent Strokes

Those two were always on after school, so I watched them every day.
Old 03-07-10, 04:04 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
sven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 4,009
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

The Cosby Show
Cheers
Night Court
Old 03-07-10, 04:22 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Sessa17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: NJ, the place where smiles go to die
Posts: 7,393
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Never watched many sitcoms. Seinfeld & the Simpsons are the only ones I remember watching routinely.
Old 03-07-10, 04:28 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Raleighwood
Posts: 6,644
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

WKRP
Newhart
The Love Boat
Growing Pains


And of course, the greatest show for any teenage boy:

Just the Ten of Us
Old 03-07-10, 04:32 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2,349
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

The Simpsons
Seinfeld
Friends
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Full House
Gilligan's Island (on TBS at 3am during the summers)
Saved By The Bell

There's a ton of others I can't think of at the moment, but those are the ones that immediately jump out at me.
Old 03-07-10, 04:33 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 3,175
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Family Matters
Step by Step
Boy Meets World
Full House

you can probably guess my age..haha

though I enjoyed Mama's Family as well. I started watching it during the late 90s. One weekday morning at my friend's house, Beast Wars was a rerun, and my friend's mom suggested we watch Mama's Family. Ever since that day, I was hooked on the show. I think the first episode we watched was the Family Feud one.

the later years, I watched Friends and Seinfeld.

Today, it's How I Met Your Mother
Old 03-07-10, 06:16 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
That'sAllFolks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,720
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Mary Tyler Moore
MASH
Beverly Hillbillies (in reruns)


Later:
Newhart
Cheers


All of these hold up pretty well for me except Cheers , which is good, just not in league with the other ones (IMO).

There were a bunch more I watched that were not my "favorite", but I enjoyed - Addams Family, Gilligan's Island, I Love Lucy, Dick Van Dyke, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Bob Newhart Show, Just the Ten of Us, Making the Grade (a 1-season sitcom set in a school which starred George Wendt), Growing Pains, Family Ties, Night Court, Cosby Show, Leave It To Beaver, What's Happening, Bewitched

That's all I really remember about my early days (early 20's and below).
Old 03-07-10, 06:24 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 1,531
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

The ones I remember watching every week
Happy Days
Diff'rent Strokes
Facts of life(2 part hurricane episode is still my favorite)
Gimme a Break
Silver Spoons
Its your move
You again
Alf
The Charmings
Roseanne(which i remember saying wouldn't last 1 season)
Cosby Show
Golden Girls
Empty Nest
The Simpsons
Married with Children
The Gary Shandling Show
Dream On( and i really never got into that show but i remember watching because they showed boobs, and i was 13)
The syndicated shows that i would watch everyday after school.
Gilligan's Island
The Monkees
The Munsters
Brady bunch
Old 03-07-10, 07:59 PM
  #11  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,445
Received 9 Likes on 8 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Growing up in the 80's, theses shows I watched during the week

-Three's Company
-Happy Days
-Cheers
-Two Close for Comfort
-Mr. Belvedere
-Growing Pains
-Family Ties
-Who's The Boss
-The Wonder Years
-Cosby Show
-Different Strokes
-Facts of Life
-Gimme a Break
-Newhart
-The Hogan Family
-Alf

I used to watch these 70's shows in Syndication:

-All in the Family
-The Jeffersons
-Sanford & Son
-Good Times
-Whats Happening
-The Brady Bunch

I used to watch these 60's shows in Syndication:

-Gilligans Island
-The Munsters
-The Adams Family
-Hogans Heroes
-Batman
-Leave it to Beaver

Last edited by coli; 03-08-10 at 09:38 AM.
Old 03-07-10, 08:37 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Posts: 14,358
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Beverly Hillbillies
Sanford & Son
Old 03-08-10, 12:01 AM
  #13  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Charlie Goose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sesame Street (the apt. next to Bob's)
Posts: 20,199
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

The Brady Bunch
Happy Days
Laverne & Shirley
Welcome Back, Kotter
Batman
Soap
Gilligan's Island
Old 03-08-10, 12:48 AM
  #14  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Puyallup
Posts: 16,435
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Mork and Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, Brady Bunch, Benson, Mr Belvedre, Charles in Charge...
Old 03-08-10, 08:09 AM
  #15  
Challenge Guru & Comic Nerd
 
Trevor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: spiritually, Minnesota
Posts: 34,923
Received 19 Likes on 14 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)
The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978)
MASH (1972-1983)
Good Times (1974-1979)
Happy Days (1974-1984)
Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-1979)
Barney Miller (1975-1982)
The Jeffersons (1975-1985)
Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)
WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)
Family Ties (1982-1989)
Cheers (1982-1993)


Too young to remember their original runs, but repeats prove that the two best sitcoms of all time were:

The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)
Old 03-08-10, 09:58 AM
  #16  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 1,091
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Family Ties
The Wonder Years
Full House
The Honeymooners
(reruns)
Old 03-08-10, 11:28 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Quake1028's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Hurricanes Season Ticket Holder
Posts: 26,586
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

I was born in '79. My favorite sitcoms were stuff like the TGIF lineup, Saved by the Bell, City Guys, Perfect Strangers, Simspons, Wonder Years, Diff'rent Strokes, Facts of Life, Family Ties, Growing Pains, Men Behaving Badly, stuff like that.

Last edited by Quake1028; 03-08-10 at 11:33 AM.
Old 03-08-10, 11:37 AM
  #18  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Sweet Baby James's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 11,587
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Growing up in the 70's, I would go with-


All in the Family(and their spin-offs-Jeffersons/Maude/Good Times)
M*A*S*H(the Henry Blake/Trapper John seasons)
WKRP
Taxi
Soap
Three's Company
Sanford & Son
Bob Newhart Show
Mary Tyler Moore Show
Carol Burnett Show
Barney Miller
Old 03-08-10, 01:25 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Norm de Plume's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Toronto
Posts: 15,696
Received 10 Likes on 7 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

The only sitcom I could ever stand was Family Ties. It transcended the genre somehow. I would say Wonder Years, but it isn't a sitcom.
Old 03-08-10, 01:44 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Heat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 16,701
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

WKRP, MASH, and The Love Boat.

Later on, Cheers.

I didn't watch that much TV when I was younger, not much was on.
Old 03-08-10, 01:48 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Legend
 
raven56706's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Back in the Good Ole USA
Posts: 21,767
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Private Calls
Old 03-08-10, 02:09 PM
  #22  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Quack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Flo Rida
Posts: 7,037
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Perfect Strangers
Full House
Family Matters
Mr. Belvedere
Family Ties
ALF
The Hogan Family
Growing Pains
Old 03-08-10, 03:06 PM
  #23  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
hasslein's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Sunny CA
Posts: 2,600
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Three's Company
Gilligan's Island
WKRP

I was in love with Joyce Dewitt, Dawn Wells, and Jan Smithers... all played second to their sexpot costars... the girls next door were far more attractive than the sex symbols....
Old 03-08-10, 03:13 PM
  #24  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 549
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Originally Posted by Fist of Doom View Post
WKRP
Newhart
The Love Boat
Growing Pains


And of course, the greatest show for any teenage boy:

Just the Ten of Us

was "Just the Ten of Us" the one with Jamie Luner? God I loved her.
Old 03-08-10, 03:20 PM
  #25  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Raleighwood
Posts: 6,644
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What were your favorite television sitcoms growing up?

Originally Posted by comanche_doyle View Post
was "Just the Ten of Us" the one with Jamie Luner? God I loved her.
Oh yeah...



Also, Brooke Theiss and Heather Langenkamp (who was actually the oldest of the three).

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.