I had originally planned to write about the proposed closing of four branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, but it was too depressing. One that's scheduled to close is the West End Branch, where I worked in my first "real" job. I was a clerk and only made minimum wage, but I loved every minute of it.
This branch has been there since 1899. That's not a typo. Really. 1899! The city and the county manage to find money for stadiums, casinos, the G-20, and who knows what else, but they let libraries close.
That's all I'm going to say about that.
Annette's post yesterday really put me in a good mood, so I thought I'd continue the youth theme, especially since mine gets further away every day. When I was doing a search for old TV shows, I found a site called Crazy About TV. This site lists shows I've never even heard of--and a few I wish I'd never heard of. David Cassidy-Man Undercover? Really? I was a big David Cassidy fan in his Partridge Family days, but somehow I missed this one. Probably a good thing. It didn't last very long.
It would be much too hard to decide which show was my favorite. In the 60s, I watched The Brady Bunch, The Big Valley, Hogan's Heroes, Get Smart, and Here Come the Brides (I had a crush on Bobby Sherman). Oh, and I can't forget The Monkees. And Batman. And The Mod Squad. And on Saturday mornings, HR Pufnstuf and Scooby Doo. I remember my mother never missed The Fugitive. I wasn't allowed to watch it. Medical Center was another favorite and I remember one summer the electricity in the neighborhood would go out every Wednesday night at 9:00--just when Medical Center came on. I never did figure that one out.
The 70s was even better. How about Charlie's Angels, The Bionic Woman, All in the Family, Happy Days, Black Sheep Squadron, Starsky and Hutch, and my favorite--The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. (Although the Hardy Boys were way more interesting than Nancy Drew.)
Even now, if there's an old show on, I'll watch it. Every Sunday night I watch Newhart on WGN. I love that show and it's still as funny as it was the first time around. How can you not laugh at Larry, Darryl and Darryl?
These days, I watch NCIS when I remember it's on. I also like The Mentalist, but I've only watched it once this year since they changed the day and time. Castle is pretty good (be sure to check out Lee's reviews of Castle every Tuesday on The Graveyard Shift.). I think my new favorite show this year is Three Rivers. I'm not sure if it's the show itself or just how cool Pittsburgh looks. Maybe both.
So what shows do you remember? Any favorites? Any you absolutely hated?