Sunday, September 04, 2005

News Feature: Sitcoms on Local Television, Part II

Continuing our two-part feature on sitcoms on local television, we now focus on the earlier days--the sitcoms of the '50s and '60s.

Let's begin today with the '60s. The '60s was most known for the rural sitcoms and they were all very popular especially The Beverly Hillbillies and The Andy Griffith Show. Both shows still rule the airwaves today in reruns, too. But what about some of the rarely seen sitcoms from the '60s? Among them missing from cable and local television today are Car 54 Where Are You?, Dennis the Menace, Donna Reed Show, Family Affair, Flying Nun, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Gidget, Hazel, Joey Bishop Show, Julia, Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Monkees, Patty Duke Show, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, and That Girl. The ones that are barely seen on some locals or a rare cable channel include F-Troop (one local and AmericanLife TV), Get Smart (ME-TV in Chicago), Gomer Pyle USMC (few locals), The Lucy Show (few locals), Mayberry RFD (AmericanLife TV), McHale's Navy (two locals), My Favorite Marian (one local and AmericanLife TV), My Three Sons (few locals), and Petticoat Junction (ME-TV).
Shows like Addams Family, Andy Griffith Show, Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Dick Van Dyke Show, Green Acres, Gilligan's Island, Hogan's Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie, Mr. Ed, and The Munsters are airing a lot on cable and local channels. There are no '60s sitcoms that are just on cable. So, whatever big show that is airing on cable, is also on some or a few local channels as well. There are still a lot of '60s sitcoms not airing at all, though. I think this is a bit worse than the '70s and maybe on par with the '80s.

Moving on to the golden age--the '50s, where the sitcom really started. We think of I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver when we think of the '50s. There are a few sitcoms from this era that are not airing at all, they are: Amos 'n' Andy, Ann Sothern Show, Bachelor Father, Bob Cummings Show, December Bride, Father Knows Best, Life of Riley, Our Miss Brooks, Phil Silvers Show, and The Real McCoys. Most of those you probably have not even heard of except for like Father Knows Best or Phil Silvers Show. The ones that are barely seen on some locals or a rare cable channel include Abbott & Costello (one local), Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (some locals), George Burns & Gracie Allen Show (some locals), The Honeymooners (ME-TV), I Married Joan (some locals), Make Room for Daddy (few locals), and My Little Margie (few locals). Most of those are on low budget channels in public domain. Shows like I Love Lucy & Leave it to Beaver are airing a lot on cable and local channels. There are not many '50s sitcoms in general, so I can't say whether this is good or bad. But for sure we need some of these shows on local tv or cable such as Father Knows Best. Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet lasted so long, and is now relegated to low budget locals and public domain, which is quiet sad. While The Honeymooners didn't have a lot of episodes, it is not airing as much as it used to.

Finally, we have gone through the sitcoms of the '50s-'90s and I'd say between the '60s-'80s needs the most work. If we can't get them back on television, I guess DVD is the only other option. Some of the shows that have come out on DVD and are no where seen on television in this country include Too Close for Comfort, ALF, and That's My Mama. Looking at those shows from the '60s that are not airing currently, none of them are on DVD yet. So DVD is probably the answer as it seems local channels are more focusing on talk shows, court shows, and newer sitcoms, while cable channels are leaning toward original programming and newer sitcoms as well. Let's hope the sitcoms that are not airing at all get DVD releases quicker than some of the ones that are airing, but most of the ones that are airing on teleivison have already started coming out on DVD.
I hope everyone enjoyed this piece on sitcoms on local television, and we hope to bring you quite a few more of these features in the future.

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, June 19

Henry Danger - "Manlee Man" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Captain Man's diva antics are off-the-racks at the 100th annual Swellview Fashion Show; with help from some fashion-forward twins, Danger Force tries to uncover the dangerous mystery behind Captain Man's return to the runway.

Tyler Perry's Young Dylan - "My Fair Charlie" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Charlie seeks Dylan's help when he has a crush on a girl, but Dylan's rap music-informed advice clashes with Rebecca's more feminist take on how Charlie should handle the situation.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 14)

Friday, June 18

  • Aidy Bryant (Shrill) - Watch Aidy on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC. He talks about Netflix's Fatherhood on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. He guest co-hosts a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Dana Carvey (One of the Boys) - Dana is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Krasinski (The Office) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jodie Foster (Paper Moon/The Courtship of Eddie's Father) - Jodie is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Cheers/Frasier/Back to You/Hank/Partners) - Kelsey is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ilana Glazer (Broad City) - Ilana gives all the details about her new film False Positive on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey and Michael Bolton talk about The Celebrity Dating Game on Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Annaleigh Ashford (B Positive) - Annaleigh is a guest on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Joel McHale (Community/The Great Indoors - Chief Happy Hour Officer Joel shares his signature cocktail, The Five O'Clock Fizz, on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Annie Murphy (Kevin Can F**k Himself/Schitt's Creek) - Annie talks about AMC's Kevin Can F**k Himself on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jean Smart (Hacks/Samantha Who?/Center of the Universe/The In-Laws/Designing Women) - Jean chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.

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06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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