I have a confession. When I’m alone on a Friday night and nobody is watching me, I’m watching That Girl, My Three Sons, or The Dick Van Dyke Show. It could even be Petticoat Junction, M*A*S*H, Bachelor Father, or Burns and Allen. I’ve been a classic sitcom closet watcher for decades. And, as long as I’m putting everything on the table, I admit most nights I’ll choose a Doris Day movie over Kathryn Hepburn, as much as I enjoy and appreciate Hepburn movies.
I’m not apologizing for his behavior any longer. I realized I’m defending this habit to people even as they’re looking up the next episode of Parking Wars or Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills.
These characters have been part of my life longer than anyone but my siblings, and sorry family, you don’t make me laugh as much as they do.
So, why do many of us have this connection with characters we’ve gotten to know on screens? That’s what this blog will explore. Sure, some of it is nostalgia. When I watch a Partridge Family episode, I’m 9 again, sitting in a living room next to Patti Thomas and Connie Rougeux. I enjoy being with that kid; she keeps me young. I know it’s more than nostalgia, though, because I feel the same way about the cast of the Big Bang Theory, the Baxter family on Last Man Standing, and Rizzoli and Isles. Just like certain people in our personal lives, there are characters that are fun to be around, and I never get tired of watching them. All in the Family has a nostalgia feel for sure, but I’d rather go to the dentist than watch a season of episodes with the Bunkers–nothing personal Dr. Machgan.
Your favorites might not be my favorites. I’d love to know what your go-to shows are. Maybe you would love to take a trip on the Enterprise, or spend a week at the Ponderosa, or solve a mystery with McMillan and Wife. If you have a penchant for characters you first met in the TV guide, then come along on the journey to re-visit these old friends.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to one of my all-time favorite TV stars. Bob Newhart celebrates his birthday today—Happy Birthday Bob!
See you next week, and open those curtains next time you spend an evening watching Antenna TV.