In my 1969 obsession this year- I was thinking about the television shows that were my favorite as an eight year old. In my list I am only counting shows that were current in 1969- not counting older shows that were in syndication that were on during the day or late afternoon like for example The Andy Griffith Show which ended in 1968 or The Flintstones and Dick Van Dyke Show which both ended in 1966.
10. GUNSMOKE- My dad’s favorite show so of course on Monday night’s I watched it too. My dad wanted to name my younger brother Festus but saner heads prevailed [my mom’s} I was all for him being named Festus but in the end I was given the chore of naming him- but Festus wasn’t an option. I haven’t watched this show since I was a kid.
9. GET SMART- Don Adams was wacky- a fun show to watch back then. I haven’t seen the show since- don’t know how well it holds up.
8. LAUGH-IN- Another show my parents watched- I am sure I didn’t understand some of what was going on but I enjoyed it.
7- I DREAM OF JEANNIE- When I was eight I wanted to be an astronaut. Great starring cast.
6-MY THREE SONS- The key to the shows success was Uncle Charley played by William Demerest. I don’t care for the first few seasons with William Frawley as Bub in that role- when Uncle Charley took over the show improved. I’ve watched some episodes recently it wasn’t as good as I thought it was at eight.
5-MAYBERRY R.F.D.- I would of course at this time have been watching Andy Griffith re-runs but Andy was off the air and replaced by Mayberry RFD- some of the old Andy regulars were on it- and I liked Ken Berry- he was great in F-Troop too!
4- GREEN ACRES- The key to the show was the supporting cast- of Mr. Haney, Hank Kimball, Eb Dawson, Sam Drucker, The Monroe Brothers and the Ziffel’s -Fred, Doris and Arnold. I have watched this show some recently and it holds up well. Still like it.
3-BEWITCHED- I think my first celebrity crush was either Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha in Bewitched or Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show.
2-GOMER PYLE U.S.M.C.- The key to this show was Frank Sutton as Sgt. Carter. I am sure I’ve seen every episode of Gomer probably 10 times over the years.
1 THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES- A great perfect cast- all the characters were fun- as an 8 year old Jethro was my favorite but watching it as an adult- Granny was the key to the show. Without doubt as an 8 year old my favorite show- and I still will watch re-runs now- and enjoy the show.