Last night, the movie being shown on TV was “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”. I don’t know if you’ve seen this movie or not but if you liked it, you might want to move on to another site because I’m about to trash the hell out of it…
Let me start by saying I didn’t watch it last night because I’d already seen it. I know why I watched it before because I didn’t like the first one. The first one was really bad, but at least you had that one scene where Cameron Diaz dances around in her Spiderman underwear to the tune of Tavarez’ “Heaven (Must be Missing an Angel)”, one of my all time favorite songs. That one scene saved an otherwise dismal movie. But if the first one was bad, the second was embarrassingly bad. It was an affront to the Charlie’s Angels classic TV show that I loved so much as a kid. Farrah Fawcett would be rolling over in her grave (if she were dead that is…) if she saw what a mockery they’ve made of some of her best work. Thank God none of the original Angels did a cheesy cameo. That would have been the coup de grace.
So that got me thinking about 70’s TV shows in general. We didn’t have cable back then, so there were really only a handful of popular shows. I was born in 1971 so I only remember the latter half of the 70’s. And of course, many of the shows I watched were because my mother watched them. Here’s a short list of most of the 70’s shows that I watched frequently growing up:
Dallas – My mom was addicted to this show and since it was on Friday nights, she usually let us stay up late and watch it with her. By the way, Kristen Shepard shot J.R. in case you were wondering.
Alice – Another of mom’s shows. "Kiss my grits!"
Eight is Enough – I loved this one. I had a slight crush on Elizabeth.
Chips – What adolescent boy didn’t watch this show? Ponch and Jon had game.
Happy Days – This one goes without saying. The Fonz was probably the most popular TV character in the 70’s. Fabumundo. Admit it - you once tried to turn on a jukebox by punching it. Aayyyyyyyy…
Laverne and Shirley – Another of mom’s favorites.
The Six Million Dollar Man – “We can rebuild him. We have the technology”.
Mork and Mindy – I remember my dad used to watch this show with us and say how stupid it was. But I also remember that he used to laugh quite a bit at it.
The Love Boat – Another mom favorite. The theme song still makes me happy every time I hear it. “Love…exciting and new…”
The Jeffersons – This and “Good Times” were my first introduction to Black culture.
Little House on the Prairie – Now you just KNOW this was one of mom’s favorites.
Taxi – We would only get to watch this one in the summer because it came on late.
Three’s Company – Same with this one. Summer only. It was pretty racy for the 70’s.
Oddly enough, I never watched one of my all time favorite shows of the 70’s until it came on reruns in the 80’s; “WKRP in Cincinnati”. There sure was some good TV in the 70’s now that I think about it…