TV Dinner Entertainment!

It was 1982, my family and I would sit around the television set with our tv dinners. We would have our family time right in front of that screen. It was hit or miss whether the food would be good or how the entertainment was going to be for the evening. One thing was for sure, we were going to enjoy ourselves no matter what. Here are some of the top shows of the 1982-1983 season…

60 Minutes — CBS- Yes, we watched this on a regular basis. As a kid, I didn’t always enjoy this part…

Dallas — CBS- This was one very dysfunctional family, but they sure had my attention every week!

M*A*S*H — CBS- (Mobile*Army*Surgical*Hospital) My dad loved this show. We used to tease mom that she looked like Loretta Swit! She had her attitude too… =D

Magnum, P.I. — CBS- I loved this show! I may have loved me some Tom Selleck too! =D

Dynasty — ABC- I remember watching this show with my grandma. Lots of BIG HAIR in this soap. Helped make that trend pretty popular.

Three’s Company — ABC- This was a favorite for my family. How can a show go wrong with Janet, Chrissy, Jack, Mr. and Mrs. Roper around? It was pure fun to watch!

Simon & Simon — CBS- Yes, indeed! I enjoyed this show too! =D

Falcon Crest — CBS- Here is another soap I watched with grandma. That Angela Channing (Jane Wyman) used to scare me. Not just her character, but that hair!

The Love Boat — ABC- Captain Stubing, Doc, Gopher, Isaac and Julie made up a loveable cast that we enjoyed watching regularly.

The A Team — NBC- I pity the fool who missed this action adventure joy ride!

NFL Monday Night Football — ABC- Some things never change… lol

The Jeffersons — CBS – George and Louise Jefferson are great, but Florence stole the show. Her chemistry with George made this a riot to watch each week. =D

I hope you have enjoyed this look inside some of the great television programming of the 80s. If you haven’t seen these shows, grab a tv dinner and watch away. You won’t regret it! There is a reason they keep trying to bring these shows back. You can’t beat the originals. Don’t believe me? Try it and you will see!

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Sophie Grumble


What’ chu talkin’ ’bout Willis?

When I was a kid, sitting in front of the television set was an awesome experience. The most amazing variety of shows appeared in my living room and captured my imagination. Let’s start at the beginning of this great decade and take you on a wild ride. Here are the Nielson Top 20 Television Shows for 1980-1981:

1. Dallas — CBS- Who killed J.R.? I DID NOT want to be a part of this family, but they kept my attention each week. lol

2. 60 Minutes — CBS- I watched this with my grandma…

3. The Dukes of Hazzard — CBS- I had the biggest crush on Bo Duke! =D

4. The Love Boat — ABC- I sooo wanted Julie’s job! =D

5. Private Benjamin — CBS- I liked the movie so much better. The show was ok…

6. M*A*S*H — CBS- This was my dad’s favorite show. So, this was a ‘must see’ every week. lol

7. House Calls — CBS-

8. The Jeffersons — CBS- Florence Johnston, the housekeeper, was my favorite! I couldn’t wait to see what she would pull on Mr. Jefferson each week. Loved this show!

9.(tie) The Two of Us — CBS-

Could not find a good image for this show. Here is the Wikipedia description of the show-

The Two of Us is an American comedy series starring Peter Cook and Mimi Kennedy which was broadcast from 1981 to 1982. It was produced by CBS as a US remake of the British LWT sitcom Two’s Company (1975–1979). Cook plays an English butler named Brentwood, who was working for a single American mother, Nan Gallagher (Kennedy). A young Dana Hill played Nan’s daughter, Gabby.

9. (tie) Little House on the Prairie — NBC- This was a favorite of mine! If you haven’t heard of it… =O

11. Alice — CBS- Flo was my favorite on this show! I loved her spunk! “Kiss My Grits!” =D

12. Real People — NBC-

Could not find a good image for this show. Here is the Wikipedia description of the show-

Real People had the format of a comedy talk show taped in front of a large studio audience. Each segment featured a news report consisting of visits to people with unique occupations or hobbies, occasionally bringing some of them in-studio to interact with the audience. In its early seasons, Real People was NBC’s most popular series, often scoring at the top of the ratings.

13. (tie) One Day at a Time — CBS- This was another favorite! I loved this little family! =D

13. (tie) The Greatest American Hero — ABC- I always wanted my super power to be flying. I remember trying to jump off my bed in hopes that I would take off. I was about as clumsy as Ralph too. Loved this show!

15. Three’s Company — ABC- The facial expressions on this show are a riot! The late John Ritter was my FAVE!

16. Magnum, P.I. — CBS- Thomas Magnum and Englishman Jonathan Quayle Higgins III were a great team. How could you not enjoy this show? Everyone loved Tom Selleck!

17. (tie) Too Close for Comfort — ABC-

17. (tie) ABC Sunday Movie — ABC- These were always great to watch. Popcorn night! =D

19. Diff’rent Strokes — NBC- What’ chu talkin’ ’bout Willis?

20. Archie Bunker’s Place — CBS- I liked “All In The Family” better. This show just wasn’t the same…

It was so fun to research this post and remember most of these great shows! The NOSTALGIA!! TV was a great experience back then. If you don’t believe me, watch some of these and see for yourself. There is no beating the 80s!

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Sophie Grumble