10 Classic TV Shows

Sunday, January 23 by Glennice Fryson

What are 10 classic TV shows that can be defined as those programs that are heartwarming, thought-provoking or make you want to go back to times when life was innocent and people appreciated hard work? Life has become so complicated. It seems people have come to an era when they have no regard for anyone other than themselves. Even then, today's society and the way people ignore each other or seem to not care makes you wonder.

  1. "The Andy Griffith Show" No one can argue that this classic TV show is one of television's all-time classics. It's as popular today as ever before. The show began in 1960 on CBS. It starred Andy Griffith as sheriff Andy Taylor along Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife of Mayberry, North Carolina. Andy was the widowed father of son Opie played by Ron Howard.
  2. "The Beverly Hillbillies" This comedy ran from 1962 through 1971 and is still syndicated today. The show starred Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett, Irene Ryan as Granny, Donna Douglas as Ellie Mae and Max Baer, Jr. as Jethro. It's the story of a hillbilly family becoming millionaires overnight after striking oil.
  3. "Bewitched" Every female in the world wanted to twitch her nose and change everything instantly. Samantha Stevens played by Elizabeth Montgomery was the amazing witch who changed the perception of witches from long noses, ugly creatures to beautiful housewives.
  4. "The Danny Thomas Show" Even though this classic is not in syndication today, it is sure to return. Danny Thomas played the shows namesake. He came into our homes weekly as "Make Room for Daddy" which later became "The Danny Thomas Show."
  5. "Father Knows Best" began airing on television in October 1954 after a successful run on radio. This classic starred Robert Young as James, Jim, Anderson, Jr, Jane Wyatt as Margaret Anderson, Ellinor Donahue as Betty Anderson, Billy Gray as Bud Anderson and Lauren Chapin as Kathleen Anderson.
  6. "Flipper" Even then, the intelligence of our aquatic friends was well-known and appreciated. "Flipper" is the story of the weekly antics of a bottlenose dolphin, his companion Porter Ricks, Chief Warden of Coral Key Parks and his two sons Bud and Sandy.
  7. "Star Trek" The weekly science-fiction entertainment series revolved around the intergalactic adventures of Captain James T. Kirk played by William Shatner and his crew on the Starship Enterprise.
  8. "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" Science-fiction at its best. An American anthology series with Alfred Hitchcock the master himself, hosting the weekly series.  Each week science fiction fans were presented with thrillers and mysteries as only Alfred Hitchcock could present.
  9. "Lost in Space" With only 83 episodes, this really was an under appreciated science-fiction series. The Robinson family had been selected to explore space. Guy Williams played John Robinson, June Lockhart played Maureen Robinson and Mark Goddard played Major Don West. Jonathan Harris played evil Dr. Zachary Smith.
  10. "Perry Mason" Before "Matlock" or "Law and Order," there was "Perry Mason." Most criminal justice or law students credit their desire or interest in law to the cases and court procedures of Perry Mason. Raymond Burr will forever be remembered as the phenomenal Perry Mason.