Time for another “List It Tuesday” with Aimee of Artsyville. Her suggested topic for this week was “things that make you nostalgic.” I picked 70s and 80s TV shows from my childhood. As a kid, I wasn’t allowed to watch a lot of television (the TV rarely came on before the evening news), which made watching it all the more of a treat to me. I still connect certain shows with events and people in my life, and get overexcited when I see them on TV now.
As for creating my actual list, I hand lettered the logos as practice since I’m trying to work more hand lettering into my work. It was nice to spend the day lettering in a number of different fonts. I then used some watercolors to liven them up. There are plenty of flaws to be found, but I like how the logos look as a group (and from a distance- lol!)
Anyhow, here’s my explanation for the shows that made my list. There are plenty of other awesome shows I didn’t include, but only because I didn’t have days to spend lettering the logos!
1. Good Times: A few months ago, while sick, I fell asleep on the couch and awoke to Good Times on the TV. I was so excited to see it on television, and I now DVR it. It reminds me of the rough neighborhood my grandmother lived in. I loved how different, yet so familiar the show felt, and how everyone was always jiving on each other. (Expect a blog post some day of awesome lines from this show!)
2. Three’s Company: I miss John Ritter and his wackiness, and Suzanne Somers is the only Chrissy for me. Who wants to go to the Regal Beagle for a drink?
3. Magnum, P.I.: My grandmother had the hots for Tom Selleck, and I always wanted to get her a poster of him. I didn’t think he was all that cute when I was a kid, but once Monica hooked up with him on Friends, I was on board. My grandmother would be pleased he’s aged so well.
4. Solid Gold: If we’re really honest about childhood dreams, becoming a Solid Gold dancer topped my list of dream jobs.
5. American Bandstand: I lived for Saturday mornings and American Bandstand. Dancing on AB was also a dream of mine, and how I was going to get discovered as a Solid Gold dancer (see #4).
6. Happy Days: I remember watching this when my mom was pregnant with my younger sister. I also remember thinking this was just how my (and everyone else’s) parents’ teen years must have been.
7. The Muppet Show: I would race to take a bath so I could be in my nightgown and parked in front of the TV before The Muppet Show started. Loved. Loved. Loved.
8. The Love Boat: Exciting and new…I miss ensemble shows like these that have familiar faces guest starring each week. I envied Captain Stubing’s daughter, Vicki, and thought traveling the world on a boat instead of sitting in a classroom sounded awesome. Then I grew up and discovered I get seasick. Not awesome.
9. Mork & Mindy: You can keep the “Na-Nu, Na-Nu”, but I’m bringing back “SHAZBAT!” Incredible that it was a spinoff of Happy Days, isn’t it?! Such a cheesy, ridiculous show, but I loved it. Robin Williams was awesome, as was Jonathan Winters as Mearth, Mork and Mindy’s love child.
So what about you? What shows did you love as a kid? Leave me a comment with your favorite picks, and then head over to Artsyville to find links to other lists of nostalgia.