Here is a list of five great (and for the most part) lesser-known television programs from yesteryear.
Let me tell you why I like classic shows: they’re awesome, and you don’t get a load of unnecessary junk thrown at you every time you sit down. Let’s face it-you can hardly even watch The Food Network without being cussed at, so if you’re anything like me, retro is the way to go.
Without further ado, here are 5 Classic TV Shows You Should Watch.
1. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. (1959-1963) This is a very quirky, very funny show that I just recently discovered. Dobie is a 17 year old boy who just wants one thing-a girl who loves him. He doesn’t know who she is, but he’s certain he’ll find her even if he has to date all the girls of Central High School in order to find her. He also helps his friend, Maynard G. Krebs, a beatnik with a beard, out of some very silly situations. Most of the time, Dobie is also head-over-heels for money-hungry Thalia Menninger, who has no interest in Dobie. This show is fun and feels very modern, even though it’s black and white!
2. Leave it to Beaver. (1957-1963)
I know, it seems lame, but this is actually one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. Beaver and Wally are hilarious and their friend Eddie Haskell is also really funny. And, by the way, why are people always making fun of June for wearing pearls while cleaning the house? Why shouldn’t she be fabulous? I’m also mad at Netflix for removing this from streaming.
3. Gidget (1965-1966)
After the Gidget movies were made, Hollywood produced this fun show starring Sally Field. Gidget is a California high-school surfer girl who is convinced that she is going to marry fellow surfer, Jeff, who is in college. Nevertheless, Gidget has many crushes on other boys, including a photographer and even a man who turns out to be her math teacher! This is a really fun series that makes you wish you could hang out with Gidget and her friends.
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968)
What I’ve seen of this show I’ve enjoyed, so I decided to add it to the list. A spy show is always fun, and a Russian and an American working together to rid the world of crime? Sounds like a blast
5. Hogan’s Heroes (1965-1971)
Set in a WWII German prison camp, you’d think that this show would be a drama, right? But combine bumbling guards, a less-than-genius Kommandant and 5 witty prisoners running an underground war-effort and you have a recipe for laughs.