1980’s televisionPosted: April 20, 2016
I’ve always been a 1970s kind of guy. I have never had a lot to say about the 1980s. The 1980s began with the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and ended with the death of both my first wife and my mother in April 1989. We had to put up with Reagan throughout. You’ll notice that this blog has a category for the 1970’s but not for the 1980s.
The other day, however, Terry was watching an episode of the CNN series on the 1980s and they were discussing the television of the decade. There was a lot of good TV in the 1980s.
- Golden Girls (1985-1992). Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty. What fun.
- Family Ties (1982–1989). I loved being annoyed at Michael J. Fox as the stuffy, Republican Alex Keaton, who caused his formerly hippie parents great consternation.
- Murphy Brown (1988–1998). Candice Bergen was great at the lead of a marvelous ensemble cast.
- Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988). I never watched the show, but it was groundbreaking in that it centered around a team of two female police detectives.
In the 1980s David Letterman came into his own on late night television and we got the SCTV (Second City Television) comedy show.
I have to admit the 1980s was a good time for entertaining television.