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memories of the ’70s – Upstairs Downstairs

The public and private lives of the Bellamy Family and their servants became appointment television and cemented the schedule of fledgling PBS show Masterpiece Theatre with the series Upstairs Downstairs. Created by actors Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, their original … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – MTV

For all those video-obsessed teenagers in 1984, MTV took its Friday video countdown and launched a special to celebrate the end of 1984 on new year’s eve: The Year End MTV Top 20 Video Countdown. Every Friday night, MTV would air … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas

Bing Crosby’s last television Christmas special had a unique pop culture inclusion – a duet with David Bowie for Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. The storyline of the holiday special was a visit to England by the Crosby family to see a … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Kids in the Hall

In the Great White North, we’re known for producing some funny people, and in the late 1980s, five guys went from being sketch comedy club faves to tv stars with The Kids in the Hall. Forming as a sketch comedy … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Romper Room

For kids in Canada in the 1970s, they soon woke up to their own show – starring Miss Fran on Romper Room. Created in the United States in 1953, the show’s focus on preschoolers, those who were five and younger, … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – The Golden Girls

Despite the fixation on youth culture, 1980s tv featured four women who were seniors – and certainly unabashedly living their lives to their fullest: The Golden Girls. Created by Susan Harris in 1985, the girls were Dorothy (Bea Arthur), an … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Since the Peanuts gang was particularly fond of holidays, Charles Schulz created A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which aired for the first time in 1973. As the 10th animated special starring Charlie Brown and friends, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, it starts … Continue reading

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