Kenneth is a rural citizen of Hamilton, Ala., and has begun to observe life and certain things and people helping him to write about them.
Writer's note: inside this hub are several TV shows that used to be very famous. Most of these stars have went to be with Jesus or selling produce as a living. But the mentions of their show names is no way a means to urge anyone to find a way to watch these shows again. I am just using the TV shows as editorial text. Thanks, Kenneth.
I Can Only Talk From The Heart
about my friend and his, the TV, because I do not want to exclude anyone who loves their TV as much as I do. And I do love my TV as much as, no, I started to say my wife, but she might be internet surfing one night and just happen to read this hub and guess who will be sleeping in the backyard?
In 1927, two years shy of the Wall Street Crash of 1929, (a) Mr. Philo Taylor Farnsworth is to be credited for inventing the first electric TV. A fun fact is, Taylor and family did not have electricity until he was 14. Another fun fact: prior to electricity, what did the TV run on, fire wood? Just thinking out loud.
Can you just imagine what the first generation of TV viewers felt when they just happened to walk by a certain furniture store in their hometown and see this box sitting in the window exhibit showing black and white scenes of men doing jokes;; throwing pies in faces; other men riding horses shooting their pistols and lest but not least, a grand selection of horses and collie dogs acutely-trained to obey their trainer's every command. For me, it was a toss-up between my early favorite TV viewers, the comics, cowboys, or canine, equine chasing bad guys and catching them with their teeth or hooves. Ahhh, what a grand day it was when TV hit the nation and then in a moment, America changed. And I do mean inside and out.
Let's Get Really Honest Right Now
because one, I haven't the time to include every notion, brainstorm, and intelligent idea that will make TV a better appliance than the stove, so I won't. I want this paragraph to be my starting point and lead you from my opions from one to the other so you can share my thinking of what TV programmers have caused us to many times lose our tempers and spout-out about a show being so ignorant. Plus, my wife and your wife or significant other cannot stand "the TV complainer."
With a stroke of confidence, I will head toward the end of this hub and just hope that you have been entertained or learned something. Either way I will be extremely happy.
So now, my views about my personal TV shows and their stars and see if my truthful complaints are similar to yours.
Back When TV Was Born -- about the only thing that we could watch was black and white TV westerns. But we were so happy to see them. As for color television, there was no such animal as of yet. So I, along with the faithful TV viewers were captive to Gunsmoke, Have Gun-Will Travel, Wagon Train and Bat Masterson. I do not really have any true complaints about any of these shows, except Bat Masterson. The script writers wrote Masterson to be the first Super-man on TV with his fancy, custom-made six-shooter, his perfect diction and dangerous charm for the women, he couldn't lose. Even at poker. He was always, and I do mean always, cleaning-up the town which he would be visiting. Why, oh why couldn't Masterson just lose one poker game? Or be jilted by one pretty woman? Hey, these two wrinkles in these scripts would have made me so happy.
Gunsmoke and The Lawman -- were okay for the dramatic affect for TV-viewing. But for me, I could get more than enough Matt Dillon before he walked into the Long Branch Saloon, chatted with his secret girlfriend, Kitty Russell, the owner of the Long Branch, then out-draw on the one loud mouth at the bar and shoot him down. Just once I would have loved to see Dillon say to Sam, the bartender, you can handle this because Kitty and me are going to lunch. I would have hit the ceiling if this had transpired.
And why didn't the screen writers give Amanda "Kitty" Russell a show with her as the main star? She could have been the female U.S. Marshall, Matt could be the Deputy Sheriff, but Kitty would solve the crimes. Yes!
The Rifleman and Maverick -- somehow caught the TV viewers' as well as the big networks' eyes as a thing called Viewer Charts and Audience Ratings were now going wide-open and they worked. Now new shows could be written and filmed and if they worked, they were successfull and if not, they just suffered cancelation, which I would love to name some of the cancelations, but I do not have the heart.
Chuck Connors "Lucas McCain," a widower and his only son, "Mark," played by Johnny Crawford, was the first western drama of its kind. It went over like gangbusters. You had a successful team of writers, producer and director so the mix of making a good show was fine, but for me, there was this single lady in their town, "North Fork," where the McCains went to buy supplies and have dinner at the cafe, the woman, "Lou Mallory" played by a lovely redhead, Patricia Blair (who went on to be Daniel Boone's wife on NBC, "Rebecca Boone,"), which turned ou to be a big hit, but in Lucas McCain's scripts, he did not get to marry her, but did exchange a few looks of interest while he ate at her cafe. Just once, why did the writers not have Lucas take Lou out on a date wuch as a picnic? Mark could stay at North Fork while the adults enjoyed a few moments of romance and I feel that this would have been very healthy.
Maverick was the saga of two brothers, James Garner, "Bret," Jack Kelly, "Bart," and "Cousin Beau," Roger Moore. All three men were expert poker players and very charming to the women who were cast as their leading ladies. Okay. You can say that Maverick was Bat Masterson times three. But . . .the Mavericks never lost a game of poker or a kiss from a gorgeous woman. Why not? It seemed to me that Warner Bros. did not want the Mavericks to be less than Super-man except with a felt cowboy hat and a sic-gun. If a little more humanity and realism were added, I would have written Warner Bros. to tell share my love of how Maverick was written and acted.
Wagon Train and Bonanza -- came on the TV scene presenting a group of men who served in the Union Army and went on to go into business with getting a wagon train. There was a lot of drama with Wagon Train, and Frank Thomas did his role of "Charlie Wooster," the cook and "Major Seth Adams," made the show alive by Ward Bond in his pivotal role as a short-tempered, bossy wagon train, but he also had a heart too. My complaint about this show is that the wagon train never arrived where it was going. Terry Wilson, "BIll Hawks," was the one with a level head. Robert Horton was "Flint McCollough," the scout and Robert Fuller starred as "Cooper Smith" who took up the role of Flint as "Cooper Smith" when Horton left for jobs in the film industry.
My main complaint was both shows did not show any realistic views. Sample: the wagon train's passengers went on a wildcat strike. Just another problem for Major Adams to solve, but it was realism. Flint McCollough, the scout, could have dated a pretty woman in the city somewhere, only to find out that she was about to inherit several thousand dollars and lots of acreage, a ranch, and nce herd of horses. Yes, Flint had a choice to make. Don't you like my ideas now?
Bonanza presented a father and his three sons who owned and operated the Ponderosa spead near Virginia City. I have but one area that got my ire up. The same scripts were given week after week. Some slick-talking con man or woman would blow by the ranch and lie to "Ben Cartright," Lorene Greeen, the dad, and fall for his or her con job as they had a deed to the ranch and Ben almost fell for it. And on and on. A little variety if you please.
Here is a Fun Early TV Fact: Bonanza was the prototype of the CBS 80s hit, Dallas. This show had a dad that worked some and had three sons, but Jock Ewing only had two sons both married and one wife, Miss Ellie. With this much moo-lah, looks like to me that Ewing and Cartright would s[end a little of their cache of cash and go on a long vacation away from the itchy pines, smelly cattle, and loafers who only wanted to take over the Ponderosa. This got to be a problem with me.
The Age of The TV Heros -- I close this with a look at the look at our TV Heros.We had Super-man, played by George Reeves who gave his life for some mysteropis reason; Batman did not surface until years later and frankly, (this) film and TV show were as different as daylight and dark. In 1969 somewhere thereabouts, ABC-TV hit upon airing a comic book hero played by real humans. Yes. So far so good. The highly-acclaimed actor, Adam West was Batman and billiionaire Bruce Wayne of course and his sidekick, Dick Grayson was perfect as his role of Robin. Their humble-speaking Alfred, was their butler who knew every secret that Batman knew and still trusted him. The man's name was: Alan Napier. Let us not forget Batgirl, what a pretty hero! Yvonne Craig was Batman who's identity was Commissioner Gordon's librarian daughter, Barbara Gordon. But when Batman and Robin went in too deep, the call for Batgirl went out and there she went on her purple motorcycle. Maybe, now that I think about it, was a bit too much: the purple motorcycle.
The scripts for Batman were very silly and I couldn't lie. I loved the acting by BM, Robin, and Alfred, the main chaacters because they were true to their characters and what more could a TV addict want?
Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Fury, and My Friend, Flicka -- now for some real truth-telling. My hand up to the Lord, that previous thought is true. I was born with a love for animals. This love was passed down to my late daughter, who at age 14, wanted to shave her head, quit school and be an animal rights activist. Of course I was upset. I did not want her to shave her head. But look at the shows that I mentioned and you will agree that the only stars on these shows were the animals. The crooks or bad folks actually did a bad job of acting. This is all that I should say. All but way to go, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Fury and My Friend Flicka.
At age 66, I still love animals. My wife and I own 11 cats and we love the kittens more than you know. And with all of the previous talk about TV heros and heroines . . .I beg of you, please do not say anything to be about Catwoman.
As for Wonder Woman and Lois Lane, as much as I would love to form even the mildest critique, I love these two women a lot. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Photos used (in public domain) are used on this hub.
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© 2020 Kenneth Avery
Tajwer Shakir on October 16, 2020:
I like your article although I didn't watch any of them but that's the essence of nostalgia it wakes up the long forgotten memories within us! A good hub!
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 07, 2020:
I must admit I know too much about these shows.
Like kitty & matt dillion....gunsmoke...rin tin tin and such.
I guess that shows my age a bit, but I remember the day we went from black & white to color tv.
I also remember watching Neil Armstrong step on the moon in black & white.
Thanks fir sharing.
Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on October 07, 2020:
Thanks for this trip down memory lane. Not all the TV shows are familiar to me. Not all of them were broadcasted in the Netherlands. Many bring back happy memories.