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Mayberry Mom tagged me last week a while back for a cool book meme but I decided to do her alternate meme on my Top 10 TV Characters. I’m going back in time to characters I loved from childhood in the 1970s and early 1980s. I’m sure there are more, but these are ones that come to mind.

The Bionic Woman (Jaime Sommers)…She and I share the same first name. I got a Bionic Woman “Barbie” type doll in 1977 or so for Christmas. Yes I remember that lame sound effect whenever she’d get her bionic groove on.

Laura Ingalls…I loved, loved, loved Little House in the Prairie. I wanted to wear my hair in braids and have picnics on the prairie and ride in a horse drawn wagon to a one room school house. I also wanted to slap the hell out of Nellie Olsen, but I was really scared of her.

Herman Munster…He was my imaginary friend when I was about 5. In fact, he lived under my bed. I think this was a tactic to keep the boogie man away.

The Robot on Lost in Space…Danger Will Rogers! Danger Will Rogers!

Thomas Magnum…One of my very first TV crushes. How can you resist a man in a red Ferrari with a cheesie moustache and tropical button downs?

The Incredible Hulk…Is it just me or were these some very psychologically heavy, angst filled shows? I think I aged a bit after each episode. I wanted to talk to him, fix him a glass of Kool Aid, maybe offer him a Hostess cupcake and tell him everything was OK.

Jerry Lewis…I’m not sure why, but for a while I was completely enamored with all old black and white Jerry Lewis movies.

Gidget…Yes, as a kid growing up in rural Middle Tennessee my life was about as far removed from 1950s California teen surfer girl pop culture as possible. And perhaps that was the appeal?

Lucille Ball…She is an absolute comedic diva. I loved these old black and white episodes, especially the chocolate candy assembly line and the making grapes scenes.

Wonder Woman…I wanted her jet black beauty queen hair that was perfect even after she kicked some villain booty. I also wanted her go go boots and her magic bullet deflecting bracelets.

Honorable mention goes to Shirley Temple, the Beav, and the Fonz.

I’m not going to tag anyone specifically, because I think I owe a meme from pre-vacation, but you might want to check out the book meme idea that Mayberry Mom posted.


  1. Pattie says:

    Wow…did THAT bring back some memories. Although, I must confess, I STILL watch the re-runs of Little House. Great show, even today.
    And the Bionic Woman? I think of that every time I see Lindsey Wagner do one of those “Sleep Number Bed” commercials. Priceless.

  2. Blonde Mom says:

    I also loved Samantha on Bewitched…can’t forget her. I thought I could twitch my nose and make magic.

  3. Holly Schwendiman says:

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane! LOL To the list I add Michael Hasslehoff of Knight Rider, Can’t pick a favorite from the Love Boat, and Mr. York on Fantasy Island. Hart to Hart was also a big one for me with Tom & Jerry and Brady Bunch rolled in for good merit. ;o)

    Holly’s Corner

  4. Renee says:

    I absolutely loved (and still love) Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls. I used to be addicted to that show.

  5. Library Mama says:

    Gidget rules!

    Funny, I was just thinking of Gidget a couple of weeks ago. We were at the beach for one last hurrah, and each of the older boys were trying out their new “boogie-boards”. (Do they call them that where you are?) They’re really nowhere near surfboards, but when you’re 12 and 9, you sure want to make them look like surfboards! Anyway, I was starting to call #1 Moondoggie.

    Of course, he had no idea what I was talking about, but I thought I was pretty witty!

    BTW, I would have to add Laurie Partridge to your list.

  6. mothergoosemouse says:

    Thomas Magnum…mmmmmmmm…

    You and I must have watched the same shows every Friday night – Wonder Woman, followed by the Incredible Hulk. I’m giggling at the visual of eight year-old Jamie playing amateur psychologist to that giant green monster.

  7. Krisco says:

    I loved all those too.

    Well, except for Laura. I dug her a little…but all that prairie stuff was too much for me….(even then I wasn’t a country girl…)

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