Those Were The Days
By Those Were The Days
Those Were The DaysFeb 07, 2023
Hee Haw - Willie Nelson, Jim Stafford
Yeehaw! We went back in time to one of the most popular variety shows of the 70's and 80's. Hee Haw ran up to the early 90's and was consistently a high rated show, even outside of the heartland of America. There's just something about puns, dad jokes, goofy skits, and manic energy that makes a show work. We had a good time chatting about this one. Maybe we even had more fun talking about it than we did watching it. If you have any thoughts on Hee Haw, send us some email!
Next week, Stephen is taking us back to the high heeled, bell bottomed, big tie 70's with The Flip Wilson Show! Watch it for free on Daily Motion. Special guests are Redd Fox, Joan Rivers, and Helen Reddy.
Viva Variety - S2E5
We didn't have to go very far back in time to find our first episode of the Variety Show month here on Those Were The Days. Travis took us to the heyday of Comedy Central, and brought us the European variety show spoof, Viva Variety! Run by the comedy geniuses in The State comedy troupe, this show encapsulates the 90s in a way we haven't experienced yet on this show. We hope you enjoy our chat, and don't forget to check out the show yourself!
Next week, Audie is taking us to one of the most iconic variety shows ever, HeeHaw.
Your assignment is to watch HeeHaw S16E17! Check it out on Youtube
The French Chef - To Roast A Chicken
Well, hello there! Welcome to Julie Child's kitchen. That's right, we went all the way back to the OG cooking show. Amy has brought us a gem of history that was once the only real cooking show available. Julia Child is an institution in the world of cooking TV. So many times she's been imitated and parodied, yet several of us had never actually seen her do her thing on her own show. This was a wonderful trip, and a great way to close out this cooking show month on Those Were The Days.
Our next them is Variety Shows! First up on our list is coming from Travis
Your homework is to watch: Viva Variety - S2E5. Available on Archive.org
Justin Wilson's Easy Cookin' - Chili Rice Chicken a la Creole
Well, how ya'll are? We went down to the cajun coastline of Louisiana to sit down with Justin Wilson for a spell and have him teach us how to cook. Or maybe we just wanted to listen to his stories? It's hard to tell, but I know we had a good time chatting about.
Next week, Amy has decided your assignment is to watch Julia Child - How to Roast a Chicken! Available for free on the Roku Channel
Yan Can Cook - Recreate Chinese Restaurant Favorites at Home
This culinary journey over the last month has been an absolute joy and it doesn't end here! Yan Can Cook took us places and truly encouraged us all to cook things and try things we might not even know we were capable of. We hope you enjoyed it to!
We missed Amy this week, but fear not! She'll back with us next time!
For next week, you're going to want to settle down into your deepest Louisiana drawl for Justin Wilson!
Iron Chef - S7E11
Alles Podcast! This week we kicked off our Cooking Show theme with Iron Chef! A sweat inducing, pulse pounding battle between culinary competitors. It may just be cooking, but they make it feel like lives are on the line in Kitchen Stadium. What a wild ride this was. Strap in for this one. You're going to have a good time.
Next week, Audie is taking us to a more traditional cooking show with Yan Can Cook!
The Twilight Zone - S2E11
You're entering... The Twilight Zone, with your friends from Those Were The Days! We took on an episode of Twilight Zone that certainly sticks with the vibe of the show, but may just surprise you in how it all plays out. We hope you dig this episode as much as we did!
Next week, we're starting back on our listener chosen themes like we did before the holidays. This next theme is: COOKING SHOWS! Can't wait to see what the crew picks this time.
First up is Travis! BUT he doesn't have his episode picked. Keep this podcast in your feed and we'll update you next week on what to watch.
Speaking of next week, we're all taking a Christmas break, so there won't be an episode. We'll be putting out a re-run for you and we hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for the wonderful year, everyone! Enjoy the holidays!
The Bob Newhart Show - S4E15
It's time to meet up with everyone's favorite straight man, Bob Newhart! In this episode, we chat about the time Bob went to the hospital on Christmas eve and shenanigans ensue. Surprisingly, this show never won an emmy despite how popular it was. We hope you see why it was so much fun while we chat about it. What a way to spend a Christmas.
Next Week, Amy is taking us into ... The Twilight Zone!
Watch: The Twilight Zone - S2E11 on PlutoTV
Perfect Strangers - S2E11
What better way to spend a Christmas Eve than in your apartment with your Greek cousin and reminiscing about the good days. Well, according to Larry Appleton, he'd rather be in Madison doing his God given job as the Christmas boy! This was such a fun episode of this 80's classic. We had a blast hanging with the modern day(?) odd couple in Larry and Balki. We hope you enjoy it too!
Next week, Stephen is taking us to The Bob Newhart Show!
Watch: The Bob Newhart Show - S4E15 - Streaming on Hulu!
A Charlie Brown Christmas
We're in the Holiday season now and that means it's time for some classic holiday TV! Kicking us off on this adventure is Travis who brought us A Charlie Brown Christmas. This is a staple of December programming on broadcast TV and it's truly hard to beat it when it comes to animated TV bound Christmas classics. We hope you enjoy the conversation.
Next week, we're heading to a syndicated classic with Audie!
Your mission is to watch Perfect Strangers - S2E11 on Amazon Prime
WKRP in Cincinnati - S1E8
Where were you when the turkeys dropped? I know where we were! Talking about that time the turkeys dropped. Travis took us back in time to the late 70's to enjoy this sitcom classic. WKRP in Cincinnati ran from 1978 to 1982 and in that run it had what might be the only worthwhile Thanksgiving episode of any TV series ever. I'm not going to tell you a lot about this one. Just listen to it!
Next week, we're heading into the holidays with:
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Streaming on AppleTV
Bewitched - S3E7
This week, we tackle yet another magical TV show in Bewitched! Amy walks us through season 3 episode 7 of this classic TV staple following a non-magic husband and his witch wife... and her mother. We had a blast with this old show and we think you will to!
Now that we've rounded out our "spooky season" episodes, we're rolling right into the Holidays. Thanksgiving is up first with a trip to Cincinnati to visit WKRP! We're really looking forward to this one, so be sure to watch it before next week's episode
WKRP in Cincinnati is available to stream on Facebook
Home Improvement - S6E7
Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor was a household name when it comes to mid-90's sitcoms. Home Improvement was an incredibly popular show and stayed that way through most of its run. There was something about Tim's bafoonery, Jill's tolerance, and the real life (but elevated) situations that they found themselves in. It was a show that did what all good shows do in that it put people in everyday situations but with just enough of a tweak to keep things light. Tim was an everyman, and every man wanted to watch a reflection of themselves in his childlike joy about horsepower.
We had a good time with this one.
Next week, Amy works her magic with Bewitched - S3E7! You can catch this one on Freevee (formerly IMDBtv)
Gargoyles - S2E7
This time we're watching Gargoyles in their very own spooky Halloween episode. This was an animated series that came out in the mid-90s and has become quite a cult classic. We go through a bunch of facts of the show and break down what makes it special. We had a lot of fun with this one and are excited for you to come along on the journey with us.
Next time, Stephen is bringing us to Michigan with Home Improvement! Every series has a Halloween episode and this one is no different. Watch the episode and tell us what you think!
Watch: Home Improvement - S6E7 - Streaming on Hulu
Knight Rider - S3E5
It's the spooky season here on Those Were The Days! We're kicking off our spooky episode theme with a show that isn't exactly known for how spooky it can be, but is known for a sick looking car and David Hasselhoff. Knight Rider! This was one of those episodes that you definitely do NOT want to miss. So tell all your friends and give this a listen. We had an absolute blast chatting about this magical show.
Next time, Audie is taking us back to animation with Gargoyles! Watch it ahead of time and come hang out with us!
Watch: Gargoyles S2E7 streaming on Disney+
I Dream of Jeannie - S5E7 and E8
Have you ever wished that you could find a genie in a bottle that would grant your every wish? If you're Major Tony Nelson, maybe that wish shouldn't have come true? Or should it? Even the writers of the show couldn't decide! In our final episode of our Jumping the Shark series, we watch what happens when Major Nelson and Jeannie finally decide to tie the knot! This was some weird TV folks, and we're so glad you're joining us to chat about it.
Starting next week, we'll be covering SPOOKY episodes! It's time for our Halloween series. Kicking us off is TVsTravis with and episode of Knight Rider! I can't wait.
Watch: Knight Rider - S3E5 - Halloween Knight
Laverne and Shirley - S8E2
Schlameel! Schlamazel! This episode is all about one of the most famous comedy couples in classic TV, Laverne and Shirley. When it jumped the shark is hard to pin down. Was it the last episode that Shirley appeared in, or the one after? Well, we went with the last episode and it was a doozy. There's some wild sitcom shenanigans going on in this one and I'm real glad we picked it. Nothing like a good hypnotist trope to really bring the weirdness in. We also got to talk about a bunch of behind the scenes stuff that I was completely unaware of. Hope you learn something!
Next time, Amy is taking us all the way to Cocoa Beach with I Dream of Jeannie!
Watch: I Dream of Jeannie - S5 Episodes 7 and 8. It's a two parter! You can watch it on Amazon Prime
Star Trek: The Original Series - S3E1
Space! The final frontier. We went there this week ya'll. We had a great conversation about Star Trek: The Original Series. It went full B-movie on this episode with Spock having his brain stolen by an attractive race of alien beings. Did we like it? Find out!
Next time on the show, we'll be covering Laverne & Shirley Season 8 Episode 2. They move away from Milwaukee and into Manhattan. Location changes are a classic "Jump the shark" moment, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Watch: Laverne & Shirley Season 8 Episode 2 - Youtube
The Flintstones - S6E8
It's the Flintstones! They're a modern stone-age family! And we're a modern show that reviews stone-age television, so this was kind of an inevitable match up. Travis takes us all the way back to Bedrock to take a look at the first animated prime time sitcom. In this "Jumping the Shark" episode, Travis has gone with the old TV trope of introducing a new character when the writers weren't entirely sure what to do. That character in this instance is The Great Gazoo! The alien with unexplained magical powers who drops into the lives of the main characters and opens up a world of ... interesting plot points.
Next time, Audie is going to take us to outer reaches of space with Star Trek! Yes, the original series.
Star Trek: The Original Series - S3E1
Watch: Star Trek now streaming on Paramount+
Rerun: Episode 10 - The Muppet Show - S3E27
Hey friends! Stephen came down with Covid over the weekend and we aren't having a show this week. However, we don't want to leave you with nothing to listen to! So we're throwing you back to episode 10. Wecovered the Muppet Show! It was a good one and we think you'll enjoy it.
Next week, we'll kick off our "Jumping the Shark" theme.
First up, Travis is going to take us on a journey all about The Flintstones! Was the Great Gazoo a jump the shark moment? Let's decide together!
Watch: The Flintstones S6E8 now streaming on HBO Max
Empty Nest - S1E1
What better way to end a spin-off episode than a spin-off of one of our greatest reviewed shows so far! On this episode we reviewed Empty Nest! What did we think of this, and would we watch more? You'll find out on this episode of Those Were The Days!
Next week, we're kicking off "Jumping the Shark" month! We'll take a look at episodes of classic TV that were just so left field, that people wondered if they'd just run out of ideas. Each of us will be taking on our own interpretation of what "jumping the shark" really means, so look forward to some wild choices.
First up, Travis is going to take us on a journey all about The Flintstones! Was the Great Gazoo a jump the shark moment? Let's decide together!
Watch: The Flintstones S6E8 now streaming on HBO Max
Green Acres - S4E8
Is Green Acres the place to be? What does happen at an old rural post office? You're about to find out! We had a great time re-watching this classic show that has one of the most memorable theme songs in the history of television. There's more to it than just a theme song though. This show was full of a wonderful collection of characters, most of which show up in this episode! We hope you enjoy it!
Next week, Amy is taking us back to the Golden Girls universe with Empty Nest - S1E1! Watch it on Youtube and let us know what you think @thosedaysshow on twitter or firstname.lastname@example.org
Just The Ten of Us - S2E5
When we started this show, we wanted to explore our whether classic TV still translates to our own modern sensibilities. We knew eventually we would hit a show that just misses the mark for, well, almost every modern standard we have for decency. This was a trip, ya'll. Sit back and enjoy!
See you then!
Darkwing Duck - S1E14
Let's Get Dangerous!
This week, we go back in time to the Disney afternoon/ABC Saturday Mornings of the 90's to bring you Darkwing Duck! The adventures of Drake Mallard and Launchpad kept us all busy for at least a half an hour when we were kids and we were all excited to go back and see what its all about. Did it hold up? Listen and find out!
Next week, Audie is showing us Just The Ten of Us, a spin off of Growing Pains. This one was tough to find, but it's out on YouTube. You can check it out at this link. Be aware of the sad VHS quality of this one
The Golden Girls - S4E20
The Golden Girls is nothing short of legendary. The writing, the characters, the situations. It's all written and performed with the best of comedic timing and precision. Amy couldn't have picked a better episode to close out our Drugs theme.
Not only did we chat about Golden Girls, but we announced our next topic. You voted, and we heard you. The next four episodes will be focused on Spin Offs! Those shows that came from other shows.
Next week, Travis is getting dangerous with Darkwing Duck! Be sure to check out Season 1, Episode 14 before next week.
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Taxi - S3E8
If you expect to learn a valuable drug lesson from 1981 television, you may have come to the wrong place! This week we took a look at classic sitcom, Taxi! Latka bakes some of his grandmother's cookies and they may contain an ingredient that no on expected.
We had such a good time talking about this show. It's truly remarkable how dense with comedy this episode is and it really showed how the actors and writers pair together to make something that could be just "kinda funny" absolutely uproarious.
We hope you enjoy it!
In the meantime, our new poll is up to pick the next theme for the show, so swing over to @thosedaysshow on twitter and vote! Or just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us which of these you want to see us cover: Power Couples, Politics, Cooking Shows, or Spin Offs!
Next week, Amy is ready to thank you for being a friend as we watch The Golden Girls! Season 4, Episode 20. Catch the episode on Hulu and join us on Monday to see if this show holds up!
Dinosaurs - S2E9
Dinosaurs ran as part of ABC's TGIF block in the early 90's and was far more successful than it ever would be today. It had a charm and humor to it that was really only possible in the capable hands of the Jim Henson company. They were masters of the subversive humor that allowed them to talk about subjects that no one else would be able to get away with, let alone be celebrated for.
We had an absolute watching this episode all about a New Leaf, and it wound up with a message that was largely unheard of when it came to shows trying to tackle the tricky subject matter of drugs. If you didn't watch it, go back and check it out! The whole series is streaming on Disney+
Next week! You need to watch Taxi, Season 3 Episode 8 - Latka's Cookies. You can find this one on DailyMotion at this link
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Diff'rent Strokes - S4E2
Whatchu talkin' about, Travis?
Well, Travis is talkin' all about Diff'rent Strokes! This episode kicks off our month of "drug" episodes. Every good series has an anti-drug episode, or an episode where some character finds their way into the seedy underbelly of drug use. We're here for it!
Let us know what you thought of this episode by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hitting us up on twitter at @thosedaysshow
The next episode is going to be in TWO weeks. That gives you plenty of extra time to catch the next episode of classic tv. We'll be watching TGIF classic "Dinosaurs." We're really pumped for that one.
Watch Dinosaurs - S2E9 - Available on Disney+
The New Scooby-Doo Movies - S1E3 - Wednesday is Missing
The gang fires up the ol' mystery machine for this weeks episode where we review The New Scooby-Doo movies! It's a special guest/crossover episode with the creepy and kooky Addams Family! I couldn't think of a better crossover for Mystery Inc than an actual creepy family house. We had a good time with this one. We had so many memories of Scooby-Doo and the show had definitely been a part of all of our lives growing up.
We hope you enjoy it! Be sure to let us know what you thought at email@example.com or @thosedaysshow on twitter
Next Week we kick off DRUGS month!
Diff'rent Strokes - S4E2 - available on Amazon Prime Video in the US
I Love Lucy - S3E27
Well I'm just as happy as a wet dog behind a warm stove! It's time for I Love Lucy! This time we're covering the episode where Tennessee Ernie Ford visits the Ricardos and, to no one's surprise, shenanigans ensue!
We had a great time talking about this one and we all laughed until we cried at a few points. I Love Lucy truly is the GOAT when it comes to classic TV and episodes like this prove it.
Next week! It's The New Scooby Doo Movies with special guests The Addams Family! Watch the episode at the link below:
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The Muppet Show - S3E27
It's time to play the music! It's time to light the lights!
That's right, ya'll. This week we cover everyone's favorite bunch of fuzzy entertainers, The Muppets! The Muppet Show was, and continues to be, a cultural phenomenon of television. In a world where prime time was mostly all about human beings, the world welcomed a bunch of puppets into their lives and the rest was history. This episode features special guest Harry Belefonte, who is just a joy to watch. We had a blast with this episode. We hope you enjoy it!
Next Week! I Love Lucy - S3E27 with special guest: Tennessee Ernie Ford!
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The X-Files - S3E20
Do you believe? Well, you should! At least, we think you should. Mostly because Amy was definitely abducted this week and was unavailable to record with us, but never fear! Audie, Stephen, and Travis were on the case. Travis brought us The X-Files Season 3 Episode 20, which could not have been weirder episode of television. It's Special Guest Star months so this episode was brought to us with an appearance by Charles Nelson Riley.
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Next week we watch:
The Muppet Show - S3 E14: Harry Belafonte
Inspector Gadget - S1E17
Closing out our Saturday Morning Cartoons is a juggernaut of cartoons: Inspector Gadget! Amy takes us on a journey through episode 17 of the first season. Presto Chango is trying to infiltrate the secret police meeting and the only person that can stop him is the world famous Inspector Gadget!
... Or at least Inspector Gadget's niece Penny and her brilliant dog, Brain.
We had a blast with this one and we hope you will too. Let us know what you thought at @thosedaysshow or email@example.com
X-Files - Seasons 3 Episode 20. Watch it on Hulu!
Bobby's World - S1E2
I don't know if fish stink underwater, but I sure know this podcasts smells great above sea level. This episode is all about the early 90's hit that was Bobby's World! Brought to us from the mind of Howie Mandel and lasting from 1990 to 1997, this show was a staple of plenty of kids' mornings. Did we like it? Find out!
Next week we're watching:
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Voltron - S1E4
On this week's episode, our four heroes combine to talk about a legendary Saturday Morning Cartoon. Why was it so legendary? You're about to find out!
Next week, we're covering Bobby's World - S1E2 - Uncle Ted's Excellent Adventure available on YouTube
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Garfield and Friends - S4E4
Come on in, it's time to party with Those Were The Days! This week, we tackle Garfield and Friends! This cartoon ran from 1988 to 1994 and was essential viewing for most kids around that time. Each of us had our own experiences with the show and enjoyed going back to see how it holds up.
Next week, we'll be watching Voltron: Defender of the Universe, Season 1 Episode 4. You can watch it with us on Amazon. Don't forget to send in your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us up on Twitter at @thosedaysshow
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Doogie Howser, MD - S1E1
When we were kids, there was a common phrase that would fly around anytime a smart kid was around: "They're a Doogie Howser." Well, this week we tackle the origin of that phrase, Doogie Howser, MD! This show came out in 1989 thanks to test audiences who asked for it. The network had no desire to pursue a show about a child doctor, but they couldn't turn down a populace that wanted it. So here we are, over 30 years later talking about the first episode of this show.
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Next time we are tackling a brand new theme: Saturday Morning Cartoons! Travis is going to kick us off with Garfield and Friends! We're watching Season 4, Episode 4. Follow the link below to watch it on Tubi.tv for free.
Batman - S1E1
Greetings, old chum! On this episode, our heroes cover Batman from 1966! Some may consider this the one true Batman, other may see it as too campy to bother with. Which side do we land on? Listen in to find out! We had a great time chatting about this old gem, and we think you will too. Don't forget to let us know what you think by tweeting us at @thosedaysshow or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week! Check out "Doogie Howser, MD" Season 1 Episode 1! It's the last episode of our "Pilots" themed month. Write in and tell us what you think!
Doogie Howser is available to stream on Hulu
The Greatest American Hero - S1E1
On this episode, our retronauts take a look at The Greatest American Hero. A sci-fi/superhero comedy/drama thing from the early 1980's. This episode was a feature length pilot that was more of a TV movie than a regular show, and it certainly used its runtime to the fullest. Enjoy the show!
Hosted by Audie Norman
Next week, Stephen takes us on an another superhero adventure. This time with Batman 1966! When the Dark Knight wasn't so dark at all. Find that episode on tubi.tv at https://tubitv.com/tv-shows/636833/s01-e01-hi-diddle-riddle
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Alf - S1E1
On this episode, the nostalgianauts review the very first episode of Alf! For those who have no idea, Alf was a show about an alien that crash lands in a family's garage and immediately starts causing all kinds of sitcom appropriate trouble. This episode is wonderfully hosted by TVsTravis as he regales us with tales about his fond memories of watching Alf. We also chat a bit about the final episodes of Alf, the difficult TV shoot, what it's like to watch an 80's show after years away, and whether we want to watch another one.
Next week, Audie has us tackling the very first episode of The Greatest American Hero! The pilot is available for free with ads on IMDB.tv. Watch it before the show and give us your feedback!
See you next time.
The Pilot Episode
In our very first episode of the show, we take you on a journey of who we are and why we want to talk about classic TV. Amy, Audie, Travis and Stephen tell the tale of why they watch old TV in the first place, and what makes it special to them. There's a whole lot of excitement about where we're going with this new show and we're so happy to have you along for the ride.
This month is all about pilot episodes. Your homework, should you choose to join us, is to watch the very first episode of 80's sitcom "Alf!"
The first episode is available to watch for free with ads on IMDB.tv and Tubi.tv
"A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage."
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