The TV I Watched

I didn't think this list would be so long, but once I got going it kind of snowballed. File under "cautionary tale". Entries in all caps were the big ones.
  1. Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch
    The first TV show I remember watching. A fun-loving car is menaced by juvenile delinquent motorcycles. http://youtu.be/Z4KuxEcW2vM
  2. Sesame Street
    We had the "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" album.
  3. Mr. Rogers
    SO BORING somebody get this guy a trampoline
  4. The Electric Company
  5. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
    Scrappy-Doo ruined it.
  6. Land of the Lost
    The episode with the robot dinosaurs was the scariest thing I had seen on TV up to that point.
  7. Speed Buggy
    You will notice a theme.
  8. Sigmund & the Sea Monsters
    Sid & Marty Krofft, of course.
  9. Wonder Bug
    Yet another taking car. I was emotionally invested in this show in a way that was not healthy.
  10. Laff-A-Lympics
    I watched a boatload of Saturday morning cartoons. This one was a favorite.
  11. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour
    The highlight of the week.
  12. Davey & Goliath
    I actually did not like this show at all, but I would sometimes watch it because it was the only kids' TV that was on on Sunday mornings and sometimes I was desperate. It was creepy and it messed with my head.
  13. 3-2-1 Contact
    A sciencey kid's show that made me feel smart. The anti-Davey & Goliath.
  14. ABC Afterschool Special
    More grim moral education. Don't smoke pot, kids, or you might fall out of a rowboat and drown.
  15. The Carol Burnett Show
    Reruns? I liked Harvey Korman.
  16. Welcome Back, Kotter
    So urban.
  17. Happy Days
    I wanted to be as popular as the Fonz and somewhere inside me that dream lives on.
  18. Laverne & Shirley
    You had to love those rascals Lenny and Squiggy.
  19. The Jeffersons
    This was the show that taught America that white people are dorks.
  20. Alice
    Fun fact: this was based on a Martin Scorsese movie.
  21. The Love Boat
    I would totally watch this again.
  22. Fantasy Island
    Remember Roddy McDowall as the devil? Those episodes scared me.
  23. There's Company
    The older boys on the bus argued about which female TV stars were the hottest (Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Ladd were the favorites), and in my typical contrarian way I declared my allegiance to Joyce DeWitt. LOVED Mr. Furly. Come at me, Ropers fans.
  24. Battle of the Network Stars
    Just imagine if it was a real battle.
  25. CHiPs
    Hell yeah. My brother was really into Emergency, which I think came on right before, but I found that one too stressful. I liked shows with celebrity guest stars like Sonny Bono.
  26. In Search of…
    Better to learn about sasquatch from Leonard Nimoy than from the kids on the playground.
  27. That show where they tried to break world records on-air
    I'll never forget that guy with the quarters on his elbows.
  28. THE MUPPET SHOW
    Holy shit, I almost forgot this one. I watched this HARD CORE. This show was my life. I will even go so far as to admit that I owned several puppets at this stage.
  29. The mid-day monster movies on the New York station.
    Channel 11? Channel 5? I would race from the bus every day just to catch the ending. I distinctly remember seeing "Squirm", "Horror Express", and the last few seconds of "The Pit and the Pendulum". That final shot terrified me for years.
  30. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
    Just imagine how cheesy this was.
  31. Diff'rent Strokes
    What you taking about, Willis. I thought Dana Plato was the prettiest girl in the world.
  32. Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas
    Not a TV show, an HBO Christmas special. Don't you ever say anything bad about Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas or I will FIND YOU and ARGUE WITH YOU HEATEDLY.
  33. The Dukes of Hazzard
    I was INTO it. Roscoe P. Coltrane is in hot pursuit! Note the central role of the car. I was too young to be interested in Catherine Bach's tiny jeans shorts, but that would change.
  34. Mork & Mindy
    Rainbow suspenders?? Now I've seen everything!
  35. The Facts of Life
    Fewer facts than advertised.
  36. Benson
    A black man in the government? What will they think of next?
  37. Flo
    Alice spin-off. Kiss my grits!
  38. Enos
    A Dukes of Hazzard spin-off. Nobody remembers it, it was lame.
  39. Black Beauty
    This was actually my little sister's show, and I teased her about it mercilessly. In many episodes the horse had to foil a criminal plot (no, seriously), and it would always do this by rearing up and knocking the bad guys into a farm pond, where they would be incapacitated until the constabulary arrived.
  40. Little House on the Prairie
    See previous entry. Remember when Mary went blind?
  41. Danger Mouse
    Another show my little sister watched, and it was clever enough that I liked it too.
  42. Good Times (reruns)
    Channel 11 (WPIX New York) used to play this during the day, after school. It was a little too serious for my taste, but I watched it when I was desperate.
  43. What's Happening!! (reruns)
    See previous entry. Also, Rerun.
  44. The Greatest American Hero
    You heard me, George Washington.
  45. Mama's Family
    Presumably this had a catchphrase, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
  46. Knight Rider
    Wow, more talking cars. I really had a problem.
  47. Police Squad!
    This show was like a gift from heaven. It was so good I later thought that I might have just dreamed it.
  48. FAWLTY TOWERS
    My parents introduced this to us. It was an eye-opener; I had never seen anything this funny and clever on TV before. I had impure thoughts about Connie Booth.
  49. The Good Life
    Another British sitcom my parents discovered. I had impure thoughts about Felicity Kendall.
  50. Fraggle Rock
    I was a little old for this, but I watched it with my sister because I still liked puppets a little.
  51. MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS
    Okay, so I wasn't one of those guys who would quote Monty Pathon jokes non-stop, but I was pretty obsessed. I was of course also intrigued by the goofy sex humor and occasional nudity. For years after I imagined that sexual activity involved a lot of giggling.
  52. The Cosby Show
    EVERYBODY watched the Cosby Show. More than that, if you asked the average person on the street who the nicest man on television was, it would have been a toss-up between Bill Cosby and Mr. Rogers. The world is a strange place.
  53. Family Ties
    I had impure thoughts about Justine Bateman. No, that's not true, I knew she was too good for me.
  54. Cheers
    Loved it, watched it for years. The first "will-they-won't-they" show.
  55. Night Court
    Anyone? I had impure thoughts about Markie Post.
  56. Newhart
    "I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl."
  57. Moonlighting
    What a great show! Remember the Taming of the Shrew episode? Candace Bergen didn't do anything for me at the time, but now that I'm older … ring-a-ding-ding!
  58. THE YOUNG ONES
    Another British import, another all-time favorite. Lines from the show still pop into my head. "OHH HAVE WE GOT A VIDEO??"
  59. Max Headroom
    Wow, I completely forgot about this weird show.
  60. Saturday Night Live
    Naturally. The Billy Crystal years.
  61. Columbo (reruns)
    Columbo fans know.
  62. THE SIMPSONS
    One of the biggest obsessions of my life, TV or otherwise. Don't get me started.
  63. Late Night with David Letterman
    Every night my buddy Jeff and I used to drink sugary Lipton iced tea from a mix and watch Letterman. This show in the late 80s and early 90s was one of the high points of television comedy.
  64. Perry Mason (reruns)
    I watched the reruns after class my freshman year of college. Also sometimes Sea Hunt. Also sometimes drunk.
  65. TWIN PEAKS
    My god it was glorious. Don't get me started.
  66. Ren & Stimpy
    Off-the-wall cartoons are a dime a dozen nowadays, but in 1991 no one had seen anything like this before. I had taped "Space Madness" on VHS and people crowded into my dorm room to see it.
  67. Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Got into it towards the end of its run. I'm not a Trekkie, it was a social thing in the hippie artists' house I lived in; twenty people would cram into the common area to watch it every week.
  68. Seinfeld
    Pure genius. Though, weirdly, I have no desire to go back and watch it again.
  69. NewsRadio
    I had impure thoughts about Maura Tierney.
  70. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000
    I loved this show with all my heart.
  71. FUTURAMA
    OBVIOUSLY.
  72. BattleBots
    With gusto.
  73. Lost
    Remember what a big deal this show was?
  74. The Office
    Don't know if you guys have heard of this one it was just some kooky people selling paper.
  75. Mythbusters
    I had impure thoughts about Kari Byron.
  76. Chuck
    I had completely forgotten about this one until I saw this list: 😩 Aww Man! Chuck Is Leaving Netflix November 1st
  77. Parks & Rec
    It's amazing that a show this good had a first season that was so bad.
  78. COMMUNITY
    I didn't think I would ever get into a TV show this intensely again, but when I saw the commercial with Ken Jeong screaming "I AM A SPANISH GENIUS!" I knew it was the show for me. I have a "Troy and Abed in the Morning" mug.
  79. The Big Bang Theory
    Pretty sick of it now, but it was cute for a while.
  80. Game of Thrones
    Smashing patriarchies one wigwam at a time.
  81. The IT Crowd
    It's not for you, Jen.
  82. Portlandia
    I didn't discover it until this year, but I got obsessed FAST. I have a weird crush on Carrie Brownstein. Don't tell her, I'm a little embarrassed about it.
  83. True Detective
    Only the drunkest cops will do.
  84. Stranger Things
    Obviously.
  85. Westworld
    I like it! Already in awe of @Grosstastic