I think we did this before but, that's ok because there are so many that need recognition. Wandering Through The Shelves showcases themes each week with the last Thursday dedicated to TV. You get to choose 3 films or tv shows(for the last Thursday of the month) that fit the theme and here are my 3...
1. SECRET AGENT MAN-1960-1962 & THEN 1964-1968
Patrick McGoohan stars as Drake...John Drake, the spy who gets in from the cold and saves the day without dipping his tongue down some girl's..er...throat(I am nasty) or rarely using a gun. He uses his intelligence and wits to get through each episode. It was called Danger Man in Britain (where it began) and had a first run in the early 60s only to come back in the mid 60s becoming a hit. This song is just perfect for a spy show that became a hit on the dance floor too. Patrick McGoohan also starred in "The Prisoner", an excellent Science Fiction show where former spies are sent to the village and cannot escape or the big white balloon will come after you. Anyway, Secret Agent Man is a really good series and Mr. McGoohan was happily married who did not believe in kissing other women so he made sure nothing like that was ever in the scripts.
2. HAWAII FIVE-O-1968-1980
Yes, there is a successful remake(I think it was recently cancelled) but my heart belongs to the original with the squared-jawed Jack Lord as McGarrett who leads a team of police officers, Danno, Chin Ho and streetwise Kono to stop all sorts of crime on the islands. This show dealt mainly with how they were catching the criminal with little emphasis on their private lives which I like. I don't need to see who is kissing who and bedding who all the time. Anyway, this theme is so popular, they kept the original for the reboot of the series. Why mess with perfection?
I love this show which was a staple on Thursday nights and created some memorable characters, the most famous being Frazier Crane, played by Kelsey Grammar, who got his own spin-off in the 1990s. Actually, this famous show was almost dead last in the Nielsen Ratings but the famous Brandon Tartikoff, believed in the show and made sure it could keep going. Thankfully, the audience found this gem and it became a #1 show for many years. Sam Malone (Ted Danson) an alcoholic former baseball player owns a bar who hired his old coach as a fellow bartender (who suffered too many balls to the head). Carla is the acerbic tiny waitress you never want on your bad side; Norm, the man who lives at the bar and has put a serious dent in the floor and beer and then there's Cliff.....Cliff, a postal worker who seems to be an expert on everything and knows nothing. Enter Diane, a haughty snob chick who is hired by Sam to waitress, horribly so. By the time the romantic twirling of Sam & Diane take off so did the ratings. This song became a staple and a hit for a short while. Hey, I visited the bar in Boston(the outside is famous but the inside was nothing like the show...it was small, cramped stuffy and packed.
So, which 3 come to your mind?