1. FANTASY ISLAND-1977-1984
Za Plane! Za Plane! Good ole Herve climbed the stairs to ring that bell that the plane was coming with passengers eager to embark on their fantasy. The mysterious Mr. Roarke(played by the elegant Ricardo Montalban) would have Tattoo beside him and the gals and guys eager to help the passengers off the plane. Mr. Roarke would greet them with champagne and welcome them to Fantasy Island. Some of the fantasies involved time travel while others trekked through jungles, deserts or towns. Their fantasies never ended the way the guests thought it would end but they felt richer for it. Some fantasies were dramas but others were comical. . Charo, Florence Henderson, Barbi Benton were some who often came to the island but you also had some famous old stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood make an appearance like Lew Ayres, Ralph Bellamy and Yvonne DeCarlo. I watched this every week and enjoyed it even though T & A would pop up after every commercial break (usually bikini bods running).
2. THE LOVE BOAT-1977-1987
I had no idea this show was on for 10 seasons and I would love to watch these shows all over again. The show took place on a cruise ship headed by Captain Stubing, played by Gavin McLeod. You had the Cruise Director, Julie; the Purcer, Gopher; The Doctor, Doc and the Bartender, Isaac. They all had their own unique personalities with the Doctor playing a lech but still a nice guy, Isaac the Bartender being very cool especially with that moustache, the cruise director being sweet( until she left the ship for love but, in reality the actress, Lauren Tewes had a major coke habit and had to go), and Gopher being, well Gopher. You had guests come board, usually there were 3 story lines, one or 2 comical and the other more drama oriented. Florence Henderson appeared the most times on this show as well as Charo. The Love Boat was known to get some great film stars from the Golden Age like Ginger Rogers, Don Ameche and even Greer Garson! This is the first show to actually film in China! Yes...this show!! I remember watching this episode seeing the actors at the Great Wall Of China but they also traveled to Australia and other places than just Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. Oh, after commercial break, the camera always zoomed on some gals tatas or ass as they got out of the pool and walked to the main characters.
3. FLYING HIGH-1978-1979
I actually watched this jiggle show where 3 very attractive stewardesses travelled getting into all sorts of antics. They would often spar, in a nice way, with the bumbling captain( yikes...he steered the plane!) while dealing with their passengers and their complicated romantic lives. The biggest star is the beautiful Connie Selleca but it was not that great a show. I watched it because they travelled around although mainly in the States. Again, just like Charlie's Angels, these women were friends with various IQs and bra sizes.
Which 3 come to your mind? Oh, since I am an SCTV fan, I can't help myself...
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