My Favorite TV Watching Memories: Starsky, Hutch and the House from Hart to Hart

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My sisters and I were recently reminiscing about all the television shows we watched growing up, and trust me when I say we watched A LOT of them! One of my favorite memories is from the late ’70s/early ’80s when we would watch the shows Eight is Enough, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island in succession pretty much every Saturday night. Even though that was over 30 years ago (yes, I’m that old!) I can still remember those nights like they were yesterday.

A while ago I started to compile a list of all the tv shows I watched from childhood through my teenage years, and our recent trip down memory lane inspired me to revisit that list. It currently stands at 126 shows, but I know if I gave it more thought and did some digging online I could come up with a lot more.

Starsky and Hutch

Oh, the stories I could tell of the sneaky things one of my sisters and I did to get our parents to let us stay up past our bedtime to watch some of those shows. Starsky and Hutch is one that immediately comes to mind as I believe it didn’t start until 9:00 PM.

Asking for a “midnight snack” at the last minute and/or taking longer than normal to eat it allowed us to catch at least a small glimpse of the cool shoes worn by Paul Michael Glaser (haha, check these out on Sneakerpedia!) or the blue eyes of David Soul. I’ll leave talk of his song, “Don’t Give Up on Us” for another time. :-)

Another show that one of my sisters and I loved and watched without fail was Hart to Hart, starring Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers and a name familiar to a lot of old movie fans, Lionel Stander. One of our favorite episodes was titled “Murder Is a Man’s Best Friend,” which aired on December¬†9,¬†1980. In the episode, the Hart’s dog Freeway was selected to be the star in a new dog food ad campaign. I can even still remember the name of the food, Doggone-Its. :-) I don’t know why we loved that one so much, but we just did. Any other Hart to Hart fanatics out there? Do you remember that episode?

Hart to Hart Television Show

I always thought Jonathan and Jennifer Hart were such a glamorous couple, and I also thought their house was really cool. I recently discovered that the house used for exterior filming of the show has a small tie to old movies, which is something that always piques my interest. The ranch-style house that was used, which is located in Mandeville Canyon, Los Angeles was once owned by actor Dick Powell and his wife June Allyson. I’ve read that Powell was good friends with both Robert Wagner and the series’ producer, Aaron Spelling.

A few years ago the home was put on the market by its then owner Glorya Kaufman, and last year it sold through an auction for $14.6 million. You can see pictures of the entire property on the LA Curbed website. The 48-acre estate includes a 12,000-square-foot house, guest houses, a tennis court, a lake with waterfalls and several other amenities.

Well, I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane, and I hope it brought back some good memories of your own.

Do you have any fond memories of your early television watching days? Tell me about them in the comments below!

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  1. Ed says:

    Tuesday nights ABC with “Happy Days”, “Laverne & Shirley”, “Three’s Company”, and if the homework level was low, follow it with “Too Close For Comfort”.

    My far fonder memory was on CBS Sunday. Especially if a late NFL game aired from 4 to 7. 7:00 (Usually running late) “60 Minutes” – Very relevant in a non-cable news world then. 8:00 “Archie Bunkers Place”, 8:30 “One Day at a Time”, 9:00 “Alice”, 9:30 “The Jefferson’s” and closed out by 10:00 “Trapper John M.D.”.

    Then I’d catch the late local news on Sunday and invariably be running late for school on Monday morning. To me: “Alice” still stands as a very under-rated sitcom. As to where “Trapper John” never got it’s just recognition in the drama category. Both were and are sorely missed in reruns and now DVD.

    I can’t compare 1980’s – 2010’s lineup’s to those of the 70’s and early 1980’s. Possibly due to the addition of cable channels and lesser quality of today’s television.

    Where I didn’t have people to watch T.V. with in my childhood. I’d usually tuck myself away in the basement where I could watch television without the interruptions of family. We really didn’t know how “uncomplicated” the school years were until we grew older.

    Lastly – Remember when a Network would actually show a “Movie of the Week”? It used to be so different back then to block out two hours and plan for a TV movie that usually started and ended on the hour. Also, to get better use out of today’s TV – I’d suggest hiding the remote control. I’ve heard too many people say they flipped channels and completely forgot about the show they were watching in the first place.

  2. Ginny says:

    Thanks for sharing your memories and favorite tv shows, Ed! Sounds like we had very similar tastes and watched a lot of the same shows. My sister and I LOVED Trapper John, MD! You just brought back a lot of great memories by mentioning it. I agree it probably didn’t get the recognition it deserved. I watch very little tv these days, and when I do it’s usually sports or a cooking show. I really miss the shows of the past!