Trip Down Memory Lane: '60s & '70s TV

In the days before DVDs, before videotape -- heck, even before many of us had color TV -- plain ol' live television was a big deal. Here's a look at a few videos from some of the most memorable (if not truly the best) TV shows from the Gen Xers' childhood years.

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Six Million Dollar Man & The Bionic Woman

Steve Austin: Astronaut. A man barely alive.

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better. Stronger. Faster.

The Bionic Woman & The Six Million Dollar Man

That's how ABC television introduced America to Steve Austin, aka the "Six Million Dollar Man" (from back when that actually was a lot of money) in three made-for-TV movies in 1973. The TV series lasted for four years, from 1974 to 1978.

The Six Million Dollar Man himself was played by actor Lee Majors -- who went on to become a "major" star for the era. Of course it didn't hurt that Majors (born Harvey Lee Yeary) was married to one of the most iconic sex symbols of the seventies -- Farrah Fawcett -- during the show's entire run.

Due to the success of the "Six Million Dollar Man," ABC decided to develop a girly-themed spinoff series: "The Bionic Woman." Lindsay Wagner starred as Jaime Sommers in the new show, and her character was introduced during two episodes of Steve Austin's story in 1975. "The Bionic Woman" aired on ABC as its own show in 1976/1977, then moved over to NBC for one last season.

Here's a look at the opening credits for both of the shows:


As you can see in the first video above: this is how we learned that if someone's shown running in slow motion, it means they're actually running super duper fast. See, such things have to be slowed down in order for our pathetic little non-bionic brains to follow.

In 2007, there was a new "Bionic Woman" on the block, but it was a "reconceptualization" of the series. Audience response was lukewarm, and the new show lasted for only eight episodes.

But wait! There's more!

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Comments on "Retro TV shows: Memories of the '60s and '70s"

Mia January 20, 2014 | 9:58 AM

KIRK, the show your talking about was "Wait till your father gets home."

kirk January 06, 2014 | 9:20 PM

I need the name of the show in the early 70s with the talking house. it was part live action & part animation.

pete May 27, 2013 | 12:36 PM

Need help remembering name of show, as a kid i use to watch a show about sailing and cruising the caribean, if anyone can recall the name please post it here THANKS!!!!

Billy March 15, 2013 | 2:39 PM

i was born in 55; i loved helicopters,could b from a show called 'whirly bird' n how bout bj n the bear. loved them. but i liked the green hornet back then 2,now looking back on reruns its kind of silly.still that was good tv.

300 Lbs Parakeet June 29, 2009 | 12:07 AM

Can anyone remeber the episode of THE PARTIRIDGE FAMILY when the skunk gets loose in the bus and cuts loose or when the guy with her father and the girls with her mother try to live speratly and the old man played by RAY(SACRECOW)BOLGER floods the house with soap suds when he puts too much soap in the washing machine

Flu-Bird June 29, 2009 | 12:01 AM

Dose anyone remeber the 60s war series COMBAT with the late VIC MARROW and RICK JASON or VOAYGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA i now have it on DVD as well as all three seasons of GILLIGANS ISLAND and can anyone ever remember CAPTIAN KANGAROO? with MR GREENJEANS,MR BAINTER,MR MOOSE,BUNNY RABBIT,GRANDFATHER CLOCK,DANCING BEAR and TOWN CLOWN

Public Animal #9 May 29, 2009 | 7:54 PM

Is it wrong to admit that I had a crush on the youngest of the Brady girls? LOL!

lewis england May 06, 2009 | 12:15 AM

iremember watching wallace and ladmo show before going to school.thank you for the memories. your friend lewis

Jackie Willingham January 09, 2009 | 9:50 PM

Talking about the late 60`s and 70`s I had a huge crush on Micky Dolenz Bobby Sherman,Tom Jones.I also had a huge crush on Mr.Spock,Dr.Mcoy from Star Trek and Captian Crane from The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

Amanda December 23, 2008 | 10:06 AM

I was born in the middle of the '80's so I never saw any of these shows. However, I LOVE "Daydream Believer", it is such a song! I sing along every time I hear it!! I think I may buy the Monkee's Season 1 to check it out, it looks funny.

June October 31, 2008 | 5:19 PM

The Monkees, I use to have such a crush on Davey Jones. That was many years ago.

June October 31, 2008 | 5:13 PM

I got one of my childhood nicknames from this old show, that my older brothers gave to me.( Witchy-Poo) They still to this day call me that! But only once in awile.

djgroz October 29, 2008 | 5:08 PM

Brady Bunch was a great show.

June October 06, 2008 | 1:06 PM

The land of the lost- My teenager now were watching this one day with me awhile back and they could'nt believe that I use to watch something so corney, (their word's-not mine) I loved this show too!

June October 06, 2008 | 12:59 PM

I really liked the Brady-Bunch back in the day. I even still catch it on at 3;30 in the morning on cable some times. Those were the days of great T.V. shows!

June October 06, 2008 | 12:53 PM

The Electric Company was a really good show! I remember watching it all the time! Thank's for the memories! To me T.V. was just much better back then.

Terra September 04, 2008 | 5:58 PM

OMG I LOVED THIS! I haven't seen the BANANA SPLITS for like 100 years it seems like! SOOOO WEIRD! As soon as I heard that "One banana two banana" song I got shivers because I instantly remembered watching it with my brothers! Going to send them this link now! LOL! THANK YOU FOR THIS REMINDER OF MY CHILDHOOD!

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