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  1. You perfectly summed up why many of us watch. It's a nice way to escape reality for a half an hour.
  2. I love this picture of the front of the house they built on a soundstage!
  3. The cast of Leave it to Beaver were on the Matchgame Hollywood squares hour that re-aired this morning. It is fun to watch them act as themselves instead of their characters. Larry Mathers is exactly what you would expect Beaver to be at age 35. Friendly but kind of shy. Ken Osmond was nothing like Eddie Haskell as he was gracious, kind and very supportive of the other players. Frank Bank grew up the way you would hope Lumpy would. Quiet and confident, and looking nothing like his teenage self. Richard Deacon made a comment, and I'm not sure if it's a joke or a true story. He said that Frank's license plate says LUMPY. It would be a great way to break the ice when meeting new people!
  4. You make a really good point here. When you look at the supporting characters, they all have their flaws but none of them were flat out jerks. Or to look at it another way-- Mr. Furley was pretty goofy sometimes, but you wouldn't mind having him as a neighbor.
  5. And you point out what is different about Three's a Crowd. I understand people have to grow and mature, but Three's a Crowd was missing that young, innocent "Life is Good" feeling you get watching the original Three's Company.
  6. Thank you for posting that. And sometimes we have to remember that when we hear people say, "I wish we could go back to when life was like Leave it to Beaver or The Andy Griffith Show", we have to remember that life was NEVER like that. Even the produces point that out. They say that their job was to provide an idealized view of the world. And I would say they did a nice job of that, which is why we still talk about it all these years later.
  7. These posts remind me of an interview done years ago by the producers of the show. They had this feeling that they were fortunate to have made it through the depression and made it through the war. They seemed to feel a responsibility to produce a show that holds up a family that everybody could aspire to be.
  8. That is the only darker side to 1950's tv shows. If there a hint at a kid or wife who is yelled at or even hit, the shows back then often played it for laughs.
  9. You might have seen a great interview with Richard Kline. He said that what made Larry such a great character was that you always saw him in pursuit of the ladies, but never saw him succeed. Knowing this when you watch reruns makes the Larry character all the more fun to watch.
  10. Reading your comment made me realize-- This is one of those shows that I never really appreciated when it was on originally. Now I'm hooked and actively look for it in reruns. It really holds up well.
  11. Funny that Dale's father has the name "Bug Gribble" and Dale's job is exterminating bugs. I wonder if that has a deeper meaning.
  12. See, this is where the show is missing out. Many of us would enjoy the behind-the-scenes business of obtaining permits, applying for a water license, and things like that. Back when a reality show meant a film crew following along as a group of people do what they normally do, they followed a contractor into the building department in a small town. Well, the small town mayor saw the film crew and just about jumped over the desks to get in front of the camera! It was hilarious! He asked if he could help, while literally smoothing down his hair with his bare hands. It goes to show that the equipment and the people can make for a good show. They don't need the manufactured drama and it doesn't add to the show anyway.
  13. Have you seen the episode where Boomhauer is telling his version of events when the fire station burns down? And Boomhauer talks normal while everybody else talks like Boomhauer?
  14. Not only did you sum up this show, but you summed up real life as well. When one person or family in the friend group move away, and it's never quite the same.
  15. I love it when the writers add a touch that only a few people will notice or appreciate. When Sheldon went over to Billy's house to get infected, they had a pristine condition 1980's Chevy Celebrity in the background. If you are of a certain age, you will remember when that Chevy Celebrity was the official carpool car of American families. I like little details like that.
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