DESERTDREAMERS's SparkPeople Blog DESERTDREAMERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2 Broke Girls 2 Broke Girls debuted on CBS in 2011. It stars Kat Dennings as Max Black, a tough working class waitress. Beth Behrs plays Caroline Channing, once rich but now broke when her father was busted in a Ponzi scheme. Caroline works with Max at the Williamsburg Diner, and they share a small sub-let apartment. The supporting cast includes Matthew Moy as Han Lee, the owner of the diner, Jonathan Kite as Oleg, the Ukranian cook who constantly sexually harasses the waitresses, and Garrett Morris as Ear... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:18 EST Dave Barry Quotes Yesterday I blogged on Dave's World, a sitcom based on books by Dave Barry. Dave was born 3 July 47, and worked for the Miami Herald as a humor columnist from 1983-2005. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. He's written many fiction and non-fiction humorous books. These quotes are just a few from Brainy Quotes. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb cholesterol if you take it from a... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:35 EST Dave's World Dave's World was based on Dave Barry's books "Dave Barry's Greatest Hits" and Dave Barry Turns 40". (Dave Barry is a humorist and columnist for Miami Herald in real life) The show ran from 1993-97. Harry Anderson starred as Dave Barry, who in reel life, was a columnist for the Miami Record-Dispatch. Delane Matthews was his wife, Beth. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dave's World Theme Song Title: "You May Be Right" Written By: "Billy Joel... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:35:07 EST The Wonder Years The Wonder Years was aimed at the baby-boomer generation (like me!). It ran from 1988-93. The theme was a typical kid growing up in a typical home during the changes of the 60's. It was set in "Anywhere, USA". Fred Savage played the lead role of Kevin Arnold. Danica McKellar was his crush-girl friend "Winnie" Cooper. Kevin's father, Jack (Dan Lauria) was a Korean War veteran and grew up during the Great Depression (like my father). He didn't tolerate the rapid changes in the 60's. Kevin's mot... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:58:13 EST Roy Rogers Show The Roy Rogers Show ran from 1951-1957. (There was a radio show than ran from 44-51, also) It starred the "King of the Cowboys" Roy Rogers as the owner of the Double R Ranch. His real life wife, "Queen of the West" Dale Evans, ran the Eureka Cafe in "mineral City". Pat Brady was her cook and Roy's sidekick. The animal stars were Roy's palomino Trigger, Dale's buckskin Buttermilk, and their German Shepard, Bullet. Their jeep, Nellybelle, also seemed to have a mind of its own, speeding away dr... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:51:43 EST Perfect Strangers Perfect Strangers was a sitcom that ran on ABC from 1986-93. The premise was Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker) was moving into his first apartment in Chicago. His distant cousin, a sheep herder from eastern Mediterranean Europe, Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot), whom he had never met, came to America to move in with him. Bronson Pinchot had done a character in Beverly Hills Cop in 1984 as an effeminate art gallery employee with a strange foreign accent. Larry was kind of a doofus, and man... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:40:41 EST Cops Cops is a reality legal series that has been on for about forever. It started on the Fox Network in 1989, and was picked up by Spike in 2013. It follows real cops, deputies, and constables as they go about their jobs in 140 cities in the USA, Hong Kong, london, and Russia (not in Canada?). A dedicated camera team follows the officers and the "alleged" miscreants. They've filmed in Albuquerque before - I recognized many of the streets! Oddly enough, when Cops wanted to film here again recentl... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:21:37 EST Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett is an American treasure. Singer, writer, comedian, actress, movie and TV star - she did it all. Most notably, for me at least, was her own variety/sketch comedy show, The Carol Burnett Show which ran from 1967-78 for 268 episodes, and for 9 more episodes in 1991. She and her merry band of misfits, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, Harvey Corman, and Lyle Waggoner, won Emmys and cracked up viewers. They also cracked up each other on air, and ad-libbed many scenes that made it to air. T... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:16:03 EST Booker Booker starred Richard Griego as an ex-cop from LAPD. He worked as a private detective for a Japanese company at their US companies investigating insurance claims. He wasn't a good employee, as he despised authority, and often took jobs for friends and family members when he should have been working for the company. This was a one season spin off of 21 Jump Street, and aired from Sept 89 to May 90. Of course, this was back in the days when a season was more than 20 episodes - now it seems li... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:49:05 EST Secret Agent Secret Agent was an import from the UK. It aired there as Danger Man. The name was changed when CBS aired it in 1960. There was a gap of four years between season 1 and 2. Patrick McGoohan starred as John Drake, a smooth talking, suave agent working for Her Majesty's Secret Service. He had terrific spy tools like exploding tie pins, and electric razors that could also be tape recorders. Patrick McGoohan was offered the role of James Bond, but turned it down because he thought it was demeaning... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:15:41 EST Im the Heat of the Night In the Heat of the Night was an hour long police procedural based on the 1967 movie of the same name, based on the 1965 novel of the same name. It ran from 1988-92 on NBC, then until 1994 on CBS. The movie starred Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs, a Black Philadelpia detective, and Rod Steiger as Sparta, Mississippi police chief Bill Gillespie. These parts were played by Harold Rollins and Carroll O'Connor respectively in the TV show. The premiere episode had Tibbs returning to Sparta for his... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:50:09 EST Dobie Gillis Dobie Gillis was shown from 1959-63. It starred Dwayne Hickman as Dobie, a young adult struggling to find wealth and dates with young women. His best friend, Maynard G. Krebs, was played by Bob Denver, way before the Gilligan's Island fame. A recurring joke was that when Maynard entered the store Dobie's father owned, someone (or everyone) would say "Oh, it's only you, Maynard". Dobie was an original slacker - not doing well in school or having plans except somehow getting rich and a girlfrie... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:23:22 EST Leave it to Beaver This is another case of a theme song having lyrics that we never heard. The Toy Parade was used as the theme to Leave it to Beaver, but as an istrumental only. The show aired from 1957-63, ending when the boys basically aged out and wanted to move on. Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver was played by Jerry Mathis, his older brother Wally was Tony Dow, and parents June and Ward were Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont. The show was more from the children's perspective than adults. The scene was white ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:31:57 EST Baywatch Baywatch began as Los Angeles County lifeguards patrolling the beaches of Los Angeles County. It debuted in 1989, but was cancelled after one season. David Hasselhoff (the main star) and producers brought it back as first run syndication. It became one of the most watched shows in the world. (I think I saw it twice) It ran until 2001, with the last 2 years being filmed in Hawaii as Baywatch Hawaii. The ensemble cast was almost uniformly gorgeous, but the swimsuits (at least for the women) ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:04:18 EST Love, American Style From 1969-74, we were treated to an ensemble romatic comedy show. The hour long show had several unrelated stories of romance, typically with a comedic spin. Often, the same actors played different characters in many episodes. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love, Love, Love <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love, American Style, <BR> Truer than the Red, White and Blue. <BR> Love, America... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 05:05:02 EST More CSI Memes When I looked for funny pictures yesterday for CSI, there were just so many of them! Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami was widely parodied, as was the whole CSI theme. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Cat Scene Investigation) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 8 Jul 2014 06:44:49 EST CSI CSI : Crime Scene Investigators debuted in 2000 and is still running strong. It's about police forensic investigators working with police to solve crimes. In reel life, it's set in Las Vegas, NV, with the crime scene investigators working for the Las Vegas Police Department. In real life, they are crime scene analysts working for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. <BR> <BR> Two spinoffs, CSI, Miami (2002-14) and CSI: NY (2004-13), also had strong ensemble casts and themes by The ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:21:39 EST Dog Rules for Humans Having given the secret cat rules yesterday, here are the dog rules I found on the internet. Pictures from Bing and I Can Has Cheezburger <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Don't come home smelling of other dogs. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. You must feed me every goodie you eat. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Don't call or lead me to a bath. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:08:19 EST Secret Code of Cat Behavior (or What Cats Know but Won't Tell You). Got home in the morning yesterday, dragged the pups out for 1.7 miles around the neighborhood (stretching all the way - felt better). Hot shower and to bed! Much, much better shift tonight. Not raining, so it's not humid and warm in the Emergency Department. No ambulances, as yet. Lots of beds in the ED and facility, fewer patients coming in. Quick turn around. Yeah! <BR> <BR> Found this on Yahoo by veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker. Pictures from <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> •Strategically ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 23:53:27 EST Long, long night It's been an exhausting night in the Emergency Department - some patients are still here after 12 hours - we HATE that! Get 'em better and home or get 'em upstairs - not happening tonight. Just some funnies <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:28:12 EST Howdy Doody Another old time show I grew up with! Howdy Doody Show ran from 1947 (predated me) until 1960. This was one of the first children's shows. "Buffalo Bob" Smith had been a radio announcer, voicing his friend Howdy Doody. When Smith made a visit to the Puppet Playhouse, people wanted to see Howdy. Puppeteer Frank Paris created the first puppet. Later, "creative differences" led Paris to take the puppet away 4 hours before the live-action show time. The actors on the show concocted a story of Ho... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:32:23 EST Mickey Mouse Club The Mickey Mouse Club ran originally from 1955-60 on ABC. It ran in syndication for many years, had a brief revival in 1977 on CBS, and a longer revival on the Disney Channel 1989-96. I watched the first series, when the kids all wore Mickey Mouse ears, and Annette Funicello was a mouseketeer. The mouseketeers sang, danced, played games, and sometimes acted in the serials shown. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Who's the leader of the c... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:13:23 EST B. J. And the Bear B. J. and the Bear was a comedy series on NBC from 1979-81. B. J. (Billy Joe) McKay, played by Greg Evigan, was a freelance long distance truck driver. He and his chimp, Bear (named for Bear Bryant), traveled the country in a red and white Kenworth K-10 cab over semi. Most episodes had B. J. getting involved with finding or solving crimes in the areas he was traveling through. The theme song was sung by Greg Evigan. <BR> <img src=""> ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 02:00:19 EST Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars is an American teen mystery thriller, loosely based on the books by Sara Shepard. It started showing in 2010, and is still showing new episodes. It's about a clique of 4 young women and their missing leader. Blackmail, secrets, romance and lots of angst. I've never watched it, but have friends who do. The theme song is a snippit of Secrets by The Pierces. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got a secret, <BR> Can you keep it?... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:39:49 EST Spider-Man Spider-man has had numerous incarnations, from his beginning in Marvel Comics in 1962, and the first animated series in 1967, to movies, more animated series, guest starring on various shows, and a live action show. <BR> <BR> Spiderman, Spiderman, <BR> Does whatever a spider can <BR> Spins a web, any size, <BR> Catches thieves just like flies <BR> Look Out! <BR> Here comes the Spiderman. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is he strong?... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:51:10 EST Married ... with Children This sitcom ran 11 years, 1987-97 on the Fox network. Talk about a dysfunctional family! Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) is a disgruntled women's shoe salesman, afflicted with the "Bundy curse", and not respected by his family. His wife, Peggy (Kate Sagal) is lazy, doesn't cook or clean, but steals money from Al to go shopping. Their daughter, Kelly (Christina Applegate) is not bright, but is promiscuous. The youngest child, Bud (David Faustino) is the smartest one in the family, and socially awkward. ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:19:27 EST Wake Me Up Before You Go Go I almost overslept yesterday evening - after the busy, frustrating night, I managed to drag the pups on a 45 minute walk aroud the neighborhood, then took a long hot shower. Much refreshed, I fell asleep about 11 AM, with my usual phone alarm set for 1800 (6P). I tend to wake up before the alarm goes off, lying very still so the dogs don't jump up and lick me. I'll peek out from behind the eyeshade after a few minutes, and it's usually about 5 or 5:30. Yesterday, the clock read 6:22! Yikes an... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:29:17 EST What a Wonderful World We are having a busy, discombobulated night. Just as everything starts to calm down, in comes another sick patient that takes 3 staff to calm down enough to get basic stuff started. Grateful patients brought in doughnuts earlier - guess what I've been eating tonight? Sigh. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to keep my head straight by humming "It's a Wonderful World" - and not mean it sarcastically! And, of course, I'm hearing Louis Armstrong singing it. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:39:02 EST Car 54, Where Are You? Car 54 , Where Are You? was a a black and white comedy show about 2 police officers at the fictional 53rd precinct in the Bronx. It ran from 1961-63 on NBC. Joe E. Ross played short, nosy, not very bright Officer Toody, who lived with his domineering wife Lucille. Fred Gwynne, later Herman Munster in The Munsters, played Officer Frances Muldoon, the tall, quiet, smarter one. A shy bachelor, he lived with his mother and sisters. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:32:31 EST Ally McBeal Ally McBeal was a legal comedy-drama that aired on the Fox Network from 1997-2002. Callista Flockhart starred as Ally, a lawyer for the Boston firm Cage and Fish. The main focus of the show was the romantic and personal lives of the main characters. A recurring theme was the dancing baby. I think I saw this show maybe twice, but I did hear about the dancing baby. Callista married Harrison Ford in 2010. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:00:57 EST The Patty Duke Show From 1963 - 66, Patty Duke played identical cousins. Patty Lane lived in New York City with her father, a managing editor for the New York Daily Chronicle. Her cousin, Cathy, had lived all over the world with her foreign correspondent father, who also worked for the Daily Chronicle. The fathers were identical twins. Cathy's father decided to have her live with Patty's family and attend school. To differentuate the characters, Cathy's hair was turned under, while Patty's flipped outward. <B... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:00:55 EST 21 Jump Street 21 Jump Street, the television show (not the movie!) ran on the Fox Network from 1987-91. The premise was youthful looking undercover police officers investigating crimes in high schools, colleges, etc. Johnny Depp got his start there, along with many others (Holly Robinson, Peter DeLuise, et al). The theme song was recorded by Holly Robinson. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We never thought of findin' a place where we belong.... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 05:30:41 EST Casper the Friendly Ghost Casper the friendly ghost started out as a children's book in 1939. By 1945, he was a cartoon. A new series was released in 1963, and a live action movie in 1995. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Casper, the friendly ghost, <BR> The friendliest ghost you know. <BR> Though grown-ups might <BR> Look at him with fright, <BR> The children all love him so. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> H... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:33:21 EST Another Sick Day I walked the pups yesterday, Wed morning. Got just over a mile out, and had to urgently return to the house. Made it! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Started having belly problems again - nausea, cramps, etc. Thought it would get better, but had to call off work. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Took an antinausea pill, phenergan. Good stuff, but it knocks me out. This time, I was down fro... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:20:02 EST Moving Picture Shows I've been watching a lot of movies in the theater recently. I do it in spurts - go for months to years without seeing them in the theater - I know they'll eventually make it to the movie channels, and then to regular channels on TV (maybe a little chopped up, bleeped, and "modified to fit the time requirements"). Then, I'll see a first run in the theater, see the previews for upcoming movies, and start seeing more of them. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:51:02 EST Rescue Me Rescue Me was a series about the fictional Ladder Company 62 (AKA Truck 62), set after 9-11-2001 and the fall of the towers. It ran on the FX Network from 2004-2011. The protagonist, Tommy Gavin, was played by Dennis Leary. He suffered from severe PTSD and survivior's guilt, often seeing the ghost of his deceased best friend and cousin, JimmyKeefe, who died in the attack on the towers (along with 59 other firefighters he knew). An alcoholic, bitter, self-destructive womanizer, Tommy's person... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:17:44 EST The Monkees Can you believe this show only ran from 1966-68? I was sure it lasted longer, but that was probably because the fake band became a real band with many hits. Each of the actors played a type, like Davy Jones was the cute one, Micky Dolenz the fun loving one, and Michael Nesmith the smart and serious one. Peter Tork, actually an intellectual, was the naive one. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here we come <BR> Walking down the street ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:01:27 EST Felix the Cat Felix the Cat began in the silent film era - 1919 - the first animated character. He had a huge merchandising franchise with stuffed toys, pictures, clocks, and being the mascot of the Fighter Squadron 2-B, among other things. He showed up on television in cartoons in 1958-61 with his magic bag of tricks. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He's amazing, he's remarkable <BR> He is fearless, unbelievable <BR> He is superdooper and extraordinar... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 02:17:54 EST Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Heroes on the halfshell... Originally a comic book from 1984, in order to tie into merchandising, the theme was lightened up for attraction to children and developed into the TV series that ran from 1987-96. The TMNT franchise became huge with movies, video games, action figures, even cereal. I never watched the shows or movies, but there was no escaping the power of the turtles. The turtles were baby turtles lost in a sewer, found by sensei Splinter, an anthro... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:02:01 EST Silver Spoons Silver Spoons was a sitcom that ran from 1982-86. A young Ricky Schroder starred as Ricky Stratton, who meets and moves in with his father, Edward (Joel HIggins). Edward is a rich man-child, never having taken responsiblity for anything, and he never knew his one week marriage produced a son. They live in a mansion. This is one of those shows where the kid is more mature than the adult. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here we are, face to f... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:37:12 EST Greatest American Hero The Greatest American Hero ran from 1981-83. It was a sci-fi comedy drama, involving an alien suit that gave the wearer (William Katt as a teacher). Unfortunately, he lost the instruction manual. He has to learn how to use it by trial and error. The suit allowed Ralph to fly, among other things, but not to land gracefully. The character's last name was orignally Hinkley, but after John Hinkley tried to assassinate President Reagan, the last name was changed to Hanley for the last part of the ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:03:57 EST King of Queens We're having a rough night at work in the Emergency Department tonight. It's not awful, but everything is more complicated than it should be. The inpatient side is chock full - NO beds available for admissions. We're holding patients down here until we get the second or third set of labs back (they're usually upstairs before that), waiting for ambulances to transfer patients back to their nursing homes, and giving out oxygen tanks like they're kleenex boxes (something we're not supposed to do... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 03:51:55 EST WKRP in Cincinnati WKRP in Cincinnati ran from 1978-82. It had an ensemble cast at a fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. I really liked this show, but it got moved around on its 3d & 4th years to different time slots. It did very well in syndication. A new program director, Andy Travis (Gary Sandy), with a history of turning around failing stations, is brought in to save the station. The theme song gives a bit of his history ("tired of packing and unpacking"). The show was created by Hugh Wilson, who a... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:11:43 EST Archie Show Another cartoon show that began as a comic strip, Archie started in 1941. In 1968, it made it to TV, but only lasted one season, except for the syndication. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everything's Archie. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Archie's here. <BR> Betty's here, Veronica too. <BR> Reggie's here. <BR> Hey, Jughead, where are you? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:48:58 EST Popeye Starting as a comic strip in 1929, Popeye evolved to theatrical animated short films, the TV cartoon series in 1960-62, and finally the live action movie with Robin Williams in 1980. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm Popeye the Sailor Man, <BR> I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. <BR> I'm strong to the finich <BR> Cause I eats me spinach. <BR> I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 Jun 2014 04:13:06 EST Yogi Bear The Yogi Bear only ran 2 years - 1961-62. I really thought it ran longer - maybe it was all the syndication. Yogi was "smarter than the average bear", stole pic-a-nic baskets, and had a sidekick, Boo-Boo Bear. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yogi Bear is smarter than the average bear, <BR> Yogi Bear is always in the ranger's hair. <BR> At a picnic table you will find him there <BR> Stuffing down more goodies than the average bear. <BR> ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 04:56:37 EST Bosom Buddies Bosom Buddies was a cute little show that lasted 2 seasons - 1980-82. It starred Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari as 2 single men whose apartment building was demolished (while they were in it!). The only place they could find that they could afford was the Susan B. Anthony Hotel - but it was for women only. The 2 guys disguised themselves as women so they could live there. Lots of gender-bender humor, guys in drag and high heels, etc. The theme was Billy Joel's "My Life". <BR> <img src="http://... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 06:27:14 EST Dis & Dat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:13:00 EST Psych Psych was a one hour show about a man pretending to be a psychic for the Santa Barbara Police. Shawn (James Roday) is a slacker. His father, Henry (Corbin Bernsen) was a police officer, and hoped Shawn would join the force. Shawn wanted to be a police consultant, but his attention to detail had the police thinking he was the perpetrator. Shawn ropes his reluctant best buddy, Burton "Gus" Guster into his shenanigans, forming a fake psychic detective agency. He usually introduces Gus by a varie... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 13:41:19 EST Flipper Flipper, the story of a bottlenose dolphin and his 2 boys, Sandy and Bud, ran from 1964-67. It was often compared to "Lassie" and his boy, Timmy. Contrary to Lassie, with a male collie playing the part of Lassie, the part of Flipper, a male dolphin, was played by a series of female dolphins - except for the tail-walking scenes. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning, <BR> No-one you see, is s... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 02:48:16 EST