DESERTDREAMERS's SparkPeople Blog DESERTDREAMERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Who Says men Can't Decorate? Some pictures a friend sent me. We ladies can learn decorating tips from the menfolk! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:38:58 EST Fessin' Up A few days ago, a SparkFriend asked on my Sparkpage how I was really doing. I had to think about what I wanted to say, because I'm embarrassed. I'd lost about 125 pounds at one point, but 25 found their way home. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I started out a few years ago going to the gym fairly consistently. Let my membership expire when I decided walking the pups s... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:43:43 EST Maleficent I went to the last (2230) showing of Maleficent last night. Enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> Sleeping Beauty was an animated Disney movie from 1959. The song, "I Know You" was an integral part of Sleeping Beauty. Lana Del Rey sings it in the end credits for Maleficent. The new movie, Maleficent, turns the original story inside out. We see why Maleficent was so bitter and cursed the baby, Aurora. The King, Aurora's father, doesn't come off well in this version. Angelina Jolie stars as Maleficent. <BR>... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 06:14:48 EST Smelly Cat Yesterday was the theme from Friends, "I'll Be There". Today, Phoebe Buffay's most famous song from the show! <BR> <BR> <BR> Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, <BR> What are they feeding you? <BR> Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat <BR> It's not your fault <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They won't take you to the vet <BR> You're obviously not their favorite pet <BR> Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, <BR> It's not your fault <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 31 May 2014 02:09:01 EST Friends Friends ran from 1994-2004 (bringing us in this century!). The first show had runaway bride Rachel becoming roomies with chef Monica,. They lived across the hall from aspiring actor Joey and businessman Chandler. Monica's divorced brother, Ross, a paleontologist, and the 6th main character, Phoebe, a masseuse and musician rounded out the group. They were frequently found at Central Perk, a coffee house. Many of the shows revolved around the friends's social and love lives. A recurring theme w... Fri, 30 May 2014 02:02:07 EST Robin Hood Robin Hood was a British series, shown on American TV 1955-59. Richard Greene starred as Robin Hood, Robin of Locksley, with Alan Wheatley as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin's Band of Merry Men included the usual suspects, Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, and the lovely Maid Marian. It was shown in black and white. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Robin Hood, Robin Hood <BR> Riding through the glen. <BR> Robin Hood, Robin Hood ... Thu, 29 May 2014 02:07:12 EST Green Acres Yesterday's blog was Petticoat Junction - today is Green Acres' turn. Green Acres was the third "rural" comedy, a spin-off of sorts from Petticoat Junction. Beverly Hillbillies was the first of the three series. Where the Beverly Hillbillies were country bumpkins in an urban setting, Green Acres flipped it to the city folk lost among the quirky country people. During the run of the show, 1965-71, various cast members of Petticoat Junction were seen in the shared universe of Hooterville and Pi... Wed, 28 May 2014 03:45:35 EST Petticoat Junction Petticoat Junction was a sitcom which ran from 1963-70. Writer Paul Henning developed 3 series, first Beverly Hillbillies, then Petticoat Junction, and finally Green Acres. The show was set at the Shady Rest Hotel, halfway between the towns of Pixley and Hooterville on the railroad. Bea Benaderet played Kate Bradley, owner of the Shady Rest, and mother to three daughters. The three, Betty Jo (redhead), Bobby Jo (brunette) and Billie Jo (blonde), were teenagers at the beginning of the series. ... Tue, 27 May 2014 02:21:00 EST MASH First, there was a 1968 book by Richard Hooker, "MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors". Then, there was a 1970 movie, "MASH", directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr. Finally, a TV show, "MASH", which ran from Sept 1972 - Feb 1983. The series was set in South Korea, at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War, and followed the antics and tragedies of the doctors, nurses, and support staff. The show's run lasted longer than the actual Korean Wa... Mon, 26 May 2014 02:05:26 EST China Beach Based on the book "Home Before Midnight" written by former US Army Nurse Linda Van Devander, China Beach was an hour long drama set at an evacuation hospital in Viet Nam. My Khe beach was nicknamed China Beach by the US and Aussie troops during the war. The show ran from 1988-91. The drama showed the effects of war on the doctors, nurses, Red Cross volunteers, "recreation workers", and military personnel. It also showed the characters back in the "real world" on leave or at the end of their ... Sun, 25 May 2014 02:03:15 EST F Troop It's almost Memorial Day - so I thought I'd do some military show themes. A lot of the shows (Combat, McHale's Navy, 12 O'Clock High, Rat Patrol ...) were instrumental, so hard to blog on. F Troop was a satirical sitcom set in the American West just after the Civil War, involving soldiers of Fort Courage, their fairly inept commander and conniving noncoms that actually ran the post, and the local Indian tribe that outsmarted everyone. The show only ran 2 seasons, 1965-67. With slap-stick bur... Sat, 24 May 2014 02:09:58 EST F Troop It's almost Memorial Day - so I thought I'd do some military show themes. A lot of the shows (Combat, McHale's Navy, 12 O'Clock High, Rat Patrol ...) were instrumental, so hard to blog on. F Troop was a satirical sitcom set in the American West just after the Civil War, involving soldiers of Fort Courage, their fairly inept commander and conniving noncoms that actually ran the post, and the local Indian tribe that outsmarted everyone. The show only ran 2 seasons, 1965-67. With slap-stick bur... Sat, 24 May 2014 02:01:58 EST Star Trek: Enterprise Star Trek: Enterprise was a prequel to the original Star Trek and the rest of the multiple Star Trek incarnations. It ran in this century, from 2001-05, set in the next century, about 2150. Scott Bakula starred as Captain Jonathan Archer, son of the man that developed the first warp 5 capable engine. The crew was mostly human, with Jolene Blalock as T'Pol, the Vulcan science officer originally placed on the ship by the Vulcan High Command to keep the humans out of trouble. It turns out the Vu... Fri, 23 May 2014 02:13:47 EST Three's Company From 1977-84, we shared in the antics of 3 mismatched roommates in the sitcom "Three's Company". It was based on a British show "Man About the House". The roomies platonically shared Apartment 201 in the building owned by the Ropers. Stanley Roper (Norman Fells) didn't tolerate co-ed living, forcing Jack Tripper (John Ritter) to pretend to be gay. Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Sommers) would have been unable to afford the rent without Jack. Helen Roper (Audra Lindley) f... Thu, 22 May 2014 02:01:39 EST