Presenting the Chick’s favorite TV shows which are no longer on the air but still have a place in our hearts…
Here’s looking at you, Parks and Recreation! I miss Amy Poehler so much! (Remember when she rapped the entire lyrics to Parents Just Don’t Understand? That was the day she won my heart.) Speaking of SNL alum, I wish 30 Rock was still on the air. I’m down to just one sitcom now — Modern Family — so if anyone has any recommendations, I have a couple of half-hour long holes in my schedule to fill. As for hour-long dramas, I miss Castle — but in a totally different way. By the end, I was actually praying they would put the show out of its misery. Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic had had a falling out, and it was painfully obvious. So I miss the early-days Castle, when we could laugh at his goofy antics and the unrealistically high heels she wore while fighting crime. (I’ve noticed ads for a couple of obvious Castle knockoffs; I guess someone else missed it, too!)
Recently I was devastated to watch the last episode of Longmire. Even my husband got into that one with me. But most of the shows I miss are oldies-but-goodies. I may never get over the cancellation of The Rockford Files (miss you, Jimbo!) and of course I’ll always have a soft spot for Murder, She Wrote. I’ve been glued to so many cop, detective and PI shows (hello, Moonlighting, Hawaii Five-0, Cagney and Lacey, Hill St. Blues, Broadchurch, 24) in my life that I sometimes wonder whether it wasn’t just all those Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie books that pointed me toward a career in mystery/crimewriting. I also miss emotional shows like Parenthood and Gilmore Girls and funny ones like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show–and I‘m easily suckered into legal dramas (LA Law, RIP–current fave For the People). I know, that’s a lot of shows! But if I could bring back only one, it would be (cue the starry music): BeeeeeeeWITCHED!
I’m going to start old school and go with The Odd Couple. That used to rerun in NY all the time. It was so much a part of my life – my roommate and I would watch it at night instead of going clubbing – that when they finally took it off the air completely, I wrote a sketch that took place in a funeral home where people were mourning the loss of the show. The other two shows I wish were still on are Downton Abbey and Mad Men. My dad was a Mad Man and I was Sally Draper growing up, visiting him at offices in the 1960s and 1970s that looked exactly like the Mad Men set. I had such a connection to the show that I wept like a baby at the end of the last episode. I joke-mourned the end of The Odd Couple. I real-mourned the end of Mad Men.
I’m a big fan of old movies and vintage TV. If I’m channel surfing it’s hard for me to pass by an episode of Ozzie and Harriet or The Dick Van Dyke Show. But if I had to narrow it down to the two shows (Don’t ask me to pick just one!) I loved most, I’d pick: a) The Carol Burnett Show. I enjoyed a lot of the classic variety shows, but Carol Burnett was the gold standard. I still laugh at her Scarlett O’Hara “curtains” dress, and every skit where Tim Conway cracked up Carol and Harvey Korman. My other favorite is: b) The Man from U.N.C.L.E., featuring secret agents battling international espionage back when spy fiction was big. (Extra credit if you know what the acronym stands for.) I had a huge crush on Illya Kuryakin, played by David McCallum, who is probably best known to you youngsters as Ducky on NCIS. I have the entire series on video. The DVD collection came packaged in a nerdy little cardboard briefcase that is actually kind of awesome.
There are soooooo many. I loved the following shows so much that even when they were still on the air, I was always thinking, “There just aren’t enough episodes!”: Sherlock, The Good Wife, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Sex and the City, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Newsroom, Arrested Development, Episodes, Gilmore Girls, The Office, Cheers, Friends, Wings, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and Moonlighting. And last but definitely not least, Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. Those two shows hit every button for me: they were quirky, hilarious, moving, satirical, timely, over-the-top, AND had mysteries!
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