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TV Tidbit: When Game Shows Were Golden

There used to be a time (particularly the 1970s and 1980s) when game shows ruled the airwaves from about 9 AM to Noon. When the morning news concluded, you could turn the dial and find 10,000 Dollar Pyramid, Password, Family Feud, Joker’s Wild, Sale of the Century, Wheel of Fortune, Press Your Luck, Blockheads, Let’s Make a Deal, Name that Tune, The Newlywed GameThe Dating Game, Tic-Tac-Dough, Love Connection, Hollywood Squares, The Match Game, The Gong Show and myriad others that came and went.

TV Tidbit: Benji, Zax and the Alien Prince

How many of you remember a Saturday morning live-action show in the 1980s called Benji, Zax and the Alien Prince? The show (which appeared on CBS) had a mere 13 episodes in 1983 and was most-assuredly capitalizing on the sci-fi hysteria of the time created by Star Wars, E.T. and Battlestar Galactica. It was actually quite a fun show that clearly very few people watched.

TV Tidbit: When Ellen Came Out on TV

In an era where Will & Grace and Modern Family have made gay characters commonplace among the leads in television sitcoms, it is often hard to remember when television was apprehensive about including them. One of the first was Billy Crystal’s portrayal of Jodie Campbell on Soap. Though this was groundbreaking at the time, Jodie was often a stereotype, playing into the homophobia humor of the time. It was until April 30, 1997 when Ellen Degeneres, four seasons into her five-season sitcom Ellen decided to have her character come out of the closet.

TV Tidbit: The Bloodhound Gang

The PBS series 3-2-1 Contact debuted on PBS in 1980, introducing young viewers to the multitude of fun facts surrounding the growing world of science. Within the series (which was a bit like Mr. Wizard meets Nova), was a series of shorts called The Bloodhound Gang. A bit like Scooby-Doo, this live-action mystery program featured three kids who solved mysteries, usually turning to science to get the bottom of each case.