I don’t remember exactly why, but for some reason, I kept hanging on to that particular old copy of TV Guide. Today, 43 years later, it’s practically crumbling in my hands. So before it goes the way of all newsprint, I thought I’d note down some of what we and our families were watching on television, way back in 1967.
Television History, 1967: The TV Guide Cover, May 20 – 26, 1967
The cover of this relic is graced by Andy Griffith and Aneta Corsaut, stars of the Andy Griffith Show. The date reads “May 20-26.” The price: a whopping 15 cents!
Television History, 1967: Channel Choices
Compared to what we have today with cable, dish and FIOS, the number of channels then was pretty meager. My TV Guide lists only about 10, and we didn’t always get all of those! But on the few channels that we had, the choice of shows available was surprisingly good.
Here is just a sampling of what was on TV last Saturday, May 20, 1967. (For the sake of historical accuracy, I’ve quoted the TV Guide summaries verbatim.)
Television History, 1967:McHale’s Navy [black and white]:
“Captain Binghamton’s really catering to the new ensign, whose father was the captain’s civilian boss.
McHale: Ernest Borgnine. Binghamton: Joe Flynn.”
Watch the “McHale’s Navy” Opening Theme, 1963
Some clips from McHale’s Navy
Television History, 1967: The Jackie Gleason Show [color, rerun, 60 min.]:
“Ralph and Norton’s brawl over the ownership of a color TV set leads the Honeymooners to a court battle.”
Ralph: Jackie Gleason. Norton: Art Carney. Alice: Sheila MacRae. Trixie: Jane Kean.
Check out the “The Jackie Gleason Show” Opening Theme, 1966
Television History, 1967: Flipper [color]:
“Sandy has fallen for Janie Mathews, but Janie prefers an older man–Porter.
Sandy: Luke Halpin. Porter: Brian Kelly. Bud: Tommy Norden. Janie Mathews: Susan Abbott (Rerun)”
Watch the “Flipper” Opening Theme
(This Flipper episode available here.)
Television History, 1967: Twiggy Documentary [SPECIAL]:
“Cameras follow Twiggy through a typical working day. In an inteview, the 17-year-old model discusses her childhood, her career and her ambitions.”
Link to a Twiggy Press Conference
Television History, 1967: Please Don’t Eat the Daisies [color]:
“Joan and Jim, drawn into their neighbors’ family argument, soon find themselves embroiled in a matrimonial donnybrook of their very own.
Joan: Patricia Crowley. Jim: Mark Mitchell. Marge: Shirley Miller. (Rerun)”
Watch the “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” Opening Theme
Television, 1967: Mission: Impossible [color, rerun, 60 min.]:
“In Zurich, Switzerland, the special agents capitalize on Hitler’s mania for astrology as they try to bankrupt a neo-Nazi
scheme to finance a fourth Reich.
Briggs: Steven Hill. Rollin: Martin Landau. Cinnamon: Barbara Bain. Barney: Greg Morris
See the “Mission Impossible” Opening Theme
Television, 1967: Get Smart: [color, rerun]
“Smart poses as ace safe-cracker Jimmy Ballantine to find out how KAOS keeps its coffers filled.
Smart: Don Adams; Agent 99: Barbara Feldon; Chief: Edward Platt”
Here’s the “Get Smart” First Season Opening Theme
(This “Get Smart” Episode Available Here)
Television, 1967: Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats [color; rerun]
“Suspected of selling guns to the Indians, Hank and Grandma become salon hostesses to get the goods on the real gunrunner.
Hank: Ann Sheridan. Grandma: Ruth McDevitt. Grandpa: Douglas V. Fowley. (Rerun)”
Watch the “Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats” Opening Theme
See the “Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats” Promo
Television, 1967: Lawrence Welk–Music [color, 60 min.]
“Wartime tunes highlight a salute to Armed Forces Day.”
(the Wartime Medley from this “Lawrence Welk” Episode Available Here)
See Lawrence Welk Dance the Polka
Television, the Way it Was: Good Night, and Thank You for Watching
Ladies and Gentlemen, that brings our programming for the evening to a close. This little trip down memory lane has been brought to you by Quixotic Packrat Tendencies, Inc. Good night, and thank you for watching,