I had a huge crush on Bobby Sherman when I was a kid [HUGE!] and couldn't get enough of Here Come the Brides. Bobby's character was Jeremy Bolt, the youngest of the Bolt brothers. [big sigh] Don't get me wrong. The other two brothers were quite sigh- and drool-worthy, too. And I'm still a sucker for mail-order bride stories. I didn't realize the show lasted only two seasons until I looked it up online. Wikipedia says there were 52 episodes. Hmm. That'd make a cool Christmas gift, but when I checked amazon.com I had severe sticker shock, so I don't think that's going to happen. Funny how nowadays two seasons of a show would be lucky to have 12-24 episodes. It makes me sad that some shows are barely given three or four episodes before being cancelled.
Another favorite series of mine was Bonanza. Hoss, the middle brother, always held a special place in my heart with his sweet, gentle soul yet fierce, protective instincts. I didn't care that he wasn't classically handsome...looks do fade, after all. I especially enjoyed the episodes when he fell in love. Who could resist such a sweetheart? But we always knew the girls any of the Cartwrights loved were croakers. Major bummer.
When I was a little older the school librarian of the tiny Catholic grade school I attended handed me a copy of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. No clue why she started me off with the sixth book in the series, but I read it, adored it, and discovered there were more books. I borrowed every one of them from the library. The series was such a favorite of mine that I needed to own the entire boxed set. I was certain that I would receive it for my 13th birthday. Didn't happen. I was crushed. But, where there's a will... I babysat and babysat and babysat and saved up enough money to buy the entire series. I still have it, except for the last book which got lost somewhere along the way. So, when they turned the book series into a TV series, Little House on the Prairie, I was beyond ecstatic. I didn't care that they deviated from the book series. They sort of had to, didn't they? There were only nine books in the series and the show ran from 1974-1983. The important part to me was they stayed true to the characters.
I guess I better stop now. We were supposed to choose one childhood favorite and I picked three. All different but with wonderful characters and settings.
What show from your childhood would you bring back?
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