Growing up, my favorite T.V. shows were all about action and drama. The classic 70s shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, S.W.A.T., and Kojak were at the top of my list back then…..those were the days when actors could still act! Today’s shows are all about style over substance and are boring.
So I decided t make my list of the top 10 T.V. shows of my youth.
10) The Bionic Woman
This show ran from 1976 to 1978 with the one-season reboot in 2007-2008 starring Michelle Ryan as Jamie Sommers, who gets her bionic parts following an explosion at a skydiving exhibition. She follows in Steve Austin’s footsteps, and the two have several adventures together. The opening theme music was very catchy!
9) The Incredible Hulk
I’m still trying to figure out if this is the same Bruce Banner as in the movies starring Eric Bana and Edward Norton. Anyway, in the T.V. version, a scientist working on atomic energy gets caught in an explosion that ends up mutating him into a giant green monster whenever his heart rate increases.
8) Wonder Woman
This show lasted from 1975-1979, starring Lynda Carter as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. In this version, she’s an agent for a secret U.N. agency trying to stop her arch-enemy, Ares, God Of War, and his cohorts.
7) The Six Million Dollar Man
From 1974-1978 Lee Majors played Steve Austin, who, after a test pilot crash, becomes a super-soldier with bionic parts that include mechanical legs and arms, which give him superhuman strength.
6) Charlie’s Angels
This show ran from 1976-1981, and the three stars were Jill Munroe, played by Farrah Fawcett, Kelly Garrett played by Kate Jackson, and Sabrina Duncan played by Jaclyn Smith. This trio of women were private detectives for a big corporation run by their boss named Charlie Townsend (played by the late John Forsythe). Two spinoff movies followed it in 2000 and 2003.
5) The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Another show from 1976-1983 that was about an American spy named Napoleon Solo (played by Robert Vaughn) and a Russian agent named Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum). They work for a top-secret spy agency called U.N.C.L.E. that’s made up of agents from the United States, Great Britain, Russia, and so on.
This show ran from 1972 to 1983 and followed two surgeons stationed in Korea during the Korean War. This show was so honest about war, and they didn’t even have a laugh track!
3) The Fall Guy
This show starred Lee Majors as bounty hunter Colt Seavers who always got his man using sometimes unconventional methods.
2) The A-Team
This show starred Mr. T as B. A. Baracus, Dirk Benedict as Murdock, Dwight Schultz as Howling Mad Murdoch, and George Peppard as Lt. Col John “Hannibal” Smith. They were four Vietnam War veterans that served together during the war and worked for an underground mercenary group called The A-Team that took on cases the police didn’t want to take.
1) The Dukes of Hazzard
This show ran from 1979-1985 and was about two cousins named Bo Duke (played by John Schneider) and Luke Duke (played by Tom Wopat). At first, they were just fun-loving guys that liked to drive around in their Dodge Charger called the General Lee while they were always trying to outrun the local sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (played by Sonny Shroyer).
Ken Julian likes to rant about the old days on Twitter, especially regarding T.V. and sports.