My Mom didn't think watching TV was a good thing for a child to do too much. She'd chase me outside, sometimes literally, and all but make
me play as much as I was able. Even when I was allowed in the house (LOL!) I prefered books to "the boob tube".
There were, however, a few shows we sat down and watched as a family.
Remington Steele was my favorite. I don't think I missed a single episode, and I had a classic tantrum when it went off the air.
Then there was Mystery! on PBS. Anything that ran, we watched. When I was growing up there were a lot more British detective shows on it than American, which suited me fine. I loved the Agatha Christie ones. I called Miss Marple "Miss Marbles" and Inspector Poirot "Queero" when I was very little!
Then and now I adored the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I've seen them all and I'm quite
opinionated. Basil Rathbone is the true
When I was a teenager I watched even less TV. But there were three shows that I loved.
The first to drag my attention out of my books was Robin Hood: the Series. The music caught me first, then I got deeply absorbed in the retelling of the Robin Hood legend. It set me doing research on Robin Hood, not just accepting the Disney Cartoon version I'd watched as a child. (I hate Disney now. It hashes things and waters them down terribly!) Of course my Robin Hood research led me chasing all kinds of wild hares, and I must have driven our small town librarian to drink!
The next was Friday the 13th: the Series. It came on at midnight. My parents griped a bit, but I was always nocturnal and I'd have been up anyway, so they let me come down and watch it. Mom would make a show of going to bed. But a few minutes into the show I'd hear a board creak, and spot Mom lurking in the doorway, watching in white-knuckled fear/fascination! I'd pretend I didn't see her and she'd pretend she didn't know that I knew she was there.
My final favorite was Covington Cross. My father always stared at me pointedly whenever the fiesty daughter with the crossbow and attitude was on. I wonder why... But it was only on for one season, and again I was miffed