December 27, 2014

Na Na Na Na Na Na …

After–school Television Shows From The Seventies 

If you've been reading my blog, you know that I'm in my 40s now. It doesn't seem too long ago that after elementary school back in the '70s, I would watch several episodes of television shows. My favorite one was the Batman television series which originally ran from 1966–1969.  Back in kindergarten and first grade, we lived in Clarkston, Mich., and I would watch Channel 20 after school for hours. Many of the shows have been released over the years, including Emergency, Ultraman, and even Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. Yet, it appeared that the Batman series would never arrive.

In later years when it was rerun on other TV stations like Nick at Night, I recorded nearly the whole series on VHS tape. I used to tape them, watch them, and re–watch them. They were always fun to view, even if a little campy (as it used to be called). Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson were heroes to me — with their hidden identities and all. Batman has always been my favorite superhero. I like Spider–man and think Superman is all right, but Batman and the story surrounding it has always been my favorite. The Batman story is well–known and classic. I've enjoyed the different movie adaptions of the story over the years, as well — especially the original 1989 movie with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The Dark Night was also a fine adaption. But nothing like the original television series from the '60s.

Lori, Courtney, and Amber bought me the TV series for Christmas this year because it was finally released in November. I couldn't believe that it was finally going to be released when it was announced — apparently it was stuck in litigation for years, but finally everything was resolved and it made its way to DVD and Blu–ray release.

This is me watching Emergency with my sister Amy trying to watch, too. 

And I bet I'm not the only 40–something who received the set as a Christmas present this year.

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