Today's theme is 10 Movie or TV characters.
I have always wanted to be on a sitcom. Always. Still do. Not because I like to act (though that is fun) but because when you see the "behind the scenes" or "bloopers", the cast always looks like it's having so much fun.
And if I couldn't be an actor in a sitcom, my second choice was to in the family the show portrayed. My parents divorced when I was little, and at different points both remarried, which meant some unpleasantness in the growing up years. On bad days, these were the shows I fantasized leaving my family for.
So, to the list. 8 TV Shows I Dreamed of Being On, and 2 That I Didn't:
Eight is Enough
I wanted to be in this family for a variety of reasons. First, I always wanted an older sibling who could drive and take me out for ice cream. Secondly, the dad was fun. But most importantly, the stepmom was awesome. She clearly loved the kids and did what she could to be mom-like without replacing their mom. Whenever I see a group of people doing a pyramid or playing football in the backyard, I think of this show.
Charles in Charge
First, Scott Baio. Duh.
His nerdy friend (who happened to be one of the kids on Eight is Enough) annoyed me, but I liked the idea of a fun, cute "nanny" who was there all the time to answer questions and take care of the other kids. (As the oldest, I was always the one in charge when my parents weren't home, after school being the most treacherous. My mom always knew when school was out, as her phone at work would immediately start ringing with pleas for help and accusations of wrongdoing.)
Bill will always have a place as the person who made me first fall in love with stand-up comedy. He was the first stand-up I ever saw, and I fell off the couch I laughed so hard.
I wanted to be in that family because, while it was a real family with arguments and rules and some chaos, there were two parents who adored each other and were a team in raising their children. For me, it was a good example of the life I wanted.
Fresh Prince of Belair
I cannot tell you how many times I wished I had rich relatives who wanted to take me in.
This, though, is the show that I really wanted to be on just to hang out with the actors. You know Will and Carlton had an absolute ball on that show. The two of them could make me cry from laughing. This episode. One of the best scenes ever in a sitcom.
Despite the fact that Jennifer annoyed me, and they added that last younger brother to try to get new material for the show, I wanted to be a part of the family. Now that I think back on it, it's probably only because Michael J Fox was so cute. And I thought Justine Bateman's brother Jason might show up on set every once in a while. Love(d) that Jason Bateman.
Mork and Mindy
Who wouldn't want to be friends with a Martian who lived in the attic? I am very good at keeping secrets, and would have been of tremendous help to Mindy.
Facts of Life
Living in a house with a bunch of girlfriends and Mrs. Garrett? What could be better? Mrs. Garrett ran a tight, loving ship that I would have thrived in. Jo and I would have totally hit it off. "Tomboy" was my middle name growing up. Plus, I could have met Molly Ringwald. That would have been some serious celebrity connecting right there.
Dukes of Hazzard
I grew up a policeman's daughter, and I was old before my time. I never broke any rules. I lied to my dad one time and broke out in a cold sweat while doing it. My siblings and I didn't exactly get along for many years, so the Hazzard family became my dream.
Daisy was adored by her two cousins and Uncle Jesse. Despite the fact that Rosco P. Coltrane was forever chasing them, they were tame rebels who never broke any laws (besides speeding) that I remember.
One of the cars actually used in Dukes of Hazzard is owned by someone on the southside of Indy. Every time I see it, I so want to slide in through the window, speed off, and go fly over a creek or something.
It seems my parents didn't like our original names, as all four of us children have nicknames. You all know my name is Christine, but until I moved to Arkansas and was able to get a new identity, I went by the name of Crissy. Many in my family still do. I don't think I would have had a problem with it if it weren't for the show Three's Company.
Thanks to Three's Company, "Crissy" will forever and always be associated with ditzy. And clumsy. And big-bosomed. Basically, everything I don't want to be. Or can't be without the help of a certain blog friend's husband.
I wish this show had never been on the air.
I will never understand the reasoning behind putting a puppet on a sitcom. Especially a puppet that wasn't very funny.
There you have it. A little walk down TV memory lane.
Any characters or shows resonate with you when you were young?
Have a lovely day!