color us young

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If the first television shows you ever watched were in black and white, I’m guessing you’ll love this site: http://www.latimesmagazine.com/2011/09/50-main-titles.html  For it puts you one quick click away from the memorable opening sequences of some unequivocal classics.

The yummy jazz that signaled the start of Peter Gunn.  Cookie’s perpetual hair combing on 77 Sunset Strip. Those gorgeous guys in the convertible on Route 66.  And all the great westerns:  Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train, Bonanza.  Even Rawhide, which I hope will help my baby sister learn the right words, once and for all. 😉

Hearing something about the new fall TV lineup for this year (so not interested) did make me think, however, of the excitement that built during the 60s when new series were about to be launched. Batman and The Addams Family–both openings, of which, are included on the “great 50” site linked above–are the ones that ring clearest. But I do remember the season of 1966, when NBC made its switch to all-color programming.

That was the season we saw–for the first time–Color Me Barbra, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Star Trek.

Beam me up.

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