But as nobody has had the sense to make me the star of my own reality TV series, then I suppose we should look back at some classics for today’s alphabetic installment for the letter H.
Back in the 80s, people still wanted to know what the meaning of life was but if you were to watch the sci-fi series, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then you’d know the answer to the ultimate question of human thought: It’s 42.
Of course, you’d know this if you were a reader of Douglas Adams’ books too. It wasn’t necessary to view the show, or watch the weird shenanigans unfold as the central character ambled around in a dressing gown, often on a beach (in my memory), with his alien friend. Still, much more fun to discover the solution this way than someone just present you with a number!
Now we know why we’re here, let’s look at a couple who set about making our time on Earth more pleasant, by ridding us of bad guys!
Hart to Hart was a US crime/mystery drama, which followed the exploits of international jetsetters, Jonathan and Jennifer Hart. Along with their butler, Max and their canine companion, Freeway (named after where they rescued him from), they often (every episode!), found themselves embroiled in a murder/mystery situation whilst sipping champagne at a cocktail party, or eating canapes on a yacht.
I suppose it was like Batman, without the utility belt and gravelly voice (unless you count Max!) A fab show nonetheless.
*Side note: Holy Alphabet! Can’t believe I completely left out Batman when completing B. Apologies to Burt Ward and the late, great, Adam West.
There were other Hs, notably from the 90s: Rural, retro crime-fighting via Heartbeat and rivalry Down Under, with the grittier ‘Neighbours’ of Summer Bay in Home and Away.
But I’ll end, on this happy Monday with one of the most well known sitcoms of yesteryear – Happy Days!
The antics of Richie Cunningham and friends, against a back drop idealised life in 50s/ 60s America, with sock hops, Cadillacs, circle skirts and greaser comb overs was a dream to watch. But none of it would have been half as good without the biggest greaser of all: The Fonz!
Like a daily dose of Grease, I watched and re-watched this show multiple times. I laughed, cried and danced along when the theme tune came on and lapped up everything vintage and retro. Perhaps this show is the reason for my continued love of the decades before I was born.
Whatever the reason for my love of it, a big thank you to Ron Howard and Henry Winkler for bringing me many, many happy days!
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