And I Had To Walk Uphill to School Both Ways, Too

They just don’t make TV like they used to.  (Pardon me while I adjust my dentures, Sonny-boy.)

But it’s true.  Back in the Good Ole Days, it seems there was an abundance of TV for families to watch together, and there’s precious little today.  We loved watching Greatest American Dog together this summer (though, sadly, I don’t think it’s returning).  And I’m wondering (has anyone heard?) if NBC’s "Crusoe" will fit the bill of a family-friendly show.  We’ll pre-screen it to be sure. 

One fun alternative is for families to use DVD sets of older, trustworthy shows.  We went through season one of Little House On the Prairie recently, and my kids loved it.  And my sons love The Three Stooges.  Heck, my sons are The Three Stooges.

Hubs and the boys watch Man Vs. Wild together, because evidently, watching someone drink the water out of elephant dung is a valuable, wholesome, male-bonding experience.  I’ll pass, thank you.

(I have no way to segue gracefully away from elephant dung, so let’s just push ahead, shall we?) 

Remember Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman?  I loved that show.  It’s being released on DVD on the 28th of this month–all six seasons in one boxed set.  A&E Home Video told me I could offer one up as a giveaway to you–a value of over $200.  In order to win, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite family show, from any decade. 

Mine?  Probably either the Waltons (I want to be a mom just like Olivia when I grow up), or maybe The Cosby Show.  OR Family Ties, which is especially dear to me, since I grew up to marry a nice version of Alex P. Keaton.  What about you?

I’ll draw a random winner from all commenters this Monday, 10/20.

(P.S.  There’s still another giveaway coming up on Sunday, so check back!)


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600 thoughts on “And I Had To Walk Uphill to School Both Ways, Too

  1. Queen B says:

    Oh, we LOVED Dr. Quinn. Loved her. That is a great family show!
    Most of the TV that my daughter watches are the old shows on DVD. She has loved Full House, Growing Pains and The Cosby Show. Some of the newer shows that she has loved are Seventh Heaven and Reba.
    Great giveaway!

  2. Awesome Mom says:

    I am soo excited! Growing up Dr. Quinn was one of my all time favorite shows. My sisters and I would watch it faithfully. My parent’s would snark at us but Sully made us swoon.
    Right now Sesame Street is one of the few shows that we watch together as a family. I love that it has fun stuff for the adults and the kids. It is one of the few kid’s shows that does not make me want to poke my eyes out.

  3. Colleen says:

    Little House on the Prairie, Sunday Night Disney (it used to be so innocent!) and Bill Cosby’s Fat Albert….I even named my cat Fat Albert. In my defense, he was a portly thing, and I was six years old.

  4. Olivia says:

    Getting DVD sets of old shows if a great idea! I really want to win this contest now!!
    My favorite show to watch with my family growing up was reruns of Andy Griffith. I just loved it when Andy would play his six string and sing some old country song. Now that was a good family show.
    Second place would have to be the Cosby show. I used to just revel that I had the same name as one of the characters, even if I was quite a bit older than her 🙂

  5. Alicia says:

    Oh yes, loved Dr. Quinn. Liked the Cosby Show too.
    Now that I have kids of my own, we watch alot of PBS Sprout. The Goodnight Show is an every night favorite.

  6. Bev says:

    We’re major fans of Little House on the Prairie. We’re working through the seasons and my girls L-O-V-E it!!! (and I’m having lots of fun too!) 🙂

  7. Vicky says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Waltons. I didn’t discover them until a few years ago (I believe they were on before my birth, and during my early childhood years when I was in bed long before John-Boy and family made their weekly visit). I have seasons 1-7 on DVD, and I love pulling them out. Dinnertime at the Walton’s house has always been a favorite of mine. 🙂

  8. Leslie says:

    Probably Little House on the Prairie. My kids have also enjoyed The Waltons, Gilligan’s Island and The Greatest American Hero on DVD. Oh and the Flintstones!

  9. Jessica says:

    I remember as a kid watching the Muppet Show with my parents. Dr. Quinn was another family favorite. So was Home Improvement and Full House.

  10. Dawn says:

    We do the blockbuster online subscription so we can rent the old tv shows. Our favorite is the Waltons – we are on season 6. But also Andy Griffith and Emergency! I have been on the waiting list for Dr. Quinn for a longggg time, so I would love to win it!

  11. karen says:

    I loved TGIFridays. I don’t remember what channel it came on, but it had Urkel, Full House, etc all on Friday nights.. I also love Cosby Show, Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn. We hardly watch anything now. I guess Wipeout is the show we have enjoyed lately.

  12. Shanna says:

    I was also a huge fan of Little House on the Prairie…I was Laura Ingalls for two Halloweens in a row when I was a kid!

  13. Bridget says:

    Little House on the Prairie has to be at the top of my list. I still watch it in reruns. We love Dr. Quinn also. The Walton’s is also a definite family favorite. We live in Va. and have been to Walton’s Mountain in Schuyler, VA many times. It is a great place to visit and it takes you right back to that wonderful, innocent time.

  14. Bridget says:

    Little House on the Prairie is at the top of my list, I still watch it in reruns. Also, The Waltons is a family favorite. We live in VA and have been to Waltons Mountain in Schuyler, VA many times. It is a great place to visit, it takes to back to that wonderful, innocent time.

  15. Jenni says:

    I’m glad to see you can’t quite give up on the giveaways!! 🙂
    My favorites growing up were Little House and the Cosby Show.

  16. Deb says:

    Little House on the Prairie or Family Affair (my Miss beasley doll was my favourite of all time). I love sharing old series with my kids. Last year i bought a 5 DVD box set of the Berenstain Bears and they love them as much as I did (we collect the books too)

  17. Jan J. says:

    Love Dr. Quinn! But I guess my favorite of all time was the Andy Griffith Show. And I loved the ORIGINAL Battlestar Galactica, short-lived but perfect for the day-dreaming teenager I was when it came on! Perfect Strangers was another sweet sitcom the whole family could watch. My 11-year-old girls have no channels in their room, only a DVD and TV player. They are enjoying Full House right now and love Little House on the Prairie!

  18. Deb says:

    I’d have to go with the Anne of Green Gables series although it was more of a mini-series rather that one that was ongoing.

  19. Heather says:

    Grizzly Adams. (swoon)
    We only came home from camping during the week because in those days we didn’t have tvs in our not-so-mini vans. And the horns on those vans went “ooogggaaa”. And we liked it! (wait, that’s another show…)

  20. Anne M. says:

    The Cosby Show was always a favorite of mine – Bill Cosby still cracks me up! But I think Alf was a great show too. We’ve recently got the series on DVD and the kids LOVE it!

  21. My Precious Pennies says:

    This is going to sound weird, but I didn’t grow up in the US, and we rarely watched TV together…so I guess I’ll pick the one TV show that both my husband and I watched as kids: Home Improvement & Boys Meets World.

  22. Muddy says:

    One of my favorite TV shows we’ve been introducing to our kids (now out on DVD) is Family Affair from the late 1960’s. Thanks for offering the giveaway…awesome.

  23. Melissa says:

    I loved Full House growing up. I don’t know if that really counts though, because we never watched it as a family. My mom hated it.
    So… I’ll have to go with the classic Brady Bunch. Of course… my mom hates that too.
    But she likes Dr Quinn!

  24. Robin says:

    I loved loved loved Little House on the Prairie growing up, which is probably why I loved Dr Quinn as an adult. Same frontier stuff with a great social message.

  25. Wendy says:

    LOVED Dr. Quinn, but my favorite will always be Little House. My family teases me because I know which episode it is within the first 30 seconds of it coming on, and pretty much know them all by heart. But I never tired of it. Can’t wait until my daughter’s old enough to watch it with me.

  26. Dana says:

    One of my favorite memories is watching Dr. Quinn with my grandma. I’d love to win the set and share it with my daughters.

  27. Erin says:

    It has to be Full House.
    I LOVED that show as a kid and recently found it on DVD and love watching it while sewing. It still makes me laugh heaps.

  28. Jewel says:

    There is a serious lack of family friendly shows. So many inappropriate shows and on the other end of the spectrum the dreaded animated! We rely alot on DVD’s. Love Little House!

  29. Linds says:

    I loved the Cosby show and Little House too, but we have some hysterically funny older sitcoms here in the UK. Have you seen Keeping up appearances? Or the Good Life?

  30. MemeGRL says:

    It amazes me when I think about what was on that I could watch with my parents when I was the age my kids are now. Currently, even watching baseball with them is a problem since Fox especially shows scary or gun-filled commercials constantly, or–worse–cartoon snippets for their “grown up” cartoons (some of which I enjoy immensely, but wouldn’t dream of introducing to my kids for several more years) with violence or gross-out factors way beyond what seems reasonable.
    I hadn’t thought of DVDs of TV shows, but it makes a lot of sense. Come to think of it, my kids like the Sesame Street “Old School” DVDs much better than the current version….why not nighttime tv too? Thanks for the good idea!

  31. Michelle says:

    LOVED Dr. Quinn. That has to be one of my all time favorites. Little House on the Prairie, and Cosby Show. Did you say to pick just one?!?!!?

  32. Erica says:

    Cosby, for sure. It was on on Wednesday nights during church, though, so we taped it. I think my parents still have a few of those tapes. 🙂
    Also, I always liked Full House and anything on Nick at Nite during the late 80’s and early 90’s.

  33. Angie says:

    Our sweet babysitter is dying for the Dr. Quinn boxed set!
    As for favorite family shows… I grew up on The Cosby Show, The Muppet Show, and as we started to get a little older The Greatest American Hero.

  34. BusyMom says:

    I’m a Little House Girl. I wanted to be just like Laura Ingalls Wilder – in fact, I was one Halloween – complete with bonnet and yarn braids.
    Other favorites…the Facts of Life, Kate & Allie, Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster, Cosby, Family Ties. (maybe I watched more TV than I remember!)

  35. Debbie says:

    Grizzly Adams and Happy Days. Remember Sunday nights when a Disney movie was on at 6pm? It was the only night our parents let us have food in the living room! What a treat!

  36. kate says:

    We used to watch Highway to Heaven. I just loved that show and it always had a message. Now my kids and I watch the Discover network or the Travel Channel. It’s so hard to find something that isn’t going to rot their brains.

  37. mimi2six says:

    My all time favorite TV show?? That’s tough cause I was a kid back in the 50’s, and there were so many good ones then. My favorite then was probably “I Love Lucy” . Since my childhood, “Little House on the Prairie” wins my vote. (I know, I know….I’m your mom and therefore am uneligible to win……I just wanted “I Love Lucy” to get at least one vote!)

  38. Tammy says:

    Leave it to Beaver!
    After that it is The Waltons and Little House.I just watched Little House last week when Mary had to take the wagon then at least an 8 hour train ride just to get othe hospital for a surgery.Aren’t you glad we have ambulances and close by hospitals.

  39. Jolanthe @ No Ordinary Moments says:

    OOOOO!!! Count me in. We have been requesting that our library order a season or two of Avonlea – the spin off from Anne of Green Gables. My girls LOVE it – and I would buy it if it weren’t $400 for the entire 8 season series.
    I still remember watching Andy Griffith every night growing up. My parents still watch it…

  40. marni says:

    You can get a lot of these kinds of shows if you subscribe to Netflix. We’ve watched all the episodes of Gilligan’s Island (funnier than I remembered) and the Munsters (also well-done), old Mission Impossible, Home Improvement.
    Get Smart was a disappointment though.

  41. Renee says:

    Yeah, Dr. Quinn, we loved that one! Our whole family loved watching westerns (Dr. Quinn, Paradise, Young Riders) and mysteries (Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Matlock) together. We also watched Full House and Family Matters on TGIF. Boy, there were some great shows!

  42. megan@Hold it Up to the Light says:

    Would love to be original and say something besides Little House and Cosby, but those are totally the ones I love. I also LOVE Lassie. I remember watching it at my grandmother’s house as a child (and I’m not that old, they were reruns then, ha!)
    Another show series I loved was “Amazing Stories” and the “Storybook Theatre” series with Shelley Duvall. I found the boxed set of those tales at Costco a couple of years ago, and my kids LOVE them (remember it was famous actors performing fairy tales).
    Thanks for the memories!

  43. southern says:

    We watch two hours of Little House everyday. I tape it so when we get poor and have to cut off cable we will have it to watch. I also love the Waltons, Andy Griffith, Cosby, Brady Bunch, Dr Quinn, I Love Lucy, and really want my daughter to see Christy. What happened to Gilligan’s Island?

  44. Shelley M. says:

    I love the Andy Griffith Show. We have some of the older episodes on dvd and have watched them so much we can almost remember them word for word. We make each other giggle with our Barney impressions 🙂

  45. Missus Wookie says:

    We didn’t watch much tv when I was a kid – but the Disney movie or Wild World of Disney were things my parents did let me watch. The Waltons were a favourite at Great Aunt Kay’s tho’.
    Here my dh insisted on some tv shows – Monty Python & Blackadder (not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea), but also Dangermouse and Trapdoor which are much beloved of our two.
    My contributions has been to request the orginal Scooby Doo and Muppets 🙂

  46. Lynnebee says:

    My there are alot of young ‘uns out there. I was allowed to watch The Andy Griffith show, Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Family Affair and we all watched Disney on Sunday night!

  47. Ashley says:

    I loved Growing Pains. Yes, i had Seaver Fever!!! I am so glad that Kirk has turned his life around and is so on fire for God now!!!

  48. Jennifer R. says:

    I think my favorite would be Little House on the Prairie. We have the Season 2 DVDs and I think my youngest has about worn them out by watching them so much. 🙂 I guess it’s time to buy a new season, huh?

  49. Corey says:

    My daughter is watching Brady Bunch as we speak! She loves the first season DVD. It fun to see it through her eyes (all the “old fashion” stuff). Although I never realized how sexist Mike really was!!

  50. Emily Jean says:

    I loved “Christy”… and my husband and I are now huge fans of “Mad about You”–fun and funny.

  51. Sarah says:

    I LOVED the Cosby show and Family Ties. I also enjoyed Little House on the Prarie and still do lol. I have fond memories of watching Highway to Heaven with my mom and things like Knight Rider and Mork and Mindy lol. I even had a metal Mork nd Mindy lunch box ROFL. I miss those days when there was wholesome family shows to watch. These days it is all dramas that I won’t even watch or sitcoms that are not kid friendly.

  52. Suzie says:

    My all time favorite is Little House on the Prairie. In fact I have all nine seasons. I also like The Brady Bunch.
    And I’d love to win “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman”

  53. Kim Conner says:

    Hands down- Andy Griffith show. My dad always watched them, so I did too. Now I’ve seen all of them, and still will stop and watch an episode if I see one of my favs on. I can’t think of a single episode that I would not let my kids watch- and there aren’t many like that now!

  54. Lori L. says:

    I have to say the Cosby Show. I can remember bringing home a less than desirable report card, and my parents grounded me from that show. Thought I was going to die.

  55. Kristin says:

    I grew up watching Dr. Quinn every Saturday night. Good memories. 🙂 Other favorites were The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, and The Wonder Years. (All in reruns) My mom liked watching these shows with me because they brought back fond memories for her as well! I’m so sad all these shows aren’t in rerun anymore.

  56. Tracy says:

    I remember that show. It’s my sister’s absolute favorite show EVER. If I win, I think I’ll give it to her – for a Christmas present.

  57. Kim says:

    Okay this was hard to narrow it down but I did my best to just give you the top 3 favorite shows growing up.
    #1 was the Andy Griffith show. Up until Barney left then it wasn’t the same.
    #2 was The Cosby Show
    #3 The Beverly Hillbillies. They just never got it did they lol.
    Thanks for the give away and I loved reading your post today.
    Have a great weekend.

  58. Nyla-Jean says:

    We have been working our way through the first season of the Waltons, with another season one waiting. We don’t actually have a TV so DVD’s of family shows past works very well! Thanks for this draw! Nyla-Jean – Canada

  59. Danielle says:

    I think my all-time favorite family tv show has still got to be America’s Funniest Home Videos. I mean, who doesn’t love people falling and running into things?!? Makes everyone laugh!

  60. Rhonda says:

    I have to agree with most of the other comments..Cosby, Little House, etc…
    But one show that we like to watch now is “hows it made” on discovery channel…even the 6 yr old likes it (what can I say, I’m an engineer and find that stuff cool!) 🙂

  61. Laural says:

    Oh there were so many. I liked the Waltons and Little House On The Prairie. I think my faovorite though, was Cosby. It is on here in the late afternoon and my kids like it too.

  62. carlyn says:

    My family’s favorite show to watch growing up was the Cosby Show. I still watch the reruns today! The show my mom and I would watch together (Dad and my brother usually didn’t care much for it) was Dr. Quinn! Mom and i would laugh and cry every Saturday night … I would love to experience that again!

  63. Bethany McLachlin says:

    I don’t know if this counts as a “family show” but I really enjoyed the silly sitcom “Perfect Strangers” when I was a teenager. I recorded them at the time and have recently transferred them to DVD so I could share them with my children. We all laugh and I feel like it is a shared experience since I am seeing them in a new light through their eyes. Dr. Quinn was my favourite show ever though and I was so sorry when it ended.

  64. melanie says:

    It’s so hard to choose a favorite! When I was younger, I guess it was Little House & Mr. Ed. As I grew up Lucy grew on me & I loved Dr. Quin. There’s just to many oldies but goodies to mention.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  65. Wendy Darling says:

    I am so glad you wrote this post! We have been discussing this very thing at our house. We adored the Waltons, and I often refer to them when describing our family. 😉
    I also loved the variety shows like Donny and Marie, Sonny and Cher, Carol Burnett Show. What happened to good, clean, family shows. OH, and Sha-Na-Na was a staple in our house every week! 🙂

  66. Patti says:

    Oh, Little House on the Prairie, by far. My DH bought me 8 seasons of it on DVD for presents in years past. They are wearing out from overuse. I also loved Dr. Quinn, so I would love to own that, too! So glad to hear it’s coming out, but I bet all seasons in one boxed set is going to be prohibitively expensive. Any chance we can buy one season at a time?

  67. Slawebbsl says:

    I loved Boy Meets World and, of course, Little House…how could I not. I wanted to be Half-Pint and would dress up and pretend I was on the prairie.

  68. Shannon says:

    Cosby Show for sure 🙂 I still watch reruns sometimes when I find them, and I love to search out the old cast members and see where they are today!

  69. sh says:

    Mmmmmmm. Hard to pick a favorite. In the top three would certainly be “The Waltons”, “Little House on the Prairie” and “M*A*S*H”. I know M*A*S*H wasn’t always the most wholesome, but I sure did love watching the banter between Hawkeye and BJ. I don’t suggest it for the very young though.

  70. Amy Ramey says:

    I’ve just shed a small tear – my mother LOVED Dr. Quinn. The house went quiet and all stopped for her to watch it!!! When I read they released the whole series, my heart skipped a beat – WHAT A GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT!! But, alas, she died in 1998.
    Ok – so my favorite family show – as corny as it sounds – The Brady Bunch or Step by Step – in the 70’s and 80’s there weren’t tooooooo many shows out there revolving around divorced parents who have remarried. Because both sets of my parents household included some variation “mine, yours and ours” and these were the 2 shows we associated with. My regards to the Keatons, Seevers, and Cosbys – but I liked my shows with a little disfunction in them!

  71. Andrea Braun says:

    I loved Family Ties! And my absolute favorite show was M*A*S*H- although not all episodes were exactly family friendly… even the risque ones are better than what’s on any given channel, now!

  72. Erica (A Yankee In Jawja) says:

    The Cosby Show and Kids, Inc. were my two favorite shows growing up.
    For those of you who have no idea what Kids, Inc. was it was on the Disney channel back in the mid 80s to early 90s. They “discovered talent” like Martika, Fergie, Jennifer Love Hewitt, etc. I still like to watch clips from time to time on Youtube. 😉

  73. Julie says:

    Most definitely the Andy Griffith Show! My favorite character was Barney Fife — “nip it, nip it … in … the … bud!”
    I still try to catch that show whenever the re-runs are on — they just don’t make television like that anymore!

  74. Danielle says:

    Eight is Enough! And Cosby Show! My dad disliked sitcoms but those were two that he could actually sit down and watch with us kids.

  75. Alli says:

    Oh oh oh!! I love Dr. Quinn! I’ve been wishing for YEARS that they would put it in syndication!
    My fave family TV show? Definitely America’s Funniest Home Videos! I watched it growing up as a kid, and now my kids and I love watching it together.

  76. Jeana says:

    Oh, I loved that show! I was pregnant with my first baby at the same time as Dr. Quinn, so we’re practically BFF.
    You know, we really enjoyed watching Frontier House on DVD with the kids, and just last night my younger son was asking if we could watch it again.

  77. Melanie says:

    We LOVED Dr. Quinn!
    Oh, there are too many shows to name, I think! Little House was a fave of mine – I looked a lot like Laura back then. We also liked Star Trek, LOL. I loved the 80’s “family comedies” – Cosby, Family Ties, Family Matters, etc. Oh, Perfect Strangers!
    Man, TV used to actually be GOOD.

  78. Temmy says:

    All those mentioned are great ones. One I think I miss most is Touched By An Angel. I know it’s not as old as some mentioned, but our kids also really enjoyed it.

  79. Grammy says:

    It would have to be Little House on the Prairie for us. And does anyone remember Bonanza? Guess I’m a Micheal Landon fan. And we loved Dr Quinn. And for sitcoms it would have to be Growning Pains.

  80. Robyn (3girlsmom) says:

    Oh, I thought I was the only Dr. Quinn geek left! I don’t have to be self-conscious about that anymore. Whew! I love love love Dr. Quinn.
    Also, you should let your kids watch REBA. It airs on Lifetime every day, is out on DVD (seasons 1-4 are out, season 5 will be out in Jan – no word on season 6 yet). It’s very family friendly and hysterical. Your boys would love the character “Van.”
    And then there was Growing Pains. And Kirk Cameron. Swoon.

  81. stacy says:

    The Cosby’s. I loved that show. It was so nice to see a couple so in love. The loved their kids and still disciplined them, just as it should be.
    Oh, oh, pick me, pick me. My husband loved Dr Quinn.

  82. Jenn says:

    I love, love, love The Cosby Show. We will definitely get that one on dvd for the kids when they are bigger. You just don’t get that kind of parenting on tv anymore.
    And I also loved Dr. Quinn – did not miss an episode. I wanted to change my name to Michaela (sp) and marry Sully!

  83. Mandi says:

    I used to love the show “Our House” with Wilfred Brimley and Diedre Hall. She was a single mom living with her dad and her 3 kids. That was a good one. We also used to watch the Angel one…right now the title escapes me. I liked the older angel lady!

  84. Joanna @ Grace in the Home says:

    I loved Dr. Quinn! Another good family show is Doc. Growing up in the 80’s, my first love was Alex Keaton on Family Ties. We also watched Full House, The Cosby Show, Little House on the Prarie, Family Matters, and A Different World. You’re right….they don’t make them like they used to!

  85. Stephanie says:

    Our favorite would be “Andy Griffith”. I LOVE Barney Fife! And that Andy just always knew the right thing to say or the right thing to do.
    We also like Happy Days (although, it’s on at 4:30 in the morning so we never get to see it) and my daughter likes The Facts of Life.

  86. Denise says:

    I liked Happy Days, Little House on the Prairie, Waltons and Brady Bunch. We now record old episodes of the Brady Bunch, and my boys love to watch them!

  87. April C. says:

    I adore Little House, always have, always will. Second place would be The Cosby Show, such an awesomely fun family show 🙂 I’m hoping Crusoe will be something we can watch as a family. Ever since I watched Bear Grills urinate into his shirt and wrap it around his head I leave the room when that show comes on 🙂
    April C.

  88. Sus says:

    This is freaky. I just wrote about The Cosby Show and Alex P. Keaton YESTERDAY. My MIL brought over a dvd and now we’re overwhelmed by all the possibilities on dvd. SO much better than the current available shows.

  89. Sherry says:

    Hmm, there are several that I have loved – Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, Family Ties, I Love Lucy, Growing Pains, Silver Spoons, Happy Days, Highway to Heaven, The Cosby Show, The Muppet Show. So many that I loved! 😀

  90. Sara says:

    After reading all the comments and reminding me of shows I would have forgotten about, I would have to say Alf was my favorite. But we did watch a lot of Dr. Quinn, Walton’s, Little House on the Prairie, Brady Bunch, and Eight is enough. Okay…maybe it is hard to pick a favorite!:)

  91. April says:

    Family Ties, Growing Pains, and even the Waltons sometimes. Their were so many when we were growing up. Sadly, not so many now.
    Thanks for offering this!!
    Good idea on the DVDs. I’ll have to do this with mine!

  92. jessica says:

    I loved the Cosby Show and watch the reruns all the time. Also, I saw your article in the Compassion magazine yesterday! I had read it before, but it brought tears to my eyes as I read again and thought about the impact you guys had for Compassion!!

  93. Tiffany says:

    I loved Dr Quinn, In fact I was going to name my daughter Michaela, but I had a boy, so my best friend who had girl (we were preggo at the same time) named my god daughter Michaela!
    My all time favorite growing up was full house. I remember sitting around the tv on Friday nights with the neighbor girls!

  94. Linda says:

    WOW … I grew up in the days when family TV truly meant family TV. Dr. Quinn was among my favorites but I believe my true honest favorite would have to be Touched By An Angel or maybe Highway to Heaven or Little House. OH SHOOT I can’t decide!

  95. Eunice says:

    OK I am even older. My sister and I were just talking about our one TV station and watching I Love Lucy, My Little Margie, Arthur Godfrey talent show, and the Andy Williams show. Most of what was on before 9 was family friendly.

  96. kris says:

    We have been watching Murder, She Wrote instantly on Netflix. It’s like the original CSI only less scary and more family friendly.

  97. Brandy Pack says:

    Well I have always loved Little House on the Praire and Andy Griffith. We love them both for different reasons. Little House makes you cry and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Andy and Barney make you laugh! If I could I would step back into either of these more simpler times.

  98. Tammy says:

    Ooh! I *loved* Dr. Quinn! We watched it as a family each week.
    Sully was completely swoon-worthy, and the episode where he and Dr. Mike got married was THE BEST. From the women making her wedding dress, to the men thwarting the government so that Cloud Dancing could attend… sigh. But when Dr. Mike and Sully boarded their private rail car to go honeymoon, and they pulled the shades to make it “darker… and darker… and darker…” I nearly screamed in delight.
    Okay, so maybe I was a *bit* obsessed…

  99. Rebekah says:

    My family LOVED watching Dr. Quinn together! Whenever we visited my grandma though, it was the Waltons. 🙂

  100. Heather says:

    We used to watch Dr. Quinn with my mom (my Dad couldn’t stand it). “Get him/her to the clinic!”. We used to watch the Simpson’s as a family, but that was hardly quality family viewing.

  101. Allison says:

    What a great contest! I would say The Cosby show was my favorite growing up. I actually quit gymnastics because The Cosby show came on during my class. I didn’t tell my parents that until a couple of years ago, and they were shocked. When they could speak again, they asked me why we didn’t just tape it? Hmmm….my 8-year-old mind didn’t think about it at the time!!

  102. Kori says:

    Oh you are so right!!! I miss all of those great shows. We got rid of cable (and rarely watch anything but PBS) when my oldest was a baby and I am not sorry!!! When we are somewhere with cable… any of our relatives homes, we are shocked to see what is on and the language that is now acceptable!!!!!! Not to mention what they wear!!!
    My favorite was the Cosby Show with Family a close 2nd. I also Liked the one with Kirk Cameron, but I can’t for the life of me remember the name right now!!! I must also admit I had a huge thing for Magnum P.I. and Simon & Simon!!! At the time they weren’t exactly “family” shows but by today’s standards they would be “Old Fashioned”.
    Thanks for doing this!!

  103. Cheryl says:

    Little House on the Prairie and The Cosby Show were favorites at my house. (Although I loved Knight Rider, I don’t think David Hasselhoff can be considered “family” entertainment…lol)

  104. Tiffany says:

    I LOVED Little House on the Prairie! Not to mention, I was a huge Kirk Cameron fan and loved Growing Pains! Oh the good ole’ days!!!
    My kids love to watch Looney Tunes or any Disney movie.

  105. karissa says:

    Little House on the Prarie is a fovorite of our family. We also liked to watch Road to Avonlea, but I think that was only a Canadian show.

  106. Kristi Miller says:

    Mine would be Facts of Life or the Cosby Show. Those are ultimate favorites. Also was a big fan of Family Ties, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Murder she Wrote, Growing Pains, and oh so many more. Comedies today are so grown-up and not true “family” shows. Sad. Thanks for the Giveaway!

  107. Jennifer says:

    I’m only 24 with the first child on the way, so family-friendly hasn’t always been my focus. My favorites are Friends, Reba, and 7th Heaven!

  108. Christina K says:

    I loved Little House on the Prairie. I grew up on a farm and thought for sure that I was Laura. I always wanted to sleep in a loft like Laura and Mary did.

  109. Erin says:

    Growing up my family would watch FGIF on Friday nights. Full House, Family Matters, and the gang were great shows about family togetherness.

  110. Stacey says:

    Well so many of the good ones have already been mentioned and sadly (or maybe it’s a good thing?) my folks didn’t watch much tv with us kiddos. I have 2 brothers and we watched tv quite often together (when we weren’t fighting over the remote) but being the only girl I got stuck watching a LOT of Saturday morning Bruce Lee karate movies. My brothers would sit on me and take the remote away if I turned on The Waltons or Little House though they were my favorites. Dukes of Hazzard and Land of the Lost seemed to be good compromises 😉 But my favorite was Three’s Company.

  111. Sarah says:

    THE WALTONS!!!! Loved that show! I remember watching The Waltons, M*A*S*H*, Little House, Highway to Heaven, and the Andy Griffith show with my parents in the evening. Those were sweet times. 🙂

  112. Terri says:

    All of the ones mentioned before my comment are excellent choices. I don’t really have a favorite, there used to be so many to choose from, unlike nowadays. This past summer we bought DVDs of the Addams Family (original version) and my teens loved it. We also watched some old Andy Griffith shows with good ol’ Barney Fife.

  113. Cyndi says:

    I loved Little House on the Prairie. I thought (back then) that I would make a good pioneer girl, and I wished Pa was my pa.
    Wow, there s a serious lack of wholesome family shows these days, isn’t there?

  114. Julie says:

    The Cosby Show for sure. By the way, when we were little (in the sixties) we weren’t allowed to watch The 3 Stooges because it was too violent. HA! HA!

  115. Julie says:

    I have to vote for The Cosby Show. I was so excited every year to see what their new intro was going to be! 🙂

  116. Jessica says: says that while Caruso is family friendly it is otherwise a TERRIBLE show…
    Who knows? They have been wrong before but I wouldn’t set your sights too high on that one!

  117. Brandy says:

    We really like Andy Griffeth, Alf, and Little House on the Prairie. My girls love Little House on the Prairie. Our son loves Family Ties and thinks it’s funny that my maiden name is the same as their last name.

  118. Leslie says:

    The Cosby Show is my all-time favorite, followed by Cosby. But I can’t lie, I also love The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver. When I was at home several months ago with my newborn, we watched it every morning. Eventually these will all definitely be part of the DVD collection!

  119. Bev says:

    We never missed an episode of The Cosby Show when I was a kid. I still love to catch the re-runs. Some of my other childhood favorites – Leave it to Beaver, Andy Griffith, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, Walton’s, Little House, Dr. Quinn, Our House, Highway to Heaven, Greatest American Hero, Knight Rider, Silver Spoons, Happy Days, I Love Lucy… and we didn’t even have cable! LOL. Still – Cosby was my FAVORITE. 🙂

  120. Mandi says:

    I loved TGIF when I was a kid. It had Boy Meets World, Family Matters, Step by Step (I think) and something else. Family Matters and Hogan’s Heros round out my favorites.

  121. Nancy says:

    Family Affair and Bewitched were my favorites as a kid. My best friend gave me a dog for my birthday when I was a teen and I named her Buffy.

  122. jean says:

    It probably would have to be Little House on the Prairie. Who could turn down half-pint and her pappa with the gorgeous eyes?? Hmmm???

  123. Grateful for Grace says:

    I can’t figure out where to look for the options to choose from… scanned about 200 A&E titles… anyway, I would totally want The Waltons OR the Little House on the Prairie series. Probably The Waltons.
    as a homeschooling mama, lots of the educational titles are tempting…
    Do you read all of these comments? Wow.

  124. Tricia says:

    Our family loves to watch America’s Funniest Home Video’s together. It’s the 2008 version of the Three Stooges.
    We also like to watch NFL Football, but we save it on the DVR so we can skip the often racy commercials and halftime show (Unfortunate Wardrobe Malfunction anyone?)

  125. Laura says:

    I’m 32 but I grew up on all the great old tv shows and LOVED them, as did my sisters. Green Acres, Car 54 Where Are You, I Love Lucy, Andy Griffith, The Munsters, The Adams Family, Donna Reed, My Three Sons, Mary Tyler Moore, etc. – we were big fans of Nick at Nite. Pretty much all of our tv was black and white! We did watch more current stuff too – like Little House and Cosby. Oddly, we never watched the Waltons.

  126. Shannon says:

    My kids have really enjoyed the Wonder Woman episodes. So hokey but so much fun. We also enjoy A-Team (12 year old son) and I have enjoyed Laverne and Shirley. We have Netflix and just recently watched the first season of Emergency. What a kick!

  127. Liz (Discovering Liz) says:

    I loved Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman! I also enjoyed the sitcom Perfect Strangers and wish someone would run that thing in syndication.
    BTW, we enjoyed Greatest American Dog, too, but I never heard anyone talking about it on their blogs. I sure hope they do another one. Our dog even watched it. =)

  128. Mrs. Sprinkles says:

    I LOVE Dr. Quinn–I also liked the Adventures of Superman (with Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain)–don’t know that I’d let my kids watch them, though–I’d have to screen them again.

  129. Leigh-ann says:

    I loved Little House on the Prarie and The Cosby Show. Quantum Leap was also a big hit in our family when I was growing up. Good times!

  130. cattailmama says:

    Loved Dr. Quinn! My husband would swoon over her while I was swooning for Sully! I’m so excited that it’s coming out on DVD. My kids would love it!

  131. Rachel K says:

    we’re total dorks. we’ve been watching old dvd’s forever. We like Rawhide, Wagon Train, Andy Griffith Show, Lassie, Dukes of Hazzard (despite the skimpy clothes), and the 3 stooges. My husband and I like MASH. We love westerns, so I know we’d love Dr. Quinn.

  132. Harmony says:

    You are so right. There were so many family shows you could watch together, once upon a time! I loved Growing Pains, Full House and so many more. Dr. Quin was good but I never saw much of it so the boxed dvd’s would be awesome!!

  133. meredith says:

    Hands down, Cosby Show is my favorite of all time. No question.
    I was a teen during the Dr. Quinn years, and I loved that too.
    I really want to like Little House, but I can’t. Nellie Oleson upset me so much as a little girl!

  134. Lorraine says:

    Cosby show, for sure. Star Trek (the original series) was one that we watched every week, Dad was a big fan. Good times. Alf was fun, so was Little House on the Prairie. Tool Time! Home Improvements was a blast, I remember feeling sad when it ended and Wilson’s face was revealed.
    But one of my favs back in the day that is impossible to find these days – Square One TV. It was a tv show about math! Bad music videos, funny sketches, and Mathnet (Dragnet but with Math problems)

  135. Kansas Mom says:

    I love watching TV on DVD! That’s about all I get from Netflix now.
    My favorite recent show would be Joan of Arcadia. I wouldn’t watch it with little ones, but I think it would be a great conversation starter with teenagers.

  136. Lisa@take90west says:

    I recently ordered Growing Pains and Charles in Charge for my kids to watch and they loved them.
    They also have really enjoyed Full House.
    You are right, they just don’t make funny family sitcoms like they used to…

  137. Amy N. says:

    I loved Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman growing up.
    I think my all-time favorite was the Cosby Show. My dad has the same sense of humor that “Cliff Huxtable” had and my family was the same size so it was like watching us on TV.

  138. Kori says:

    oh oh I forgot… for those of you with boys… you should get the Johnny Quest cartoons!!! Well girls will like it also, mine LOVE it and they are 3 & 5. My hubby watched it growing up and is now showing it to the girls. I had never seen it and I have been caught a couple of times watching it with them. There are definite “Good Guys” and they are after the “Bad Guys” there are no in between characters. When things get really bad they say things like “Pray Johnny, it is the only thing we can do right now!” So cool and it was a secular cartoon. Shows how far we have gone in society!!

  139. mama2tlc says:

    I loved Full House! And what was the series about the teacher. And I REALLY Loved Christy, about the teacher who taught in the Appalachian village. She inspired me 🙂

  140. JP says:

    Well, I love Seventh Heaven as a family show, but my son doesn’t, so we watch the original series of Star Trek together.

  141. Jennah says:

    This is great! I remember alot of great shows from when I was a kid but my favorite was Greatest American Hero.. Do you remember that one?
    Thanks for this excellent giveaway!
    *I just found your blog, enjoying the archives:)

  142. Kendra Neal says:

    My favorite show growing up was Who’s the Boss with Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano! Followed by Full House, Growing Pains, Little House on the Prairie and Family Matters.

  143. Lisa says:

    The MUPPET SHOW!!! That has been my all-time favorite! We have been getting the dvd’s from NetFlix recently for our girls to see. I think they love it as much as we did!

  144. Michelle- says:

    We LOVE Dr.Quinn!
    And our family fave is the Waltons. We own several sets… and I have pictures of their house cut out in case I ever get to build…
    My favorite Walton’s episode is when John finally gets out of debt. I cry everytime!

  145. Lyndsi says:

    Hubby and I are going through The Cosby Show season 1 on DVD. I found myself laughing out loud every episode. That doesn’t happen all that often with shows I watch on television today.

  146. Sara S says:

    I loved Dr. Quinn….
    I also liked Christy….
    We only watch videos now, (no cable to save money). So having this set would make me feel like we had cable… LOL

  147. Jennifer Casey says:

    We love Little House on the Prairie at our house too! I have to say I remember watching a lot of The Carol Burnett Show growing up. Can’t find good clean humor on TV like that anymore.

  148. lovedandamazed says:

    I was a fan of Dr. Quinn when I was little! I was like 10 years old and my friend at church got me hooked on it. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!
    As far as family shows, I agree with what everyone has said regarding “The Cosby Show”, “Little House on the Prairie” and “Andy Griffith”. Another favorite at our house is “ALF” – that hilarious Alien Life Form living with the Tanner family. We have the first two seasons on DVD and just love it.

  149. Sandi says:

    Little House on the Prairie was always a family favorite. I used to own all the books for the series. Maybe it’s time to make another investment!

  150. Tanya says:

    Little House on the Prairie is our fav!We own it on dvd and watch it on the Hallmark channel all the time!

  151. Anna says:

    Oh, I love Dr. Quinn! If I had to pick one show, though, it would be The Cosby Show. I know it sounds hokey, but they gave me hope when I felt unloved and neglected.

  152. Staci at Writing and Living says:

    Although the later seasons got iffy, the early seasons of 7th Heaven are good. They do have a lot of “issue” shows, so I don’t know that I’d want young children watching, but it’s triggered a lot of good discussions with my middle-school aged kids.

  153. Kelli@CountryMommie says:

    When my husband worked night-shift a while back, the kids would sleep with me. We’d fall asleep watching the two episodes of Andy Griffith that came on way too late for 3 year olds. So I finally went out and bought the DVDs of the first season. They love it! Also, the good old cartoons we love to sit and watch – Foghorn Leghorn, Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, etc. (But Sylvester screams SHUT-UP like constantly! So we steer clear of him.) 🙂

  154. Veronica Mitchell says:

    Chronicles of Avonlea, I think. Or what does it say if some of my best shared tv memories are of watching reruns ofthe original Star Trek with my mom?
    “Oh, that Capt. Kirk has such blue eyes!” she would say.

  155. amy says:

    TV was off limits for most of the time when I was growing up but my family used to sit down together to watch the Disney Sunday Night Movie. Ahhh, the memories.

  156. sara says:

    Definitely Cosby Show….and Full house is a close second. We have both on DVD and my five year old boy loves them. It’s great to be able to sit down together and both enjoy what we’re watching 🙂

  157. Sarah says:

    Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best were some of my faves…even though that lifestyle wasn’t what I experienced on a day-to-day basis, I respected and learned from it…Dr. Quinn is awesome, we watched that with my children faithfully when they were younger…smile…we would really enjoy it!

  158. Audra says:

    I recently discovered the Cosby Show while spending hours sitting on the couch nursing and rocking my newborn! I love it! It’s so clean–a word we can’t relate to television very often anymore! I would have to say I Love Lucy was my favorite TV show growing up. (But Mary Tyler Moore & Lassie comes in at a close second & third). I make it look like I’m 60 but I’m actually 23. It shows that a good TV show stays around!

  159. Laura says:

    We just rented Little House on the Prairie movie on the weekend and my kids loved it as well. I’ve like to get the TV series set though one of these days.

  160. Misty says:

    In our humble home, we don’t have a kitchen/dining table – so we eat on TV trays. Before we had to cut back our spending so dramatically, we watched Food Network while we ate. Our favorite shows were Good Eats and Food Detectives but you certainly can’t forget Ms. Rachael Ray and her 30 minute meals! Even my Hubby and 8yo son loved these shows – it really wasn’t just me! :o)

  161. Kelly says:

    Dr. Quinn! You just brought back so many memories!!
    Growing up I loved Full House and Growing Pains, and now (don’t laugh) my husband and I are loving The Biggest Loser!

  162. dallimomma says:

    For me, it was the Andy Griffith Show. Even now, as an adult, I can’t get over how incredibly cute that Opie was!

  163. T with Honey says:

    If I had to choose just one it would have to be The Cosby Show. But I also miss the Stooges, Adams Family, Happy Days… there are just too many to list here or try to own on DVD!

  164. Michal says:

    I loved The Cosby Show. It was the only show my parents would let us watch during the week…there was always something to learn from that show.

  165. Misti says:

    I definitely remember enjoying Alf! And when I was younger, I remember watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island with my grandparents. I’m totally going to have to find the Alf series on DVD, because I know my boys would love it too.

  166. Rachel Cheney says:

    I really enjoy(ed) watching the Cosby Show. I’m so glad there’s re-runs!
    My family likes good, old-fashioned, sometimes cheesy-corny, family shows. We watched America’s Funniest Home Videos (with Bob Sagat) religiously!
    Dr. Quin was another of our favorites. I remember the first episode where they think a male doctor is coming to their town, they conveniently ignored the “a” in Michaela.
    Then she came and no one took her seriously. Then, she picked out a gob of earwax out of the postman’s(?) ear when he thought he was going deaf!

  167. Stacy says:

    Oh there are so many good old TV shows! I recently got my husband the first season of the original “Get Smart” with Don Adams and we loved it! I remember spending Friday nights with my family watching the TGIF lineup. Saved by the Bell, Full House, Step by Step, Growing Pains, Star Trek…I could go on and on, but I will spare you the pain. Needless to say, we don’t even have cable anymore because there is nothing on TV worth watching anymore. (that I can’t rent or borrow later).

  168. missy says:

    We recently watched Christy and all the kids loved it. My favorite when I was a kid was Life Goes On with Becca and her brother,Corky.

  169. dieMutti says:

    The Cosby Show topped our list (actually, we watched Jeopardy religiously, but that’s a game show). We also enjoyed Highway to Heaven, Bewitched and some Leave It To Beaver 🙂
    Dr. Quinn is quality non-smut entertainment and I’d love to have the boxed set! Thanks for the giveaway!

  170. Veranda says:

    I loved watching Dr. Quinn!! But I guess my favorite would have to be I Love Lucy! My girls & I have started watching the reruns of it in the mornings before school and they love it too!!

  171. GiBee says:

    I adore Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman… I also loved Growing Pains, Cosby Show, and Little House… now it seems we’re just stuck on Dora the Explorer… over and over and over and OVER.

  172. Lori says:

    Dr. Quinn was always one of my faves!!! Little House and Cosby aren’t far behind!
    I would love to share Dr Quinn with my kiddos.

  173. Holly says:

    I loved Dr. Quinn! As for my favorite show… well, I’d have to say Full House. I wanted to be DJ Tanner in the worst way growing up.

  174. Leanne from Canada says:

    I have many favorites….among them are The Brady Bunch, Little House, Gilligan’s Island and Get Smart… times!!!

  175. Kathleen in TX says:

    Growing up it was “Little House on the Prarie” and “The Waltons”. Our family has been watching “Hogan’s Heroes” lately. What a fun contest!

  176. Amy Barrett says:

    My favorite old show would have to be Family Ties. Our family often watches Little People Big World, Jon and Kate Plus 8 or the new show about the Duggers. Sometime the kids language on Little People Big World dissapoints me though.

  177. MacKenzie @BRC Banter says:

    I do love little house on the prairie.= but m growing up, my favorite show to watch with my family was Home Improvement.
    Also, my mother calls my husband Alex P. Keaton too. I never watched that show much but it seems to be a good fit.

  178. Melessa says:

    I was a definite fan of Grizzly Adams and Little House which is probably why we live out on the country now. I didn’t discover Dr. Quinn until it was in syndication, but I love it too!

  179. Heather says:

    I used to love watching Little House on the Prairie. Happy Days was also fantastic. Why are all the current shows so horrid??

  180. Mrs says:

    The Wild, Wild West with Robert Conrad!
    I met him when I was in high school. I was walking across a ski lodge in my clumsy ski boots and tripped. A man reached out and grabbed my arm to keep me from falling and when I looked up, it was Robert Conrad! I just stood there, dumbfounded. He smiled and told me to be careful. I wanted to scream out, “You don’t understand! I’m supposed to marry you!” 😉

  181. Kate says:

    My all time favorite family show was Dr. Quinn, which is why I’d love to win the boxed set. What a great idea? I recently watched a few episodes that someone in our family had taped (yes, I’m resorting to VHS) and was reminded of all the ways I had wanted to be just like Dr.Quinn when I was younger.

  182. A&EMom says:

    Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman with Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain. It was a silly little love story and my mom and I enjoyed watching it together.

  183. Diana says:

    Andy Griffith Show, Little House on the Prairie, The Walton’s, The Cosby Show…Oh, this is making me long for the good ole days!

  184. Holly @ Crownlaiddown says:

    Oh, I love Dr. Quinn! That’s why we moved to the Colorado Springs area. Well…not really. But it is fun to think about!
    My Chris has been sharing the “Rat Patrol” with the kids and they love it! Also, we have just started watching “The Brady Bunch” from the library this week. I SO love to hear our oldest son laugh and giggle over Alice’s antics. I just cried over the “Father of the Year” one. I guess I’m getting sentimental in my old age.

  185. Valerie says:

    The Cosby Show. The best show ever. I love the episodes where the family sings for the Grandparents anniversary. Rudy is just too cute singing “Baby!” And the episode where Theo wants to move out so they take away all of his furniture and make him buy everything he needs with fake money. Classic Cosby.

  186. Ruth says:

    We have been watching MacGyver with our boys. They love the all the inventions and contraptions that he makes. I used to watch it with my dad as well.

  187. Kristine says:

    We like Planet Earth, but with 2 preschoolers, the “circle of life” can be kind of harsh… Beautiful filmwork, thought! And I haven’t introduced my kids to Little House, but I will eventually! That was MY favorite!

  188. Laura Campbell says:

    My favorite family show is a show that was made by the Disney Channel a couple of decades ago called “Five Mile Creek.” It was set in the Australian Outback during the 18th century, and the third season starred a very young (and at the time unknown) Nicole Kidman. We had the entire series on VHS tapes, and my sister and I would watch it together every summer.

  189. ShaybPlus3 says:

    Growing up me and my mom would watch Little House on the Prairie. I still read the books all the time. We also really liked to watch Lassie with my dad our first dog we named lassie as well. What an awesome giveaway.

  190. Plastic Daffodils says:

    I have too many favorite shows, but my favorite family show is probably “Malcolm in the Middle.” It perfectly portrays true family life, and it’s hilarious. I own the first season on DVD, but sadly they haven’t released the rest.

  191. Tamara says:

    I loved The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. Those are 2 favorites, but I also enjoyed Promised Land and Christy more recently (if the early 90’s can be considered recent!).

  192. Penny says:

    Ahh, memory lane…Loved Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. Greatest American Hero! Forgot all about it – yes, loved it too.

  193. Kim Philips says:

    There are so many good ones people have listed! My fave was probably Cosby when I was a child, Little House and Highway to Heaven when I was a bit older, and 7th Heaven when I was older still…

  194. Loni says:

    I really enjoyed watching The Cosby Show. My sister and I loved watching Family Ties together, and my mom loved Grizzly Adams.
    Now I like watching Little House and the Janette Oke movies. I know that there is nothing that I would be ashamed of my daughter seeing on those programs because they have both have a high moral standing.

  195. Judy J. says:

    Dr. Quinn was my favorite but my kids loved Star Trek: The Next Generation. I am so thankful the old shows are being produced on DVD so that we don’t have to watch t.v. with our “shields up!” Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  196. Sara says:

    Oh my mom would love the Dr. Quinn set. She loves that show! What a great Christmas gift that would be for her.
    My favorite family show growing up was the Cosby Show. We’ve watched some reruns with my daughter and she loves them too – esp. when Rudy was a little, little girl.

  197. Arlene says:

    Cosby show, definitely! Of course, I only grew up watching the reruns, but my brother and I still loved it! My husband and his siblings enjoyed it, as well.
    I loved Dr. Quinn… though my husband did not. If I win, I’ll be nice and won’t make him watch with me! :o)

  198. Rachel says:

    The Waltons is THE BEST !! I loved it as a child. Followed closely by LHOTP and Anne of Green Gables. I am glad I have 3 girls to introduce to these programs in the future, I just hope they love them as much as I did.

  199. Cathy says:

    This one has been on my list to watch, so I’d love to win! Our family has recently enjoyed both Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons and I think they’d tie for favorite.

  200. Becky says:

    I love little house on the prairie, and I used to watch Dr. Quinn all the time too!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  201. jennielynn says:

    My favorite family show growing up was Happy Days. I was in love with the Fonz. Now, it has to be Myth Busters. My kids and husband get the biggest kick out of the explosions!

  202. Bethany says:

    I remember watching America’s Funniest Home Videos with my Dad and now my kids watch with Hubs– everyone loves a good laugh!
    My sisters and I loved Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn, and that show Christy that was just on briefly.
    Hope I win!!

  203. Missy Outland says:

    I loved Dr. Quinn, Waltons, I love Lucy reruns, Gilligan’s Island, Little House on the Prairie and Dukes of Hazzard. Miss those days for my kids and me.

  204. Michelle says:

    It is a tie between Little House on the Prairie and Battlestar Galatcia (as in the 1980’s version) – my whole family watched the later together and I have fond, fond memories of that time now that my family has weathered some tougher times.

  205. Chris says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for the chance to win! I loved that show!
    My favorite of all time would probably have to be Little House on the Prairie. I always wanted to marry a Charles.
    (I ended up being given an even better one…)
    🙂 Chris

  206. Laura H says:

    My children are 8, 6, 4, and almost 2. The little ones watch mostly Clifford and Berenstain Bears. They all love the new PBS show Word Girl.
    For family viewing, we love The Brady Bunch and American Girl movies (even my 8 year old son likes these).
    My husband and I sometimes just watch tv with the 8 year old boy, and he loves Man vs Wild, the Planet Earth series from Discovery channel, and Mythbusters. Mythbusters is a wonderful science show – one caveat is that they occasionally use ‘mild’ inappropriate language, which is unfortunate.

  207. Kim says:

    Loved Dr. Quinn? I was going to name my child Michaela, until he turned out to be a boy. I reluctantly changed the name, and he’s very grateful today.
    What is disturbing to me is that the shows I loved, now seem lame and trite. Has the art of acting and effects gotten so much better? (My assumption) Or have we gotten so much more cynical? (I hope not.)
    How could I pick one? If I must, it may be Little House, or maybe Dr. Quinn. But I may have to pick The Muppet Show. (Since I have older boys, they’re not too keen on Little House or Dr. Quinn.)

  208. Deidre says:

    Loved the Andy Griffith Show (watched reruns) and never missed the Six Million Dollar Man and of course the Bionic Woman. My husband would agree to all the above enthusiastically.

  209. Cathy says:

    When I was really young I LOVED The Brady Bunch and then grew into Little House on the Prairie, Gilligan’s Island, and who can forget The Facts of Life and Growing Pains!!!!

  210. Jeanine says:

    I am a new reader to your very wonderful blog and had to come out of lurking to say that I loved the Cosby Show SO much that I even named my first daughter Olivia! Now I get to enjoy it with my kids…and they love it too!

  211. Suz says:

    Oh my…I rarely watch t.v. now but BACK THEN…Little House on the Praire, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Happy Days, The Cosby Show. I really need to get my boys to watch some of these shows before they are too old!

  212. kristi says:

    We used to watch Star Trek the Next Generation as a family. Well, not my Mom so much. Also The Cosby Show & A Different World & Family Ties & Little House & Dr. Quinn.
    My little family now watches Jane and the Dragon together (we have to record it ont eh DVR). Very family friendly cartoon, which the kids appreciate, and with a good message in each show. And my husband and I are D&D/RPG/Fantasy fans, so the whole dragon-castle setting makes us happy too.

  213. dechowfamily says:

    Our family favorite are The Andy Griffith show. We all have our favorite characters from the Darlings, to Ernest T. Bass, and of course, Barney!
    I also love Home Improvement – (I may be biased b/c I have 3 boys, too.) but it’s great to see a family that has a healthy marriage and relationship with their kids.

  214. AndiK says:

    I love Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman!
    I’m having a big old kick of nostalgia right now, so I don’t know if I can pick just one show. But I’ll say Bewitched. My mama and I used to watch it together.

  215. Kendra says:

    Gotta be Cosby show.
    When I was a teen, I used to try and sneak watch “Threes Company” because it was too “adult”. My how times have changed …

  216. Becky says:

    Little House on the Prairie or the Cosby Show, but everyone is really getting a kick out of Hogan’s Heroes from the library these days.

  217. Anne says:

    We have several seasons of Little House on the Prairie around here…and the first two of The Cosby Show as well. We don’t have cable or sattelite, which means our watchability is even more limited by the fact that we only get four channels! Personally, I could watch only Little House on the Prairie and be pretty happy…we need the other few seasons! 🙂

  218. Sherri says:

    We enjoy the old Leave It To Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show. We’re also watching the entire season of Five Mile Creek this winter. I Love Lucy is also a must have. 🙂

  219. MamaShelly says:

    Love the title of this post! I really did walk up hill to school both ways! I lived at the top of a hill and the school was across a small valley. Down the hill and up to school. Down the hill and up to home! So funny.
    Little House. Hands down. 🙂

  220. Dee says:

    I really liked Dr. Quinn even though I only saw a few episodes (no television for years). Little House on the Prairie or Family Ties (huge MJ Fox crush) were probably my favorites!

  221. Amanda says:

    Definitely the Cosby Show. Particularly the episode with the dance-off between Cliff and the dancing instructor. 🙂

  222. Amanda says:

    Definitely the Cosby Show. Particularly the episode with the dance-off between Cliff and the dance instructor. 🙂

  223. Jamie says:

    Definitely The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. Love the old time clothes and down home Christian values!

  224. Jenny says:

    Oh, there are so many that I used to enjoy. Who’s the Boss?, Growing Pains, Facts of Life, Charles in Charge, The Cosby Show. It’s too hard to pick just one. I do want to start getting the DVD collections of my old shows. It’s almost impossible to find good family shows anymore, and if the show is decent, chances are the commercials aren’t.

  225. Miscellaneous From Missy says:

    I can’t believe they would let you give away a complete set like that. That’s awesome! I really enjoy the Cosby show and Mad About You, both because the characters are not mean to each other, and they are hilarious!

  226. Kristen says:

    We loved watching The Cosby Show as a family along with Family Ties. Everyone hurried to make sure homework was done early on Thursday evenings.
    We also love Andy Griffith. Mind you, I have only seen them in syndication, but I love that show still.

  227. Kristen says:

    We loved The Cosby Show and Family Ties for the always anticipated Thursday evening. We also watched the A-Team, and I absolutely love The Andy Griffith Show.

  228. Sharon says:

    It is a three way tie for me. Little House, Family Ties and the Waltons. My husband liked Webster, Different Strokes and The Greatest American Hero.

  229. Carrie says:

    Oooh!! Ooooh!! MacGyver! We have season one and my kids and I have gone through it together. A man who doesn’t smoke, do drugs, and uses his brains to get out of sticky situations. We love Little House too! I would love to share Dr. Quinn with them!

  230. franticallysimple says:

    I really liked that show with the family of homeschoolers traveling around in their RV following an angel or something. However, I must not have liked it too much because I can’t remember anything else about it.
    I’ll have to say Little House. 🙂

  231. Rebecca says:

    The Brady Bunch, Bewitched, I dream of Jeannie.
    kids are watching bewitched in re-runs now and they love it.

  232. Marie says:

    I have recently rediscovered the Waltons and Little House.
    My favorite show of all time is Dr. Quinn. Wish they would show it in reruns more often.

  233. Ginger says:

    Little House on the Prairie was a big hit at my house when I was growing up. All 5 of us kids would gather around the TV to watch it every evening on PBS. It was the only show we were allowed to watch for some time. I loved watching Dr. Quinn when I was older!

  234. Bonnie says:

    Our whole family loves the Andy Griffith Show. It is funny and has great moral values. The kids love to ask their papa if he remembers such and such episode.

  235. Joo says:

    Little House on the Prairie. I Loved that show! I wonder if I would see it the same way now ( I used to think the acting was stellar but this was when I also thought the acting in Blue Lagoon was pretty good, too). I can still recall countless episodes.
    I also thought Mork and Mindy was hilarious!

  236. DawnMarch says:

    My favorite family show was Happy Days! As a girl, I of course was in love with The Fonz. Now, I can only look back and wonder what in the world I was thinking!

  237. Kimberly C. says:

    My brother and I always sat down for The Andy Griffith Show after school while we had a quick snack. What an all time classic!

  238. Ann G says:

    Ok, so I LOVED Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. That show was quality! My fav family shows…depends on my time of life!
    Little House on the Prairie as a child
    Cosby Show, Cheers and Mad About You when dh and I were newly married
    Dr. Quinn later on married life
    Most recent family show favorite…
    7th Heaven and Gilmore Girls

  239. Daiquiri says:

    I feel your pain! We’ve been struggling with the same thing here. The DVD idea is a great one- have to give that a try. As for my favorite…the Cosby show holds sweet memories of watching TV as a family while I grew up. But I’d have to say my personal favorite is Little House. 🙂

  240. Trish says:

    Tha Magical World of Disney. I loved when that would come on. I think ABC has brought it back but it is too late for my kids to stay up and watch. I remember Davie Crockett and all of the other classic disney movies that way.

  241. Amy says:

    I personally love those re-runs of “I Love Lucy.” TVland is pretty good with showing the old shows. My husband is a sucker for “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Golden Girls.” Who doesn’t love the Golden Girls???

  242. Molly says:

    A couple years ago, when Abraham was finishing college full-time and working full-time, I watched through all 9 seasons of Little House on the Prairie. It was kind of pathetic, but I had so many evenings alone I had to do something!
    When I was a kid I thought it was such a boring show. I suppose my tastes have changed, and now I long for the more wholesome days in history. I need not another reality show.

  243. Alesha says:

    Mine would be The Cosby show, I still remember the episode where the whole family was singing and Rudy came down the steps singing Baby, still makes me chuckle to this day and Little house on the prairie. Ahh the good ole days….

  244. Debbie says:

    Little House on the Prairie. No matter how many times I see them there are some episodes that sill make me cry or laugh hysterically.

  245. Chelsey says:

    I loved “Little House on the Prairie” and can’t wait to introduce it to my daughter! Cosby Show, Family Ties, Growing Pains were also faves.

  246. celeste says:

    It’s fun to introduce your kids to the good stuff. We’ve got all the seasons they’ve released of the Waltons (no cable here). My kids also like Giligan’s Island, Hogan’s Heroes and Green Acres. We’re headed overseas for missions and have already sent things so they’re missing some favorites.

  247. Rachel says:

    What fun, a give-away! Our family favorite was Rescue 911. My dad always liked to remind us to “think on those things that are true”

  248. Angie D says:

    I always liked Christy. Oh, and Dr. Quinn. And Laverne and Shirley. And Little House on the Prairie. (People used to call me “half-pint” because I looked just like the Laura character.)
    Super giveaway, by the way! 🙂

  249. Nanette says:

    I loved Perfect Strangers. I know it wasn’t really a family show, but my whole family would watch it and crack up together.

  250. Jennie says:

    I have to say our current favorite family show is Wheel of Fortune- talk about teaching letters! And words! And I grew up watching Jeopardy too. Dr. Quinn was one of my most favorite shows growing up.

  251. Christina says:

    We love LIttle House on the Prairie. We used to watch it on TV Land at 8:00 every weeknight, but they have changed their schedule. We also like Beverly Hillbillies and Dr. Quinn!

  252. Andrea@Under Grace & Over Coffee says:

    Little House Season 2 is even better for the kids – it focuses more on Laura’s shenanigans than plagues!
    We’re into the first season of The Brady Bunch. Even my four year old son loves it!
    And, just for conversation’s sake, my grandparents are Walton’s and my grandpa’s middle name was John, so we always just told people who thought they were funny when they asked us if we knew John Boy that yes, in fact, we did!

  253. April says:

    Little House!!! Although watching it as an adult I realize there was A LOT more to the show than I thought! I love watching Charles and Caroline interact!

  254. Ashley says:

    I’ve never won anything and I NEED to win this one. I LOVE Dr. Quinn (just don’t ask my husband how he feels about it;)
    My #1 fave would have to be Little House on the Prairie, but DQ is definitely a close second.
    I really really really want to one this one…:)

  255. Tami E says:

    I loved Dr Quinn – most of the shows from that timeframe were family friendly, unlike today. We’ve resorted to the reality shows – most of them are pretty family friendly. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  256. Elyse says:

    We love the Little House books, so I bet my daughter would enjoy the DVD’s as well – thanks for the Christmas gift idea. I always loved Dr. Quinn as well. Growing up I loved Happy Days.

  257. Allison says:

    I have fond memories of watching Star Trek with Dad, which always followed MASH. Loved watching hockey on Saturdays, too. I don’t remember any particular family show that interested all of us, though. Disney movies, mostly! 🙂

  258. Heidi says:

    I loved Little House on the Prairie. I’m enjoying reading the Little House books to my kiddos right now.

  259. jen says:

    OH, so fun! I think I just made my Christmas list! 🙂 My favorite – love the Cosby Show, and the kids and I have been having a blast watching old episodes of The Brady Bunch…but Little House might just beat them out as favorite! 🙂

  260. Kristycho says:

    Little House on the Prairie. Hands down. First the books, then the show. Influences how I look at life. No tv in the car. “Think about Mary and Laura and baby Carrie in the covered wagon…” Amount of snow? Nothing compared to the Long Winter! Mean girls? Do you remember Nellie Olson? Little House on the Prairie!

  261. RAN says:

    Little House! My daughter and I would watch it after school every afternoon. I felt like I was Caroline, and was just born a century too late!

  262. Kelly @ Love Well says:

    I remember watching “The Cosby Show” growing up. We also watched “A-Team” every week, but I don’t know if that’s suitable for younger kids like the ones under my roof right now.
    Fun giveaway, Shannon. I actually just wrote the first half of my son’s birth story on my blog yesterday, and I talked quite a bit about “Little House” and how it scarred me.

  263. Lynne in NC says:

    Oooh! What a nice give away.
    We really enjoyed watching Dr. Quinn, too.
    Last year we purchased the entire 7 seasons of MacGyver at Costco. It was a major investment, but worth the money. Our teenagers love watching MacGyver and the series has been a wonderful family night activity.
    Thanks for the wonderful blog.
    Lynne in NC

  264. SouthernRose says:

    I’ve actually never watched Dr. Quinn but would love to now that I’ve seen the great comments. I also miss the family shows of yesteryear. I loved Little House, Wonderful World of Disney, That’s Incredible, The Muppet Show, Wonder Woman, Who’s the Boss, Growing Pains…I can’t decide.

  265. mumple says:

    I loved Growing Pains–and if I can find it, I’ll still sit and watch it!
    I also like “Still Standing” with Jamie Gertz (it’s running on Lifetime, I think.) I even watch it with my 19 year old son–who thinks it’s hilarious because in many ways, the Mom and Dad sound JUST. LIKE. HIS. PARENTS. Even down to the references of being a teenager in the 80s.

  266. Rebecca says:

    I love Dr. Quinn!! One of my favorite series was The Wonder Years. I think I loved the era it was depicting. I’m not sure (because I haven’t seen it in years) if it is appopriate for the whole family, though. There might have been some delicate subjects that I wouldn’t want my pre-teens seeing. But I could be over-thinking that. Like I said, it’s been so long.

  267. Doodlerah says:

    Anne of Green Gables and the rest of the mini series! That show makes me want to curl up on the couch and stay there with a warm blanket forever. I also want to live on Prince Edward Island after I watch it. Maybe thats what I need this weekend..some Anne time!

  268. wolfprint says:

    My oldest LOVES Little House. It has been a great learning experience since we recently moved to our 150 year old family farm. They can see what the farm might have been like back in the day, and also learn how they used things like the old smoke house. They haven’t seen Dr. Quinn, but based on my memory of it, it would be right up their alley.

  269. mimi2six says:

    No doubt about it: As you used to call it as a child: Little Prouse on the Hairy but since I’m your dad, don’t put me in the drawing! 🙂

  270. Tonyia says:

    As a kid I used to love Happy Days and Facts of Life. As a teenager, my family would watch Touched by an Angel together. Now, the hubby, daughter and I enjoy the Andy Griffith show every evening.

  271. Tonia says:

    I loved the Waltons too. I really like watching it with my girls. I also liked Home Improvment. I can’t stop laughing at Tim Taylor.

  272. Alyson says:

    LOVED Dr. Quinn! Our whole family watched it together. Also The Cosby Show, Full House, and of course the Sunday night Disney movie. The ONLY time we were allowed tv on school nights!

  273. Mary B says:

    I loved “Eight is Enough” because it was family night t.v. My mom and I always were huge Cosby fans – that was our treat on Thursday night. With peanut m&m’s 🙂

  274. Sarah says:

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned the Road to Avonlea by Sullivan Entertainment. It is a series (7 or 8 seasons?) based in the same town as Anne of Green Gables. Marilla and some of the characters from the Green Gables movies are actually in some of the episodes. If you haven’t seen it, it would be well worth renting the first few episodes just to check out.

  275. Kim says:

    oh my goodness! my family and i used to watch Dr. Quinn every saturday night. i would LOVE to win! i don’t know if i’d really consider it a “family show,” but i grew up (at least in high school) watching M*A*S*H with my dad and now own the series on DVD. the Cosby Show is probably my favorite true family show though. good times. 🙂

  276. asnipofgoodness says:

    Little House wins by a landslide here…but there are some others….Mcgyver is great, and we recently picked up some old Mork and Mindy, but I didn’t remember that it had so much inuendo…wouldn’t recommend it.

  277. Cheryl says:

    I never missed a Little House on the Prairie. When we homeschooled, we even did a year of the Prairie Primer. It was one of our favorite studies ever.

  278. Laura (LS) says:

    Andy Griffith and The Beverly Hillbillies. And then The Dukes of Hazzard. And now I live in the country. Wonder why?
    Dr. Quinn was a favorite in my college years, I’d love to see those shows again!

  279. Jane Quanbeck says:

    We have had so many laughs watching Andy Griffith and I Love Lucy. Dr. Quinn is my mother-in-law’s favorite. It would be great to win the set for her.

  280. courtney says:

    I LOVE little house, Full house, and seventh heaven. Reruns are the greatest! When i was a kid (not that i am not too far past that at 20 years old) I loved to watch murphy Brown!

  281. Diana says:

    This makes me laugh to admit it. We all have enjoyed watching Gilligans Island. The kids think its funny as do I the second (or third, fourth, . . .) time around.

  282. Andrea Frederick says:

    I also loved Little House on the Prarie, but was pretty fond of Bugs Bunny too….what’s up with all this fighting, kicking, laser stuff? What happen to good ol’ wholesome drop the anvil on the coyote fun?!

  283. Britney says:

    I liked Dr. Quinn because I always wanted her long hair. My favorite show would have to be “Second Noah,” which was actually on less than a whole season. I’m pretty sure it was a pilot, but I LOVED it. The mom and dad couldn’t have biological children so they adopted a whole house load of kids. The dad (Noah) was a writer and the mom (Jesse) worked at a zoo. It was such a great show.

  284. Shannon says:

    oh, our family has run the gamut: from Little House (we even have the pilot) to our latest which is Smallville, though i will say that Smallville started out as a great show for all of us, but the further into it we get the more questionable that becomes.
    My kids still love the old “I Love Lucy” and the Andy Griffith show, and we will always keep those old programs around!

  285. The (Almost) Amazing Mammarino says:

    Ooh, ooh, pick me, pick me! I love Dr Quinn!
    I have a bunch of favorites!
    Little House on the Prairie
    Real People (anyone remember this?)
    Brady Bunch
    Addams Family
    Turkey TV (on Nickelodeon)
    America’s Funniest Home Videos
    The Muppet Show!
    The Cosby Show
    Candid Camera
    Mr. Ed (the kids LOVE this!)

  286. Sherrieb says:

    Does I Love Lucy count? How about Mr. Rodgers? Anyone remember Magic Garden? I also watched Little House but EVERY SINGLE episode (no matter what happens) makes me cry. We watched Perfect Strangers too. I think though that I’d invest in the Andy Griffith show for my family. Thanks!!

  287. Dana says:

    Definitely Little House on the Prairie…oh to be young again….oh Albert was the yummy when I was a little girl, and then it was Willie after he and I both grew up a little. ;0)

  288. kim nyland says:

    I can’t name only one. Faves are Cosby Show, Family Ties, Growing Pains….Television was so much better then!

  289. Kim says:

    Without a doubt, it’s The Waltons. LOVED that show! And I have watched a LOT of TV over the years.
    My kids got involved in community theatre when the daughter was 10 and the son 15 and their very first play was The Homecoming: A Christmas Story — and my son was “Clay Boy” (John Boy in the TV show). Good thing I liked it ’cause I went to every practice and rehearsal and could practically recite every line in the play by the end 🙂

  290. Rebecca Saff says:

    My mom and my sisters and I watched Dr. Quinn together every week until I left for college – and then when I was home on breaks! One of our favorite shows – and my poor dad could never understand the appeal!

  291. Becca says:

    I LOVED Dr. Quinn!
    My all time favorite is probably The Cosby Show. I still smile watching them. And it’s extra sweet that my hubby grew up watching them too, so we laugh about all our favorite episodes. 🙂
    What a great giveaway! If I don’t win, this might need to go on my Christmas wish list. 🙂

  292. Krissie says:

    Mmm, tough call, It would have to be Growing pain or little house. So many good OLDER shows. The stuff on today is trash compared to the quality shows of the 80’s 😉

  293. RLR says:

    Oh, I loved “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” – but I don’t know if you can get it on DVD. It was in re-runs when I was a kid, and that was back when VCRs were cool and Beta wasn’t total garbage.

  294. Jaena Womack says:

    My favorite family show was MacGyver. (Does that count for family-friendly? OUR family watched it together…)

  295. Kimberly says:

    Little House, of course. My other 2 faves from my tween and teen years– The Wonder Years and Life Goes On. Oh, and Avonlea. Oh, and… well, I could go on and on, obviously!

  296. Liz C. says:

    We didn’t have TV very often growing up, but when we did, my mom and I would get up early in the morning, sit on the couch, and watch Little House on the Prairie. And I absolutely LOVED Grizzly Adams. These days, with our family–we all like home improvement shows, so we watch those on-line. 🙂

  297. wkf says:

    Hee Haw is/will be offered on RFD TV.
    That is so burned in my head from childhood. Every Saturday night. Then Lawrence Welk……
    I loved Carol Burnett

  298. Kelly G says:

    I really enjoyed Little House on the Prairie but a more recent favorite was Ed (the bowling alley lawyer).

  299. Christy says:

    My favorites were: Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn and Paradise/ Guns of Paradise with Lee Horsley & Sigrid Thornton. Does anyone remember that show? I wish they would put it on DVD! Cosby was fun too.

  300. lynn says:

    I loved Little House – I used to watch it with my Grandma who would then tell me what it was like when she was little – it was great.

  301. cheri says:

    I absolutely loved both Little House on the Prarie (it’s on cable now!!) and Dr Quinn!
    And I agree – it’s hard to find good family programming that keeps everyone interested without being inappropriate.
    Thanks for the heads up on the Dr Quinn set. I’d love to win one, but I might just have to save up to buy a set if I don’t win!

  302. Julie says:

    I loved Growing Pains (and yeah, Kurt Cameron grew up to be such a nice man!) and Full House….which my 6 year old daughter absolutely adores.

  303. Betsy says:

    Cosby Show, hands down. I still love it. Love the episode where he tells Theo, “I brought you into this world, and I’ll take you out.” HA!

  304. Tammi says:

    My family loves The Andy Griffith Show. Barney Fife is hilarious! We have a few of the seasons and the others we get at the library.

  305. Jenn says:

    Ditto on Little House on the Prairie and the Waltons. I also enjoyed Lost in Space, Gilligans Island, The Adams Family, The Patty Duke Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

  306. Em says:

    Oh I love Man vs. Wild!! Not for it’s family friendly viewing, but just for the sheer chance of watching Bear Grylls strip down to “survive” something.
    Love me some Bear! Minus the whole dung breath thing, of course.
    I used to love “Life Goes On” – great fam show.

  307. Amy says:

    By far, my favorite show as a child was Little House on the Prairie. I wore my hair in braids, read the books, watched the show, and pretended my bicycle was my horse. I have just started watching the DVD’s with my daughter…she’s a fan as well.

  308. Angela says:

    Oh… Man vs. Wild is a hit with my hubby & boys too…… what that testosterone can do to a perfectly good child is amazing. 😉

  309. Jamie says:

    We enjoyed Five Mile Creek (miniseries) and Scarecrow and Mrs. King, although I remember being mildly insulted that Mrs. King’s son was named Jamie. That is clearly a girl’s name, thank you very much.

  310. Amy in West TX says:

    I loved Dr Quinn, also Highway to Heaven. I never cared for Little House on the Prairie, good show, but it strayed way too far from the books Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote, I wanted the show to stay true to her writings.

  311. Mrs. Who says:

    Dr. Quinn IS my favorite family show!! I actually have it listed on my Netflix queue right now, I swear. I noticed it on there recently and decided I wanted to watch it again. But it would be so much EASIER to have my own DVD set.

  312. Carla says:

    Oh, I loved Happy Days! The Fonz was so ‘cool’ and what life lessons weren’t learned in the Cunningham’s living room? I always wanted to be Pinky Tuscudaro!

  313. Rebecca says:

    Of course, we loved Little House. Other favorites were Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Sunday Night Disney!

  314. applesofgold says:

    Little House on the Prairie was the best show ever made. I own every episode ever made. My husband has been buying me the LHOTP DVD’s for Christmas every year, and right now he is clueless on what to get me since I own them all. Somebody tell him about Dr. Quinn!!!

  315. Mo says:

    I’d have to say The Cosby Show is definitely number one on my list. But, so as not to just repeat what you said… I’d also throw in Perfect Strangers and Growning Pains. You just can’t beat that line-up 🙂

  316. Carrie says:

    Some of my earliest memories are watching Little House on the Prairie with my family. It is still my favorite show and the opening song does always something warm and fuzzy in my heart and makes me smile!

  317. janis says:

    Hmmmm, that seems like a long time ago… 🙂 I always like Little House as well as the Cosby show as I got older. Another favorite was Gilligan’s Island. 🙂

  318. Susan says:

    I have three favorite family shows that come to mind; Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Return to Avonlea. Return to Avonlea broadcasted between 1990 and 1996. It is a story about a young girl sent to live with relatives in Prince Edward Island in early 1900s. Avonlea is a fictional town first made popular in the Anne of Green Gables series. Even the music to this show is beautiful! Sometimes I put the DVD in just to listen to the music.

  319. Forgetfulone says:

    I used to love Dr. Quinn, but I can tell that I remember “good ole days” before you, just meaning that I’m older and need to adjust my dentures, glasses, and my walker. Tee hee!

  320. TRS says:

    Oh… I loved Little House as a kid. When I watch it now though it seems so saccherine. (Maybe if I had kids I’d like it more.)
    Dr. Quinn was great too.
    I have to say I’d give my crowned teeth for DVD sets of the Muppet Show and Johnny Carson! Oh yes I would.

  321. Christy says:

    Oh my…I loved Dr Quinn… my favorite is probably Mister Ed…and even though I was not born when it aired the first time I loved the re-runs on nick at nite…and I have some of the best episodes on dvd :o)

  322. Connie says:

    The Waltons, definitely and A Family Affair.
    Does anyone remember Uncle Bill, Jody, Buffy,
    Cissy and Mr.French?(I’m aging myself.) The episode where Buffy finds a baby under a bush and takes it home;a favorite. I spent many days as a little girl dreaming about finding a baby of my very own!

  323. Kay says:

    I really liked the Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and Bonanza. I bet most of you are too young to remember Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare–but I thought those shows were really fascinating to watch. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson wasn’t exactly family fare but I enjoyed it about 5 times better than ANY of the stuff that’s on late night now. I didn’t realize THEN that I was living in the “good old days.” 🙂

  324. Andrea says:

    My all-time favorite is definitely Little House. We own several seasons and my kids will always sit & watch it ~ including my 16 year old son.

  325. Lisa F says:

    I loved Full House (wasn’t Uncle Jessie dreamy????) and now my girls have it on DVD and love to watch it too!

  326. JerriAnn says:

    i love Little house on the praire. I think i read the books at 8. But i like a little show called Boy meets world. Oh and 7th heaven

  327. Sarah says:

    I would have to say that Dr. Quinn was a favorite. My mom and I would gather around the t.v. together to see what new things could be happening to Dr. Quinn. Those were some good times.

  328. Jenni D. says:

    I’ll say “Jon and Kate Plus 8” since my kids are watching it right now. We like to discuss how the kids (and parents) handle situations and how their house is like/unlike ours.

  329. elizabeth says:

    My husband and I were just talking about this the other day! When I was young, I always wished that I could go through the television and live with the Cosby Family. I don’t know which show would be my favorite…I loved so many…

  330. Whitney says:

    Oh I absolutely LOVE Dr Quinn – could not get enough of it when it was on!
    Also, I love Perfect Strangers, Cosby and Full House. Let me go on – Growing Pains, Who’s the Boss, Charles in Charge……

  331. Melanie says:

    Andy Griffith, Little House on the Prarie, Highway to Heaven, (loved Michael Landon), Happ Days, Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island….
    I used to watch a lot of tv. My kids don’t have that privilege. We read instead.

  332. Brandy says:

    Oh I LOVE Dr. Quinn!! My mom and I used to watch it every week together!!
    My all-time favorite family TV show?! The Waltons, hands down. We have the first 6 seasons on DVD and always get the newest one when we see it’s out!

  333. Dawn says:

    I’ve thought about several shows, but I think that Dr. Quinn tops the list. I absolutely loved to watch that show! I miss clean, family-friendly television. I’m not sure anything new lives up to that description.

  334. Lisa B @ simply His says:

    Favorite family show? That’s a toughy. I miss them all – Family Ties, Growing Pains, Facts of Life. All of them.
    I’ve noticed the difference (for quite awhile) in cartoons too. I recently discovered the Boomerang channel — they run cartoons I used to watch on Saturday mornings … on the tv I had to get up to change … which didn’t happen often as there was only 3 channels. My daughter loves watching the Pink Panther and Tom & Jerry. I enjoy watching them with her too. There are just some I don’t get nowadays!

  335. Deborah says:

    The Cosby Show for sure. The METV channel shows reruns of Cosby, and I watched them regularly while I was nursing.

  336. Poppyseed says:

    I guess I’m alot older than the rest of the crowd because I’d have to say that I Love Lucy was/is my favorite family show of all time. Of course, I was watching reruns as a child (I’m not THAT old), but it still cracks me up. Lucy’s antics and scheming are timeless! I also loved the Cosby show for many of the same reasons. Great modeling of a marriage where humor and forgiveness are part of every day life.

  337. Kayla says:

    I loved Growing Pains. Well to be truthful, what I loved was watching Kirk Cameron…one of my first crushes. I just wish my kids had these great shows to watch!

  338. Dawn W says:

    Hands down: Little House on the Prairie. I still dream about what it would be like to live during that time. Not that I’m likely to give up my electricity or flushing toilets anytime soon, thank you very much!
    And, I Love Lucy. To this day, I’ll stop whatever I’m doing and watch an episode.

  339. Cheryl says:

    I did love The Waltons, but probably my favoite would have to be Little House on the Prairie. As a parent now, I really wish they had more wholesome shows like that on television nowadays.

  340. Jennifer says:

    I loved the Cosby show. I just borrowed it from the Library for the kids (we don’t get cable so they haven’t seen it before) and they really enjoyed it. I also got them Family Ties. I am keeping my eyes open for Growing Pains now.

  341. Jen B says:

    Wow…525 comments, I guess I don’t stand a chance to win that Dr. Quinn DVD set. That was one of my favorite TV shows. I also loved MacGyver, 7th Heaven, and The Brady Bunch.

  342. Margot Peck says:

    In addition to those mentioned already, we really loved the Donny and Marie Show (The Osmonds). Everyone had their own fake microphone and strutted in the living room along with Donny and Marie.

  343. Annie says:

    I loved Dr. Quinn! We also used to watch Highway to Heaven, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the Mary Tyler Moore show religiously. 🙂

  344. Heather says:

    I loved the Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. Right now we like Meerkat Manor which we get on DVD from the library (although we’re glad our girls – 7 & 5 – haven’t asked too much about the “mating” and “meerkat partner” parts). Glad to hear Dr.Quinn will be on DVD too! I really liked that show, too.

  345. Pennie says:

    I love that show! We actually just borrowed one disc of the show from our library. This is a wonderful giveaway!

  346. Pennie says:

    And oh… I’d have to say Full House. Or The Cosby Show. Love ’em both. Or Touched by an Angel. I like a lot of them, lol!

  347. Kel says:

    I loved the Cosby Show, Family Ties, Little House, … Dr. Quinn was great, too. I remember curling up on the couch with my mom to watch it. 🙂

  348. Amy says:

    I loved Dr Quinn!
    I’ve been catching reruns of the Cosby Show and I think I’ll have to say that it’s my fav. I’m also a fan of Little House

  349. Melanie says:

    DUE SOUTH. Polite, gallant Canadian Mountie in gritty, rough Chicago – funny, wholesome and a great theme song, to boot. We bought the 3-season set (something like 68 1-hour episodes for only 25 bucks at Best Buy.

  350. Jen says:

    My mom grew up watching I Love Lucy with her family and she passed her love for the show onto my sister and I. Since it is constantly running in syndication, I can say I’ve seen every episode a number of times. My husband just bought me the DVDs to ensure I pass the tradition on to my daughters!

  351. Kathy says:

    Little House on the Prairie was my favorite growing up. Now I love the Waltons just as much. They are the only shows that my kids ask to watch. I get to see them all over again through my children’s eyes.

  352. Amanda says:

    Okay… so I’m twenty years old and I MISS the old t.v shows that had real family values. I LOVED watching Little House on the Prairie and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and The Waltons!! My mom has tape after tape or Dr. Quinn and The Waltons recorded. They just don’t make shows like that anymore. So much junk on t.v. these days.

  353. Lori says:

    Little House is my favorite. I’ve already got the first 2 seasons to watch with my girls when they get bigger. Great giveaway! 🙂

  354. Jenn says:

    I love Dr Quinn! Well more Sully….I’ve been watching reruns and have the season’s pre put on hold at the library for when the come out. It’s one of the only shows I don’t mind watching in the back ground when my daughter is awake now that she is paying more attention to the TV. I think my favorite all time show thought would have to be ER. I started watching in in Jr high and will be sad to say goodbye. I think nurse Hathaway was my inspiration to be a nurse.

  355. Brooke says:

    I have wonderful memories of watching mystery shows with my mom. Some of our favorites were Murder She Wrote, Remmington Steele, and Hart to Hart.
    We recently purchased a boxed set of Looney Tunes that the kids adore!

  356. Emily says:

    Super Nerd Alert, but my family and I always watched Star Trek, Next Generation. I think I loved the show more because we watched it together with a snack tray and soft blankets, then the actual show.

  357. Erica says:

    I was just having this conversation (the same one your post addresses) with my husband and a friend the other day. I can’t imagine a teenager watching tv with a date nowadays; with commercials for herpes medications and e.d. medications I can’t imagine a “good” girl or boy not getting totally embarrassed. Anyway, The Cosby Show was definitely my favorite. 🙂

  358. Becky Jo says:

    Little House On The Prairie was my fave. My mom read the books to me everynight and one night the little girl nextdoor slept over and was so enthralled that aftewards, she came over in her pj’s for storytime and then went home to bed.
    I LOVED the show and have asked for the DVD’s every Christmas and birthday for years … still nothing.
    PLEASE, don’t make me put Dr. Quinn on that list too:)

  359. Jenn says:

    We used to watch Home Improvement and Dr. Quinn – both great shows. My kids watch DVD’s almost exclusively, because it’s so hard to find anything decent on TV!

  360. Sortin says:

    The Cosby show is the only one I can really remember watching a lot of . Of course we only got one channel at a time, and if we wanted to switch from channel 6 to channel 10 my Mom had to climb up on the roof and adjust the big antennae. No kidding, and I’m only 32 years old 🙂 Times have changed!
    What I like NOW is Jon and Kate Plus 8. My daughter and I love it. And even my son and little girls will watch it. My husband rolls his eyes because he thinks I’m torturing myself (I want more babies :).
    But we do like, as a family, mythbusters, survivorman (the kids remember well that he drank his own urine), and lots of things on discovery. And my husband and son watch future weapons or something like that.
    Grammy’s Recipes

  361. Michele Laramay says:

    Oh,my gosh….we loved that show! We have been making our way through Macgyver and The Waltons. I LOVE the Waltons.

  362. Michele Laramay says:

    Oh,my gosh….we loved that show! We have been making our way through Macgyver and The Waltons. I LOVE the Waltons.

  363. Michele Laramay says:

    Oh,my gosh….we loved that show! We have been making our way through Macgyver and The Waltons. I LOVE the Waltons.

  364. Michele Laramay says:

    Oh,my gosh….we loved that show! We have been making our way through Macgyver and The Waltons. I LOVE the Waltons.

  365. Amy L says:

    Well my favorite of all time is Donna Reed. I kind of wish I could be a bit more like her! LOL
    I also adore Little House on the Prairie.
    I love just about any sitcom from the 50’s through the 70’s.

  366. Megan says:

    Oh, I really NEED the Dr. Quinn shows – we started getting the seasons for our kids, but they are expensive. We just have the first two. But warning – not all Dr. Quinn’s are that family friendly. Remember all the Saloon scenes and what goes on upstairs? Yep, had that talk with my kids thanks to Dr. Quinn.
    Anyway, we’ve checked out The Muppet Show, The Brady Bunch, The Cosby Show, and Leave It To Beaver. Our kids like them all!

  367. Jody says:

    All those family shows you mentioned were great fun to watch. The Waltons came to mind first when I first read the contest. I also loved Dr. Quinn. My kids are still little so recently we watch a lot of Disney Channel.

  368. rebecca says:

    It’s hard to pick just one. We loved Little House on the Prairie, I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, the Waltons, Mr. Ed and of course, Dr. Quinn!

  369. Ashleigh (Heart and Home) says:

    I grew up on Little House–both books and VHS tapes of old episodes–as well as the Waltons. I doubt there’s an episode of either that I haven’t seen. I’m going to be Caroline and Olivia when I grow up. 😉 Oh, and Marmee, too. She’s not from a tv show, but, you know, she’s up there at the top of the list.

  370. MawMaw says:

    When I was pregnant with my baby who is now 25, I was confined to the bed for a few months, and I loved watching “Big Valley” with Barbara Stanwyck! Then in later years, when that same baby was a teenager, we loved watching “Seventh Heaven” together.

  371. Debbie says:

    Oh, I want to win!! I think my favorite, other than the most obvious list of winners, would be Eight Is Enough! I watched this every week as a teen.

  372. Maggie says:

    Hmmm, Dr. Quinn was my favorite, then 7th Heaven and The Wonder Years, Family Ties was one we always watched as a family as well as The Cosby Show.

  373. Lady in a Smalltown says:

    I was just talking to a friend about this. She and her daughter (11) love watching the one Cosby Show DVD our video store has. They don’t have cable, but even if they did, what would they watch? Where are all the family sitcoms from the 80s and 90s? Cosby Show, Family Ties, Growing Pains? Step by Step, Family Matters, Full House, Home Improvement? I know families are trying to watch less TV, but there aren’t even any family choices anymore.

  374. Cindee says:

    A lot of these shows are available to check out on Netflix if you want to watch them but not buy them. My lambs love it when a Netflix shows up in the mail. They wonder, “What’s it gonna be this time?” Beverly Hillbillies? Little House? Cosby Show? Waltons? It’s great!!

  375. Amanda says:

    We never missed an episode of Dr. Quinn growing up. My whole family sat down to watch it every week! I think my all-time favorite is The Cosby Show…gotta love those Huxtables!!!

  376. Beth says:

    My kids love Little House on the Prairie. I still have the Little House books from when I was a kid. I can’t wait until my girls are old enough to read them.

  377. Karen {simply a musing blog} says:

    Oh my goodness. You are SO right – there’s hardly anything on. We’ve purchased and copied and begged, borrowed and stolen (okay – so we didn’t steal) just about anything we could get our hands on that was suitable for the whole family to watch together. We don’t have Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, however. It would be a welcome addition – my oldest daughter loved the Christy series…we were sad when it ended.

  378. Capturing Today says:

    I have to say the Waltons are high on my list of favorites too. I was just this weekend looking online to see about purchasing a set of one season for my girls to watch. Little House On The Prarie was a favorite as well. As I got older, I loved to watch Emergency and Trapper John, MD. Memories!

  379. Rachel says:

    Little House on the Prairie was always my staying-home-from-school-sick favorite. And I also loved Who’s The Boss. What great shows!

  380. Michelle says:

    Oh, The Walton’s all the way! I loved Olivia Walton so much, I named my 4th child Olivia just so I could call her Liv or Livvy like John Walton did. (((Sigh)))
    I also loved Eight is Enough! Apparently it sparked something within me as I am having #6 in a few weeks! Of course, The Walton’s had the whole big family thing goin’ on too. Hmmm..

  381. Jody says:

    I loved Little House. I even received a nightgown and little sleeping cap similar to Laura’s one year for Christmas.

  382. Samb says:

    We rented the first season of wonder woman from the library. I didn’t remember it being so bad, but the kids loved it. We also watched some of Leave it to Beaver’s first season on DVD. The first season of “Sabrina” was entertaining for my girls. They also like seeing dvd episodes of “The adams family”. DVD’s from the library are free and you avoid the commercials!

  383. Melanie says:

    Wow, I’m feeling a little old if so many people remember Dr Quinn from growing up. I was an adult by the time it came out, to busy to be bothered. =) I would have to say that Little house is probably my all time fav. Some I loved though were Love Boat, Fantasy Island, the Ateam, growing pains, Kate & Allie and on and on.

  384. Patty says:

    Wow, reading some of these posts really brings back some good memories from tv shows that I had forgotten about until I saw them mentioned. Highway to Heaven…. loved that show! But then Full House, Little House, Dr. Quinn. Hard to pick a favorite, I miss them all!

  385. Gretchen says:

    One of my favorite shows would have to be “Growing Pains”. The “Cosby Show” definitely ranks up there, too. My girls would love “Dr. Quinn” – hope I win =).

  386. Cyndi says:

    It’s a toss up between The Waltons and The Cosby Show. Yes, TV is definitely not what it used to be.
    Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!

  387. Brenda says:

    I loved so many of the shows already listed!
    My current favorite to watch with my son is reruns of LOST, to catch up on episodes we missed. I was about to say it’s not really about families, but then realized that it shows what happened in each character’s previous life before the plane crash and how their families affected them. It also shows how they treat each other as family while struggling to survive together. It shows the existing family units fighting to stay together or desperately trying to find each other.
    Not only that, it brings my son and I together to actually sit and watch the same show and discuss things about it.

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