Monday, January 9, 2017

"New" 1970s and 1980s TV in January

It's easier than ever to find old-school TV on your very own long as you have access to all the digital subchannels that popped up in recent years. Here's a quick rundown of the "new" reruns from the Battle of the Network Shows era coming this month:

Antenna TV: What's Happening!!! and 227 join the lineup, but the real crown jewel, if only for the theme song, is My Two Dads. Also, if you are watching the Netflix revival of One Day at a Time and are curious about the original, it's on Antenna Fridays at 8:00 P.M.

GetTV: Here's a real rarity: the short-lived 1973 Sally Field/John Davidson sitcom The Girl with Something Extra. I would definitely be running my DVR for that if I had one.

Telexitos: If you speak Spanish, you can enjoy Knight  Rider and Airwolf on this channel. Come to think of it, do you really need to speak the language to enjoy them?

Me-TV: BOTNS favorite CHiPs returned before Christmas and is airing weekdays. Watch for "Roller Disco!" Debuting is MacGyver, also airing weekdays, and if you miss the original Kolchak after Netflix lost it this month, well, you can find it here Sunday nights.

Cozi TV: Speaking of stuff that disappeared from Netflix, have you wondered where all those Universal shows have gone? Surprise, surprise, they are showing up on the Universal-owned subchannel. New this month are ColumboEmergency, Rockford Files, and a few shows that left Netflix last year: McCloud and McMillan and Wife.

Here I must play the grump and point out that I don't fully endorse these subchannels because most of them edit and/or time-speed the heck out of the shows to fit them into their commercial formats. If you don't have other options, though, it's better than nothing. Me, I'd rather see these uncut on Netflix.

Which of these "new" series excite you? Is there anything in here you'd like us to talk about on the podcast? Let us know at or let us know in the comments!

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