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10 Juli 2006

Thou Shalt Not Steal...and other life lessons from childhood shows

OK, I'm on a retro TV kick and YouTube dot com is simply smashing. I need something to get over France losing the damn World Cup final yesterday. To Italy? Prego. That sucked big-time. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled for Italians. But this year's Azzuri squad was just plain mean at times. At least Mauresmo finally got her Wimbledon win, so the French should be happy about that. Although in the back of my mind I can hear any number of Frenchies going "yes, oui, d'accord, but we are not known for...TENNIS!". Alas.

So for now that tee-vee archives just keep on comin'. Now I can finally view clips of Facts of Life that I was not old enough to watch after Diff'rent Strokes, as a kid. Blair and Jo were just the coolest older role models ever. They were so edgy, so different, so sophisticated. I mean, their hair and wardrobe alone were enough to elevate them to new levels of Most Cool.

Click here for Jo doing the five finger discount for Mrs. G:

While I'm at it, Electric Company is where it was AT! Does anyone remember that E.Co. cartoon sketch with, "It's the plumber, I've come to fix the sink!" 'Cause if you do, it's on YouTube. Sweet!

Half hour comedy shows just don't seem to be what they used to be. Seriously. Where is the genius of shows like Good Times and All In The Family (or insert Norman Lear show here).? They told it like it was.