RIP Bob Saget

Every generation has that TV parent that we wish for.

When I was growing up, that parent was Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) in Full House. Danny was a widower who was raising his three young daughters with the help of his brother-in-law and best friend. When the series premiered in 1987, the premise of three men raising young girls without a maternal presence was revolutionary. Widows with children (i.e. The Partridge Family) was not a novel narrative. But a widower in the same situation represented a change in the family sitcom and how society was changing in general.

Saget passed away today. He was 65.

Though Danny was a bit corny as fathers go, he did his best to raise his girls. Like many TV dads, he represented an ideal image of fatherhood that may not have been entirely realistic, but we loved him anyway.

Away from his role as the Tanner family patriarch, Saget was a comedian whose jokes were not exactly appropriate for prime time television.

Warning: This video contains adult language.

Z”L Bob. May your memory be a blessing.

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RIP David Cassidy

Every generation has its teen idols.

For the generation born at the end of the baby boom era, their teen idol was David Cassidy, star of The Partridge Family. David Cassidy passed away today. He was 67.

Cassidy, a second generation performer, was the son of the late Jack Cassidy and the stepson/co-star of Shirley Jones. At his heyday, he was known all over the world as both a musician and star of The Partridge Family.

Though he had a few personal and professional missteps after The Partridge Family was cancelled, he will be forever be remembered by a certain generation as their teen idol.

RIP David Cassidy. Gone but never forgotten.

 

Throwback Thursday- Groovy Television- The Partridge Family (1970-1974) & The Monkees (1966-1968)

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, television began to reflect the very colorful world that America was becoming.

Two very iconic television shows of the era, The Partridge Family (1970-1974) and The Monkees (1966-1968), reflect what it was  to be a part of the era.

The Partridge Family

Shirley Partridge (Shirley Jones) is a single mother of five growing children. Her children, led by eldest son Keith (David Cassidy, Shirley Jones’s IRL stepson) convince their mother to form a band and go on the road. Managed by Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden), this family band can only live the life that was possible in the early 1970’s.

And course, there is the iconic song from the show.

Then there is the Monkees, television’s answer to the Beatles.

Davy (Davy Jones), Micky (Micky Dolenz),  Mike (Michael Nesmith) and Peter (Peter Tork) are the members of The Monkees, a rock and roll band that has a series of wacky adventures.

 

Do I recommend them? They’re harmless, so yes.

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