I was born in 1967 and spent my childhood from 3-13 years old growing up in the seventies in Chicago, Illinois. It was not the best place to grow up, but I made it. One of the ways I did that was watching a lot of Comedies. The ten on this list are the ones that I fondly remember that aren't on Netflix. They are listed in order by their IMDb Star rating. If you can find them on DVD or VHS then they are worth a look, I promise. Here they are:
1. M.A.S.H. (1972-1983) - This Comedy set during the Korean war starred Alan Alda and Loretta Swit. It told the mis-adventures of the Soldier's in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and 30 years after it went off the air STILL has 8.4/10 stars.
2. The Odd Couple (1970-75) - This Comedy told the story of two Divorced Men who were room-mates, even though one was an Obsessively Clean Person and the Other was a Slob. It starred Tony Randell and Jack Klugman with Penny Marshall from Laverne & Shirley Fame as a Frequent Co-Star. It has 8.0/10 stars after being off the air 38 years.
3. Sanford and Son (1972-1977) - This was one of the first shows to somewhat show Ghetto life on Television. The show is about a Junkyard owner and his son trying to make it. It starred Redd Foxx and Desmond Wilson with Lawanda Page co-starring as Sanford's Sister-in-law, Ester. It has 7.9/10 stars even though it has been off the air 36 years.
4. Bewitched (1964-1972) - This Fantasy/Comedy showed the ups and downs that come with the territory when you are a Mortal married to a Witch. It starred Dick York and Elizabeth Montgomery for most of it's run with York eventually being replaced by Dick Sargeant. It has a 7.6/10 Star rating 42 years after it went off the air.
5. Three's Company (1976-1984) - This show was about a Straight man who pretended to be gay in order to share an apartment with two attractive young women, even though the Landlord (played by Don Knotts from The Andy Griffin show) didn't normally allow it. It starred John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt. It has a 7.5/10 Star rating to this day.
6. The Jeffersons (1975-1985) - This Groundbreaking Comedy was one of the first to show an African-American Family that made it against the odds. A spin-off of another groundbreaking comedy called All in the Family, It starred Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as the new tenants in an upper class highrise apartment complex. It has a 7.4/10 star rating.
7. Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985) - I don't know a man that was in high school during this time-frame that didn't have a crush on Daisy Duke. The Actress who played her, Catherine Bach, is the reason that we have Daisy Duke Shorts to this day. The show told the story of two boys, Bo and Luke Duke, their Cousin Daisy, and Uncle Jessie trying to keep the Law and Mayor of Hazzard, Georgia law-abiding. It also starred Tom Wopat and John Schnider as the Duke Boys. The show ran for seven years, is number seven on my list, and has a 7.0/10 Star rating. If you're looking for a great Southern Style Comedy, You've hit the Jackpot.
8. Hee Haw (1969-1997) - This unique Music/Comedy Show that was on for 28 years is probably the longest running show on TV that a lot of you have never heard about. It was a Variety Show that starred Roy Clark and Buck Owens, two Country Singers in real life, as co-hosts and had a cast of regulars ala "In Living Color" as well as different Musical Guests each week. The main Female on the show was Gunilla Hutton, who played a nurse on some of the skits. It has a rating of 6.8/10 stars.
9. Fantasy Island (1977-1984) - To this day nobody has been able to come up with another show quite like this one. It was a trendsetter all it's own. This show, which was a spin-off of the Love Boat, tells the story of Mr. Roarke and his assistant, Tattoo, as they go through each week allowing their guests to have their wildest wishes come true. It starred Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize with Wendy Schall as a frequent co-star. It was unique in not only it's premise, but also being one of the first well-received show in the U.S. starring two Hispanic Men, one of whom was a Midget. It has a 6.6/10 Star rating.
10. The Love Boat (1977-1987) - The final show on my list had different guest-stars every week which would take a cruise on the Love Boat in order to find love or at least have a good time. It was well known for several reasons, Having a spin-off show in it's first season (see number 9), Having quite a few very famous actors, singers, etc. as guests, and having an African-American Bartender, among others. It starred Ted Lange as above mentioned bartender and Jill Whelan as the Cruise Co-Coordinator among others. It has 5.9/10 stars.
There they are, my ten favourite comedies not on Netflix. I hope you'll find at least some of them to your liking. if you can find them, they are worth a look As always, comment below if you have a favourite Comedy I missed, keep it clean, and follow me on [email protected] if you wish.