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Car 54, Where Are You? (1961-1963)

One of the joys of being a kid in the early 1960's was the ability to watch TV series that are long gone, almost forgotten, and completely unknown to today's typical Neatoramanaut. One such series was Car 54, Where Are You?

From the IMDb we find:

Car 54 Where are You? is one of the funniest TV series to ever appear on television. The chemistry between the dim-witted but affable Gunther Toody (played by Borscht-belt stand-up comic Joe E. Ross) and his cultured but painfully shy bachelor partner Francis Muldoon (played by the pre-Munsters Fred Gwynne) rings true in every episode. You definitely get the feeling watching this comedy that these two cops are closer than brothers. What really makes this series outstanding though is the superior writing and the supporting actors. Al Lewis (Grandpa on The Munsters), Wally Cox, Nipsey Russell, Godfrey Cambridge, Charlotte Rae, Ossie Davis, Jake LaMotta (the subject of Scorcese's 'Raging Bull'), Rocky Graziano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack Gilford..these are just some of the well-known actors and personalities you'll see when watching this series.

My father and I used to watch this every week and I can attest that it could be hysterically funny. Unlike today's programming, this was a 'safe' series for parents to allow children to watch unsupervised, but my dear old dad loved it too. And oh, that opening theme song was a real earworm.

The series lasted for two seasons and YouTube seems to list all episodes. Below are embedded three I selected at random just based on their titles, for I haven't seen this series since it went off the air in 1962. Give it a look - you won't be disappointed.


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An excellent presentation. Here is my backlog queue at the moment:
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Mister Ed
mad, mad world
house on haunted hill
13 ghosts
legend of hillbilly john
my favorite martian
dusty’s trail
chicago teddy bears
you bet your life
sergeant bilko
frogs
lost in space
poseidon adventure
creature from the black lagoon
f troop
rawhide
rango
have gun will travel
i bury the living
night of the living dead
fritz von Erich, sportatorium
mchale’s navy
gomer pyle
captain nice and mr. terrific
the tingler
i’m dickens, he’s finster
man from uncle
t.h.e. cat
hogan’s heroes
wild, wild west
the lone ranger
cisco kid
pistols and petticoats
herculoids
milton the monster
jonny quest
alley oop
alias smith and jones
topper
roy rogers
death valley days
sky king
mickey mouse club
zorro
davy crockett
shane
the rifleman
jaimie mcpheeters
green acres
howdy doody
honey west
real mccoy’s
guns of will sonnett
attack ads - goldwater and apple
run for your life
run buddy run
the untouchables
the fugitive
thing with two heads
the magic sword
attack of the crab monsters
it’s about time
bonanza
my mother the car
the avengers
flipper
lassie
dobie gillis
hee-haw
she-creature
monster of piedras blancas
the land unknown
twonky
perils of penelope pitstop
tales from the crypt
santa claus conquers the martians
i dream of jeannie
50 foot woman
the vault of horror 1973
kung fu
mr. bill
the lost world

I keep telling you that you need to begin cranking these things out too. From your list, you are amply qualified.
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According to my mother the car, my man from uncle, Mr. Ed once told her that when he was in combat with the avengers of F-troop, my favorite Martian was a better series. They'd make a rat patrol to some quiet place like petticoat junction where they could watch it. Usually right around 12 o'clock high. I dunno though; Uncle Ed was in like the wackiest ship in the army and I don't mean McHale's navy. While he may have gun - will travel, he was one step beyond a secret agent and would never get smart.
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