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Classic Tube Television

Classic Tube TV Fantasy TV Network

I know a lot of people are involved in fantasy sports games....me?   I now present to you a "fantasy TV network."  Here it is....Classic Tube Television.

I love classic TV, and frankly I've been disappointed by the programming offered by the satellite networks which supposedly were going to specialize in nostalgic TV programing.  TV Land, Nick at Night and others have sold out to offer more contemporary programming as well as....gasp!....reality programming.  So, even though I don't program a satellite network, or ever hope to....I offer my selections for your imagination....enjoy the fantasy with me.










Children's TV
Love in the
Mid Day
Rock and Roll Oldies
Super Hero TV
Westerns
Mary Tyler
Moore TV












Military Comedy War TV Crime Fighters Classic Comedy/TV Comedy/Variety Adventure/Spy




Time
Mon, Wed & Fri
Tue & Thur

Sat
Sun
6:00am

Captain Kangaroo


Captain Kangaroo



Captain Kangaroo
Space Ghost
6:30am

Scooby Doo Where Are You?
7:00am
Mickey Mouse Club
Mickey Mouse Club

Flintstones
Underdog
7:30am
Flipper
Flipper

Jetsons
Ruff and Reddy
8:00am
Full House
Full House

Jonny Quest
Huckleberry Hound
8:30am
Happy Days
Laverne & Shirley

Hoppity Hooper
Tennessee Tuxedo
9:00am
Bosom Buddies
Perfect Strangers

Bullwinkle
Beany and Cecil
9:30am
Family Matters
Mork and Mindy

George of the Jungle
Fantastic Four
10:00am
Angie
Step by Step

Sky King
Mr. Ed
10:30am
Bridget Loves Bernie
My Mother the Car

The Monkees
My Favorite Martian
11:00am
Courtship of Eddies Father
Love on a Rooftop

Shindig


Adventures of Superman
11:30am
Bewitched
I Dream of Jeannie

Mr. Terrific
12Noon
Love American Style


Love Boat



Hullabaloo


Captain Nice
12:30pm

Green Hornet
1:00pm
Bob Newhart Show
That Girl

Cheyenne/Maverick alternate weeks

Batman-part 1
1:30pm
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore

Batman-part 2
2:00pm
Rhoda
Phyllis

Sugarfoot/Bronco Lane
alternate weeks

McHale's Navy
2:30pm
Maude
The Odd Couple

Broadside
3:00pm
Jeffersons
Partridge Family

Big Valley


Phil Silvers Show
3:30pm
Brady Bunch
Brady Bunch

Operation Petticoat
4:00pm
Gomer Pyle USMC
Munsters

Have Gun Will Travel
Hogan's Heroes
4:30pm
Beverly Hillbillies
Adams Family

Wanted Dead or Alive
The Rebel
alternate weeks
Ensign O'Toole
5:00pm
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island

Gunsmoke
Felony Squad
5:30pm
Petticoat Junction
Green Acres

Abbott and Costello Show
Honey West
6:00pm
Adam-12
Dragnet 1967-69

Jackie Gleason Show


The F.B.I.


6:30pm
Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith

7:00pm
Get Smart
F-Troop

Honeymooners
77 Sunset Strip



7:30pm
Barney Miller
Taxi

Honeymooners
8:00pm
Star Trek


Star Trek



Fantasy Island


Surfside 6
Hawaiian Eye
alternate weeks
8:30pm


Mon & Wed
Tue & Thur
Friday
Sat
Sun
9:00pm
Seinfeld


Seinfeld
The Invaders


Carol Burnett


Bourbon Street Beat
Roaring 20's
Adventures in Paradise
alternate weeks

9:30pm
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
10:00pm
Monday-Vegas
Wednesday-Mannix


Tuesday-Starsky and Hutch
Thursday-Baretta


The Outer Limits
(Original series)


Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In


Mod Squad


10:30pm
11:00pm
Streets of San Francisco


Man from U.N.C.L.E.


Twilight Zone
Smothers Brothers


Mission Impossible


11:30pm
Twilight Zone
12Midnight
Jack Benny
My Three Sons
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea


Midnight Special


Untouchables


12:30am
Burns and Allen
Blondie
1:00am
Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Donna Reed Show

Lost in Space
12 O'Clock High
Ironside
1:30am
Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Leave it to Beaver
2:00am
Father Knows Best
Real McCoys
Time Tunnel


Combat


Route 66


2:30am
I Love Lucy
Lucy Show
3:00am
Hazel
Danny Thomas Show
Land of the Giants


Garrison's Gorillas


Perry Mason


3:30am
Bachelor Father
Bob Cummings Show
4:00am
My Little Margie
Car 54 Where Are You
I Spy


Avengers


Peter Gunn
4:30am
Good Morning World
It's About Time
M Squad
5:00am
Bugs Bunny/Road Runner


Bugs Bunny/Road Runner


Bugs Bunny/Road Runner


Fireball XL 5
T.H.E. Cat
5:30am
Dennis the Menace
Please Don't Eat the Daises







These are not my favorite shows, but it is, I think, a logical schedule of classic TV from the 50's, 60's, 70's and even the modern day classic Seinfeld.  Like genre's were grouped to attract long term viewers through several programs.  Notice the grouping of the Miller-Boyett shows(Full House, Happy Days, Perfect Strangers, etc.), also the grouping of the Warner Brothers series of the 50's which aired on ABC during the late 1950's and early 1960's.  I also grouped military comedies and westerns for male viewers, lots of classic children's shows which could be enjoyed by contemporary kids, parents and grand parents as well. 

Sit coms with women were grouped during the mid days with the theme of Love in the Mid Day with classic 70's sit coms as well as Love American Style and the Love Boat.  Shows which have a family appeal are grouped during the dinner hour with more contemporary comfort TV selections during prime time leading into Star Trek.  Late night 60 minute crime dramas from the 70's go into the overnight 50's classic sit coms. 

Notice the break from the M-W-F and T-Th schedule on Friday nights when we feature TV Sci-Fi shows, right after Star Trek with The Invaders, the original Outer Limits, Twilight Zone and the Irwin Allen fantasy/sci-fi programs of the 60's.

Weekends feature a classic top 40 music block after the early morning kids programming based on the Saturday afternoon showing of American Bandstand during it's run in the 60's and 70's.  Instead of AB, we show classic shows from the Monkees, Shindig and Hullabaloo.  The rock shows are followed by classic adult westerns spanning the 50's and 60's.  By Saturday night, it was Jackie Gleason's night in the 1960's and it is on Classic TV as well, with the original filmed episodes of The Honeymooners followed by the Jackie Gleason Show hour long variety shows...."and away we go!"  Other Saturday night traditions are kept with Fantasy Island and The Carol Burnett Show.  Weekend variety shows are featured with The Smothers Brothers Show followed by NBC's Midnight Special at midnight, naturally.  Overnight we declare war....WWII with classic tv war dramas followed by the British import, The Avengers, which take us into childrens programs early Sunday morning.

Sundays begin with a great block of Hanna-Barbara, J. Watts Biggers and Jay Ward toons followed by favorites like Mr. Ed and My Favorite Martian.  That leads us into the Superhero block with the classic Adventures of Superman followed by the short lived 60's superhero series Mr. Terrific and Captain Nice, then The Green Hornet followed by the 60's cult classic Batman.  Military comedies follow with McHale's Navy, it's spinoff Broadside then Phil Silvers, Operation Petticoat and Ensign O'Toole.  Since the total number of episodes of many of these series are limited, a weekly presentation will make sure it won't grow stale with multiple airings.  We get into the evening crime fighting with 2 30-minute 60's shows Felony Squad and the first female P.I. Honey West.  Then it's the hour long crime fighters with a Sunday night classic again on Sunday night, Quinn Martin's/Warner Brothers' The F.B.I..  The 50's-60's Warner collection continues alternating some of the limited run series so as to extend the length of time for repeats later.  That would include the "hip" crime dramas of 77 Sunset Strip, and it's spinoffs Hawaiian Eye, Bourbon Street Beat and Surfside 6.  Other Warner series are included as well like the Roaring 20's and Adventures in Paradise.  The Quinn Martin/Desilu classic The Untouchables follow, with Ironside, Route 66 and Perry Mason and end with 2 30-minute crime classics Peter Gunn,  Lee Marvin's M Squad and  T.H.E. Cat.

The network would also air a number of old network TV promos from the 60's-70's and 80's during unsold commerical time.  Holidays would feature 6 hour marathons(Noon-6pm, 6pm to Midnight, Midnight to 6am) of other TV shows not on the regular schedule, but would be considered as replacements later based on audience reaction.  Some of these marathons could include series such as Too Close for Comfort, Best of the West, The Fall Guy, Growing Pains, Police Squad, MacGyver, Moonlighting, Airwolf, Designing Women, Magnum P.I., Murphy Brown, Alf, Baywatch, Chico and the Man, Empty Nest, Miami Vice, Baywatch, Hill Street Blues, Night Court, Quantum Leap, Mama's Family and L.A. Law.

One important note would be that the entire credits of each of these shows would run FULL SCREEN, with NO VOICE OVERS DURING THE CLOSING THEMES!!  A more translucent CTT bug would be necessary, but NO on screen lower third promos and reminders of what's coming up next, either!  The V-chip rating would be shown during a short 5-second ID/Image Brand graphic BEFORE each show open.  Each show would air in a almost a totally pristine presentation!!

Network programmers....take note....   Everyone else, enjoy the fantasy!

Doug

thanks to Bob Lee for almost all of the screen shots above!

It's not perfect....but the closest thing to Classic Tube TV is MeTV.  Hopefully you're in an area fortunate enough to get it....






updated 4/11/2015
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