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Afternoon TV flashback

Having been home on medical leave for around a month, I watched a lot of afternoon TV. In case you haven't had that luxury--here's what you're missing: lots and lots of judge shows, talk shows, infomercials, and a handful of soap operas. Even though we had fewer channels when I was a kid, it seemed like we had better variety. Yeah, we still had soap operas (and more of them), but we also had quite a few game shows. Before I started getting hooked on soaps (the first two for me were Guiding Light and Days of Our Lives), I watched a lot of game shows. Some would seem familiar to you--like The Price Is Right. I remember when that show first came on..it was just a half hour! Later it was expanded to an hour. I liked Bob Barker because I remembered him from Truth or Consequences. There was also The Gong Show..a talent competition not very different from today's America's Got Talent. Okay..it was quite a bit different..because most of the acts were horrible. I watched Match Game (star-studded big money Match Game '73!) and also liked another celebrity show...Tattle Tales, even though it was actually kind of stupid. Here's a fun clip of that show, featuring Betty White with the love of her life, Alan Ludden. Enjoy.

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Afternoon TV flashback
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