Barb Oates

As a child of the ’70s, my go-to toys were Mrs. Beasley and the Sunshine Family. I enjoyed pretending with my grade school classmates that we were the girls’ version of the Bay City Rollers, but the British rockers stood little ground against my love affair with Andy Gibb and Donny & Marie. As for TV and movies, don’t even get me started on Little House in the Prairie and The Outsiders. As for other things pop culture, I’m still trying to figure out the Rubik’s Cube, and I’m still hoping the Captain’s Steak Joynt and that fabulous cheese fondue will see their return. Hope the memories and stories we share bring you a smile and good laugh.

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BARRY MANILOW'S A VERY BARRY CHRISTMAS -- Season: 2023 -- Pictured: Barry Manilow

Get in The Holiday Spirit With ‘Barry Manilow’s A Very Barry Christmas’

Music legend Barry Manilow and his band perform his greatest hits and holiday favorites in Las Vegas.

Ladies of the 80s: A Divas Christmas:

Ladies Of The ’80s Star in Lifetime Holiday Movie

Seasons Greetings from Nicollette Sheridan, Donna Mills, Travis Burns, Morgan Fairchild, Taylor Ann Thompson, Linda Gray and Loni Anderson in this original Lifetime movie.

Alison Arngrim and Jon Provost

Small Plates: TV’s Top Kid Stars Share Their Favorite Meals & Recipes

Exclusive interview with Hollywood historian & author Laurie Jacobson. Plus here famous hubbies pot roast recipe!

LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, 1976-1983.

So That’s What “Schlemiel!” “Schlimazel!” and “Hasenpfeffer” Actually Mean!

Schlemiel, schlimazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated! We all know the lyrics of “Laverne & Shirley’s” catchy theme song, but what in the world did that mean?

Strange Behavior (Dead Kids) and Next of Kin double feature at the Orpheum

Rare Slasher Flick ‘Strange Behavior’ (aka ‘Dead Kids’) Comes to the Big Screen

‘I Like It Spooky’ podcasters brings rare double feature to Galesburg, Illinois at the restored Orpheum Theater.

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN, George Schlatter, 1968-73.

What Makes George Schlatter Television’s Best “Accident”?

Judy Garland tried to kill George Schlatter? Sammy Davis Jr. had George buy him a house? Cher walked out on him? George survived Frank Sinatra’s bad mood, and the stories go on about TV’s brilliant creator of ‘Laugh-In.’

American Top 40 Countdown! Casey Kasem’s First Show July 4, 1970

It’s the best-selling and most played songs from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico on July 4, 1970.

‘Parent Trap’ & ‘Pollyanna’ Actress Hayley Mills Coming to Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Con

Hayley Mills was the original ‘Parent Trap’ teen queen starring as the tomboy Susan and the all-proper Sharon. The 77-year-old star, along with her older sister Juliet Mills, will be signing autographs and meeting fans at the convention.

“It’s 10pm. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?”

What do you remember about one of TV’s most memorable taglines?

Beanie Collector magazine

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Beanie Babies

Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies, was the Willy Wonka of the toy industry. Learn more about the mysterious man, the people behind the craze and where to get your Beanie Babies appraised now.

Tom Wopat from The Dukes of Hazzard stars in County Line

‘Dukes of Hazzard’s’ Tom Wopat Returns to a Familiar TV Role

Tom Wopat returns to a familiar role and isn’t afraid to get roughed up and dirty.

Ann Robinson 2019 with War of the Worlds poster art

Ann Robinson Interview on ‘War of the Worlds,’ Spielberg’s Nod to Her in ‘E.T.’ & More

Sci-fi actress Ann Robinson celebrates another year around the sun and shares more on her most famous roles.

LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, Jerry Mathers, on-set, 1957-63

Jerry Mathers Talks ‘Beaver,’ His Infamous Audition & How His Dog Saved His Life

“If not for that dog, I wouldn’t be here today,” the beloved child actor tell us.

C Thomas Howell, Backstage With Tommy Howell

Tommy Howell Takes Us ‘Backstage’ With Charlie Sheen, Cast of ‘E.T.’ & More

“I’ve known the Sheen family since I was a young boy. I did ‘The Outsiders’ with Emilio … I did ‘Red Dawn’ with Charlie when I was 16. Then at 22, I did ‘Gettysburg’ with their father.”

Patrick Duffy and Linda Purl Share Happy Family Memories & More

‘Dallas’ star Patrick Duffy and “Happy Days” star Linda Purl talk about their famous rolls (or is it roles)?

Album covers of various 80s bands part of the 2024 The 80s Cruise

Calling All ’80s Fans! Meet Up With These Legends

Want to meet 38 Special, Soft Cell, Air Supply, Debbie Gibson, Sebastian Bach, Wang Chung and more? We go behind the scenes of one of the biggest ’80s parties around!

King of Collectibles_Netflix

That Sold For What?!? Meet Ken Goldin, The ‘King of Collectibles’

Take a thrilling look at the consigning, authenticating, security, marketing and selling of some of the world’s most rare items.

Carol Burnett_Carol Burnett Show

What’s Carol Burnett Doing for Her 90th Birthday?

Carol doesn’t want balloons, cakes or confetti to celebrate her 90th birthday. Here she shares her actual plans for her big day.

They Starred on ‘Little House’? Johnny Cash, Jason Bateman & More!

Some surprising stars of today and of the past once frequented the beloved series.

BEWITCHED, Elizabeth Montgomery

How Well Do You Remember ‘Bewitched’: Take Our Quiz!

Today would have been the TV icon’s 90th birthday. Test your wits with some ‘Bewitched’ and Lizzie trivia.

Bewitched, Elizabeth Montgomery

Reelz Doc Explores the True Story Behind Icon Elizabeth Montgomery

“Oh, goodie,” an enthused Elizabeth Montgomery said when she opened the gates of her Beverly Hills home to share her story.


Preserving & Repairing Historic Homes Takes Some Special People

Brett Waterman, host of Magnolia Network’s hit series ‘Restored,’ shares his story on returning historic homes to their former glory.

Stephanie Mills, 1970

Music Legend Stephanie Mills Is Living Her Best Life

The Grammy-winning singer catches us up on her return to television, touring and more.

White Mountain Puzzle of TV History featuring a collage of TV stars and TV moments

Ready For a Real TV History Challenge?

Can you find these stars in the puzzle? Better yet, want to win this puzzle for yourself?

CollectorsCall host Lisa Welchel, Rich Correll, Jo Moe
Classic TV On Today

Is It ‘Collector’s Call’ Most Valuable Collection Yet?

This collector is also one of the most interesting, as well, as he was Beaver’s (Jerry Mathers) best man and Judy Garland’s neighbor!?

THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, Carol Burnett, 1967-78

Carol Burnett Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Her 90th Birthday Bash

Find out why there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, as countless celebrities took to the stage to celebrate with the comedy icon.

OUTSIDERS, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, C.Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise

‘The Outsiders’ 40 Years Later: Where Is the Cast Now?

On March 25, 1983 a relatively unknown cast came together to shoot Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Outsiders,’ all of them would go on to become enormous stars. Catch up on the cast, including Ponyboy’s new Nashville gig in May!


Barbie Dreamhouse Is Star of New TV Series

One passionate Barbie fan will get the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime stay in a real-life Barbie Dreamhouse (complete with a Ken Den).

THE WIZARD OF OZ, still of ruby slippers, 1939, National Museum of American History

Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers: You’ll Never Believe What It Takes to Preserve Them

Silver slippers instead of red? The preservation chamber? Flaking paint? What really goes into preserving an 80-year-old film artifact?

Host Eric Hollenbeck works in his studio, as seen on The Craftsman, Season 1 Eric Hollenbeck with one of his finished projects, as seen on The Craftsman

Forgotten Treasures: Eric Hollenbeck Is ‘The Craftsman’

Woodworking extraordinaire Eric Hollenbeck, a self-taught master woodworker, built his life around preserving and restoring buildings and items of the past. He’s also known as ‘The Craftsman.’