Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney.
Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.
Renowned bandleader Lawrence Welk began his own variety series in 1955... and it has never stopped running. Each program was straightforward musical numbers from Welk's band (many of which had featured solos at one point or another), as well as vocal selections and dance numbers from the show's cast. Most of the introductions to the performances, read stiffy by Welk, were kept short. Many of the shows revolved around a certain theme (e.g., "The Music Man" or the Fourth of July), with appropriate songs and dance numbers. The most famous of the featured singers were the Lennon Sisters (Dianne, Janet, Kathy and Peggy), who were featured most every week for 13 years. At the end of each show, Welk would invite women from the audience on stage to dance with him as the theme, "Bubbles in the Wine" (and later, "Champagne Fanfare") played. The show enjoyed a 16-year network run on ABC, and later a succesful 11-year syndicated run. Just months after the original series ended, older shows (from ... Written by
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.... And, Boy, Could Welk Ever Play A Mean Accordian!
Ooooh! Bubbles! Bubbles! Bubbles! Look at all of the pretty bubbles!
If you're interested in taking a trip to good, old "Squaresville, USA", then you need look no further than The Lawrence Welk Show from the 1960s, and beyond.
In a world where rock'n'roll was literally everywhere, TV impresario and conductor, Lawrence Welk offered the viewer conservative music, polkas and novelty songs as his idea of a musical alternative.
Even though Welk's show did have a tendency to be quite cute, corny, and cheesy, at times, its wholesome, good-natured atmosphere certainly did appeal to a vast North American audience and, with that, his show endured (by popular demand) for (get this!) 27 solid seasons.
*Note* - Lawrence Welk died in 1992 at the ripe, old age of 89.
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