Special Honourable Mentions To My Favourite Sitcoms I Watched As A Kid

Back in April of last year I wrote about my top 5 favourite sitcoms that I watched as a child (back in Kuwait, ages 1 till 11). This list is a few honourble mentions that either I watched very little of or the show didn’t last long but I have fond memories of them.

The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons was a spinoff sitcom from All in the Family that ran between the 1970s and the 1980s. It followed George and Louise Jefferson “moving on up, to the East Side” with their family in a new and expensive high-rise apartment. The show put George Jefferson, a notorious bigot and opportunistic businessman, at the center of it all alongside his much gentler wife Louise played by Isabel Stanford in an Emmy-winning role. The series was groundbreaking for how it tackled topics like racism and gun control, and for featuring a Black family at the forefront.

Diff’rent Strokes

Airing from 1978 to 1986, Diff’rent Strokes followed the lives of two young African-American brothers from Harlem – Arnold (Gary Coleman) and Willis Jackson (Todd Bridges) – who were adopted by wealthy widower Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) after their mother’s death. This sitcom tackled various topics such as race relations, class disparity, and drug abuse with sensitivity and humor. Coleman’s memorable catchphrase “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” became an enduring part of American pop culture.

He’s The Mayor

He’s the Mayor is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from January 10 to March 21, 1986. It stars Kevin Hooks as a 25-year-old man who is elected mayor of his hometown. He sometimes clashes with his widowed father, an electrician and comic relief Wardell, his friend who is now his chauffeur. David Graff who plays a counsilman is also hilaious in the show that only lasted 13 episodes before it as cancelled.

The Two Of Us

The Two of Us is an American television sitcom starring Peter Cook, Mimi Kennedy and Dana Hill that aired on CBS from April 6, 1981, to February 24, 1982. It is a remake of the British LWT sitcom Two’s Company (1975–1979). Cook plays an English butler named Brentwood, who works for a single American mother, Nan Gallagher (Kennedy). Dana Hill played Nan’s 12-year-old daughter, Gabby. Notable guest star was a very young Helen Hunt

Monopoly Is The Board Game I Remember Playing The Most

November 19th is Play Monopoly Day. Have you ever played Monopoly? If so, who did you play with? What happened? Who won?

Well does this game ever bring back memories. Even though I think we also played the Indian version called Hind Trade (with Indian places and Indian Rupees) Monopoly is where it’s at. I never owned a board of my own but a couple of my cousins did and whenever we had a few days off from school & college, we would gather up in one house and play hours and hours of games while listening to music. I associate monopoly with late afternoon & evening games with my cousins.

Hind Trade (not sure when this game came out, but I’m guessing early to mid 80s) was the first one we started playing on, which we played a lot during the summer holidays of the years 1987-90!  I’ve always felt that Monopoly was best played with 5 or 6 players at the maximum. More fun that way. Best time to play Monopoly would be immediately after lunch, spread out on the floor, on a large table or as we did at times, keeping the board on a bed and sitting on chairs around it! With some music playing throughout and you won’t even know how quickly the time passes by.

Evening rolls on by and you drink coffee, tea or juices and have a snack – the game still continues. When you are young this pleases the adults cause they can go one watching their movies & their tv shows in blissful peace and not have to worry about you guys! One summer in Kacheripady at my mom’s eldest brother’s house with 4 of my cousins, numerous evenings in Mattancherry with the entire gamut of cousins playing during summer, Onam and December vacations and one 2 week stay in Calicut where we used to play the game in the night – these will forever be in my pleasant memories list!