What I was watching 1980-1981

September 27, 2014

Journal, Lloyd

Here’s the next installment in the “What I Was Watching” series.  I’m pretty sure that I’m the only one who finds this fascinating. Here’s the first instalment. And here is the complete prime time schedule for 1980-1981 so that you can play along at home.

7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
S CHiPs Alice The Jeffersons Trapper John, MD
M That’s Incredible M*A*S*H x Lou Grant
T Happy Days Laverne & Shirley B.J. and the Bear Hart to Hart
W Real People (unless Daisy was guest starring on Enos) Diff’rent Strokes The Facts of Life Quincy
R !?!?!?! Magnum P.I. 20/20
F The Incredible Hulk vs. Benson The Dukes of Hazard NOT Dallas
S WKRP in Cincinnati  (2nd half of) Barbra Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters The Love Boat Fantasy Island


  • x: Nothing on, didn’t watch. (way fewer of these than in 1979-1980)
  • !?!?!?!: This was a real conundrum. Here were the choices:
    • Mork & Mindy / Bosom Buddies
    • The Waltons
    • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • vs.: Whichever one wasn’t a rerun
  • NOT Dallas: This is the only show I remember not being allowed to watch.
  • I fully admit that I should have been watching Hill Street Blues instead of Fantasy Island

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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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6 Responses to “What I was watching 1980-1981”

  1. Rachel Said on:

    Thursdays at 7 -- The Cosby Show? or was that a few years later…


  2. Lauren Said on:

    Now THERE’s a lineup I can remember. My family liked CHiPs, but I could take it or leave it. Mork & Mindy and Barbara Mandrell every time. No quandry in the Hofman household.


  3. Brad Said on:

    I remember all the shows, but I have no memory of watching them.


    • Lloyd Said on:

      Were you the remote control in your house? Some of my favorite conversations with my father were:

      “Change the channel.” and “Don’t turn the knob so fast.”


  4. Lauren Said on:

    Here. I think you guys might appreciate this: http://www.inthe80s.com/saturdays.shtml


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