The How I Learned Series features writers, storytellers, comedians, and other raconteurs holding forth on a different theme. It all happens every last Wednesday of the month, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you will have the best night of your life on those nights, repeatedly.



And When They Met It Was Murder

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Last night, in pretty serious anticipation of this Wednesday's How I Learned You Can't Do That on Television: Stories About TV, I was sipping on some Campari inside my approximately 196-degree apartment and recalling my favorite television show intros of my formative years. I could have done it all night. By which I mean, I did do it all night. Some of these musical themes get me SO WORKED UP! (Do not even get me started on the ABC Sunday Night Movie theme from 1982.)

However, I'm trying not to be outraged that the YouTubes will not let me embed the Dukes of Hazzard or Dallas or Cosby Show Season 2 openings, and that NBC won't allow us to revel in the pure joy that is the intro to The Rockford Files. Because, I mean, COME ON.

Anyway, enjoy diving into my online retro TV vortex, as shown below.* And see you Wednesday at the show, which will not all be about me or television programming from days of yore! It will star The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon blogger Jon Friedman, author of Skinny Diana Spechler, and writer for TED--you know, TED--Ben Lillie. So awesome and exciting. How I Learned--It's like The Love Boat meets Welcome Back, Kotter.























...And the OUTRO!

















** Not shown: Jake and The Fatman, Hardcastle and McCormick, Simon and Simon, Riptide, Oprah.