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In recent years, TV has become all about who has the longest-running seasons, best definition, and highest-paid actors.

Popular shows today re-use plot lines from shows that aired years ago. But when the original plots aired on shows like “The Munsters” and “The Andy Griffith Show,” they amused audiences to no end.

These shows still have a spot in fans’ hearts and will forever be considered classics.

I Love Lucy (1951-1957)

This show aired on CBS and starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as married couple Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Ironically, the couple was also married in real life and the show was produced by their production company Desilu Productions.

Each episode’s plot centered around Lucy’s crazy antics and amusing predicaments. Most of the time, Lucy got herself into sticky situations trying to “get into showbiz” like her husband, who was a bandleader.

The Ricardos’ best friends were Ethel (Vivian Vance) and Fred Mertz (William Frawley), former vaudevillians and current landlords.

The two couples often teamed up in skits that used physical comedy and witty humor.

The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)

This CBS sitcom starred Dick Van Dyke (also known for his role as as Bert in “Mary Poppins”), Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie, Rose Marie as Sally Rogers, Morey Amsterdam as Buddy Sorrell, and Larry Mathews as Richie Petrie.

The show focuses on Rob Petrie, a comedy writer on the Alan Brady Show. Rob is married to Laura and they have one son, Richie.

Rob works with his two best friends Buddy and Sally, who are also writers for the show. The trio are often seen working out comedy skits for the show, while simultaneously dealing with the funny antics of their own life.

The series won 15 Emmy awards and offered much success to its stars, including Mary Tyler Moore who would later go on to star in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967)

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of one of TV’s best sitcoms.

“Gilligan’s Island” follows the adventures of seven castaways as they try to survive on an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean.

The show has characters like First Mate Gilligan (Bob Denver), the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.), the millionaire (Jim Backus), the millionaire’s wife “Lovey” (Natalie Schafer), Ginger the movie star (Tina Louise), the Professor (Russell Johnson), and Mary Ann (Dawn Wells).

The show generated many sequels, including “Rescue from Gilligan’s Island,” “The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island,” and “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island.”

The first sequel, “Rescue from Gilligan’s Island,” follows the same characters when they are finally rescued off the island. Upon returning to the mainland, the castaways find they no longer fit into society and long for their old life in the Pacific.

The movie ends with all of the castaways ending up back on the island they had wished to be rescued from for so long.

I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970)

Barbara Eden stars as Jeannie in this fantasy sitcom. She’s a 2,000-year-old genie and her master is astronaut Capt. Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman).

In the pilot episode, Jeannie is rescued from a deserted island by Nelson, who has landed his one-man capsule on the desolate piece of land. Nelson tells her she’s free after she makes a rescue plane appear for him out of thin air, but Jeannie has fallen in love with the captain and puts her bottle in his duffel bag to follow him home.

Throughout the series, Jeannie gets Nelson into a few sticky situations. Besides fighting magnificent men like Ali, the Killer of Giants, the captain has to deny Jeannie’s existence from his friends and co-workers and dodge her unrequited love for him.

The show was created in response to the success  of ABC’s “Bewitched,” and producer Sidney Sheldon was inspired by the movie “The Brass Bottle” to create a show about a beautiful genie.

The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)

This show is the story of a lovely lady and a man named Brady, who each had three kids of their own.

Mike Brady (Robert Reed), a widowed architect with three sons, marries Carol Martin (Florence Henderson), a single mother with three daughters. The family blends together and the six children take part in many shenanigans.

Mike and his three sons Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Cristopher Reed), and Bobby (Mike Lookinland) open their home to Carol and her daughters Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb), and Cindy (Susan Olsen). The family also has a live-in housekeeper named Alice (Ann B. Davis).

The first season focuses on the awkward moments and changes the family has to go through to learn to live together and be one big, happy family. The show is a heartfelt comedy that focuses on the real trials of blended families and teen life.

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