I absolutely love Nick At Nite because I get to watch all the shows my parents grew up on. At first black and white was so off-putting, but once I realized that whether or not something had color has little to do with the quality of the show, I was hooked. Black and white actually makes things look kind of beautiful.
The 1960s and 1970s were a special time for television. There was sound (yes, there were once silent films only), some shows were in color, but there was no technology. Shows had to rely on the smarts of writers to create real comedy and to pull off things as simple as fight scenes. Some of these clips are timelessly clever, while others a little ironically funny. I adore them for both reasons and hope you’ll get a kick out of ’em!
Groucho Marx Mirror Scene
This is so epic that the scene is still referenced in comedies today. The amount of choreography that must have went into this is amazing.
Robin Is A Girl
This is hilarious because of the absurd “Hollywood magic”. It makes absolutely no sense!
Taxi – Jim’s Driving Test
I love this show. Jim’s character is unfathomably clueless. It’s like you can see how much his brain hurts when he thinks.
Fonzie Jumps The Shark
Whenever a television show does something ridiculous to get more viewers they call it “jumping the shark,” ummm, here’s why.
It’s just so silly, it’s not funny, but so funny.
Charlie Chaplin Eats A Shoe
They’re really serious about eating this shoe.
Get Smart – The Cone Of Silence
I would have loved one of these as a kids. Me and my imaginary friends had a ton of secrets to share.
Star Trek – Spock vs. Kirk
The music, the blank staring, the poor fight choreography. It’s all so perfect. Nothing is happening, but they want us to believe so bad that something is happening.
The Addams Family Theme
It’s like an entire family of Darias.
What’s your favorite black and white TV show or movie? Let us know in the comments!