here.) Look at the way they are drawn (by Mike Grell) in this picture. I think at some point I transferred my affection for artwork like this onto those group shots you'd see in magazines (think the annual TV Guide Fall Preview issue!) I also have always liked tangible items like this that allow me to "have" the people and things I adore available to me. My recent post of TV and movie star Mexican cards whetted my appetite for more photos like those, so now we'll take a look at some.
Mission: Impossible (1966-1973.) Though silver daddy Peter Graves was not the initial leader of the team, he and his friends shown here were the group that made the show a hit and a household name.
I dearly love the expressions and body language of that same quintet in this pose below. I don't think I consider Barbara Bain the same caliber of actress that Emmy voters did (she took home three in a row!), but she certainly gave awesome face on the series!
Let's switch gears for a moment to enjoy some classic comedy series portraits. It's fun to see the gang from I Love Lucy (1951-1957) looking happy and healthy and in color.
Ted McGinley was one gorgeous looking man. Look at that face!
Night Court, as seen below, ran from 1984-1992 and John Larroquette won four consecutive Emmys for his smarmy character.
Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan if you're inclined to read more about them!
Another long-running western was Bonanza (1959-1973.)
Looking at some crime-fighters for a moment, we see the cast of The Mod Squad (1968-1973.)
As a fan of large cast shows, I adored L.A. Law (1986-1994) when it premiered, as did many viewers.
Several of the actors were back in 2012 for a redux of the show, which is still running, and I was startled to find that it really wasn't bad! The funeral episode for Larry "J.R. Ewing" Hagman was particularly great and included even more people from the old series.
Another staggering success during this period was Dynasty (1981-1989), which upped the ante on glitz and glamour. The shot below is from the 1982-'83 season.
The upper class players are shown above, while here we see the servants gathered together.
Andrews Stevens and it tanked! Like Yellow Rose, it lasted for only 22 episodes.