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American actor, director and writer Alan Alda in the driving seat of a jeep, surrounded by Loretta Swit and other cast members of the hit television show M.A.S.H, in costume as members of a US Army medical corp. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

I turned 50 earlier this year along with some great television shows. I ready earlier this week that M*A*S*H just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary.

My curiosity took over and I began wondering about other television shows that are celebrating 50 years in 2002. I discovered some my favorites and learned a few things in my search. People needed a release in 1972. There was Watergate and Vietnam  that divided the country. Some of these shows still addressed some serious subjects, but most made us laugh.

Turning 50 was pretty good. I have come to appreciate things little things more and enjoy the time I have here.

1. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
2. Practice Gratitude
3. I appreciate that I get offered a “Seniors” discount from time to time.
4. I like to wake up early on the weekends and watch the sun rise.
5. I don’t like crowds as much as I used to, but I love pets. Check out John’s Patrick’s Rescue of the Week.

I’m also  in good company with what the kids call “vintages shows.” I think we had some pretty good music too. I’ll save that for another time. Enjoy the list below.

Email me if I missed any! chris@wgac.com.

TELEVISION SHOWS THAT ARE 50 THIS YEAR

  • The Bob Newhart Show

    50 Years

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Bob Newhart attends Backstage Creations Giving Suite At The Emmy Awards – Day 2 at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for Backstage Creations )

  • Emergency

    50 Years

    399364 32: Actor Randolph Mantooth attends NBC’s 75th Anniversary All-Star Reception January 9, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. Stars from NBC’s past and present attended the reception held for the nation’s TV critics as part of the TCA Press Tour. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Kung Fu

    50 Years

    04-02-97 HOllywood, Ca David Carradine gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • Maude

    50 Years

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA – DECEMBER 09: Actress Bea Arthur speaks during the 2008 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel on December 9, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • The Price Is Right

    Bob

    LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 25: Former host Bob Barker speaks during a segment of “The Price Is Right” at CBS Television City on March 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Sanford and Son

    50 Years

    American actors Red Foxx (1922 – 1991) (left) Demond Wilson in a still from the television series, ‘Sanford And Son,’ c. 1974. (Photo by NBC Television/Courtesy of Getty Images)

  • The Waltons

    50 Years

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA – SEPTEMBER 5: Former cast members of the long running telelvision series “The Waltons” (L-R) Kami Cotler, Mary McDonough, Michael Learned, Lisa Harrison, Jon Walmsley, and Judy Norton attend the “In the Know” Facts about Cosmetic Surgery Risks media conference, “No On Silicone” at the Beverly Hills Hotel September 5, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California. Women in entertainment rallied together at this event against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifting restrictions on Silicone Breast Implants. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)