Thursday Thirteen #9: Why I’m compelled to watch TV on Thursday Nights

Last week, the Celebrity Apprentice finished up. What? There was a Celebrity Apprentice? You hadn’t heard? Shocking!

Actually, I’m pretty sure that the only reason I know about it is because I feel like I’ve been basically programmed to check out television on Thursday nights, sweeps or no sweeps, writer strike or no writer strike, and as the network plans, I get sucked in. Especially on Thursdays. Why Thursdays? It’s because since 1983, I’ve been tuning in to NBC for some sort of television show or another. 1983 people. TWENTY-FIVE years they’ve delivered something decent on television just about every Thursday night. Here’s a list of some of my favorite Thursday night TV shows. And lest you think my parents were horrible letting me stay up til 10pm to watch such classics as Night Court, remember, I grew up on Central Time. The fun started at 7pm and was over at 9pm.

1. The Cosby Show (1984-1992)–I cannot believe that show was on until I was in COLLEGE.
2. Gimme a Break (1981-1984)
3. Cheers (1982-1993)
4. Family Ties (1983-1987)–Alex P. Keaton, Mallory, Jennifer…need I say more?
5. Night Court (1984-1988)–my brother and I thought this show was HILARIOUS
6. A Different World (1987-1993)–who didn’t think college was really like that? who didn’t love Dwayne Wayne???
7. Seinfeld (1992-1998)–Legendary. That’s all I have to say about that.
8. Mad about You (1993-1995)–again, this must have been on other nights.
9. Friends (1994-2004)
10. Will & Grace (2000-2005)–Just Jack!
11.My Name is Earl (2005-present)
12. The Office (2005-present)
13. Scrubs (2002-present)–but has also seen it’s share of different nights

That’s a lot of sitcoms, most of which (in my pop culture opinion) have stood the test of time: Syndication. Click here for all you ever wanted to know about Thursday nights on NBC. What were some of your favorites?

Happy Thursday Thirteen!

10 Replies to “Thursday Thirteen #9: Why I’m compelled to watch TV on Thursday Nights”

  1. I enjoy The Office, though I prefer the original. I used to watch Scrubs but it has lost its edge and has become too cuddly and bland.

  2. I can tell you did your homework because I am a bit of a TV schedule freak. Along with some of the ones you listed, other Thursday night shows I watched are:

    L.A. Law
    Just Shoot Me

  3. I loved Mad about you – but that’s probably the last TV show I watched. We haven’t had a TV for a long time now…. It’s weird to have missed so much!

    Happy TT!

  4. I watched alot of those shows. Will & Grace was one of my favorites. However, the #1 show that actually made me cry when it went off the air??? Sex in the City. I cant wait for the movie:) Happy TT.

  5. Oh my gosh, you are so right. I cried when The Cosby Show went off the air…and then Cheers! I wondered how I would ever survive Thursday…

    When we were letting Jake and Emma cry it out, I would always think of that Mad About You episode where they did that and didn’t take a commercial break. Funny the stuff we remember…

  6. Definitely some great shows there! For some reason I’ve always loved Thursday tv too, can’t forget ER though. 😉

  7. I’m new to central time. 7pm is WAY too early! lol Something to get used to, I’m sure. Love the shows on NBC.

  8. me+NBS Thursdays= wonderful. I tried to explain to my boyfriend why I was so excited about Thursdays again now that the writer’s strike is over and he totally didn’t get it.

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