Growing up in the 1970's, my two big TV star crushes were Lee Majors as Steve Austin in "The Six Million Dollar Man" and Parker Stevenson as Frank in "The Hardy Boys". While Shaun Cassidy as Joe was the biggest teen idol, Frank Hardy and Steve Austin and the actors who played them represented, for me, all that was perfect about American TV. As a child if I wasn't watching TV I would be reading and it would usually be my Doctor Who books with the Tom Baker covers or the many Hardy Boys novels by Franklin W. Dixon just like the one below.The book above, "The Haunted Fort", is the exact same edition that I got out of my library many, many years ago. My other favourite TV shows growing up were "Space 1999", "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" "Battlestar Galactica", "The Brady Bunch" and "Charlie's Angels".
"Charlie's Angels" and "The Hardy Boys" were pure escapist, entertaining TV. I hated the movie adaptations of "Charlie's Angels" and I can just imagine how awful the movie version of "The Hardy Boys" would be like. There have been rumours that Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller are to play Frank and Joe in a movie for Twentieth Century Fox called "The Hardy Men". Especially with Ben Stiller involved you can only imagine that this will be played for laughs. The original trio of "Charlie's Angels", Kelly, Sabrina and Jill were the best. While Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan and Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Jill Munroe were both gorgeous and fab, Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett was always my favourite Angel.Recently I came across this great TV clip taken from "The Hardy Boys Mysteries", where Frank and Joe were investigating a case in Hollywood and Frank walks onto the "Charlie's Angels" set. TV worlds collide and the result is truly memorable!