Imagine seeing something that you don’t remember. A brown beautiful chocolate man leading a television series that few people ever talk about.
The man is Georg Stanford Brown. The series is The Rookies. It is the trials and adventures of three young police officers. The show is from 1972. (granted I was just 7 years old at that time or this show would not have been on the list of anything I wanted to watch.) But here was an African American actor as a lead in a show.
Needless to say this show became my boyfriend for the weekend.
I thought the show was very cute looking at it from my 2021 brain. I mean attractive. George wore that afro. He looked good in the uniform and his street clothes were nice.
It was fun because of all the actors who guest starred on the show, like Jim Nabors, Tyne Daly, Richard Hatch, Annette O’Toole and John Saxon. And some even looked like me Margaret Avery, Kim Hamilton, Eric Laneuville, Louis Gossett, Jr and Teresa Graves. One of the co stars was Kate Jackson who later became one of Charlie’s Angels.
It reminded me of how simple life was back then. It is not a place I want to return to, but just interesting seeing what innocence looks like on a nation.
The best part of the Decades Channel is that they run weekend binges so that you can really get to know a show. As much as I hate to admit it, I watched more of Decade this weekend than any other channel. (I did cheat on my boyfriend with Hacks). I loved spending time in the 1970s.