Decades launched in May 2015 as an ambitious destination for classic TV discovery. Each weekday, the channel offered a different curated, thematic trip down television’s memory lane – sort of a TV equivalent to how cable’s TCM handles movie history.
The last vestiges of that original vision will end this Monday, March 5, when Decades – whose tagline is “Relive. Remember. Relate.” — launches a regular weekday schedule that puts it squarely in the same classic TV space as rival over-the-air channels Antenna TV, Cozi TV, GetTV and MeTV.
Granted, Decades’ original idea of tying each day’s content to that specific date in history could get a bit weird: “a jumble of ‘serious’ events that might appear in actual history books, interspersed with pop-culture junk history that might appear only in People magazine,” as MediaPost’s Phyllis Fine pointed out a couple of months after the channel’s launch.
“How about the birthday of Linus Pauling (Feb.28), advocate for Vitamin C therapy, as the day to run the Vitameatavegamin episode of I Love Lucy?,” Fine humorously suggested.
Ok! To celebrate Pauling’s birthday today — and relive, remember and relate to Decades’ original concept — The Savvy Screener would love to oblige. Unfortunately, we can’t show the whole episode, only the following priceless five minutes:
If you love Lucy, though, you’ll be happy to know that the funny redhead (in black-and-white, of course) leads off Decades’ new weekday schedule, Monday at 9 am, with the series’ first two episodes. By our calculation, the Vitameatavegamin episode, officially titled “Lucy Does a TV Commercial,” will air Friday, March 23, at 9:30 am.
This Monday, through 6 pm, you’ll also be able to see the first episodes of Our Miss Brooks, I Married Joan, The Donna Reed Show, Family Affair, Petticoat Junction, The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, as well as a couple of season four episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Primetime, where Decades first made the switch to a regular schedule in December 2016, will now feature the channel’s flagship news/entertainment retrospective show Through the Decades at 8 pm, followed by The Dick Cavett Show at 9 and The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show at 10.
On weekends, Decades will continue airing massive “binge” marathons of various shows, with the next two weekends featuring The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Doris Day Show.
For Decades’ full schedule, visit decades.com/schedule.
You can watch Decades free with an antenna hooked up to your TV set. For the channel number in your area, go to Decades.com and follow the steps in this video:
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