Even though some of us have many, many channels on our TV, there are times when there just isn’t anything on.

While I do like my reality shows, the Food Network and the ID channel, some times there just isn’t much to choose from especially late at night. Yes, I am a hoot owl.

I am sure some of you remember when we only could access three stations and you had to walk over to the TV set to change the channel.

Thank God for remotes, because it makes my channel surfing a whole lot easier.

Of course most families back in the day only had one TV set and so it was mostly a mutual decision as to what we were going to watch.

Does anyone remember the TV show, “Name that Tune?” Now my family loved it and each night at 7 p.m. you would find all of us around the television trying to “Name that Tune” in one note.

It was always a fun time and a good show to test out your musical skills.

I would love to see the return of that show just to observe how it would be played out and what songs would be guessed today.

A few weeks ago, I was wide awake surfing the TV channels, when I came across the Groucho Marx and the “You Bet Your Life” show.

This was one of my favorite shows when in high school and it always came on at 10 p.m. on Thursday nights, which was of course a school night. I started watching the old show and I swear I laughed from the beginning to the end.

There always were contestants on the half hour show and Groucho would interview them. He would also ask them trivia questions and they had the chance to win $1,000.

There was also a magic word that would come down, usually held by a duck. If a contestant said the magic word, that contestant would win an extra $100.

What a great time in television that was. I watched as Groucho lifted up his bushy eyebrows and puffed on a big old cigar. Of course we know that today Groucho would not have had a stogie on television.

A couple was introduced and it was a lady and a gentleman and they were not married to each other so that made the show even funnier.

They answered a few trivia questions and then the lady brought out her dog that amazingly could add numbers.

The lady asked her dog what was four plus five. That dog actually barked nine times.

She then asked the mathematical canine, what is three plus one and the dog barked four times. I don’t know how the dog got so smart but it sure knew its arithmetic. The one thing she could not get the dog to do was sit.

The next show was another favorite of mine “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

You have to crack up at the antics of Granny, Jed, Jethro and Ellie Mae.

In one particular episode, the Clampetts had moved to Beverly Hills and they had a swimming pool which they called the cement pond.

The pool held some expensive ducks and Ellie Mae thought they would make a nice dinner.

As Ellie Mae was just ready to aim at the poor birds, Mr. Drysdale pulled up and hollered to the girl hunter Ellie, “No! No! Don’t shoot!”

In the meantime Granny was trying to start a fire in the big cookstove.

These are shows that always made me laugh and I was happy to watch. That same night, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” came on and Laura Petrie had on a house dress and pumps doing housework.

Then in those days there were usually a set of twin beds for a married couple.

These shows sure take us back to a different time, humor and situations. Often in black and white. Without stereo sound and high-def images.

If you ever are up late and surfing channels, try and watch some of the old shows that make you actually laugh out loud, or as they refer to it today, LOL.

If you remember any of these old shows and liked them, let me know and I’ll Give You A Penny for Your Thoughts.