Having grown up in the late 70s and 80s I wonder how much the people and stories from inside that box effected my worldview and character. I think I will make a quick list of the first few to pop into my head:
Ponch and John
Aside from those who I thought of first most of my favorite shows were all basically the same, they all feature a guy (it was almost always a guy aside from the bionic woman and Isis) who went around fighting injustice and helping people. He usually achieved this with the help of his trusty car or motorcycle or he posses some special skill or ability. In addition to the regular shows I often watched the Steve Tatone (car dealer) Sunday Morning Movie. These usually starred Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Peter Fonda or were some cowboy, there were also some love movies but not that often.
Hmm something to think about. Who did you watch?