Latchkey kids from the 1980s grew up with a very peculiar set of heroes and companions. I spent most of my after-school hours with a disparate group of Monkees, CHiPs officers, Partridges, Bradys and crinkly-nosed witches thanks to Nick at Nite's and TBS' endless reruns. While many of my peers were all about the exploits of Crockett and Tubbs, I was crushing on Michael Nesmith and Erik Estrada. I don't think it's any wonder at all that I grew up to work with cops and exclusively date musicians. There was a certain level of escapism that came with flipping on those shows after dealing with the trials and tribulations of junior high all day. And the musical ones, The Monkees and The Partridge Family, were the best combination of comedy, camp and dreamy boys. Davy Jones could narrow his eyes, shake his hair out of his eyes and launch into "Daydream Believer," and I was totally content. And while David Cassidy's Keith Partridge was a little whiny for my taste, I still couldn't resist "I Think I Love You." I know I wasn't alone, and that David and Davy still hold a place in the hearts of many Nick at Nite junkies who will be there to see them at NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, when they roll through town Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.75 to $69.75 and may be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
Sat., Feb. 6, 2010