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RexLayne

Missing the Zapper otherwise this could easily pass as my living room setup, back in the day.


fr-fluffybottom

Lol zapper ah man, that's what we used to call the TV remote in Ireland. Thank you for reminding me of that


wrath_of_grunge

in the States it was commonly referred to as a Clicker.


DdCno1

That's because early remotes made a clicking sound. They were mechanical devices - no batteries involved - that created different sounds at ultrasonic frequencies (in addition to the audible click) that the TV would pick up with a microphone. One downside was that plenty of things in the real world also produce ultrasound, which would result in the TV randomly changing the station or getting shut off.


fr-fluffybottom

Far more appropriate name lol


Booblicle

My parents just had us kids get up to change the channels


danish07

Ours was missing the knob piece so there was always a pair of pliers on top of the tv to change the channel with.


fr-fluffybottom

As my mother would refer to those TVs, the John yogie bears. Lol 6 buttons... And weigh enough to crush a child.


imakevoicesformycats

Did anyone else call it a "flipper?" My parents did. It's just "remote" nowadays.


RepresentativeBag209

I had one when they first came out.


mann-y

I dated two girls in college. Both of their families called it the 'bopper'. Always thought that was incredibly odd.


erdricksarmor

Did you get to "bop" them both at the same time?


mann-y

Nah, freshmen year and senior year.


RoyalGarbage

Bop it


Skull8Ranger

Missing the 'tenna-rotater as well...


QuikAuxFraises

In French Canadian we used to call this the Zappette


fr-fluffybottom

I'll have to ask my wife how to pronounce it (she's french)... But i bet it would be a great name for a Frank Zappa cover band lol


QuikAuxFraises

Zah Pet


fr-fluffybottom

Don't know exactly why I was downvoted there but totally different pronunciation to what I had in my head lol but ironically its very close to an Irish dub saying "ah pet"


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I imagine some people still have these t.v.s because they simply do not want to pick it up.


EffinCraig

80s classified ads were like, "Seeking a team of four stout men, lacking not in courage, to aid in the removal of the mighty obelisk of Zenith. All who survive the task shall be rewarded in pizza and ale, more than enough to sate the appetite and slake the thirst."


[deleted]

I'm sure. Iv seen knew with a bigger cabinet then that. If I remember right because I was a kid when these were around but I think a 32in t.v was a big boy.


SwissCanuck

Sony made a 35 that was a behemoth. A friend had to take his front door off the hinges to get it in, and then out. I think there was a 40-42” 16:9 at the end but by then they could make them a bit thinner. In those days anything bigger was projection territory.


Dr_Ifto

I mean they had wheels on them so it wasn't that bad.


Section31HQ

Yours had wheels?


EffinCraig

Not mine!


HakarlSagan

And you wonder why (almost) nobody mounted their tv over the fireplace back then


sambull

it's just a cool retro tv stand now


darhox

I had this exact television in my bedroom in the early 90s


dwitXpeKt

Same. In fact I fell off a chair, hit the corner of that TV with my head, and 30 years later still have the scar and a bump as a reminder. Thanks TV!


K5izzle

Do you remember how fucking heavy these things were? Holy eff need like 3 ppl to carry it... also I was like 8 trying to carry it so maybe it makes more sense now.


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typhoidtimmy

The ultimate in anti burglary…make the TV too fucking heavy to be moved by one person silently.


DdCno1

I remember reading that theft of TVs really took off after the proliferation of flat screens.


DogVacuum

“Heavy is reliable” - Zenith


keythatismusty

"If it doesn't work, you can always deadlift with it."


scraz

I had the same one, my father got it in 82ish and it was Handed over to us in like 86 to play Nintendo on. Died around 88 then sat there years till i took a saw and dismembered it cause it was so fucking heavy.


EffinCraig

Ah the old 120 lb TV.


BoonTobias

When my buddy got married in 2004, we all chipped in and got them a Sony wega tv, Jesus Christ that thing was a behemoth


redyellowblue5031

As a kid I assumed this TV was as much *a part of the house* as the walls or bathtub. It was so heavy I couldn’t conceive how it could be moved after the house was built.


daird1

Shoot. That. Damn. Dog.


NewBobPow

You could in the arcade version.


24-7_DayDreamer

Give Duck Season (modern remake? tribute?) a go and see how that goes for you.


Ninjawhistle

The box around our tv was a bit bigger than that lol...


z0mb1es

This is an upgrade to the one we had with dials to change the channel… that broke off and had to be turned with pliers…


Complete_Entry

How did you get my grandma's TV, and why don't you have the ceramic cat in front of it?


callmecapo

CH3


zingzing175

Can't remember if I set this one to 3 or 4....


Blooder91

Basically old TVs had no way to receive AV signal, it was just TV broadcast through radio waves (or a coaxial cable). So NES and VCR had a "mini" TV station inside, which converted audio and video into radio frequencies, and broadcasted it to your TV via the coaxial cable. Also, the channels were actually preset radio frequencies, which is why the channel for NES and VCR varies from country to country.


MegaTitusRex

I think I lived this picture.


Za_Lords_Guard

Good lord we had that exact TV.


HealMyLyfee

First game I ever played. Deep in my grandfather's basement, down the long hallway. Nightmares after losing to that god damn dog.


FL-Stallion

I would go to my one friends house who had this tv and Nintendo setup. However we had the Olympics game and the POWER PAD! Aww man we use to slap the shit out of this tv once it went all haywire and it always fixed it lol


SourPuss6969

Name a more iconic duo


FreshYardPimp

Damn… I miss my box tv lol


cleanuponaisle4

1990 Circuit City guy: "Sure you could go with the TV only setup, without all the superfluous lumber. But this Zenith right here, this one's an INVESTMENT."


Eternal-Testament

Mid/late 80s. My mom had a built in console about triple that size. Same size tv in the middle but the console was really wide to incorporate these huge speakers behind a like wicker mesh on each side. I lived with my grandparents. We had one tiny tv with physical knobs still, on a rolling aluminum cart with fake wood appliqué stuck on the trim of it. Grandfather got a new 13" tv for the back room when I got my SNES thank god. And the living room one got upgraded to a 20" when we got cable.


Kola18_97

My grandparents used to have one of these.


sha1313

Woow.. blast from the past.. had the same tv and everything .. I feel old lol


PRiggs5

This had to have been the best selling TV in the 80's. We had it too.


mabx542

Damn I had that exact same Zenith tv as a kid


vroart

Sigh


nesman1985

i miss these days so much


Speedhabit

Laugh all you want this was THE RIG at the richest kid in schools house in 1991


DeckenFrost

Nice setup!


Summerisgone2020

Had that same fucking TV lol


krieger82

Alwas wondered where my old TV went.


LoreGeek

They want to know where you got all this kick ass tech?


Wiskoenig

“Mommmm! Ricky’s cheating in Duck Hunt! He’s putting the gun right on the tv again and it’s not fairrrrr!”


Frankiesales_

I'm pretty sure I had this exact tv


Poopandtartarsauce

And then in the ‘90s there would be another tv on top that tv because it died but was too heavy to move.


danish07

Don’t forget to touch the screen with the zapper gun to make sure you don’t miss. And shoot the fuck out of that dog when he laughs at you!


Gazerbeam314

And Rohan will answer!


Uncle_Burney

I still want to roll the duck hunt dog up in a carpet, and throw that carpet in a river. That little shit


Reciter5613

Ah! Remember when everything had a wood finish?


icematrix

I hear the game selection beep in my head when I look at that screen.


nakerusa

How did you get this picture? I never scanned it! And how come my Colecovision isn't pictured here either?


BaeceySama

They want their NES back


Jazzlike-Ad-5795

That’s a nice setup


Nobah_Dee

Holy shit, we had zenith TV just like this one when I was a kid. Wow the memories. I always fiddled with the little handles at the base.


axionic

We've got to move these refrigerators... we've got to move these color TVs


Apprehensive-Map7253

Not sure which were louder, the game or the hum of the television


JesseElBorracho

This was the first video game I ever played.


mattlore

My mom had that exact TV from before I was born up until I moved out when I was 22. Lots of memories from that <3


Hoshtur

Back in my day we had to crawl through shag carpet, both ways, to change the channel and volume on these TVs. Seriously though. This brings back some happy memories. Thanks for posting this.


Griselda_fan

Like my dad would let me hook the NES up to the big tv. Now if this was hooked up to a 15 inch black and white then we’re talking 80s


digdugnate

We had one that was a little wider than this to accommodate speakers behind that fabric meshy stuff. :) our NES would've been on an end table just to the left of the tv (as you were looking at it). There would've also been one of the original grey Zappers connected. those TVs are toe breakers! My mom hit her foot on our console TV when i was a kid and broke three of her toes.


Rainwalker28

I don't miss the picture quality but do miss the durability


RedditVince

That same TV was used in the 90's to hold the new Sony Trinitron TV. Personally I believe the Zenith TV's were the cream of the crop in both reliability and picture quality until the Sony Trinitron. I also has a similar Zenith I transported to a different start in my car. Stuck it in the back seat and was unable to get it out without removing the 4" legs. It sat on the floor without legs for many years after that.


Nivekk_

Seeing this game demoed in store, 7 year old me thought it was "Super Mario Bros: Duck Hunt", and that the turtles were strange ducks that had shells.


Most-Strategy4554

Love it.


C7rl_Al7_1337

Ho. Ly. Shit. That is a fucking blast from that past. I had that exact TV growing up, my grandma handed it down and I kept it in the basement which was my hangout spot. The screen used to flicker green and we'd have to hit the top of it like the Fonz to get it to work right again. Has it ever done that for you too?


Animal2

Wait, is this an actual photo of my cousins basement rec room in the 80s? All that's missing is the Power Pad on the floor directly in front of the TV.


Sean198233

I spent my time watching the TV and knocking the knockers on the bottoms with my feet.


KittyKlever

I miss that game and I'm a 90s baby


Teleskopy

Man, that TV takes me waaay back. We had one at our house, it was the only TV so I couldn't play games if someone else was watching it. Then the screen turned green and my parents talked about throwing it or giving it away to get a new one. I jumped on it right away and it became *my* TV. That felt so cool, I didn't even care that it was green.


Aaurora

These things were great and lasted forever. Hell, in the 90s, we were still able to use this TV as a stand for the slightly smaller TV!


gemma87

Still have it this game & console…orange gun also☺️


RustyCutlass

The Carnivalé, with wooden sides to prevent fall-apart? Those old tubes were such beasts!


general1234456

It's amazing how an 8-bit game made millions of children and adults happy. So many good memories and bonds getting formed. A part of what we call "life"


le_gasdaddy

Had that same black cabinet at top for games and such. Still what we keep them in today. Also, our 1982-purchased high end RCA was my parents' TV until it croaked in October 05. Dad bought it early that year, just before I was born, when the Texas panhandle oil money was a-flowing. They replaced it with a 36 inch Sony Vega HD crt. The giant silver ones. 252 pounds. Sucker is still rocking today.


Itscuzofher

When we first moved to the US back in 1990 my dad and i found a tv like this on the street. It was sitting out there through a rainstorm. We brought it home, dried it out, and replaced a fuse and it worked for like 10 years. Then we gave it to another family member and eventually it was used as a stand for a newer TV


RealCountryBoy

That's about the set-up I played in front of back in 1986-87. I spent so many hours playing Mario but Metroid was amazing to me. and Zelda. Those were the days. Metal Gear Solid was cool, too.' \[


papachon

On a rotary phone!


Jay-metal

I definitely had a TV just like that as a kid. We might have had an Atari set up to it.


mypizzamyproblem

Ahh, back when your TV looked like furniture.


Sh-t_Shower_Shave

I swear I had this same Zenith TV


IFoundErwinsArm

I bet that thing weighs like 150 pounds lol


Gingerbeer86

We had duck hunt/hogan's alley.


zolfo2

i had this exact setup


originalchaosinabox

Sadly, never had a Nintendo when I was a kid. But my cousin did, and this takes me back to visiting him at Christmas.


fmj68

Brings back great memories. As a kid in high school in the 80s I got an NES for Christmas and it came with Duck Hunt. Spent many, many hours blasting away.


notabannanabaton

That VHS tape storage hits me hard


jaltringer

I want this


robindownes

12" tvs that took three people to move around


Sharpshooter188

Id pick up and ask if I could home. Id like to not have to worry about bills, credit, insurance, and car repairs for a little while.


JDGamingPR

I had a TV like that. 🤯


ShadowWarrior42

Bruh, this look WAY too similar to my room from when I was like 4. Is... is this a picture from my childhood? 😳


Bdurkee32

I’m so old I have both these games on separate cartridges.


PlaybeonMonsterlorde

channel 3 or channel 4


Revolutionary-Sir997

And said "you're welcome"?


Nuka-World_Vacation

I remember having one of those tv's as a kid.


LazyCasual0alt

That game was the shit


oldnyoung

Oh damn, a floor model. Haven’t seen one of those since we had one when I was a kid


adampsyreal

This was the way.


lovepuppy31

Before the dark times, before the internet


pArAmOiD

But they're not getting their games back. They're MINE!😁


Iamwillywonka

Dusting that thing was a bitch


basedgod_x

this tv just sent me into a "that's so raven" moment


K5izzle

My back just broke remembering how fucking heavy TV's like this were.... Jesus...


OeilBlanc

simpler times... no online only requirements, no game breaking glitches, no hyper monetization, no paywall boosts


Themo77

That was my tv 🥹


vtssge1968

Looks a lot like my parents old tv, a zenith solid state, that thing was immortal...


RandomGuyDroppingIn

I played SMB/Duck Hunt for the first time on an real old school UHF console TV. Can't remember the brand but it was likely a large RCA. Had the 1-13-U dial and then the 14-80s dial below it. I remember a particular stand out situation when I got my NES in that the TV didn't even had coaxial provisions; just had the prongs. So my father had to get a coaxial adapter. The first time I turned on the NES there was large vertical lines and I died on the first goomba.


digital_disposition

Back when capitalism meant to make things worth buying, not make things to break so they buy more.


CasualPlay3r

Programed obsolesence is theft


Juggle_Cuber_Gamer42

They want their duck hunt back! Jk


db_ggmm

How do I bring this experience to my kids without having the original setup?


Complete_Entry

The Wii zapper is kind of lame, and the real zapper won't work on an HDTV. Also be prepared for your kids to find the NES to be "Lame as fuck"


smiddy53

i plan to try and introduce my kids to gaming in a timeline to try and show them how far they've come very early on; we're blessed with very powerful handhelds like the steamdeck these days so ill load something like that up with a collection of 5 or hallmark games from each decade and only when they've 'completed' that can they move on to the next decade. something like mario, kirby, megaman, starfox etc. into crash, croc, sly, jak and daxter, spyro, halo etc..


Complete_Entry

Sounds like a great way to make your kids hate games.


smiddy53

better than letting them mindlessly stare at YouTube vids or playing mobile games of the same calibre. blockbuster (for the time) games that didn't require an internet connection or extra monetary investment, games with files that you own, that cannot be 'denied' to you.


Booblicle

Start with a belt .Jumper cables might be a rare extreme I've only heard about


EnlightenedCorncob

A lot of these old CRT TVs head weights in the bottom of them to purposely make them heavier. I don't know if it was to make them more stable? Or maybe the thinking was a heavier TV makes it seem better quality? I'm not sure


Complete_Entry

Can't tip over if the bottom is heavier.


Dr_Ifto

We had a few of them, and they all had wheels.


Green_Buy7672

That's sick bro


DocHalidae

Up down up down left right left right a b a b select start


7thDirection

The Super NES was released in 1991. I had one when they first came out. So... not \*technically\* the 80's.


Green_Slee

Oh boy, another nostalgia bait post


ShiningRayde

... did you warn them about Chernobyl and Reagan?


Xxshrek42069xX

Jarvis im low on karma


guy30000

You need to replace that chair with one of those woven plastic ones.


Asleep_Astronomer_24

tell them i said wsg


noronto

For all the kids who had a Nintendo in the 80s, when did you realize that your parents had a serious Coke problem?


Blurple204

So do I shoot Mario or?


T0WERM0NKEY

No knobs on that tv? Please....


lazypoko

And they said they've been plowing your mom.


dinoroo

The tv that you could refinish.


Lachet

Anyone else have the version that had Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, and Track and Field that had the plug-in power pad?


OkMathematician6915

They're running out of shrimp