The Way We (Maybe) Were

Against conventional network wisdom, three new shows hark back to the warm, fuzzy glow of the past

The sound track serves up a luscious, Big-Band rendition of It's Been a Long, Long Time. On the screen, black-and-white photos dissolve one into another: soldiers coming home, couples embracing, homey shots from Main Street. "In the autumn of 1945," a female narrator intones, "America was invincible. The countertops at the soda fountain were still made of marble. Sodas cost a nickel. And Coke -- well, it only meant cola."

In a nostalgic mood yet? If the opening of ABC's Homefront doesn't get you, try CBS's Brooklyn Bridge, a fond look back at growing up in Brooklyn circa 1956. NBC's I'll...

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