top of page
  • Writer's pictureSteven Hansen

Feel Young Again with Cato’s TV Time Machine

Watching TV these days is boring. With hundreds of channels to choose from and thousands of programs and movies available, you can view anything you like on any device you want, 24 hours a day. Do you like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”? Simply bring up Hulu, then slouch back down on the Lay-Z-Boy and binge-watch all 337 episodes (251 hours) with a single click. Too easy.

But if you’re feeling wistful for the good old days of television, when viewing choices were somewhat limited -- and somehow more exciting when you found something you liked -- then is for you.

Created by a Joey Cato, senior UI engineer for Netflix/nostalgia geek/tech tinkerer, the funky free site lets you relive the past by channel surfing sitcoms, soaps, sportscasts, news, movies, kids shows, cartoons, game shows, and talk shows from the 1950s to the 2000s. Once there, select any of the six vintage-looking television sets to start the experience. Knobs and buttons control the channel selections, volume, picture glow and other cool effects.

Ready? Click the TV image to go to

The content consists of videos filtered from YouTube and users can suggest new additions to the lineup. Cato created the project to “honor the pop culture memories of decades past” and “simulate the vintage experience of channel-surfing on a TV from a particular era.”

MyRetroTVs is irresistibly fun and perfectly designed to while away a rainy weekend or late-night boredom.

Header photo: Joey Cato with his bonkers creation. TV gif:

Share this page with nostalgia TV geeks!

Recent Posts

See All

1 Comment

David and Pam Smith
David and Pam Smith
Dec 04, 2023

Many of us are retro lovers for many things including clothes, food, the retro prices of everything we bought in the 50's and 60's. Retro TV is a very fun idea that we retro fans should at least try and see if it fits our sense of nostalgia for this period when we were young and life was seemingly simpler and safer.

Thank you, Happiness Archive, for this way to enjoy the 50's and 60's again.

bottom of page