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A Happy Valentines Day to all.  You’d think some romantic comedy would be appropriate for this week’s article, but instead, I’m featuring a show dating back almost half a century.  It featured an immutable friendship, and was one of the first shows to have regular characters both engaging in the slapstick of vaudeville and the pratfalls of the old movies.  Thought lost to the ages, it’s recently become available once again.  Five quotes:

They just bricked up the hearth and left.

Of course, since this is television, “unsuccessful” isn’t sad.  It’s funny.

The woman had the patience of a saint… and sometimes, the wisdom of one, too.

By the time ABC realized they had something of a hit of their own, they’d already let the cast and crew go on to other projects.

“Some of the critics said it’s the kind of humor that makes you laugh out loud in the living room…”

It’s amazing what we owe to the past, and where it came from.  We might even owe this one to Santa Claus, in a roundabout way.  See what I mean, this week on Friday @ 8/7 Central.

–Tim R.

I use the promos to give some background on each show, to prepare people to read about each week’s series… but there’s no way I could put enough information in here to explain this one.  Even the show had troubles doing so… and maybe that’s why it didn’t succeed.  Multiple flashbacks, with multiple dream sequences and characters with multiple alter-egos, and that’s just in the two versions of the pilot episode.  We’d need an Oracle to understand it all… thankfully, we’ve got that too.

Five quotes:

“Myths are just the truth a few generations later.”

It also caused her to go into the vigilante business like her legendary father….

“Never send a businessman to do a psychopath’s job.”

…there’s a lot of information that has to be dumped into the audience’s lap…

“Cold, wet, and hell on your nails.”

If you can keep up, there’s a heck of a ride in here.  Hunt this one down, this week on Friday @ 8/7 Central.

–Tim R.

Ever have one of those days (or weeks, or whatever) when things just seemed to fall into place?  Positive vibes and unexpected opportunities present themselves in an unexpected way?  It’s been like that for me lately, and it made me search out a rather unknown show that provided the same little “nudge” in the right direction.

Five quotes:

“…there are a lot of good people in the world.  And a lot of good fantasies.”

…you name it, he would give them an opportunity to find it.

“I hope it inspires people to walk around doing good deeds for others…”

Whatever happened afterwards was a result of their own desires, actions, and dreams.

And then, I turn off the set and find a way to make those dreams come true.

A little-known show from many years ago, and although others have used the idea with some success, this is the most pure in form.  Do a good deed for someone, and then reward yourself with a visit this week to Friday @ 8/7 Central.

–Tim R.

As they would say in the cartoons, it’s time to buckle those swashes and get ready for some derring-do.  This show may not have been animated, but the action and adventure certainly was.  In fact, there’s almost more entertainment than could packed into a regular show.  And the hero of the piece?  Well, he’s been a hero throughout his career… but maybe not a grade-A one.

Five quotes:

Here, there’s no longer any subtlety involved… and in this case, that’s a good thing.

…an entertaining rogue if ever there was one.

“You know how hard it is to wear this thing and still look dashing?”

“It’s like a guarantee that I will have fun every day .”

…a show which presented all types of things to all people, in the name of entertainment.

A lively and fun show, existing for no other reason than to entertain, and a star whose work has always existed to do the same.  There’s a little of everything to be found, this week on Friday @ 8/7 Central.

–Tim R.

When you’ve lost your way, sometimes it’s not so much where you’re going, as what you discover during your search.  For five very different people, what they encounter is far beyond their normal lives, no matter where (or when) they originally came from.  They’d like to get back home, of course, but until then, who knows what they’ll run into?

Five quotes:

…and you KNOW it’s mysterious because it’s GREEN…

“They said the past was boring and that we should only go forward in time.”

“Science fiction tends to become the victim of rules and regulations…”

“You have to create that atmosphere for them.  You’ve got to make them believe that place.”

…we’ve got a few good ideas, and we’re willing to both teach and learn from the future.

Come join a trip to the unknown, where the journey is much more important than the destination.  Departure will be on this Friday @ 8/7 Central.

–Tim R.

January is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, for seeing old things in a new light, and for giving voice to those who would change what has gone before.  This is especially true for some (then) fresh-faced college grads with different ideas on how to approach an old medium, and how (with a little help from one old radical) their ideas made it on the air.  In doing so, they changed television for kids (and adults) in this country forever.

Five quotes:

“That’s all they remember.  So we had a lot of leeway to play in.”

…a book which, not surprisingly, very few usual Saturday morning viewers were familiar with.

“It boggles the imagination.  It’s like hiring Norman Rockwell and telling him how to draw!”

“There’s all kinds of stuff that they could have jumped all over.  Instead, they just made something up.”

“…a film or a cartoon is only good if it’s a reaction against something else.”

This one was reactionary.  Which means it was also pretty good, and it led to other work which has won Oscars and Emmys.  A whole generation likely owes its modern entertainment to some of these people, and you can read about them this week on Friday @ 8/7 Central.

–Tim R.

The ongoing holiday week, and the end of the year, present an opportunity for a general article again.  This time I’ve found a reason to celebrate, and to say goodbye to some dear shows.  While normally I cover short-lived series, this week gives me a chance to delve into those familiar, long-running programs and beloved characters.  All they have to do is figure out how to leave….

Five quotes:

“…you tense up, hoping your player doesn’t drop it at the last moment.”

Figuring there was no reason for survivors, they went out (literally) with a bang…

…they wrote a self-professed “love letter to the fans”… and messed it up completely…

“Then there’s the ‘WTF! Let’s stab their eyeballs with crazy!’ approach.”

“…or at least the closest thing to closure you can get with people who don’t actually exist.”

For the end of the year, an article about going out in style…. and those who didn’t, this week on Friday @ 8/7 Central.

–Tim R.

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