Attracting a Modern Audience to an Anthology: Black Mirror (TV Showcase #52)

I’m back again, and what better way to start off the new year than with another TV Showcase, eh? And today, I’m not talking about just any show. This show is popular, relevant, and isn’t for kids. Come to think of it, when have I ever talked about a show that’s all three of those before? Well, no matter. This show drew me in with its rave reviews and interesting look, so I embarked on the journey to watch it, and I must say, it did not disappoint. Somehow this show flies in the face of what the modern audience tends to be into, and yet it still brings in the young adult viewers. Why? Let’s find out, with this look into the world of “Black Mirror”.

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How to Have Terrible Flow: Cop Rock (TV Showcase #51)

Hey, he’s back! Where the heck was I for so long? Well, that’s what happens when my blog isn’t my job and I also have a job. Plus, I’m working on a much longer series right now. But I had to squeeze one more out for you guys before the end of the year, right? Over Thanksgiving, I was on a kick to find musical TV shows, like “Galavant“, because I absolutely love “Galavant”, and I thought, “surely that’s not the only time this has happened on television. There’s got to be another show with musical numbers in it.” So I actually found several that I may integrate over the next few months here should I decide to watch them. And, no, “Glee” is not on the list of possibilities. But I found this one, and I thought that maybe, just maybe, here I’ve found another “Galavant”. And I’ll tell you, this show was gold. The most enjoyable one I’ve watched in a while. But it was so entertaining because it’s terrible. I’m talking about a real winner here, the one and only “Cop Rock”. 

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Embracing Your Inconsistencies: I Dream of Jeannie (TV Showcase #50)

Well, I made it. I had another show in mind for number fifty, but it was really long and it’s hard to find episodes, so this is what I’ve got instead. It’s hard to believe that I’ve watched fifty complete series’, but here we are. And I’m not planning to stop either. But even though this wasn’t the ideal show for the big five-o (but not Hawaii), it is a really good show, and one that I genuinely enjoyed. But like many sitcoms, it had many inconsistencies. However, unlike alot of sitcoms, it dealt with them head-on. Let’s look at how with “I Dream of Jeannie”. 

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When Your Age Clashes With Your Style: Life With Lucy (TV Showcase #49)

After all the nice things I said about Lucille Ball, how could I not come back to her at least one more time? It’s been forty-five shows on this blog since we last saw Lucy, but this is the last series I intend to review of hers. Mostly, I was intrigued, because every show she was in was successful except for this one. After “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” (which was essentially the end of “I Love Lucy“), Lucy went on to make another show with Vivian Vance (who played Ethel) called “The Lucy Show”, and after that successful run, she made another show with her son and daughter called “Here’s Lucy”, which was another success. So what happened? Let’s find out with “Life with Lucy”.

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Deliver What You Promise: The Girl From UNCLE (TV Showcase #48)

After “The Man From UNCLE” grew to its enormous popularity, NBC decided that they wanted a spinoff, with a female lead. The creators of the show didn’t really want to do it, but the network did, and since Ian Fleming had offered the name of a female spy character years before, along came a show that not only failed to deliver what “The Man From UNCLE” had, but it even failed to deliver what it itself promised to be. What am I talking about? Let’s have a look at “The Girl From UNCLE”. 

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Stick with What You’ve Got: The Man From UNCLE (TV Showcase #47)

Many people don’t remember this show anymore, but back in its day, it was extremely popular. It was, after all, the first spy show in America, and one of the first in the world (although at least “The Avengers” was on before it in Britain). By its second season, there were over a dozen American spy shows. But this show was cancelled because its fans ran out on it. So how did a pioneer of the spy genre in America that inspired the creation of so many other programs lose its audience? Well, let’s have a look, as we examine “The Man From UNCLE”. 

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Ignoring Your Source Material: Riverdale (TV Showcase #46)

This is one of those shows that I can’t say much about here in the intro without delving into my thoughts on it. All I can say is that I went in expecting to like it. I tried to like it. At the moment, I kind of like it. But mostly, I don’t. There’s quite a bit about it to not like. Let me just get to the actual review. This is a brand-new show called “Riverdale”. 

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Operating in the Realm of Darkness: Courage the Cowardly Dog (TV Showcase #45)

What is it about classic Cartoon Network that was so engaging? Shows like “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends“, “Codename: Kids Next Door”, “Dexter’s Laboratory”, and many others that were on about the same time took the imagination of kids to new heights, allowing them to think creatively past the point which they were able to before watching. It’s too bad that nowadays Cartoon Network seems to be the leader in a long line of dumbed-down cartoons that essentially tell kids what to think, or to not think as they sit there and watch a whole bunch of nonsense. But before all of that, back in the good ol’ days, there was a cartoon that many people my age remember as being different than even the shows I mentioned above, and that show is “Courage the Cowardly Dog”. 

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Making Your Sidestories Count for Something: Stranger Things (TV Showcase #44)

I had been staying away from this show, because despite the hype surrounding it, I knew it wasn’t a literal TV show, so I wasn’t sure if I could count it as a TV Showcase. But this is my blog, so I think I will. Anyhow, I’ve been sick all week, with nothing to do, so why not binge this series, right? So let’s take a look at “Stranger Things”. Also, spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet.

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When Improvement Kills the Show: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Showcase #43)

And once again we return to our good friend Glen Larson, aka Mr. “Knight Rider”. I was quite curious to see how Larson would handle scifi in comparison to his “Knight Rider” franchise, and since I haven’t seen “Battlestar Galactica”, I thought I’d try this series instead. Something popped up in this series, however, which I have not seen in all the other series’ I’ve watched thus far, and it took some pondering to think through it. So let’s take a trip forward in time as we look at “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”.

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