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”. 

Continue reading

Advertisements

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”.

Continue reading

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”. 

Continue reading

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”. 

Continue reading

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”. 

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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”.

Continue reading

Balance, Just Balance: Lost in Space (TV Showcase #42)

We just ended one trilogy with the Muppets, and now we’re going to end another trilogy of Showcases: that of shows by Irwin Allen. Allen made four shows, but I have no plans to watch his fourth, so this will be our last look into the mind of a scifi guru. I had been eager to see this show; it’s by far Allen’s most popular, at least today. But this show had many little aspects that I praised it for, too many to count, and I realised that was because they all fit in to one bigger category. So without further ado, let’s hop in the Jupiter Two and have a look at “Lost in Space”.

Continue reading

Discovering an Expired Idea: The Muppets (TV Showcase #41)

After watching “The Muppet Show” and “Muppets Tonight”, how could I not watch this second reboot of our beloved musical puppet friends? Now, in light of my Showcase on “Muppets Tonight”, you might understand how I would be skeptical in how well a twenty-first century remake would be handled. And in all honesty, I haven’t seen the new movies, but I know how well they both did. So there are alot of factors up in the air here. Is this show worthy to watch? Let’s find out by taking one last trip to the Muppet theater with this look at “The Muppets”.

Continue reading