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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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”.

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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”.

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How to Ruin a Fantastic Show: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Showcase #40)

Well, it’s been eleven shows since we’ve explored an Irwin Allen production, and I already gave him pretty high marks on “The Time Tunnel”. But this show was Allen’s baby. It started first, ran the longest, and from what I could see, garnered the most of his attention. This show was highly unusual, and with a closer look, we’re going to find out how, and what that meant as far as it’s creativity. So prepare to dive as we observe what it’s like to take a “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”. And yes, I know how increasingly cheesy these are getting.

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The Confusion of Comic Books: Flash Gordon 2007 (TV Showcase #39)

Now, this show is in some ways a remake, but don’t freak out. I tried my very best to watch the original “Flash Gordon” first, the one from 1954. But even though all 39 episodes of that series seem to be still existent, only fifteen have ever surfaced to the public eye, for purchase, Internet streaming, or anything else. And despite my best efforts to locate the remaining episodes (including a phone call to ABC in New York, who now owns the episodes), I have had no success in watching the remaining episodes. If I ever do watch the whole thing, I’ll write a Showcase for it. But this remake isn’t so bad, although I’ll be taking this opportunity to talk about a more broad topic that stretches outside of the show. But, for what it’s worth, let’s take a look at “Flash Gordon” 2007.

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Using Authenticity for Imitation: Baa Baa Black Sheep (TV Showcase #38)

After falling in love with “The Wild Wild West”, how could I not come back to Robert Conrad at some point? When looking for shows that I wanted to watch, I found that after WWW, Conrad had gone on to make this show, and I immediately wrote it down so I’d remember to watch it. Well, I finally got back around to it, 29 shows after “The Wild Wild West”. This show had more claims to fame than Robert Conrad however, and in this Showcase, I’d like to talk about a technique that I noticed that stood out, so let’s take a trip to the South Pacific in this look at “Baa Baa Black Sheep”.

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Avoiding Controversy with Tasteful Comedy: Hogan’s Heroes (TV Showcase #37)

This is one of the few classic television shows that is still highly recommended and watched by people my age, albeit it’s not as popular as other shows like “Get Smart” or “The Twilight Zone”. At surface level, this show is very much like many other 1960s sitcoms, and the style of humour is basically the same. But I’d like to mention something else the show did, completely outside of its technical aspects. So let’s take a trip back to the 1940s and over the pond to wonderful Germany in a look at “Hogan’s Heroes”.

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