Secret Stories of Hitler: ‘Swastika’ & TV documentaries highlight DVD collection

Mill Creek Entertainment has taken three Adolf Hitler-themed documentaries (one feature length, and two long-form TV outings), and put them together in a newly-monikered set, Secret Stories of Hitler. Continue reading Secret Stories of Hitler: ‘Swastika’ & TV documentaries highlight DVD collection

‘The Key to Rebecca’ (1985): Intrigue, suspense & threesomes power indie spy miniseries

Not-bad-at-all mid-80s indie miniseries, based on the international bestseller. Continue reading ‘The Key to Rebecca’ (1985): Intrigue, suspense & threesomes power indie spy miniseries

‘The Powers of Matthew Star’: A cute, 80s sci-fi/fantasy diversion

Enjoyably simple and light early 80s fantasy sci-fi fluff. It could have been better, but staggering competition at the other networks spelled low ratings and a mid-season thematic shift likely left casual viewers confused, leading to its first season also being its last. Continue reading ‘The Powers of Matthew Star’: A cute, 80s sci-fi/fantasy diversion

‘Dallas’ (Season 2): A cheating, double-crossing, backstabbing legacy begins

It’s been forty years since CBS’ Dallas, in its sophomore 1978-79 season, moved to Friday nights and started its run as the highest-rated TV series of the first half of the 1980s. It’s also been about a year since I looked at Dallas’s premiere miniseries/season (time flies here at the high-flying Drunk TV offices). So…it’s high time this site hits another “unique visitors” gusher—here’s our Dallas season two appreciation of the horniest, back-stabbin’-est, power-hungriest, double-dealin’-est drama to ever cross the airwaves. Continue reading ‘Dallas’ (Season 2): A cheating, double-crossing, backstabbing legacy begins

‘Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown’ (1975): Emotional & engaging, one of the best Peanuts specials

Not pulling any punches, 1975’s Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown successfully translates cartoonist Charles M. Schulz‘ conflicted feelings about love and romance within the standard Peanuts TV special framework. It took guts to put something out there that might make little kids sad—as well as giving the adults watching pause for thought. Continue reading ‘Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown’ (1975): Emotional & engaging, one of the best Peanuts specials

‘Dark Shadows’ (The Beginning, Vol. 1): What was it like before vampires & werewolves?

Spinning the dial the other day (which is a neat trick with a remote…), I noticed not for the first time that the daily soap opera pickins is mighty slim, shall we say: just four left on the Not So Big Anymore Three (five if you count reruns of the sublime The Doctors on Retro TV, which I never miss). Why, back in my day…(cue nursie: Gramps is at it again). Anyway, if you grew up when your Grammy’s “stories” were still the queens of daytime, you may have heard of—or been lucky enough to catch it yourself—TV’s strangest daily serial: ABC’s supernatural gothic horror romance, Dark Shadows. Continue reading ‘Dark Shadows’ (The Beginning, Vol. 1): What was it like before vampires & werewolves?

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