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‘Dennis the Menace’ (Season 2): ’60s sitcom’s highest rated season

More of the same this second time around…and that means more laughs from this witty, perfectly-crafted family sitcom.

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‘Superdome’ (1978): Skip the Super Bowl. Watch this instead

“Tomorrow we’ve got 75,000 people in the Dome…and a psycho on the loose.”

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‘Rich Man, Poor Man’ (1976): Racy event television from a lost era

Well…now that the seven angels have blasted their horns, rumbling them into a wild, dark winter, inventing entirely new, terrible beasts while we line up with our seven bowls to meekly beseech, “Please, sir, I’d like some more,” (Lionel Bart’s smash West End musical Oliver!, with book by John the Elder and Heinrich Heine), there doesn’t seem to be much more to do while we await our re-education camp assignments than to watch some vintage television, right?

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‘Highway to Heaven’ (Season 1): A powerful, spiritual drama for the 80s

“Who’s your boss?”
“God.”

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‘Hanna-Barbera’s All-Star Comedy Ice Revue’ (1978): A glorious, forgotten TV special

Here’s to all that gorgeous Ice Capades snatch at the Bakersfield Civic Auditorium!

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‘Falcon Crest’ (Season 2): Melodrama & glamour ramp up in 2nd season

“Falcon Crest is a cancer; it contaminates everybody it touches!  Get away, if you can!”

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‘Mayflower: The Pilgrims’ Adventure’ (1979): Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Mayflower’s landing

Attention! Attention fellow American lockdown inmates!

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‘Mister Ed’ (Season 1): Classic 60s sitcom still delivers the funny

“Why did you talk to me?” “The whole thing is fantastic! I just don’t understand it!”

“Don’t try…it’s bigger than both of us.”

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‘The Boy in the Plastic Bubble’ (1976): Impossibly hopeful teen romance scores big

Uh…they couldn’t just adopt?

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‘Secret Agent’: England’s Danger Man thrills viewers the world over

Please. If the question is: “What’s the best TV spy series ever produced?” I don’t want to hear something like Mission: Impossible or The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (even though I love those two), Continue reading ‘Secret Agent’: England’s Danger Man thrills viewers the world over

‘The Rookies’ (Season 1): ’70s police actioner holds up well today

Looking out the window (and ducking), it’s probably a good time to revisit the first season of The Rookies, one of the best-remembered cop shows from the “golden age” of network TV police series (Sony put out a DVD set for this a few years ago…and it’s worth some bucks now).

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‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’ (Season 1): Understated performances keep sitcom fresh & touching

“When you were a little boy, did you want to be what you are now?”
“No.”
“How come, Dad?”
“Well, because I guess when I was a little boy, I didn’t know that one day there would be a little boy like you that I would be the father of.”
“Is that the most important thing you are? A father?”
“That is the most important thing I am.”

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ (Season 1): Fish-out-of-water comedy laughs at everyone

“Females are strong as hell!”

And they’d have to be to survive an underground doomsday bunker for 15 years. But does it suck as much as viral social media attention and learning to use a smartphone?

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‘Shogun’ (1980): NBC’s blockbuster miniseries premiered 40 years ago

Now, what’s a Drunk TV virtual Fall TV season..without some special event television (“We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming tonight because of the f*cking actor’s strike to bring you an NBC Movie Event!”)?

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