Tag Archives: 1970s

‘Sanford and Son’: When TV sitcoms were truly edgy & controversial

Yes. I’m going to write that word in this review. Continue reading ‘Sanford and Son’: When TV sitcoms were truly edgy & controversial

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‘Shut That Door! Larry Grayson at ITV’: ’70s British comic, master of the double entendre

What a gay day! Hey listen, now that that guy down the street doesn’t have to bake your cake, you can always pop in one of Network DVD’s discs from the Region 2 collection, Shut That Door! Larry Grayson at ITV, an exhaustive 3-disc look at the beloved 1970s camp TV comic’s work for England’s ITV Channel Television. Continue reading ‘Shut That Door! Larry Grayson at ITV’: ’70s British comic, master of the double entendre

‘The Jeffersons’: Norman Lear sitcom disrespected, but gets the love

The strangest thing: my younger kids think television coming over our old aerial—complete with commercials and limited choice of channels—is the coolest thing now (high tech burnout was inevitable). And one of their favorite digital channels is our local MeTV outlet, with its old timey sched of classic television fare (yes, they have taste, but of course, I’m shilling for a potential job offer, too…). So the upcoming “Summer of Me” programming change this Monday should be a lot of fun for them—and for you, too, particularly since The Jeffersons will be movin’ on up into the primo 6:30pm (Eastern) timeslot (now you don’t have to watch the fake news!). Continue reading ‘The Jeffersons’: Norman Lear sitcom disrespected, but gets the love

‘Dallas’ (Season 1): 5 episodes & a BBQ – a taste of what’s to come

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Dallas, the CBS prime time soap opera that ran for 14 seasons, including the second-most watched series episode in U.S. broadcast history (the cliffhanger-solving Who Done It?, with at least 90 million viewers), and gave television its hands-down greatest villain: actor Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing, the evil, scheming, downright degenerate Texas oilman who captivated the imaginations of America’s last unified TV viewing audience. Continue reading ‘Dallas’ (Season 1): 5 episodes & a BBQ – a taste of what’s to come