Tag Archives: 1970s

‘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

‘S.W.A.T.’ (Season 1): ’70s adult action still fun today

Hey, bro—you tired of your girlfriend making you wear matching pink pussy hats, snuggling on the couch watching Grey’s Anatomy while she whines that the President’s mean? Want to be a man again? Well, check out Mill Creek Entertainment’s S.W.A.T.: The Complete Series 6-disc DVD collection—the old school series, not the hopeless new reboot—and get your balls back pronto.

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‘Night Terror’ (1977): Valerie Harper changes gears in tense suspenser

Next up on our hit list is Rhoda! Now, you can find Valerie Harper’s 1977 NBC made-for-TV movie, Night Terror, for sale on various public domain discs, but make sure you type in Night Drive, because somehow, somewhere, this spiffy, creepy little actioner was re-titled.

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‘Dying Room Only’ (1973): Cloris Leachman’s deadly vacation

Available through Warner Brothers’ Archive Collection (a real rarity, considering how few MTVs from this era have made it onto disc), ABC’s 1973 telemovie, Dying Room Only, directed by Philip Leacock, written by the master, Richard Matheson, and starring Cloris Leachman, Ned Beatty, Ross Martin, and Dabney Coleman, is a model of efficient, effective suspense.

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‘The Secrets of Isis’: A Look back at Golden Age live-action on Saturday morning

Hey 70s Saturday morning TV fans—do you remember when the word “Isis” conjured up not some p.o.s. terrorist, but rather the knee-weakening presence of a gently-scolding Joanna Cameron, calmly gazing at you…right before you passed out in pre-teen ecstasy?

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