Tag Archives: 1980s

‘Gilligan’s Planet’: Early ’80s Filmation offering continues the fun

So the Oscars were last weekend, apparently, which I haven’t watched since forever (how can you take an organization seriously that doesn’t award Best Pic to Rex Harrison’s Doctor Dolittle?). Just my luck I miss the organization’s first live televised felony battery. Any hoo, since I wasn’t tied down to watching 3+ hours of a bunch of millionaire hypocrites telling me how much they wish I’d die off, I rooted around for something equally cartoonish.

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‘Yogi’s First Christmas’ (1980): A smarter-than-the-average holiday special

Last week, in a rather desperate bid to fend off my irate editor (his is a simple process:  no review from me…no booze for me), I fobbed off a quick look at 1982’s Hanna-Barbera animated holiday TV special, Yogi Bear’s All Star Comedy Christmas Caper.  Well, imagine our collective shock when 100s and 100s of readers clicked on it.  A veritable bonanza of eyeballs!  So…in an unashamedly naked, crass attempt to repeat that fluke, we’re offering up even more Jellystone Christmas cheer, this time with 1980’s syndicated romp, Yogi’s First Christmas!  

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‘Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper’ (1982): A sweet & quick last glimpse of that old H-B look

Do they still have animated Christmas TV specials show up in first-run syndication?

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‘A Day for Thanks on Walton’s Mountain’ (1982) & ‘A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion’ (1993): A TV reunion double feature

Thanksgiving, right? I mean…it’s a tough one this year, no doubt. Outside of family and friends and the traditional bird and old timey TV, it feels like there’s not a whole lot else to be thankful for, you know? I mean, you’ll be lucky if family can even visit, what with gas prices the way they are (as well as that one lunatic who refuses to visit because most family members don’t believe in the clot-shot). And that big dinner—if you can find the ingredients on those mostly empty shelves—costs way more this year, thanks to you know who (when given the time-honored chance to offer Presidential clemency to the White House Thanksgiving turkey, he promptly pardoned the Easter Bunny). Hell, even nostalgic TV might not help; I know I had a tough time getting into the holiday mood, after watching 1982’s mostly-okay A Day for Thanks on Walton’s Mountain and 1993’s decidedly icky A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion.

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‘Billionaire Boys Club’ (1987): True crime miniseries is a forgotten gem

Creepy, chilling true-crime miniseries.

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‘Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels’: Is this Charlie’s Angels: The Animated Series?

Yes, you didn’t read that clickbait headline incorrectly: we have MORE Charlie’s Angels review action coming your way! Yes! The original show! Another season! The sixth! Well, not the sixth exactly, but still the original! Well…maybe not the original show, but pretty close! Pretty close! Almost the same thing! I mean, well….

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‘Portland Wrestling Series Vol. 1’: A look at the Pacific NW territory in the 80s

Hey old timers, remember pro wrestling’s territory days? Back when wrestling was fun? Here’s a nice reminder.

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‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’: Unflappable, supremely confident, with laser-precision timing

Just a minor administrative note before the review: Drunk TV has a new official mascot for the foreseeable future. Enjoy!

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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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‘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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‘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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‘Scarecrow and Mrs. King’ (Season 1): Fun, Romantic, Reagan-era spy adventure

A few years ago, Warner Bros. released Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete First Season, a 5-disc, 21-episode collection of the 1983-1984 premier season of the light, charming action/adventure comedy/romance series starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner.

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‘Mama’s Family’: Underdog sitcom a flyover country favorite

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‘Sapphire and Steel’: Remarkable, obscure, British sci-fi

“All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic, heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel…Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.” Continue reading ‘Sapphire and Steel’: Remarkable, obscure, British sci-fi