Tag Archives: 1980s

‘Lace’ (1984): Everything that was wrong with 80s television—and oh so right

“Incidentally…which one of you bitches is my mother?” Continue reading ‘Lace’ (1984): Everything that was wrong with 80s television—and oh so right

‘Charlie’s Angels’ (Season 4): We wanted Shelley Hack…but got Tiffany Welles instead

Hack attack smacks Angels off-track with thwack to Nielsen nut sack! Continue reading ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (Season 4): We wanted Shelley Hack…but got Tiffany Welles instead

‘Knots Landing’ (Season 2): Long-running series premiered 40 years ago

Do you remember on Dallas when J.R. would sneer about “losers” whose yearly salary wasn’t enough to buy one of his trademark Stetsons? Continue reading ‘Knots Landing’ (Season 2): Long-running series premiered 40 years ago

‘M*A*S*H’: A remarkable artistic achievement – thanks to its early years

If you’re like me (poor you), you keep your remote handy to check out the local digital stations that air old-timey television, Continue reading ‘M*A*S*H’: A remarkable artistic achievement – thanks to its early years

Mice, cavemen, & Garfield: 3 forgotten animated Thanksgiving specials

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approaching, you know what I’m thankful for? Continue reading Mice, cavemen, & Garfield: 3 forgotten animated Thanksgiving specials

‘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 World of Strawberry Shortcake’ (1980) & ‘Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City’ (1981): Charming, unpretentious

It’s berry berry good! Continue reading ‘The World of Strawberry Shortcake’ (1980) & ‘Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City’ (1981): Charming, unpretentious

‘Hammer House of Horror’: Early 80s UK anthology sports tight scripts, nimble direction

The Complete Hammer House of Horror is perfect Halloween viewing for anyone interested in 80s UK horror and the Hammer Films studio: the scripts are tight, the direction nimble, and the performances spot-on…with plenty of gore and slight nudity to keep you tuned in.

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‘I Dream of Jeannie…Fifteen Years Later’ (1985): Eden & Co. try to rekindle magic in mid-80s reboot attempt

Sad news: funny actor Bill Daily passed away this week. Pulling the rare trick of appearing in two iconic TV comedies–I Dream of Jeannie and The Bob Newhart Show–Daily was one of those actors lovers of vintage television took to their hearts like a cherished friend. He’ll be missed. So…in that spirit, let’s look at one of his lamer outings: I Dream of Jeannie…Fifteen Years Later. Continue reading ‘I Dream of Jeannie…Fifteen Years Later’ (1985): Eden & Co. try to rekindle magic in mid-80s reboot attempt

‘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

‘The Yellow Rose’: 80s primetime soap could have been a contender

All the talk this week about the 40th anniversary of Dallas’s debut got me thinking about one of the many pretenders to its prime time network soap opera throne Continue reading ‘The Yellow Rose’: 80s primetime soap could have been a contender

‘Wiseguy’ (Season 1): Stephen J. Cannell goes edgy, serialized, serious

Classic TV fans will no doubt want to cut a slice of birthday cake today for Stephen J. Cannell, the prolific creator of such muscular, iconic tube fare as The Rockford Files, Baretta, Baa Baa Black Sheep, The A-Team, Riptide, and 21 Jump Street. For a birthday treat, let’s look at the first season of Cannell’s critically acclaimed cop/mob series, Wiseguy.

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‘Magnum, P.I.’ (Season 5): Quintessential 80s detective show still delivers

Sad news: versatile character actor John Hillerman passed away the other day, so we thought we’d dig out a Magnum, P.I. season five review, featuring Hillerman in his most recognizable role as the indomitable Higgins.

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