Tag Archives: 1980s

‘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

Good Lord the “Joe Hamilton” cuts are finally here! Continue reading ‘Mama’s Family’: Underdog sitcom a flyover country favorite

‘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

‘Charlie’s Angels’ (Season 5): Introducing Tanya Roberts – the last original Angel

Screw Gidget—Charlie’s Angels Goes Hawaiian and for five crank it-worthy episodes the fifth and final season of the ABC female detective series is nothing short of a frenzied whack-fest Continue reading ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (Season 5): Introducing Tanya Roberts – the last original Angel

‘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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