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‘Magnum, P.I.’ (Season 1): Beaches, beauties, & the private eye of the ’80s

Funny the things a grown man will do for a living.

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‘Perry Como’s Christmas Show’ (1974): The Carpenters join Como for a look back on a world long gone

Despite my wife’s adamant aversion to Karen and Richard, for me it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without the mellifluous strains of The Carpenters warbling out some beloved carol (Donna’s a Quaker, but “smash them in their stupid smiling faces” seems to be her default comment whenever they come on the radio). So why not ditch the stress and strain of today’s world and cool out with not one but two mellow masters of easy listening: The Carpenters and Perry Como?    

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‘The Roller Derby Chronicles’: 2 documentaries & tons of vintage game footage!

You know what sports I played as a kid? My TV, that’s what. And my favorite of all time was catching Big Time Wrestling coming out WXYZ, Detroit’s Channel 7. When Bobo Brazil, after breaking free of The Sheik’s camel-clutch hold, would give his skull-crushing “Coco Butt” to lay the Sheik out, well…why the hell would I want to go outside and toss around a ball and maybe miss that?

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‘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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‘Gunsmoke’ (Season 1): The iconic 20-year Western begins

Better late than never. I know, I know: I promised over two years ago to begin reviewing the massive 65th anniversary boxed set (beautifully put together for CBS video by pro Andrew J. Klyde) of Gunsmoke, the iconic, legendary 20-year Western series starring James Arness, Amanda Blake, Milburn Stone, and Dennis Weaver. Well…things happen (don’t get me started with the government, okay?), so let’s just all move on and get started on looking at one of the greatest TV series of any decade.

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‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ (1978): TV extravaganza is what today’s world needs

Dear God, now, more than ever…we need The Star Wars Holiday Special.

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‘Dennis the Menace’ (Season 2): ’60s sitcom’s highest rated season

More of the same this second time around…and that means more laughs from this witty, perfectly-crafted family sitcom.

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‘Hanna-Barbera’s All-Star Comedy Ice Revue’ (1978): A glorious, forgotten TV special

Here’s to all that gorgeous Ice Capades snatch at the Bakersfield Civic Auditorium!

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‘Mayflower: The Pilgrims’ Adventure’ (1979): Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Mayflower’s landing

Attention! Attention fellow American lockdown inmates!

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‘Dennis the Menace’ (Season 1): Comic strip-turned-sitcom remains delightfully fun

A genuine delight.

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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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‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’: Steve McQueen’s hit Western leads to big-screen stardom

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‘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

‘Elvis: The Miniseries’ (2005): Slick production tiptoes around big questions

2022 marks the 45th anniversary of the death of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Elvis Presley. Continue reading ‘Elvis: The Miniseries’ (2005): Slick production tiptoes around big questions