Tag Archives: soap operas

‘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

‘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

‘Dallas’ (Season 2): A cheatin’, double-crossin’, backstabbin’ legacy begins

It’s been over forty years since CBS’ Dallas, in its sophomore 1978-79 season, moved to Friday nights and started its run as the highest-rated TV series of the first half of the 1980s. Continue reading ‘Dallas’ (Season 2): A cheatin’, double-crossin’, backstabbin’ legacy begins

‘Dark Shadows’ (The Beginning, Vol. 1): What was it like before vampires & werewolves?

Spinning the dial the other day (which is a neat trick with a remote…), I noticed not for the first time that the daily soap opera pickins is mighty slim, shall we say: just four left on the Not So Big Anymore Three (five if you count reruns of the sublime The Doctors on Retro TV, which I never miss). Why, back in my day…(cue nursie: Gramps is at it again). Anyway, if you grew up when your Grammy’s “stories” were still the queens of daytime, you may have heard of—or been lucky enough to catch it yourself—TV’s strangest daily serial: ABC’s supernatural gothic horror romance, Dark Shadows. Continue reading ‘Dark Shadows’ (The Beginning, Vol. 1): What was it like before vampires & werewolves?