NBC’s The InBetween – “I see dead people…”

There was this great Australian soap opera drama called Love Child, a period piece about unwed teen mothers in the late 1960’s.  I really enjoyed it, and although I hoped that Love Child would somehow make it to an American broadcast (it would have done well on PBS Masterpiece or maybe as a Netflix import),…

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 7 SPOILERS!

I’ve watched Game of Thrones for the past eight seasons.  And although it seems that last Sunday’s episode, “The Iron Throne,” was listed as the series finale, for some reason my Apple TV listed an extra episode.  Maybe it was an accident, maybe it was an Easter egg. But sure enough, apparently HBO made one…

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Roosevelt Franklin – the forgotten Muppet of Sesame Street

Growing up with Sesame Street has been a rite of passage for millions of kids.  We learned our letters and numbers, we learned concepts of sharing and cooperation, and we enjoyed the antics of Jim Henson’s Muppets. I mean, let’s face it – if you asked someone today who their favorite Sesame Street character was,…

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My thoughts on The Simpsons’ “Upstate New York” song

Truth be told, I haven’t watched The Simpsons on a regular basis in a very long time.  But after what appears to be a record amount of vitriol over last Sunday’s episode, “D’oh! Canada”, I found the episode on my AppleTV subscription and watched it. Apparently … here’s the parody song in the video that’s…

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Hanna-Barbera’s 1960’s Superheroes and Super-Adventure

At one point in time, the Hanna-Barbera studios produced the lion’s share of animated Saturday morning fare – especially in the 1960’s.  Now of course there were plenty of animated slapstick cartoons out there – mostly The Flintstones and Atom Ant and Secret Squirrel and Top Cat and boy oh boy am I showing my…

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What keeps me hooked on Doom Patrol?

Today, the DC Universe streaming app will air the seventh of fifteen episodes of the surreal sci-fi superhero series Doom Patrol, a show about a team of super-powered misfits who barely understand their powers and how they interact in a very, very surreal world. And God help me, I’m hooked on this show. To understand…

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Damn it, The Orville, you almost got it right

Last year, I gave the sci-fi television series The Orville a lot of crap for an episode that poached, lock stock and barrel, from a 1970’s sci-fi drama called The Starlost.  Heck, I almost expected Harlan Ellison – the sci-fi writer who created The Starlost – to sue my own blog out of existence for…

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Alex Trebek is a quizmaster without equal

So after we’ve had plenty of time to digest the latest news – that Jeopardy! game show host Alex Trebek has disclosed that he currently has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer – I wanted to take a fresh moment to look back at Trebek’s career as a game show host. And we’re not just talking about…

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BET’s American Soul – callbacks to NBC’s American Dreams

The BET television network is currently airing a ten-episode drama on the history of Don Cornelius and his greatest creation, the TV show Soul Train.  This program, American Soul, will take viewers on a journey through Cornelius’ involvement with the show and all the storylines inherent thereto. When I saw advertisements for this show, I…

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Boney – a television drama with the worst casting gimmick ever

What I’m going to show you may be surprising, may be confusing, may be upsetting.  Just trust me on this.  You won’t believe what you see. In the 1970’s, there were television dramas that featured detectives and police officers who were – for lack of a better term – different.  There was Longstreet, which featured…

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