HBO Max’s upcoming “Jellystone!” TV series – excuse me while I go throw up.

Okay. We need to talk. Seriously, we need to talk. In the 1960’s, Hanna-Barbera created several seminal cartoon characters. You know them. Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw, Magilla Gorilla, all of them. And they appeared on network and syndicated TV broadcasts for ages. In 1971, the Hanna-Barbera characters appeared in a special…

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Peter Puck: The Pokecheck Professor

Originally published in Animato! in 1997, updated in 2007 The Atlanta Flames hockey game just entered its first intermission period, and the television commentators discussed the early action. Most viewers took that cue to head for the fridge, the bathroom, the wrestling match on another station. A few moments later, the next picture the home…

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“Soap” is on Tubi. Oh, man, what a flashback.

Once upon a time, there was a sitcom on network television that was so scandalous, so polarizing, so completely over the top, that it caused morality groups to clutch their pearls in shock. It forced local television stations to replace the program with their own local shows, so as to not offend their local audience.…

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The Powerpuff Girls reboot wasn’t needed.

There was a time when Cartoon Network had some great original animation programs that were eye-catching and fun to watch. You know, Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack and Johnny Bravo and The Powerpuff Girls. I liked The Powerpuff Girls, it was a mixture of pop culture and bright-colored fun, with three super-powered heroines righting wrongs…

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“Your cutlery, sir, it will KEAL.”

A couple of years ago, someone introduced me to the competition series Forged in Fire, where bladesmiths and other metal workers fashion knives and weaponry, with the winning competitor receiving $10,000 for his/her efforts. I have to admit, the show is quite fun to watch, especially when the show’s judges take the contestants’ newly-finished weapons…

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Alien Nation is on Tubi? Seriously?

Back around 1988 or so, the brand new Fox network added a science fiction drama to their lineup. It was a reboot of the 1986 film Alien Nation, which was a science fiction buddy-cop movie. Sorta. But this iteration of the TV series was different. Very different. Because, as we know, the best science fiction…

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Wait, MAD Magazine had a TV pilot in the 1970’s?

I, like many of my generation, adored MAD Magazine. I enjoyed the subversive humor and parodies, the off-the-wall Don Martin cartoons, the Spy v. Spy battles from Antonio Prohias, the hilarious margin cartoons from Sergio Aragones, the Al Jaffee “fold-in” on the back cover, yeah, all of that. Now I’m aware that there were at…

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Danger Island – the craziest Saturday morning adventure show ever

It’s 1968, and kids like me are plopped in front of our TV sets, chomping on our Saturday morning Frosted Flakes and grooving to The Banana Splits, a children’s TV series with plenty of comedy and adventure. But I’m not writing about the Banana Splits today. I’m writing about one of the show’s many programs…

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I need more Mystery Science Theater 3000 in my life.

The headline says it. Mystery Science Theater 3000, the show that takes old movies and riffs on them – and riffs hard on them – seems to have more lives than a cat. Originally created as a public access program in Minneapolis, the show was picked up by Comedy Central, and was at one point…

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