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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The return of the Twilight Zone – six years after I heard it was returning

Six years ago, I wrote a blog post about the return of a fifth iteration of the Twilight Zone, the Rod Serling-hosted anthology series of science fiction and fantasy. A quick recap.  The original Twilight Zone lasted for five seasons and received much acclaim.  The show was resurrected in 1985 as an hour-long CBS anthology…

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Monkeying around with Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp

This is what happens when I start reminiscing about my childhood and my affection for classic Saturday morning cartoon fare. One of the shows from those halcyon days – a show I watched a few times, but never really got hooked on – was Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.  It was a live-action series – a…

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Bird Box and the influences from The Twilight Zone and Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Okay.  I waited two weeks to finally watch the Netflix movie Bird Box, the horror film where a spreading virus / madness / airborne invasion attacks people into suicide – and to spread to others to convince them to commit suicide. If you’ve seen the film, you probably have an opinion as to what the…

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