The All In The Family spinoff you never knew existed

I’m sure you’ve heard of All in the Family, the groundbreaking 1970’s sitcom that turned television on its ear. For several years, it was the #1 show on TV, it was destination watching on Saturday nights on CBS, and it generated an entire universe of various sitcoms – an Archie Bunker-Verse, if you like. Some…

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Season 3 is coming. This is the way.

I’m what you would call a medium-level Star Wars fan. I’ll see the movies on opening night (all eleven of them so far, I count Solo as part of the canon), and some of the TV shows. I haven’t really gotten into the animated Star Wars universe – maybe at some point I can binge-watch…

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Thanks for derailing Snowpiercer, TNT

I really enjoyed the dystopian sci-fi TV series Snowpiercer. Like all great television sci-fi shows, it was an allegory to our modern world, treating social conflict and isolation and political manipulations in the setting of a transcontinental train carrying the last survivors of a global winter. The first season was great, the second season was…

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Kimba the White Lion was his name!

This almost seems like a fever dream. In the 1960’s, a Japanese animated TV show premiered in the United States, and told the serialized story of a lion cub who endured capture and escape to return to his pridelands and bring unity to the animals of his kingdom. And not one single Hakuna Matata in…

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“What are you doing on Channel 6?”

I received an email from WRGB newscaster Liz Bishop a few weeks ago. Apparently Liz found one of my old blog posts and wanted to talk to me. No, not this one. It’s actually THIS one. It’s an article I originally wrote for Rugby magazine in 1993, and reblogged it in 2011. It’s about the…

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Would someone please explain 1899 to me?

Yesterday, after getting an oil change and a tire rotation for my car, I came home and fired up the Netflix. And among all the shows Netflix could recommend to me, it proposed a drama called 1899. Well, I already sat through 1883 on the Paramount+ network, so why not another period drama? Hooo boy…

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1970’s Saturday morning cartoons that have not … aged … well.

I’ve blogged about Saturday morning cartoons before. Many times, actually. If you had the opportunity on a Saturday morning to get up early, fix yourself a bowl of Sugar Smacks and plop your 7-year-old tuchus in front of the television for 5 1/2 hours until your folks got out of bed and told you to…

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Remembering the Rankin-Bass Catalogue

Jules Bass, the “Bass” of Rankin-Bass Animation, passed away recently. And with him, the last remaining vestige of one of the most prolific runs of stop-motion and cell animation for early television. You might know Rankin-Bass Animation for their holy trinity of children’s Christmas stories – Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa…

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You are not ready for JOT the Dot.

While Saturday morning cartoons were the best way to survive the weekend – a nice big bowl of Froot Loops and 4 1/2 hours of animation while your parents slept – Sunday morning children’s fare was kinda hit and miss. I shall explain. In many cases, Sunday morning cartoon shows were essentially either Saturday morning…

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