WandaVision versus Doom Patrol … who you got?

Honestly, it’s been tough for me to follow the various permutations of the Marvel Television Universe and the DC Television “Arrowverse” programs. I watched Supergirl for about a year and then gave up on it. I watched Daredevil and Jessica Jones for about one episode each, and took both of them off my subscription list.…

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Xena, Warrior Princess for the win!

During the 1990’s, there were two fantasy TV shows that drew a tremendous amount of loyal fans – Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Xena: Warrior Princess. For me, they weren’t always “appointment television,” in that if they were on, I’d watch them, and if they weren’t, I didn’t. I mean, certainly you’ve watched them at…

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Captain Kangaroo – the children’s TV show you forgot about…

It’s morning in America, and you turn on the TV. Today, the mornings are populated with a plethora of news and talk shows. But just imagine a time when, at 8:00 every weekday morning, there was an hour-long children’s show. With a genial host. And cute puppets. And entertaining and informative short segments. Welcome to…

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Star Trek: Discovery – I did NOT see that coming, and I should have.

Don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy watching Star Trek: Discovery, even though I would swear that every episode lately featured a character named Deuce X. Machina. You know, the crew of the Discovery are in the middle of a perilous plot, and suddenly the solution will come from some previously unidentified source. That kind…

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Willingly watch a Lifetime movie? Are you out of your clucking mind?

It is a very, very rare moment when I will willingly sit in front of the TV set and watch a Lifetime motion picture. And by “willingly,” I mean by myself, with no one else in the room. Now, in the past, I have chosen to watch a Lifetime film. The biography of the Clark…

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It’s TV Intro and Movie Trailer Mashup Day!

I would argue that if a TV show doesn’t have a cool intro to it – with great visuals, a catchy song and decent actor credits, then it loses some of its luster. But what’s even more fun is when some enterprising young soul takes the theme from one TV show and tries to interpret…

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The King Features Syndicate animated cartoon shows of the 1960’s

From the mid-1930’s to the late 1950’s, Paramount Studios, through first its Fleischer Studios and later Famous Studios companies, produced hundreds of animated episodes of Popeye the Sailor. The character was part of the King Features Syndicate of newspaper cartoon characters, and when new Popeye the Sailor cartoons were commissioned in the early 1960’s, King…

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Did Forged in Fire have a neo-Nazi as a contestant?

Yeah, I’ll admit it. I got hooked on the History Channel competition series Forged in Fire a few years ago. If you haven’t seen the show, think of it as Chopped with bladesmiths. Contestants are challenged to make specific types of knives in a short period of time, and then after the knives are tested…

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Werewolf – the Fox TV series that lasted longer than its concept demanded.

Back in 1987, the Fox television network put together a weekend broadcast package of nine different TV shows. Some of them lasted for years (Married … With Children, 21 Jump Street), others spawned shows that are still in production today (The Tracey Ullman Show helped spin off The Simpsons), while other programs died a quick,…

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Clean your hands. This is the Way.

I’ve been hooked on the Disney+ show Star Wars: The Mandalorian for the past year and a half. I enjoy this “Spaghetti Western” in space, and really packs a lot of action into every hour. I dig the main character, who is essentially the equivalent of the 1960’s “Man with No Name” that Clint Eastwood…

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