I’ve got a Dirty Pair to show you…

I do enjoy watching anime.  But my initial forays into anime involved watching American-dubbed and American-edited versions of such Japanese TV shows as Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers), Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer), and Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets). So one day, back when the Thruway Inn in Albany was hosting a sci-fi convention…

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There are nominations. It is the way.

We live in very crazy times right now.  VERY crazy times. And yesterday, I received a teensy tiny bit of normalcy in my crazy life. Somewhere along the line, the Emmy Award nominations were announced. And among all the usual nominations (Jeez, can you give the award for Best Supporting Actress Comedy to D’Arcy Carden…

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So I signed up for this NBC Peacock streaming video service…

I don’t know why I get involved in video streaming services.  I sign up for them, then I watch two shows total on that channel.  I added DC Universe, and all I watch there is Doom Patrol and Harley Quinn.  I signed up for the History Channel, and all I watch are reruns of Forged…

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Star Trek: Lower Decks? Set phasers to obliterate.

Of late, there have been several attempts to invigorate the Star Trek television universe.  There’s the series Star Trek: Discovery, which has its good moments and its bad moments; there’s the Star Trek: Short Treks anthology series, where Trek-related stories are provided in 10-minute snippets; and there’s Star Trek: Picard, which makes me worry every…

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I see your Lady A, and your other Lady A, and raise you a Lady A.

All right, everybody follow along. Once upon a time, there was a blues singer named Anita White, who for the past twenty years has fronted her own blues band, and has performed on stage under the name “Lady A.” Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, a country trio who called themselves Lady Antebellum……

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Holy shit, Richard Pryor had a variety TV series and they let him air THIS??

There are so many TV shows in broadcast history that make you wonder, “If they only did this, or if they only did that, it would be a success.  But why they did this instead, makes me wonder.” Such is the case with the 1977 variety TV series The Richard Pryor Show. This is 1977. …

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When Vietnam was a drama series: Tour of Duty

It was a bold and untested concept in 1988.  CBS would air a brand new television drama, one that followed a platoon of soldiers as they fought in the Vietnam War. And it was called Tour of Duty. The initial response to the show was mixed.  Would people want to watch a drama in which…

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Tennessee Tuxedo and educational TV in the 1960’s

There was once a time, way back in the 1960’s, when kids would get up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings, pour themselves an extra-sized bowl of Frosted Flakes or Froot Loops, go in the living room, and plop in front of the television for a good five or six hours.  Parents could…

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How the Cowsills almost became the Partridge Family

At one point in time, you’ve probably heard the Cowsills on your oldies radio station.  They were a fresh-scrubbed, clean-cut family from Rhode Island who eventually broke through with a series of “sunshine pop” hits.  Of course you know one of their biggest songs, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things,” don’t you? And you…

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Wait, Gordon Ramsay can swear like George Carlin?

During my self-imposed quarantine / sequester / whatever the hell we’re calling COVID-19 avoidance these days, I’ve been streaming through a lot of different television options on my Apple TV service.  One of these options is the Tubi channel, which has a mixture of TV shows, movies and documentaries.  Some of the offerings are worth…

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