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Posted: April 18th, 2007, 11:23 pm
I remember Grindle, it repaced Car 54, Where Are You ?, a much better( funnier ) series starring Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne as bumbling NYC cops. The movie of the same name from a few years ago is in no way near the humor of the original
Posted: April 18th, 2007, 11:50 pm
I am afraid that I never missed Car 54, Where are You?
I can remember aggravating my folks until I got to see it.
Posted: April 19th, 2007, 11:12 am
I recently watched a couple of episodes of I Love Lucy on...I think, TVLand. Lucy's antics made me laugh several times. So, I figure...if I Love Lucy was broadcast more than fifty years ago and still makes me laugh...it has to be I Love Lucy for all time favorite show.
The one thing television does better than movies is situation comedy. Some other comedy shows that made me laugh...
Seinfeld and Mary Tyler Moore Show and all the Newhart shows and the first few years of David Letterman (particularly his morning show) and Mr. Show and Monty Python and Benny Hill (no...I'm kidding).
A few non-comedic television shows I enjoyed. Star Trek and second Star Trek and The Prisoner and The Avengers and The Saint.
Posted: April 19th, 2007, 1:52 pm
Rusty, you're a Mr. Show fan? That's awesome. I can't believe I forgot to add that to my list, because that's always been a favorite of mine.
Did you ever see the episode with the F.F. Woodycooks "Crime Stick" sketch? Everytime I watch a gangster movie, I wind up yelling, "Shake the crime stick!" or "Crime!" at the tv screen. I just can't help myself.
Posted: April 19th, 2007, 2:47 pm
I don't remember the "Crime Stick" sketch, but I'm picturing how Bob and David would do it and I am laughing.
I purchased one of the Mr. Show seasons on dvd...I wanted to watch the "Hail Satan Network" parody of evangelical television show. As a bonus, I got to watch "The Altered State of Druggachusetts"...the parody of those Sid and Marty Krofft shows. Funny stuff.
Posted: April 19th, 2007, 2:53 pm
Did you see where BBC America will no longer show Benny Hill as they say it no longer reflects current English society (or something like that.) Next thing they won't be showing "As Time Goes By" because Geoffrey Palmer is too laid back.
Posted: April 19th, 2007, 2:53 pm
Hmm...well, maybe I only watched the unfunny parts of Benny Hill.
Posted: April 19th, 2007, 3:04 pm
In some bits Benny Hill was very funny, at other times very boring. I haven't seen any of his old shows in years. Channel 32, year ago used to fun them at 10:30 PM Monday thru Friday.
Posted: May 9th, 2007, 10:02 am
SHolmes, what a lovely memory of you and your daughter.
I'm glad to read that some others here also appreciated the Andy Richter sitcom. I guess it just never found a big audience.
My favorite tv shows as a kid and teen:
Laverne and Shirley (those gals were great at slapstick comedy)
The Gong Show
Donny and Marie (I swear I am not DOSFAN!)
Solid Gold (remember the Solid Gold dancers?)
Eight Is Enough
The Love Boat
Family Ties (Michael J. Fox! so funny)
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (when I was lucky enough to be allowed to stay up and watch it)
Favorites as an adult
Newhart (Vermont Inn)
Saturday Night Live
My Name is Earl
Sex and the City
America's Next Top Model
Great Hotels (Travel Channel)
Posted: May 18th, 2007, 10:04 am
The "scroll down" feature is new to me, as you can tell my lateness on some of these threads!
If I had to pick just one it would be The Dick Van Dyke Show
. I love it so much and have the first three seasons (so far) on dvd, which I re-watch constantly. "Laura" is my housewife role-model---I hope when I marry I can stay that slim and elegant!
If I can include "runners up" my next favorite is "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." I think it's one of the most cleverly realized series of all time and I have actually learned a lot from watching them as a writer. I look forward to seeing the future years come to dvd.
I also love "That Girl," "Family Affair," "The Rifleman", "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", "The Virginian" and "I Love Lucy", of course.*
*Edited to include some of my favorite western shows.
Posted: May 18th, 2007, 10:17 am
A new "old" show I've come to really enjoy is the British spy series Danger Man
(aka "Secret Agent"). I think I actually like it better than The Avengers because the writing, editing and production values seem much higher---and particularly the locations which are really exciting.
I have also lately discovered I Spy
and enjoy it for the locations mainly. I like Bill Cosby but am not a Robert Culp fan.
Oh, and I also never liked or understood "Friends" or "Seinfeld".
Posted: May 18th, 2007, 10:24 am
Favorite show of the "modern" era:
TWIN PEAKS - David Lynch's hyper-surreal maxi-mini series continues to haunt my dreams.
THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW (Garry Shandling's HBO comedy series)
THE SIMPSONS (excluding the past couple of seasons)
Favorite from the so-called "Golden Age" is (still) the aforementioned private eye drama JOHNNY STACCATO starring John Cassavetes.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
My new absolute favorite CURRENT program is:
THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM (Comedy Network)