TV Shows

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)

February 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Napoleon Solo & Illya Kuryakin The original title for the series that took the TV world by storm was to be Solo, but when it was pointed out that writer Ian Fleming had already used that name for one of the gangsters recruited by Auric Goldfinger to knock over Fort Knox in his James Bond film Goldfinger, the title was changed to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. For those who cannot remember [...]

Lavinia & Kim’s Top 15 TV hunks.

January 9, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Here are the fifteen ‘hunks’ that my wife Lavinia and her pal Kim democratically arrived at. Personally, I wouldn’t have a cup of coffee with any of them, but then that is why I asked them to help me out. Male ‘hunks’ have never been my thing. Female ‘hunks’ are more my go. Politically incorrect? Probably. Do I care? Not a whit. 15        [...]

My all-time top 15 favorite females in TV series.

January 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

  The really neat thing about writing your own blog is that you can choose any subject you feel like choosing, and it doesn’t really matter if nobody agrees with you. This article focuses on the ladies I have found to be the most attractive (to me) over the 57 years I have been watching television. As far as attractive males is concerned, I was unable to think of a single one, so I [...]

TV TID-BITS – PT 1.

December 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

  BONANZA                                          Bonanza was shot at Paramount until 1970 when it was moved to Stage 14 at Warner Bros for its final three seasons. The Ponderosa Ranch House was built on the sound stage there. Employees recall when the series was finally cancelled in 1973. A wrap party was held there at the ranch house on a Friday night. When the [...]

Old TV Trivia PT 1 – ‘Star Trek’ (1966-9).

November 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

  NBC marketing staff confronted company executives after the bean counters decided to terminate the series after three seasons and 80 episodes over four years. The powers that be felt that the show’s inability to rise above 52 in the general ratings warranted cancellation. The marketing people pointed out to them, however, that the audience profile had the largest concentration of viewers [...]

‘Gilligan’s Island’ – was it really over FIFTY years ago?

September 5, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Gilligan’s Island popped onto our TV screens back in the sixties and, like I Love Lucy, it has just stayed there and stayed there and…The more I think about it (which I admit is not often), most of us probably watch the thing because it is forever cluttering up our TV screens at some hour of the day or night. The entire premise of Gilligan’s Island is absurd, annoyingly so. I was a [...]

The Magical Fifties.

June 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I remember being taken in the fifties by my grand-parents to the open-air cinema nearby to watch black and white dramas starring the likes of Joan Crawford, George Raft, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Dana Andrews, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Ida Lupino and many others. For some reason a handful of those stars held a kind of fascination for me. I did not much care for these gloomy film noirs [...]

Nostalgia TV – Sitcoms, comedies & family shows – Pt 8.

June 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1979-80 #2        THREE’S COMPANY #4        ALICE #7        FLO (1980-1). Polly Holliday’s popularity as a waitress in Alice for four seasons was acknowledged in 1980 when she was given her own show portraying the same character; relocated to a bar in Cowtown, Texas. The series climbed to #7 on the ratings in its first season. As seems to happen a lot in the [...]

Nostalgia TV – Sitcoms, comedies & family shows Pt 6.

June 6, 2016 // 2 Comments

  1975-6 #1        ALL IN THE FAMILY #3        LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY (1976-83). Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney are single working girls in 1950s Milwaukee and later in 1960s Los Angeles. Cindy Williams (Shirley) actually walked off the show in 1976, complaining that Penny Marshall (Laverne) was getting all the best lines. She returned two days later. Writer and creator Garry [...]

Nostalgia TV – Comedies, sitcoms & family shows – Pt.7

June 5, 2016 // 2 Comments

  1977-8 #1        LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY #2        HAPPY DAYS #3        THREE’S COMPANY #5        ALL IN THE FAMILY #8        ALICE #10      ONE DAY AT A TIME #12      EIGHT IS ENOUGH #13      SOAP (1977-81). This was possibly the first American series to feature an openly gay character (in this instance played by Billy Crystal) as a regular [...]
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