TV Shows

TV – When the western was king – PT2.

June 25, 2018 // 4 Comments

  Part two of this article looks at the 25 television westerns from the 1949-69 era that were the most successful, according to the number of episodes in each. There may be a few surprises, although number one will come as no surprise at all to anyone who remembers the era and the genre.   25        THE ADVENTURES OF KIT CARSON     1951-5         (103 episodes)       [...]

TV – When the western was king – PT1.

June 23, 2018 // 2 Comments

There was a time, back in the fifties when television suddenly took off, that saw the western genre dominating the box. Scores of series were launched throughout the late forties, the fifties and sixties. Many of them lasted only a single season (even less), but others made a fortune for their studios and ran for years, even decades. Based on the number of episodes produced, I have arrived at the [...]

What Happened to the ‘Wagon Train’ (1957-65) Stars?

March 25, 2018 // 7 Comments

From 1957 until 1965 the prairie schooners of TV’s Wagon Train series rolled over 284 episodes. Throughout those eight seasons only eight actors (no actresses) appeared in fifty or more episodes. A minor actress named Kay Stewart popped up in eleven episodes from 1958 to 1964, playing eleven different women. Her career would span 40 years and 99 screen credits, mostly TV spots. Kay was an [...]

The cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (1964-7).

January 18, 2018 // 4 Comments

This immensely popular series commenced shooting in late 1963. In the very first shot of the opening credits, the American flag is quite evident, flying at half-mast. Not long before filming began, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November. Back in 1961, Newton Minow was head of the Federal Communications Commission in 1961. He made himself highly unpopular with the [...]

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE M.A.S.H. STARS?

January 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

The hugely successful M.A.S.H. series on TV ran from 1972 to 1983, 251 episodes. There were twelve regular players over that time. Five of them have since died. Only two of the dozen appeared in all 251 episodes – Alan Alda and Loretta Swit. Two others made over 200 appearances and they were Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger) and William Christopher (Father Mulcahy). Here is a run-down of the twelve [...]

WHAT HAPPENED TO ‘DAD’S ARMY’? (1968-77)

January 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘DAD’S ARMY’ (1968-77) The BBC hit series Dad’s Army ran for nine seasons, from 1968 until 1977. It started rather lamely and it must have been a touch and go decision to continue with it after the first season. The acting was so-so, the screenplays generally quite poor, and the direction pretty amateurish in that first year. But gradually they all improved. The show did have a couple of [...]

MY TOP 20 BEST TV COMEDY SERIES OF ALL TIME. PT 2. 10-1

June 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

  10                    M.A.S.H. (1972-83)                                       11 SEASONS   I know M.A.S.H. owes much of its popularity to Alan Alda’s portrayal of Benjamin ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce, but I was never overly enamoured by his character. I mean, nobody was a witticism in every sentence he utters every moment of his life! [...]

MY TOP 20 BEST TV COMEDY SHOWS OF ALL TIME. PT 1. 20-11

June 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

  The good thing about having a website is that I can choose any topic I wish to write about. I was discussing TV comedies recently and it spurred me to come up with my ten favourite shows of all time. I quickly discovered that nearly all of the series I chose were dominated by one, sometimes two or three, outstanding personalities. Of course, good writing was essential in most instances [...]

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        [...]
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