Jack Soo has been gone since 1979, but he lives on through re-runs (as we used to call them). His face is recognizable, as is his deadpan delivery. I’m writing about him for a couple of reasons, less about his career, more about the man. The Japanese-American actor was a familiar face, the way most … More Jack Soo: Remembering the Actor, Singer
If I were on a Desert Island or stationed at a mountain fire watch tower and did not have Internet or cable, just my collection of 20 favorite DVD sets, what would I bring? Why did I pick these because this is not my “greatest” hits of television series, although many of these are on … More Desert Island Television Series
Abe Vigoda was perfect as Sgt. Phil Fish, usually just known as Fish. As the roof of the squad-room accumulates rainwater, Fish, on his way to the bathroom says, “You’d be surprised how much water an old structure can hold.” Typical dry humor of Sgt. Fish. Of Barney Miller’s eight seasons, Fish was a regular … More Sgt. Fish
There are a handful of situation comedies that stand as creative and intelligent landmarks of television. The eight seasons of Barney Miller stand as one of those programs. What set it apart? A great cast, but it was the writing. Television is no different than any medium, it starts with writing. The series was created … More Barney Miller
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