Comedy gold. Saturday nights in the Fall of 1973. CBS was the place to be. Years later, ABC would have a formidable Tuesday night anchored by Happy Days! and Laverne & Shirley, and NBC had a must-see Thursday night lineup built around Cheers and ER. This CBS lineup was my favorite. All in the Family, … More Best Television Schedule Lineup: Saturday Night Comedy, 1973-74
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
Favorite episodes and character changes. It is not unusual for television series to evolve over a long run. Frequently this happens with cast changes, insisted tinkering by networks, and characters that grow or actors that redefine their characters. As I mentioned in Part 1, this evolution happened with The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Seven seasons … More The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Part 2)
Where do I start? This intelligent situation-comedy ran for seven years and gathered an armful of awards. This was really a character-comedy because the shows were written around the ensemble cast. Mary Tyler Moore sprang to stardom as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran for five seasons. Moore had a film … More The Mary Tyler Moore Show (part one)
Who can keep track of all the television series that aired? Besides IMDb and Wikipedia. During the 1960s, television was much more adventurous than the previous decade. Cowboys, police, doctors and harried dads were still the main menu, but there was more realism on one end and more wild fantasy on the opposite end. Both … More Forgotten TV Series – 1960s
Dick and Mary. A better team of actors? You would have to go back to Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, or William Powell and Myrna Loy to find that kind of chemistry. For five years, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore played Rob and Laura Petrie. Rob and Laura were like JFK and Jackie … More Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore had an incredible career. When her show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, left the air in 1977, she was forty years old and had two classic hit shows under her belt. She was half-way through her life, and despite her fame and clout, she would find the next years very challenging. She … More Mary After MTM
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