‘The Transformers’ (Season 1): More than meets the eye

You thought it was a giant toy commercial, and it was. But there was more than meets the eye…especially if you were in the target audience. Continue reading “‘The Transformers’ (Season 1): More than meets the eye”

‘The Yellow Rose’: Primetime soap could have been a contender

All that talk in 2017 about the 40th anniversary of Dallas’s debut got me thinking about one of the many pretenders to its prime time network soap opera throne—NBC’s The Yellow Rose—right around the time I saw that actress Susan Anspach had passed away. She was quite good in this expensive, all-star outing from NBC, so in memory of Miss Anspach, let’s look back at The Yellow Rose. Continue reading “‘The Yellow Rose’: Primetime soap could have been a contender”

‘Crossbow’ (Season 1): William Tell legend comes to life

Sharply plotted, exciting and serialized(!) – exactly what you don’t expect from a throwback ’80s syndicated adventure series. Continue reading “‘Crossbow’ (Season 1): William Tell legend comes to life”

‘Wiseguy’ (Season 1): Stephen J. Cannell’s edgy, serialized mob drama

Classic TV fans no doubt remember Stephen J. Cannell, the prolific creator of such muscular, iconic tube fare as The Rockford Files, Baretta, Baa Baa Black Sheep, The A-Team, Riptide, and 21 Jump Street. For a treat, let’s look at the first season of Cannell’s critically acclaimed cop/mob series, Wiseguy. Continue reading “‘Wiseguy’ (Season 1): Stephen J. Cannell’s edgy, serialized mob drama”

‘Magnum, P.I.’ (Season 5): Quintessential 80s detective show still delivers

Versatile character actor John Hillerman passed away in 2017, so we thought we’d dig out a Magnum, P.I. season five review, featuring Hillerman in his most recognizable role as the indomitable Higgins. Continue reading “‘Magnum, P.I.’ (Season 5): Quintessential 80s detective show still delivers”

‘Benson’ (Season 1): Scene-stealer Robert Guillaume now front & center

With the death of Robert Guillaume in 2017, we thought it would be a nice tribute to go back to the first season of Guillaume’s best-remembered role, Benson. Continue reading “‘Benson’ (Season 1): Scene-stealer Robert Guillaume now front & center”