‘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”

‘Dynasty’ (Season 1): Nighttime soap in search of a villain

Having suffered through the CW’s way more Hispanic, way more gay Dynasty reboot in 2017, why don’t we go back to the all-white, just a tad gay original ABC primetime soap opera that debuted in 1981. Continue reading “‘Dynasty’ (Season 1): Nighttime soap in search of a villain”

‘Hammer House of Horror’: UK anthology sports tight scripts, nimble direction

The Complete Hammer House of Horror is perfect Halloween viewing for anyone interested in 80s UK horror and the Hammer Films studio: the scripts are tight, the direction nimble, and the performances spot-on…with plenty of gore and slight nudity to keep you tuned in. Continue reading “‘Hammer House of Horror’: UK anthology sports tight scripts, nimble direction”

‘The World of Strawberry Shortcake’ (1980) & ‘Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City’ (1981): Charming kids fare

It’s berry berry good! Continue reading “‘The World of Strawberry Shortcake’ (1980) & ‘Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City’ (1981): Charming kids fare”