‘The Jeffersons’: Norman Lear sitcom disrespected, but we love it!

The strangest thing: my younger kids think television coming over our old aerial—complete with commercials and limited choice of channels—is the coolest thing now (high tech burnout was inevitable). And one of their favorite digital channels is our local MeTV outlet, with its old timey sched of classic television fare (yes, they have taste, but of course, I’m shilling for a potential job offer, too…). So the upcoming “Summer of Me” programming change this Monday should be a lot of fun for them—and for you, too, particularly since The Jeffersons will be movin’ on up into the primo 6:30pm (Eastern) timeslot (now you don’t have to watch the fake news!). Continue reading “‘The Jeffersons’: Norman Lear sitcom disrespected, but we love it!”

‘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”

‘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”

‘Dreamscape’ (1984): Silly in the 80s, prescient today

It’s dumb, right? Remember 1984’s fun summer sci-fi flick, Dreamscape, where psychic Dennis Quaid could not only enter U.S. President Eddie Albert’s nuclear holocaust nightmares, but participate in them, and shape them into reality? Can’t be done, correct? Continue reading “‘Dreamscape’ (1984): Silly in the 80s, prescient today”