‘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”

‘Scrooged’ (1988): A slapstick take on Dickens, with a remarkable ending

A mean-spirited, vulgar, slapstick take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Thank god. Continue reading “‘Scrooged’ (1988): A slapstick take on Dickens, with a remarkable ending”