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Know your TV reruns, Tip No. 51

If one of the Barkley boys (“The Big Valley”) or Cartwright boys (“Bonanza”) acquire a love interest, there is an excellent chance she will wind up dead before the end of episode.

In terms of longevity, those girls might as well have been “Star Trek” red shirts.

Know your TV reruns — Tip No. 23

If James Whitmore was the guest star, it's a good bet that the story will deal with someone becoming mentally unhinged.

Who remembers Debbie Drake?

She was a national exercise/fitness/grooming fixture in the 1960s. She had her own show.

Speaking of 1960s TV…I was just reminded by something I read that “Rawhide” aired on Friday nights for most of its run. And I found myself feeling retroactively sorry for those whose Friday nights would have been tied up with high school athletics. Surely some of those football coaches and basketball players hated to miss that show. And, after all, there was no way to record it.

50 years ago tonight: “To Serve Man”

One of everybody's Top 10 episodes of “The Twilight Zone.”

Fifty years ago on “The Twilight Zone”

“The Hunt.”

See today's Slice column.

This date in “Flintstones” history

On Nov. 28, 1963, an episode of “The Flintstones” called “Kleptomaniac Pebbles” first aired.

According to, a jewel thief hides a diamond bracelet on Pebbles. Comic confusion ensues. 

This date in “Patty Duke Show” history

An episode called “The Boy Next Door” first aired on Oct. 21, 1964.

Though the title would seem to say it all, here's how summed it up: “Patty and Cathy battle each other over their new next door neighbor.” 

For boys of a certain age…

…this show almost made the idea of wearing suits seem cool. 

Back when families had just one TV

The fact that my older sister wanted to watch “Peyton Place” created some television-access tension. At its peak, the prime-time soap aired something like three nights a week. And it conflicted with programs I wanted to watch. I'm not sure how this was resolved. After all, it wasn't like recording shows was an option.

Maybe it was on after my bedtime some nights, at least during the school year. Or perhaps my sister grew weary of my running critique of the show's implausible narrative arc and went across the street to watch it with a friend.

Oddly enough, in subsequent years I found myself turning into a bit of a Barbara Parkins fan.


This date in “Combat!” history

“Rear Echelon Commandos” first aired on Oct. 9, 1962. According to online episode guides, Sgt. Saunders is less than impressed with three untested replacements assigned to him. But he soon finds himself having to count on them in a dangerous situation.

This early-in-the-series episode was directed by Robert Altman.    

Important information for baby boomers

You might know that the talented June Foray was the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel.

But did you know she was also the voice of antennae-headed Cindy Lou Who?

AND…she was the voice of Talky Tina, the toy who took on Telly Savalas in “Living Doll,” a 1963 episode of “The Twilight Zone.”

Here's June quite a few years ago.

I wonder if the men in her life ever asked that she do voices during, uh, moments of intimacy.

Oh, what? Like you never wondered that.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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