Posts tagged: television
Ralph gets a notice in the mail indicating that there is a question about his tax return. It directs him to report to a federal office the next morning.
Naturally, he worries.
So after much ranting and raving by Ralph, Ed gives him some advice. Stand on the 18th amendment, he says.
Mystified, Ralph wonders if Norton means the 5th amendment. He notes aloud that the 18th amendment established Prohibition.
Exactly, says Ed. “When you get down there, tell them you were drunk when you filled out your tax return.”
What holiday was the backdrop for the series finale of “The Wonder Years”?
I know I have alluded to this before. But it always amuses me to imagine the segment of the TV audience that watches both “The Walking Dead” and “Downton Abbey.”
I'm guessing this is not a tiny group.
I've long suspected that millions of Americans loved this gentle show because it offered a refuge from the tension that pervaded many real-life homes. The stories were slight, but Ricky was cute and Ozzie never raised his voice in anger.
A colleague who has been watching early seasons of “Breaking Bad” late at night noted that, though he admires the show, it can be so dark he then wants to watch a sitcom or something as a buffer before going to bed.
Can you relate to that? Or are you able to flip a switch and put disturbing images and troubling themes instantly behind you?
Which of these gentlemen did you find most appealingly human?
I won't insult you by assuming that I need to tell you their names.
From the first mention of Jaguar on “Mad Men” this season, I have been certain that we would eventually see the XKE.
For once, I was right.
And with “House” wrapping up tonight, I can at long last stop asking myself why I stay with that show. The answer, of course, was always quite obvious: Hugh Laurie.
In any case, focusing on the Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watson friendship between House and Wilson seems like a good choice for the swan song.
It was a dark Canadian comedy set in a television news operation.
It made me laugh. But not everyone would enjoy it. One episode included a confused politician saying “I believe life begins at masturbation.”
The AMC channel is going to show every episode of “The Walking Dead” on New Year's Eve. Check listings.
There's more to this show than dead people trying to eat the living.
A) No TV on Thursday. B) No TV except for seven hours of football. C) It can be on until there is a fight over control of the remote. D) The TV is never off at our home. E) Other.
On Sept. 30, 1964, an episode called “The Ghost of A. Chantz” aired for the first time.
An online episode guide summarized it this way: “After a mix-up by Mel for reservations at a lodge, Rob, Laura, Sally and Buddy are forced to spend a frightening night in a cabin that has not been used in years and is rumored to be haunted.”
Sept. 30, 1965 saw the first airing of an episode called “We're In for a Bad Spell.”
Sam and Aunt Clara try to help lift a bad-luck spell from Darrin's old Army buddy. Antics ensue.
But the speed at which this month has flown by reminds me of an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager.”
Called “Blink of An Eye,” it has Voyager getting trapped in the orbit of a planet where time moves much faster than in the rest of the galaxy.
Here's how an online episode guide put it: “Although Voyager is stuck in orbit only for a matter of days, from the perspective of the planet, the 'Skyship' has been watching them for centuries, and becomes a guiding force for the development of their civilization.”
Maybe it's just me. But it seems like, this September, we've been down on that speeded-up planet.
Sept. 29, 1963 saw the first airing of “A Passion for Justice.” According to an online episode guide, Charles Dickens visits Virginia City and is dismayed to discover that the local paper is reprinting his work without permission.
Dickens was played by Jonathan Harris, perhaps best known for his role in “Lost in Space.”
Fifty years ago today, a classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” — “The Shelter” — first aired.
Rod Serling loved the “We are our own worst enemy” theme. (See also, “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.”) And “The Shelter” is a doozy.
A suburban birthday party is interrupted by fears that World War III is about to start. The one family with a bomb shelter retreats to that refuge. And before long, panicked neighbors literally beat the door down. Not, however, before revealing some previously hidden biases and antagonisms.
The danger from above turns out to be harmless satellites. But down in the basement, the damage has already been done.
Tomorrow, Sept. 30, marks the anniversary of the original 1963 airing of one of the best half-hours in television history.
“Opie the Birdman” isn't just one of the most touching looks at the parent-child relationship ever. It's also a classic lesson in taking responsibility for a wrong and striving to earn redemption.
And about when caring means letting go.
Great, great performances from Griffith and Ron Howard, along with some delightful comic bits from Don Knotts.
The understated music, the perfect pacing…everything comes together in this terrific 30 minutes.
But it all starts, and ends, with some really fine writing.
“But don't the trees seem nice and full.”
I had read the book long ago and was sure the movie would be terrible.
But I was certain the TV series would be a total joke. Wrong again.
It was one of the best shows ever. At least that's how I saw it.
Sort of hard to believe there's just one more episode.
That would be coming in after getting some exercise and rediscovering daytime TV.
“The Sopranos” on A&E, to be precise.
Sure, it seemed like cleaning up the mob drama's language for basic cable would ruin the classic HBO show. Remember the sanitized version of “Glengarry Glen Ross”? That was a joke.
Who could forget Alec Baldwin's absurdly softened motivational talk. “What's my name? Forget you! That's my name.”
But it turns out “The Sopranos” is so good that you can still get caught up in it, even with the characters saying “freakin' ” every 30 seconds. Especially if you happen on to an early season you can't remember clearly.
Then the key is to get up and get back in motion before “Perry Mason” comes on.