April 24, 2014

Around the Dial

As usual, there are some very good classic TV pieces out there; let's take a look at some of them, shall we?

At Embarrassing Treasures, Family Affair Friday presents what today would be called a "very special episode," as Uncle Bill and the kids deal with a classmate of Buffy's who's dying.  I watched Family Affair a bit when I was a kid, but don't remember the episode.  Based on Amy's comments, it sounds as if the show handled the subject matter with a surprising amount of subtlety.  Also a good point from Amy in the comments section, where she and a commenter discuss whether or not TV shows reflect "how it was" at the time of the episode.

Comfort TV has a great idea: The Comfort TV Trivia Quiz.  I think this ties in nicely with the "cultural amnesia" article I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.  Surely many of these names should be familiar to people who consider themselves fans of classic TV, and some of them have transcended television, I think, to enter the popular culture.  I mean, "Roy Hinkley" is someone everyone should know.

'Tis the week for lists, as Classic Film and TV Cafe takes a look at British TV from A to Z.  I've seen and like a lot of these shows, so I've very few quarrels with the choices.  One nit to pick, perhaps: in British TV, D should really stand for Doctor Who, not Danger Man.  But Danger Man, the precursor to The Prisoner, has to be in the list as well - let's move it to S, in honor of the name under which it ran in America, Secret Agent.

Speaking of British TV, Cult TV Blog is back with a show I've never heard of - The Corridor People. What a great name - we'll find out if it's a great series or not.  But based on these initial impressions, I probably ought to try and check it out.

And I don't know when this happened, but the Radio Discussions Classic TV message board is back!  I always found the threads on this board to be of interest, and started more than a few of them myself.  I'll be back on there, but in the meantime don't forget the Radio Insight board, which came to the rescue for classic TV fans when Radio Discussions abruptly ceased publication a few months ago.

Short but sweet, right?  Be back here Saturday for another TV Guide review that's sweet, but not so short!

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