December 2, 2016

Around the dial

Well, December is finally here, but in the hubbub of the holiday season, don't forget to keep in touch with the classic television blogosphere. Let's get started!

British TV Detectives brings us The Brokenwood Mysteries, featuring as its protagonist a detective who's not "quirky for the sake of quirkiness." What a refreshing idea - would that American television would do that more often.

Staying across the pond, Cult TV Blog has a look at two very different kinds of children's shows: The Owl Service and The Flockton Flyer. Read on for a fascinating review.

How well do you know your Christmas entertainment? Be prepared to be tested, as Christmas TV History quizzes you on Christmas screen shots.

You'll remember a while ago I was on an interview show about the American sitcom - David Hofstede of Comfort TV should have been with us, witness his great article on the ten funniest sitcoms, by decade, starting with the 1950s.

"Hunters and the Hunted." My life sometimes feels like that, with me playing the hunted, but in this case it's actually an episode of The Green Hornet, as reviewed by the Secret Sanctum of Captain Video.

Ah, Hal's back at The Horn Section with another F Troop Friday. This time, it's the 1965 episode "O'Rourke vs. O'Reilly," with Lee Meriwether up to the task as Forrest Tucker's nemesis.

The Twilight Zone, like most well-written series, works just as well when transferred to radio. The Twilight Zone Vortex reviews its appearance on Public Radio's Selected Shorts.

Not long ago Bob Crane's murder was in the headlines yet again. I wondered at the time what my friend and Crane biographer Carol Ford thought of it; she and her co-authors have a brief statement here at Vote for Bob Crane.

The Boris Karloff-hosted series Thriller is the latest feature in Television's New Frontier - the 1960s, where the show's uneven second season is reviewed.

And speaking of shining a spotlight, this week Television Obscurities takes on a show that certainly is obscure, if you don't keep up with your TV history books - The Second Hundred Years, starring Monte Markham in a most unusual dual role.

That's it for today, but I'm assuming you'll be back tomorrow for another TV Guide review.

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