October 9, 2014

Around the dial

The series Ozzie and Harriet is often included with other sitcoms of the '50s and '60s as shows idealizing an America that never really was.  Television's New Frontier: the 1960s takes a closer look at the show and its stars, and explains why it doesn't exactly fit the mold of those other sitcoms.

At Classic TV History Blog, Stephen Bowie offers an interesting obituary of Jerry McNeely, one of the finest television writers of the early '60s.  It's a behind-the-scenes piece that tells us a lot about how exciting those early days were, and how large a role chance can play in a successful career (although talent helps).

All Thinks Kevyn gives us a fun list of the ten best unseen, or mostly unseen, TV characters.  It's an interesting idea, when you think of it, and Kevyn produces some classic examples of how an unseen character can add a great deal to a television show.

Of all the members of the Mills family, my favorite was Juliet, probably from her **sigh** inducing performance in Nanny and the Professor, but Classic Film and TV Cafe is all about her sister Hayley, no slouch herself, and her five best film performances.

And now, some brief highlights of continuing series:

Cult TV Blog continues to look at allegory in The Prisoner with the classic "Living in Harmony," and shows - in so doing, find how "the episodes lend themselves to different interpretations."  Terrific stuff.

Television Obscurities' TV Guide review is up to October 3, 1964.  Mia Farrow is on the cover, and there's plenty of interesting info between the covers.

The Secret Sanctum of Captain Video covers the '60s British weekly TV Tornado and it's latest Man From U.N.C.L.E. story.

Comfort TV continues with the top TV theme songs - this week, the '70s!

That's it for today - on Saturday, we open up a new TV Guide from a new part of the country!

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