September 10, 2021

Around the dial

At bare•bones e-zine, Jack's Hitchcock Project examination of the works of Joel Murcott continues with the third-season episode "Last Request," a death-row drama with that little twist at the end that makes the series so enjoyable. Harry Guardino is at his hammy best.

Had an episode called "Bob the Body Buider" been written nowadays, people would have thought it a painful pun on the kids' show. Instead, it's the latest episode of Love That Bob, directed by Bob Cummings himself, and Hal has all the details at The Horn Section. 

L for Lester is a fairly obscure 1982 British sitcom that folded after only six episodes. At Cult TV Blog, John calls it "a pleasant way to spend half an hour," and since all six are on YouTube, you can easily tell whether or not he's right.

At Television Obscurities, Robert reviews "Halloween's On Us," a seasonal (but I'll bet you figured that out) episode of 1967's Accidental Family. In case you'd forgotten, the stars are Jerry Van Dyke and Lois Nettleton; it's about par for the course for Jerry, but Lois really deserved better.

I didn't subscribe to Ed Asner's Twitter feed, but it seems as if he was fairly active (I often saw his Tweets), and so his death at age 91 was more surprising that it perhaps should have been. It's really difficult to find a classic TV show in which he didn't appear, and Terence has a good appreciation of his career at A Shroud of Thoughts.

At Shadow & Substance, it's a look at yet another Twilight Zone episode that presents us with some harsh realities about ourselves: "The Encounter," an episode often left out of syndicated packages, starring Neville Brand and George Takei. Read about what makes it so controversial. TV  

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