December 10, 2021

Around the dial

Xxne of the things I depend on from classic television is the "inadvertent documentary," the things that once were but no longer are. At Comfort TV, David (who has a fine appreciation of such things) looks at five things you see on classic TV that don't exist any longer. How many of them do you remember?

I've occasionally drifted from the borders of classic TV with stories about classic radio, so I've no problem when John at Cult TV Blog takes a look at a movie short that could easily have been a bit on TV: a parody of Sherlock Holmes called "The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn," starring members of The Goon Show

There's more British television in store at Fire-Breathing Dimetroden Time, with an episode of The Persuaders! called "The Old, the New and the Deadly," featuring Doctor Who's Patrick Troughton, along with Derrin Nesbitt, whom I remember from several Brit shows.

Eddie Mekka, Carmine from Laverne & Shirley, died this week at the young age of 69 (when you get within ten years of my age, I start to get uncomfortable), and Terence looks back at his career at A Shroud of Thoughts,

Television's New Frontier: the 1960s continues to look at the year 1962 with Car 54, Where Are You?, a year in which creator Nat Hiken began to scale back his involvement in the series, affecting the overall quality of the show—and not for the better.

I've mentioned before that It's a Wonderful Life is not among my favorites (I wrote what I thought was a humorous piece on comedy teams that could have made it better), but even I enjoyed Martin Grams and his look at bloopers from the movie.

And at Drunk TV, Paul wraps up this week with 1982's cartoon special Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper, bringing along those Hanna-Barbera characters that we all know and love. That was almost 40 years ago, believe it or not. I do, but I don't want to. TV  

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