April 18, 2019

Five Horrible “Guardian Angel” Sitcoms

There are tons of movies about ghosts coming back from the dead and haunting the living. Sometimes it’s to terrorize them, but others take a different approach and will have the ghost return as a spirit guide, angel or “guardian” angel. They help another person, and even themselves, to be better with wise advise and guidance. There are so many movies about ghosts I could list them all day.

Doing these kind of stories as a TV show, however, is not as easy. A movie always has a set run time so you can get the jokes and gags out before the whole movie gets boring. Sitcoms go on for episodes. Episodes and episodes, of basically the same joke. The character is dead. Oh sure you can do a single episode and probably get away with it (Benson did this very effectively in an episode starring Katherine Helmond as her character from Soap), but a whole series? It almost never works. In fact, some of the worst sitcoms ever made focus on “guardian angels”



I very briefly touched on these before, but what were these shows about? Let’s take a closer look:


The Ghost and Mrs Muir

Carolyn Muire moves into a cottage in Maine with her to kids. The cottage is haunted by the ghost of its former owner, Daniel Gregg a 19 century sea captain. Hi jinks ensue. This was based on a movie which focused on the fantasy element. The series went for comedy, and barely lasted two seasons. To be fair, Hope Lange was the star an won two Emmy’s for her role.

April 14, 2019

Memorable TV Line-Up’s:NBC Fall 1994


Seven years ago I did a did an article on my favorite “program blocks”. These are the time’s when every show on a certain day and network is so great you just sit the remote down and enjoy, with no changing channels. However there were some problems with that article. One, it was very abbreviated with no pics or even videos of the shows. And 2, it was a top 5. 5??? I bet there are a dozen line up’s I could go over and spotlight over the last several decades!








April 13, 2019

Top 10 TV Hangout’s (Diners/Bars)


I talked awhile back about my favorite waiters, waitress’s and bartenders at our favorite TV diner’s and restaurants. But one thing I never discussed was the places themselves. It’s true that in some shows the hangout’s don’t have much personality, like Nemo's on Everybody Loves Raymond, or “The Touchdown Club” on Coach. The characters were always there, but who remembers that place?





















 
But in other shows, the hangout becomes so popular that it almost qualifies as a character in of itself. Here my favorites:





#10.The Simpsons

One of the amazing things about this show is how fleshed out the town and community of Springfield are. And one of the first places we learned to love was Moe’s Tavern. Whether it was Homer getting some advice or Bart playing yet another prank, we all loved this place. Hey, wasn’t there a Simpsons article I was supposed to be doing…..

April 7, 2019

Top 10 Favorite Batman Designs


Two months ago I discussed my favorite super hero costumes. You know, the costumes that are just aesthetic pleasing to me with no regard for character or anything else like that. And on that list was Batman. But the thing is, Batman’s design has changed a lot over the years. Oh sure the basic design is always the same, but as the character as grown as did his outfit. I kinda illustrated this a couple weeks ago in my rundown of Detective Comics over the last 80 years. But which of these are my
favorites?