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Hogan's Heroes (1965)
This is one sitcom that is very underrated in the eyes of too many people. It seems to me that a good majority of the people that watch this show either don't know the meaning of the word "spoof", or have no sense of humor. This show is the quintessential spoof. That's all. And like every other sitcom I have ever seen, it was not produced to be taken seriously. This is not a WWII documentary and they were not in a concentration camp. The Allies always won and the Germans always looked stupid. That's not always how it worked out in the real war. Plus, 4 of the cast members were directly affected by the war; Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Leon Askin, and Robert Clary, the latter of whom lost relatives in concentration camps. If they didn't have a problem with the show, why should anyone else? This show was cleverly written, excellently casted, and just plain funny.
Quincy M.E. (1976)
Who cares if it's formulaic??
So every episode seemed the same? Every episode of I Love Lucy was the same too, and that's a classic. Heck, 90% of TV is the same episode over and over again. This show is great. Before a couple years ago, I wasn't a huge fan of 70s TV, especially dramas, but I'm hooked on this show. The cast is great, the characters delightfully predictable and occasionally over-the-top, and the storylines intriguing. Great stuff. And I got a huge kick out of the fact that Garry Walberg (Lt. Monahan) was also Speed on The Odd Couple. Guess he and Jack followed each other around. LOL
The Blonde Bombshell (1999)
Not bad for a TV movie
Of all the lie-ridden Made for TV biopics I've seen, I think this one sticks to the truth quite nicely. It gave me a nice insight to the life and times of Miss Dors, a public figure I honestly knew nothing about. All of I really knew her as was the ex-Mrs. Richard Dawson (quite a twist, don't you think?) In fact, the part I really liked was the positive portrayal of him. Before I watched, I honestly expected the writers to trash him. It always seems like the main subject of the movie gets away scotfree no matter what they did, and the husbands or wives get crapped on. Not so in this pic, and as a big fan of Mr. Dawson's, that was nice to see.
To comment on an earlier comment- the reasons the kids were never seen is because Diana didn't spend a whole lot of time with them. She was always working or playing around with other men. Her own sons have said that.
This show is completely corny. Of course, this is a bi-product of its decade and genre, but it still seems cornier than its counterparts. And most of the acting isn't too great, with the exception of Chuck Wagner, whom I thought did a good job as Walter's complete opposite. The girl was pretty much filler. Almost like they thought they needed to have a cute woman in the cop shop to draw in...young boys? Show they were EEO? I don't know, but she seemed a total waste of film.
But darn it if I don't love this show. Cheese makes for a good, silly 45 minutes of entertainment. And even bad sci fi is often good. And Desi Arnaz Jr. made for a good geek. The writers I think went a bit far with that whole stereotype of computer geniuses being totally awkward screw ups in any other arena but IT, but I suppose it did help display the contrast between Walter and Automan, who was what Walter wished he was.
But don't watch this right after Dragnet or Adam-12, as you may think the LAPD suddenly went insane.
Match Game PM (1975)
Great Show...for awhile.
MG PM 1975-1978 was great. I actually like the rules of this game better than those of MG 7x. I liked the three rounds, then the two super matches. However, when the idiots running the show got that stupid starwheel, the show took a nose dive. That, combined with the ugly set and no more Richard Dawson, ruined the show for me.
How to Pick Up Girls! (1978)
Richard Dawson, you never looked better!
What a movie this is! This love-starved geek from Nebraska decides one day to visit his (shall we say not love-starved) friend in New York. This friend (Desi Jr.) shows him around and after awhile, this guy decides to write a book on how to pick up bimbos (oh, I mean girls!) Well, this guy, being the geek he is, makes a few mistakes along the way, one of them being sleeping with the model girlfriend of his boss, Richard Dawson. I guess all I can say is that this is typical late 70s fluff not to be taken seriously.
What I'd like to know is why Richard, at the height of his popularity as host of "Family Feud," would bother to do this? Not that I'm complaining; he plays a typical fashion model photographer with that certain Richard Dawson flare that made him so popular in the first place.
SST: Death Flight (1977)
1-Adam-12, see Mike Brady, problem in the sky...
Being a fan of the boys of Route 66, I just had to see this movie. However, I was very disappointed that they never even bothered to give Marty and George one scene together. Nevertheless, I kept watching and laughed all the way through. Of course, I was watching the MST3K version and I would suggest all do the same if you can find it. I mean, George Maharis is mad at Burgess Meredith (who built the plane), so he puts detergent in the hydraulic system, hoping that when things get bad, Robert Reed will turn the plane around. Bobby doesn't listen to him, and well, you can figure out the rest. That, along with a bunch of other ridiculously funny happenings, including nice-guy Bert Convy dating a bimbo (Miss SST!), make this a MUST SEE for fans of all that was bad 70's TV.
Best Cop Show of Them All!
I just wanted to say that this is definitely the best cop show ever to grace the airwaves. There are so few shows out there that focus on uniformed cops that it's nice to see something showcase the men (and women) that bust their butts protecting us common folks. I also like the "very little about their personal lives" approach. This is a cop show, so show us cops on duty. So many of today's cop shows care more about who's sleeping with who than the actually job of fighting crime. I want to thank Martin Milner and Kent McCord *not that they'd read this! :)* for making cops seem real in the eyes of so many that see cops as nothing but those horribly corrupt people that pull us over for going 4 over the speed limit. These guys did good!
Route 66 (1960)
Where, oh where, did this kind of drama go?
I got hooked on this through my obsession with Adam-12 and some tapes I bought off ebay. I've only seen 14 episodes, but they are 14 of the greatest TV episodes of any drama ever to make it into our homes. So few shows now make you think, but this does and that's good. Makes you think about human nature, the world, and your role in it. It's more than just a show about two cute guys in the world's coolest car (though there's nothing wrong with that), it's about people. I cry when I remember that no one has jumped at the opportunity to put this show on their network. What are they thinking??? This is the drama that all the dramas since have wanted to be but never succeeded at becoming.
Route 66 (1993)
Actually, I remember previews of this show and I swear I saw it once, but that's about it. Actually, the original ran from 1960-1964, and they changed cars as the model years changed. But in this show, they were driving a 61.
This remake was doomed, IMHO, from day one simply because it was wrong. If anyone remembers the last episode of the original Route 66, they remember that Linc let Tod take the car (which was actually his to start with.) But in this show, somehow Buzz got ahold of it (how I don't know) and gave the car to this son he didn't know. Maybe I'm crazy, but that doesn't make any sense. Besides, it's hard to match the charm Milner and Maharis (and don't forget Glenn Corbett) gave the show.
Family Feud (1999)
This isn't off the air yet???
I'm sitting and patiently waiting for someone to realize this show sucks and pull it off the air. It's an insult to the late Mark Goodson and Bill Todman (who created the original), Richard Dawson (the greatest Feud host of all time), Gene Wood (a great announcer), and the late Ray Combs (an good replacement), and everything they did to make this show a classic among game shows.
Family Feud used to be a good time for the whole family, but I'm not sure that I'd let my kids (if I had any) watch this. The questions are ridiculous and the answers have more sexual overtones than an episode of The Newlywed Game.
Louie looks like he'd rather be doing anything but hosting this game, which is another reason this version doesn't work. This show relies on a strong, personable host and Louie is neither. A few times I've seen him resort to name dropping Richard's name in an effort to make himself look better. It's not working Louie.
Thank God GSN shows the good Richard Dawson and Ray Combs versions of this show, because if it weren't for them...well, survey would say...no way!!!
Family Feud (1988)
Not as good as the first, but not bad!
Being a child of the 80s, I grew up on this version and enjoyed it very much. It was a fun game and Ray was an entertaining host. Then last year I got Game Show Network, started watching Richard's version, and thought it was better. However, I still don't think this was a bad second version; Ray ranks up there with Bert Convy (on Super Password) as one of the best replacement hosts. The only thing that bugs me is that sometimes Ray gets hung up on being funny and not concentrating on the game, but it's not that annoying. You want annoying? Check out the Louie Anderson version.
This version of a truly classic game show is definitely worth watching. It's too bad Mr. Combs decided to take his own life; I've always wanted to see a hosting duel between he and Richard. Who'd win????
Match Game 73 (1973)
A blanking good time!!!!
This show proves that game shows were actually fun once! Even though this game doesn't tax your brain like Millionaire, you also don't feel like falling asleep in the middle of it. I've found myself more than once practically falling on the floor laughing at the hijinks of Richard Dawson, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Gene Rayburn, Betty White, Fannie Flagg, Patti Deutch, etc. The list could go on forever.
This show has produced more funny, memorable moments than all the episodes of Friends and Frasier put together. If you've ever seen the Admiral Color TV incident or the "nipple" incident, you know what I mean.
The only thing that ruined this show was the star wheel. People were getting sick of the contestants always picking Richard for the Big Money Super Match that they came up with this stupid star wheel that picked a celebrity for you. Bad move.
Thank God for these people that were willing to completely let loose and keep us entertained for years and years to come!!!!!
Nashville Beat (1989)
Great Reunion for Milner & McCord...plus Garth Brooks!
Nashville Beat, made 14 years after Adam-12 went off the air, is a great reunion movie for its two stars, Martin Milner and Kent McCord. In fact, their characters even resemble Reed and Malloy. They started in the LAPD, O'Neal (Milner) training Delany (McCord) in a patrol car and they later became good friends. They could have easily been Reed and Malloy. Except that now Milner is the happily married guy who'll eat anything and McCord is the single picky eater. Role switch.
This movie has your typical southern stereotypes (the Sergeant's a beer drinking egotist named Stick and another guy on the force is named Bubba!), there's plenty of country music (an early appearance by Garth Brooks is a treat!) and the gang members look like they came out of a rap video, but it all works here. And the police action is great just like it was in Adam-12, only this time they're a captain and a lieutenant and in plainclothes.
Anyone who's a fan of Milner, McCord, Adam-12, or police movies will like this (if you can get ahold of it). Plus, you get to see Marty and Kent sing!
13 Ghosts (1960)
This movie actually scared me!
The reason I watched this film in the first place was because one of my favorite actors (Martin Milner) is in it, but now it's one of my favorites. I don't generally like horror films, but this one is great. It has everything: ghosts, spooky little people, screaming women, weird special affects, and people who are more than they seem. I actually laid awake that night listening to noises in my house! Plus the little boy in this movie is a pretty good actor.
The one complaint I have is that the ghosts are hard to see. I'd like to see this released either on DVD or again on video, but this time with the special illusion affects William Castle put in it in tact, and special glasses could come with the DVD/video.
This may look to some like a typical cheesy 50's & early 60's horror film, but it's one of the best.
Family Feud (1976)
This Show is Great!
This show rocks! Richard Dawson is the king of Family Feud and in my opinion one of the best game show hosts in history. He's funny, knows how to play the game, and is not hesitant to (nicely) show a contestant how dumb they really are. Once he left, the show was never the same again.