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28.4.06

Random television shows that I miss occasionally

Not for any particular reasons, just that I miss them. In no particular order:

Win Ben Stein's Money. That was a funny show, especially when Jimmy Kimmel was on it.

Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Another funny show. And I loved the squiggly animation. Krys and I still reference the "extras in the movie of your life" bit. I can't remember which comedian did it.

Double Rush. Am I the only person in the world who watched that? Robert Pastorelli, David Arquette, Adam Goldberg - how the hell did it fail?

My So-Called Life. If only we could have gotten two seasons out of it. I blame all of you for getting it killed.

Manimal. Duh.

It's Like, You Know. This could have been one of the most brilliant comedies EVER. But no one watched it. The second show with A.J. Langer in it on this list. She kills shows!!!!

E/R. No, not that one. Although, curiously enough, they both starred George Clooney.

Remote Control. Remember when MTV aired good shows? This was such a neat show. And Kari Wuhrer is a hottie.

The Daily Show when Craig Kilborn hosted it. I know it's far better now, but occasionally I miss him. Especially the 5 Questions.

The Master. Lee Van Cleef as a ninja warrior fighting injustice in the States! How is this not a classic? Demi Moore was in the pilot, for crying out loud!

It's Garry Shandling's Show. Situation comedy as meta-commentary. Brilliant. Let's all sing along: "This is the theme to Garry's show, the opening theme to Garry's show ..."

Mystery Science Theater 3000. Sheer genius. Both hosts were excellent. How can you not love when Mike is freeze-dried 1980s pop star Morrissey and he asks the 'bots with that lilting English accent, "Did I tell you I cried today?"? Mitchell and Alien From L.A. remain favorites of ours - whenever we watch television and someone from the Land Down Under shows up, Krys and I invariably say, in our worst accents, "I'm Australian, you know." I guess you had to be there. The DVDs for MST3K are criminally expensive, but I should go buy some.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Roger Owen Green said...

When I was on Jeopardy, there was a video daily double whichich I hit that featured Jason Alexander noting that this current E.R. star was on a show with him, called E/R. I got it right, because I read it in an article about Clooney in People magazine once. Hey, it made me $1200. I did watch the show, but wouldn't have remembered that Clooney was in it. Elliot Gould was in it - THAT I remember.

As for the other shows, I watched Ben Stein, Dr. Katz and My So-Called Life, only the latter of which I really miss. Jimmy Kimmel on Stein irritated me then.
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29/4/06 2:46 AM  
Blogger Harvey Jerkwater said...

Dammit, now the theme is stuck in my head.

"This is the theme to Gary's show,
The opening theme to Gary's show,
Gary called me up
And asked if I would write
His theme song
We're almost halfway finished
How do you like it so far,
How do you like
The theme to Gary's show?"


A great show. The Shoemachers have a baby they name "Blue Suede?" Hell yes! Gary's "Prime Directive?" Sweet.

29/4/06 8:02 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

I had to add that this morning, Mr. Jerkwater, because for some reason last night I too got the theme stuck in my head. It goes in there occasionally, and I'm not sure why. You're right - it was a great show.

And I guess I won't blame you, Roger, for the demise of My So-Called Life. I got it on DVD a few years ago and watched all the episodes over the course of about a week. Holy cow, as good as I remembered.

29/4/06 8:33 AM  
Blogger Jake said...

Craig Kilborn blows. I couldn't stand the Daily Show until he left. Prior to Jon Stewart coming aboard, the whole show was just about Kilborn mugging for the camera and patting himself on the back for every stupid comment.

He sucked on SportsCenter, he sucked on Daily Show, he sucked on the Late Late Show. Everything he's on is always a smug tribute to just how clever he thinks he is in his own opinion if he does say so himself. I'm very happy he's nowhere to be seen any longer.

30/4/06 12:10 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Tell us how you really feel, Jake! Jon Stewart is light-years better than Kilborn, true, but I liked his interviews. But yes, I wouldn't want him back full-time.

30/4/06 12:47 PM  
Blogger tomthedog said...

It's Like, You Know is my most missed of the shows you mention (well, maybe after MST3K). You're right, it could've been Seinfeld brilliant. Killed way, way too soon. I hope it makes it to DVD one of these days.

Wild coincidence: just last night, I was singing the theme to Garry's show with a friend. That was indeed a great show (and a great song!), as was Larry Sanders.

I liked Double Rush for Corinne Bohrer, one of my long-time TV crushes. And you know where I first got a crush on her? The original E/R!!

I liked Kilborn in the beginning. I remember watching The Daily Show before they even had an audience, and he'd riff with the crew like they used to do on Talk Soup. He'd ask, "Who's the man?" And from off-stage: "Craiggers!" "Kilby!"

1/5/06 10:44 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

It all comes full circle, Tom ...

1/5/06 11:21 AM  
Blogger Nik said...

"Undeclared" & "Freaks & Geeks." Man those shows were great.

"Firefly." Ditto.

"NewsRadio." It wasn't the same after Phil Hartman died, so my perfect version would be the cast that included him, going on forever and ever...

"SportsNight." I'm not a sports guy at all, and I still loved this show.

1/5/06 11:24 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Undeclared was decent, but for some reason, I didn't get into it. Probably the time slot. I also liked NewsRadio, but not obsessively. Good show, though. And I've never seen Sports Night, but have heard nothing but good things about it. They should re-run it on some network somewhere!

1/5/06 7:40 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

"Andy Ricther Controls the Universe" and "Wonderfalls" are always the ones I bring up around now. Also, you know, "Arrested Development."

Hmm. What else was good but lost to the winds of time?

2/5/06 2:08 PM  
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