Bowling has been very good to TV. Much better than, say, soccer or rugby or even hockey. Here are some of the most memorable moments in bowling in TV history…including one moment that changed the very face of one sitcom.
A loser is not someone you simply don’t like or someone who bugs the other characters. These losers are genuine sad sacks: they lose at everything.
Monopoly is omnipresent in American society. No wonder its history on TV can trace back to when Betty White was a TV newcomer all the way up to a fictional version based around the love life of Bart Simpson’s teacher.
“The Andy Griffith Show.” Just those four words are capable of inspiring a nostalgic feeling for simpler times, a slower pace of life and a world where the biggest problem was whether Thelma Lou might find out Barney was stepping out with Juanita from the diner. In reality, however, “The Andy Griffith Show” portrayed a world not quite as halcyon as those memories imply. Written by a long-time fan who has seen every episode at least half a dozen times, these Essays and Observations glorify the high points of the show while also drawing attention to its more troublesome aspects. Is the show misogynistic? Who was the mysterious Mr. Schwamp? What happened to Don Knotts when he left Barney Fife behind?
Shh. Listen. Come closer. Do you wanna hear a secret? I have never personally known anybody who loved I Love Lucy.
Wow. Talk about your homicidal robots! Ted’s appearance on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has always seemed slightly off-kilter and out of step with the primary focus of evil in Sunnydale. And yet there is no denying that Ted belongs fully to the creepy zeitgeist infecting this oddball little town. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ted–other than the fact that he is played by John Ritter–is that he is a homicidal robot that was built in the 1950’s.
One of the most dependable lines of humor running throughout the joke of Krusty’s line of products is that they seem to be parts of a fever dream of Republican politicians looking to do away with all business regulation. Krusty Eyewash proved to be such a toxic nightmare that even the often oblivious jester refuses to get near it.
“Songs for Sale” aired on CBS between 1950 and 1952, but the history of “American Idol” and its contemporary copycats can be traced even further back than that! Less than half of one percent of US households even owned a television set when “Doorway to Fame” premiered on the old Dumont Network in May 1947.
“The Andy Griffith Show.” Just those four words are capable of inspiring a nostalgic feeling…
Having now listened to every Simpsons episode commentary to date, I can declare with absolute…