Not the Sport of Kings, but a Very Good Sport as Well: Memorable Bowling Moments in TV History

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.

The Andy Griffith Show: Essays and Observations (Kindle Preview)

“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?

Memorable Homicidal Robots in TV History

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.