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Brian Hague
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Deep into the second season of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and while I'm still enjoying it very much, it's becoming clear that, as I suspected, this is going to be one of those shows where only the first season could be called "great." There are several plot lines along the way that get mysteriously dropped or altered to play along traditional TV lines, with repetitious story beats and characters staging confrontations that play like scenes on TV rather than anything organic. We've also gotten a couple of "very special episodes" which suffer in comparison with earlier treatments of similar themes on the program.

I still like a lot about this show, especially the actors, but the quality of story being told is rapidly plummeting. I hope this turns out to be a case of poorly written padding, and the show will step up its game when it gets back on track with the stories the season was originally conceived to tell. We'll see...

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The Second Season of "Friday Night Lights" was weaker than the rest of the show, if I remember correctly.
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Good to hear. I need to track down the others at this point. I wasn't aware that Season Two left us hanging and doesn't include the playoffs.

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THE GREEN HORNET (1966).

Heroes & Icons is currently airing the first (and only) season, so I figured I'd check it out. I've only caught bits and pieces of episodes, over the years, so this is essentially the first time I've watched it.

After viewing the pilot, it's fairly obvious why the show bombed. It's basically a low-key BATMAN, without the camp, strong characters, or razzle-dazzle. And also a glimpse at what BATMAN might have been, if it had been played straight.
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Famously, William Dozier declared his open contempt for Batman, but reminisced fondly of his youth when he was a fan of the Green Hornet radio series.

And therein lies the difference between the shows!

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Back to THREE'S COMPANY...

Unsubtle farce, with a surprising amount of eyebrowing-raising innuendo for its time... it's not entirely witless, but the Ropers are a chore to sit through, with some really ugly knocks at the perceived homosexuality of John Ritter's character (this was 40 years ago after all).

Having said that, perhaps the sole saving grace is Ritter's slapstick physicality... it was he alone who made me laugh out loud at all during these early episodes... and Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt were both fresh-faced and adorable back then, too, and held their own quite well with Ritter.



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Brian O'Neill
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The 'eyebrow-raising innuendo' seems tame now, but there's really no more of it than there was on such concurrently-airing shows as SOAP or evven the '70s MATCH GAME.
And the Ropers were great. 


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I noticed similar innuendo while rewatching episodes of ARE YOU BEING SERVED?. It does seem quite tame now, but in the early to mid-70s Great Britain, I can imagine some of it being a bit shocking.
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There's some of that light-hearted, pseudo-innocent innuendo on "The Love Boat" episodes I've seen recently where the entire purpose of the ship and show regulars often seems to be to encourage a bit of "whatever they'd like" between the passengers. I do wonder if there wasn't a slush-pile of unused (or even used) "Love, American Style" scripts for the producers to rifle through.

"Dumb Dora complained, 'This new job is so demanding. Every time the boss calls me into his office, he asks me to take down -- Blank--'" I have a Match Game DVD set (don't judge me) that has Kirstie Alley as a contestant, giving her occupation as 'interior designer' because 'struggling actress using game shows to gain exposure' would likely have been too on the nose.


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UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (S2)

Feeling a little forced (and sometimes serious!) this time. Maybe I just need to get my Kimmy groove back?

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I missed Kimmy's rivalry with Xanthippe from the first season. I was
disappointed that she wasn't in more episodes.
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Now starting season 2 of THE NEWSROOM (HBO) 
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I started watching ARCHER for the first time a few days ago, and through the first two seasons, I've found it hilariously funny. I look forward to the rest of the series,
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Now about halfway through the final season (#3) of THE NEWSROOM (HBO).
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Didn't get my groove back. Gave up on KIMMY.2 after 4 episodes and a skip ahead to see Tina Fey.
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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Light & breezy Beatles doc from HULU (also released in some theaters last fall)... nothing really new here for any hardcore fan, but always a pleasure to see any of the old, classic footage and of course to hear those glorious songs.

Even found myself getting a bit emotional here & there... nothing sad, mind you--the music just makes me happy to be alive!





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Friday Night Lights pulled out of its storytelling slump for the most part and continued on to perform strongly throughout the rest of its run. There were still a number of manufactured crises that wouldn't have dissipated it the same way in life as they did on TV, but the characters were nevertheless great and struck a number of effective notes. Tim Riggins and Matt Saracen definitely go up onto my list of favorite characters, despite some odd choices made at various points. Connie Britton as Tami Taylor was marvelous throughout and a consistent source of low-key humor even in stressful times. I had a great time watching this show and I'm looking forward to doing it all over again a few months from now.

For now, I'm revisiting Community and falling for Allison Brie all over again.

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"The Adventures of Superman" Season One.
I love this show and remember watching it as a kid during summer break, but I don't remember specific episodes. It's like watching for the first time.
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Perhaps the sole saving grace is Ritter's slapstick physicality...

Nostalgia prevents me from agreeing that it's the show's only saving grace...but it is its greatest asset.

Ritter was really, really good. I don't know that we've had someone with such physical comedy gifts since. (Maybe Michael Richards?)


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Little Britan Season 2 - Binged watched this, this show is so wrong and yet so funny. The amount of stuff they get away with showing on Television across the pond is amazing...
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3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN

Got the whole series for under twenty bucks so what the heck. 
I remember getting a few laughs the times I watched it but I kept missing big chunks of episodes because they seemingly changed time slots every season.

I do remember Shatner in some episodes somewhere down the line. Let's see how long I last.
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30 ROCK, Season 3.
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How's it holding up?
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Brilliantly, as always!
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Thanks. $20 well spent !
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