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Miss Marple
Monday, January 13, 2020      13 comments

Based on the books by Agatha Christie, Miss Marple has been on tv many times - specials, series, movies. Tonight, I’m talking about the tv series on BBC from 1984-92, starring Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. This series dramatized all 12 of the ori... Read more
The Streets of San Francisco
Sunday, January 12, 2020      12 comments

The Streets of San Francisco was a police procedural set in, wait for it, San Francisco, in1972-75. Karl Malden played Lt. Mike Stone, senior San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Homicide inspector. Stone mentored Assistant Inspector Steve Kel... Read more
Father Brown
Sunday, January 12, 2020      11 comments

Father Brown Mysteries, based (rather loosely) on G.K. Chesterton‘s books.Chesterton was a prolific writer, with the Father Brown series written between 1911-35. I read some of them, & remember him described as a smaller man. In the TV series, ... Read more
The Joy of Painting
Friday, January 10, 2020      11 comments

Bob Ross was a wonderful, happy man that wanted to teach all of us how to paint oil pictures. He had a 30 minute show, The Joy of Painting, on PBS from 1983-94. He would start with a blank canvas, then, in the 30 minutes, he’d demonstrate how... Read more
Chicago Med
Thursday, January 09, 2020      11 comments

The final entry in the Chicago franchise is Chicago Med, since 2015. Set in the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center Emergency Department. Some crossovers with Fire & PD. The trials and tribulations of the staff, patients & visitors. Huge ... Read more
Chicago PD
Wednesday, January 08, 2020      12 comments

Chicago PD was a mid-season replacement for NBC in 2014, still running. It was sort of a spin-off from Chicago Fire, but in Fire, this police unit was corrupt. When it was decided to have the spin-off, the cop fairy came down, sprinkled forgiven... Read more
Chicago Fire
Tuesday, January 07, 2020      12 comments

Since 2012, NBC’s Chicago Fire has been entertaining us with stories about Fire House 51 - its firefighters, paramedics, their private, not so private & professional interactions. I watched it the first couple of years, then got tired of figur... Read more
Criminal Minds
Tuesday, January 07, 2020      11 comments

Criminal Minds, a police procedural drama based on an alphabet salad. Er, I mean based on the real FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation’s ) NCVAC (National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime) using the BAU (Behavioral Analyst Unit). They ... Read more
Benson
Sunday, January 05, 2020      12 comments

Benson, on ABC, 1979-86, was a spin-off from Soap. On Soap, Benson DuBois (Robert Guillaume) was the Butler for the Tate family. He served as a wisecracking voice of reason. Somehow, Benson went to work for one of Jessica Tate’s cousin, a govern... Read more
Early Edition
Saturday, January 04, 2020      8 comments

Early Edition, a fantasy Comedy-drama, 1997-2000, CBS. A recently divorced man (thrown out of the house) moves to the Blackstone Hotel. Gary Hobson (played by Kyle Chandler) mysteriously gets tomorrows Chicago Sun-Times. A ginger cat accompani... Read more
Soap
Friday, January 03, 2020      13 comments

Soap was a night-time parody of, well, daytime soap operas. It ran on ABC from 1971-81. They told the twisted, outlandish story of sisters Jessica Tate and Mary Campbell and their families. Alien abductions, multiple serial bedmates, accusations... Read more
The Virginian
Thursday, January 02, 2020      11 comments

The Virginian, based loosely on the book by Owen Wister in 1902. It was set near Medicine Bow, Wyoming @ the Shiloh Ranch, in 1898. It starred James Drury as the ranch foreman, “The Virginian” (in both the book & the series, we were never to.d... Read more
The Ed Sullivan Show
Thursday, January 02, 2020      13 comments

The Ed Sullivan Show (originally The Toast of the Town) was a 60 minute variety show that ran on every Sunday from 1948-71. Ed Sullivan was an entertainment columnist. Originally in black & white (because nobody had color televisions back then!)... Read more
Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 31, 2019      16 comments

Raise Your Glass, Pink, 2010 Right right, turn off the lights, We gonna lose our minds tonight, What's the dealio? ... Read more
Due South
Monday, December 30, 2019      13 comments

Due South was a Canadian comedy/crime/drama that ran from 1994-99 on CTV (Canada) & CBS (USA). Premise: RCMP Constable Benton Fraser (Paul Gross) is assigned to Chicago to hep investigate the murder of his father. Naturally, the CPD agrees, ho... Read more

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