Posts Categorized: TV

Swinging with the Beverly Hillbillies

Someone in the prop department of the Beverly Hillbillies was having fun. In another case of what could be gotten away with in the days before VCRs and DVRs, I present you with this image, taken from “Something for the Queen,” which aired on October 2, 1968, the second episode of Season 7. In this… Read more »

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The Golden Age of Bad TV

You often hear the complaint that modern television is terrible, followed up by the question: “Why can’t they make good programs like they used to in the old days?” Most often this lament is linked to the prevalence of reality programs. While I completely agree that there’s a great deal of bad TV on the… Read more »

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Lew Burdette’s Home Run

Ah, the good old days of television, back before the advent of the VCR. You could get away with a lot more in the 1950s than you can now. These days, every frame of a program can be easily analyzed by anyone with a DVR or a DVD player. Mistakes are quickly spotted, and goofs… Read more »

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Convergence

Having been rewatching old Star Trek original series episodes as well as reading old Archie Comics lately, I was happy to come across this. This was from early 1977, so it’s a little too soon to be riding the wave of the first motion picture, which was 1979. Star Trek had been making a bit… Read more »

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Who Mourns for Adonais?

Next up in my examination of the original series Star Trek is the early second season episode “Who Mourns for Adonais?” Like “The Apple”, this episode also explores religion, the ancient Greek religion to be exact. The story, however, isn’t anti-religious in tone. Indeed, it features one of those rare times in TOS when someone… Read more »

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The Apple

Lately I’ve been rewatching the original Star Trek television series, and I’ve come to a conclusion. I’m no longer able to watch anything without analyzing it to death.  That’s one of the bad things that taking cultural studies in grad school does to you.  Once you’re exposed to theory, your life is over.  You can’t… Read more »

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