Paul Lynde is one of the all-time legends of television from his zingers on The Hollywood Squares to playing Uncle Arthur on Bewitched. In 1972 after the cancellation of Bewitched, producer William Asher gave Paul his own self-titled sitcom based on a play that he had performed years earlier. Despite playing against type, he managed to make the best of it, sadly everything else around him didn't work, we look at the reasons why.
Nick at Nite was a staple of our childhood's back in the 1980's and 1990's. One popular show on the early Nick at Nite lineup was Alfred Hitchcock Presents. It was so popular that the powers that be at Nick at Nite decided to run a marathon on Halloween Week 1990 along with a contest for the viewer to guess how many people kick the bucket during said marathon to win a murder mystery cruise. Also, you're probably wondering why Wink Martindale is involved in this based on the image right?
Accompanying Nick at Nite 35th Anniversary article with some details about this contest via The Retro Network.
In honor of the World Series, we look back at a classic baseball episode of one our favorite shows on the podcast. In 1984, the Chicago Cubs went to their first postseason in almost 40 years and a new NBC sitcom set in the Windy City capitalized on Cubs Fever. In this classic episode of Punky Brewster, Henry has to battle crazed fans, radio call-in contests and scalpers all in an effort to get Punky to see the Cubbies in the playoffs. Also how does someone from one our previous entries get involved in all of this?
It was a Thing on TV proudly celebrates it's 100th episode! In honor of this occasion we're going back to where it all started as we revisit The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour. We know more about this topic from the reruns on BUZZR than we did around this time a year ago when we started. We look at the different celebrities that appeared on the show, the contestants and many memorable moments over the show's nine months on the air. Also, we've sprinkled many fun audio easter eggs over the course of the 100th show. Thanks to everyone for your support over the last year of this podcast.
Doctor Who has had many memorable characters in it's almost 60-year history on the BBC. However, not every character can be Sarah Jane Smith, Amy Pond or even K-9. Meet Kamelion, a robot who's apparently not a robot. A character so bad he only appeared in two televised Doctor Who serials but has since appeared in many spin-off Doctor Who books and audio dramas in which some of the plots of them will leave you confused.
On a serious note, our co-host Mike recently had a serious trip to the hospital which we address in the cold open of the episode. To help out with his medical expenses a GoFundMe has been set-up which you can donate to at tinyurl.com/klaussiestrong.
Who doesn't love a good hometown commercial? They're goofy, they're low-budget, they're corny, and often they're viral. We look at over a dozen such ads. Greg also rants and raves about The Sega Channel and Mike talks about his run-in with presumably the star of one of these ads.
Commercials in this episode, in order:
Right Price Furniture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BdDpV5eI94
Ieuter and Secor Insurance Agents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l0ZmTLdy-A
TCI Cable Brookhaven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clxl56hsP2k
Monterey-Salinas Transit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmgpguQbEjQ
Norton Furniture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2z1YroJTRE
Frank Communications: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPaYx8eWWPI
Attorney John Orcutt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7k7nDyzjRY
Shirley Auto Group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4ub0oB_07M
Mike Slocum, The Alabama Hammer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H1jxzmdWwo
Darryl Isaacs, The Kentucky Hammer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOlYOUzOpOM
2019 Darryl Isaacs Super Bowl commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_LUKFsIpvk
The Hot Tub Factory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg1I8yUlzv8
Cullman Liquidation Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-RLqLx1iYI
Eagle Insurance--Eagleman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4-e4nlfdRI
Eagle Insurance--Eaglewoman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL1QUmeEZQc
Marc Norton Being Born: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd8BrfhASDU
Every bad show has a bad season, it seems. We will cover such bad seasons in future episodes. For now, we are dedicating an entire show to one such season, Saturday Night Live's 6th season. Almost nothing from the show's 5th season carried over, and it showed.
Before returning you to your regular universe, we have two more visits in the Sanford and Son family--the very short-lived series which replaced the parent show, titled Sanford Arms, and an early 80s attempt to revive the franchise in Sanford.