January 20, 2022

Episode 234–Photon

It's Chico's birthday and he played his Money in the Bank submission on this show from the mid-80s.  Take the rapidly-growing 80s sport of laser tag, throw in some budget special effects, some rubber monster suits, a plot plucked straight out of The Last Starfighter, and a banging 80s soundtrack, and you get... something that was gone after one season despite turning a profit. Watch as we attempt to break down the demise (and as we try to wrap our collective heads around the allure) of this largely-lost 80s kids show.

"The Book of Boba Fett" the long awaited spin-off of "The Mandalorian" from Robert Rodriguez has finally premiered on Disney+.

In this live show Greg and Chico do a livewatch of the first episode on their first broadcast through the Stream Lounge app on PC. You can follow along to this Live Show (after at botched first attempt) by synching your Disney+ stream of the first episode at 0:05 and then hitting play when you reach the 4:10 mark of the episode.

We'd also like to thank the good folks at Stream Lounge for allowing us to do this livewatch. You can go to their website at www.streamlounge.io to watch other livestream broadcasts.

Last show, we took a look at a live action version of Spider-Man from the late 1970s.  This episode, we took a look at a live action version of Spider-Man from the late 1970s...from halfway around the world.  Japan did their own take on the superhero, one that Stan Lee loved.

Coming to theaters this weekend is the newest installment in the Spider-Man film franchise "No Way Home".  We look at two televised versions of the franchise from the past.  We start with an episode about the live-action version from 1977 to 1979 that aired on CBS which was good but like many shows we've covered, was mishandled at the network level.

It's time to fight the frizzies in the newest edition of the It Was a Thing on TV Remastered series. This time we go back to Episode 16 and the Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978 on CBS.

Relive Harvey Korman pouring a drink over a hole in his head, an alien chef with multiple arms, the debut of Boba Fett and whatever the hell Itchy was viewing in his helmet.

July 12, 2021

Episode 178–Voyagers!

We're back after just one episode last week.  We offer you this epic episode about the 1980s time traveling cult favorite Voyagers!  This could have lasted more than a season, but NBC did a boneheaded move in 1983.  You can hear more about that decision in this episode.

Misfits of Science might have been a little ahead of its time.  It sort of resembles a show from 20 years later, Heroes.  It had a cushy time slot between Knight Rider and Miami Vice.  Yet, it was still gone by February of 1986.  At least one of its stars went on to much bigger and better things.

The Story & Tragedies of The Misfits of Science (Toy Galaxy) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fupb6I07Xtk

7 years after the Doctor Who last aired, Whovians got some closure in the form of the Seventh Doctor regenerating into the Eighth Doctor, whose lifespan was, more or less, this movie.  The ratings weren't that great, a revival was passed upon, and the franchise would be dormant for another 9 years.

Now that WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier's runs on Disney+ have wrapped up, Greg and Chico are here to give their thoughts on both series in this edition of It Was a Thing on TV Presents.

The two go over their favorite moments and least favorite moments of each show (coughmostofthewandavisionfinalecough).

Afterwards, they discuss other things going on that include the guest hosting carousel on Jeopardy!, Season 3 of Dark Side of the Ring on VICE, weird moments at the NFL Draft and WWE's Most Wanted Treasures on A&E.

1977 was a big year in science fiction movies, thanks to two little movies called Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Those films might have been the big winners that night, but The 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards also gave us one of the most memorable performances in history.

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