Recently, the 25th James Bond cinematic release hit theaters.  But would you believe there was a James Bond, er, Jimmy Bond to grace the small screen before Sean Connery?  In 1954, the CBS anthology series Climax! had an episode based on the Ian Fleming work Casino Royale.

October 14, 2021

Episode 206–Too Many Cooks

Simultaneously one of the most brilliant things on TV the last decade and one of the most bizarre, Too Many Cooks aired in the dead of night on Adult Swim.  Within days, it was viral and repeated often.  We offer a live commentary while watching the show and get into details about some of the production, and what happened to some of the actors and actresses.

October 11, 2021

Episode 205–Musical Chairs

It only lasted 19 weeks but 1975's Musical Chairs was a landmark television program, as it was the first game show with an African-American emcee, in Adam Wade.  It also had a fun theme song, a great cast of guests, and the cushy time slot after Match Game 75.  It was also recorded at The Ed Sullivan Theater!

This is one show we have been anticipating for some time.  Greg (for 20 or so minutes), Chico, and Mike watch the debut episode of the Legends of the Hidden Temple reboot.  Since it is a live show and we like keeping as much of the show intact as possible, you'll hear the same technical difficulties we experienced.

October 9, 2021

Minisode 13–Turn-On

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In was TV's most popular show in 1969.  The people behind it tried capitalizing on its popularity with a related show called Turn-On.  There were instant regrets, as ABC turned it off before the first episode aired in full.

We're going to the ballpark for this installment, as some of 1967's brightest Major League Baseball players went against celebrities back in the day on the softball diamond, with some very special celebrities handling the duties behind the mic and two legends acting as managers.

Recently, word came out that American Gladiators is being rebooted...again.  By coincidence, we had this show slotted for this week in our schedule.  We talk about 4 shows which tried riding the coattails of the Gladiators--Knights and WarriorsBlade WarriorsBattledome, and Wild West Showdown.  There are other shows of varying success we mention at the end.  Put on your Spandex and get ready to take down some larger than life figures in this installment.

 

2:43 Knights and Warriors
32:50 Blade Warriors
40:11 Battledome
1:09:34 Wild West Showdown
1:26:36 Acknowledging other shows

We've scoured the Internet and found more of the crazy, cheap, and just bad local commercials, enough for this second helping.  From Dirt Cheap Liquor to our personal favorite Crazy Gideon, these ads have gone viral for a reason.

NOTE: There may be some flaky audio briefly in a few parts of this episode.

  1. Frankie and Johnny Furniture - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI7jC57GuZM
  2. Dirt Cheap Liquor - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1jbS6VJYEU
  3. Horrible Insurance Commercial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l0ZmTLdy-A
  4. Sutherland’s Kansas City - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN-sNsZo-1A
  5. 97 cent Bowling - https://youtu.be/TVln73mCIrg
  6. Phil Rizzuto for the Money Store - https://youtu.be/gS27G_Cj5qQ
  7. TDM Motors High Point - Cuban Gynecologist, American car salesman - https://youtu.be/7b5CKSqlz60 
  8. Dominos Pizza Alaska Commercial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLvUHiJoUGU
  9. Helena, Arkansas McDonalds Commercial (1995) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P5JsN4H00Q
  10. Burl Robinette - https://youtu.be/cLfmqQePqCU?t=31
  11. Eastern Motors with John Witherspoon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eD73Mx35jE
  12. Eastern Motors with Brian Orakpo and Gilbert Gottfried - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcw8LjGMiDQ
  13. East Hills Mall (Back to School) - https://youtu.be/6bnanI9jXps
  14. East Hills Mall (Mall Pretty) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfz4dsiERxg
  15. Tint World Medford, NY - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y8fmjyQMag
  16. Pizza N Go Rap Commercial - https://youtu.be/aYo8ITYMjaU
  17. Mormon Haircuts (Rhett & Link) - https://youtu.be/9XLshEBvYdw
  18. Crazy Gideon - https://youtu.be/QbVkTk9nvt0
  19. Crazy Gideon (When the Rooster Crows…) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNnTXq90Xgc
  20. Crazy Gideon (They Say I’m Crazy) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu8zby_4Dxk
  21. Crazy Gideon Arts District Brewing Co. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qA5YxFVs5o

One of our most popular series of shows is back for a third (and final?) installment.  The three of us look at more video game adaptions of TV shows, one going back almost 40 years.  Grab your controller and press start on The Video Game Show, Part 3.

September 23, 2021

Episode 200–The Weird Al Show

This is it!  The big 2-0-0!  We look back at a great, short-lived show from the late 90s with a great cast of characters and array of guests, which got mishandled by the network during a time when there was a push towards educational and informational television on Saturday mornings.

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