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The Classic TV Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    my top favorites are,
    1. three's company
    2. three's a crowd
    3. too close for comfort
    4. one day at a time
    5. different strokes
    6. the facts of life
    7. a different world
    8. square pegs
    9. saved by the bell
    10. alf
    11. gimme a break
    12. bosom buddies
     
  2. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    while we are on the subject of classic TV shows and such, here are my top favorite classic dance and music shows.
    1. soul train
    2. American bandstand
    3. solid gold
    4. tbs night tracks
    5. NBC's Friday night videos
    6. BET's video soul
    7. BET's video lp
    8. America's top 40 with Casey kasem
     
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  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Ah, so that's where I came from!
     
  4. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I have a special place in my heart for sitcoms made in the year 1965-66, when the networks switched from black and white to color.
    When shows remade their opening credits, and the banner "IN COLOR" was a huge selling point.
    Gilligan's Island, Beverly Hillbillies, Jeannie, jump in anytime, Snowthy...
     
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  5. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    AT40 is a radio show, not a television show.
     
  6. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I like some of those shows as well.
     
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  7. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    oops, i meant America's top ten.
     
  8. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    It's fine.
     
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  9. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    ... Bewitched, Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie, My Three Sons, etc.

    And then there were the shows that were never filmed in color, but were colorized in some reruns. Animation is definitely much easier to color than live action, and cartoons almost always look more natural when they do it. A particularly odd looking example for me was the Litttle Rascals shorts.
    But, it can be done extremely well. Just look at these amazingly done scenes from The Munsters and The Addams Family:

     
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  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    THE MUNSTERS did a test pilot that was filmed in color, and it looks really good - other than having a different Lily and Eddie:


    But there were two reasons why the series proper was filmed in black and white:
    1. The producers didn't want to pay the added expense of filming in color.
    2. The network felt the characters were too ugly for color anyway.

    Ironically, color shows like BATMAN ultimately killed THE MUNSTERS in the ratings anyway.
     
  11. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I can see that actually. The two shows seem like they would have similar audiences.
    True, but they definitely didn't look as bad/awkward as they did on that terrible Munsters Today show from back in the 80s.
     
  12. 1000 Eyes

    1000 Eyes Well-Known Member

    You should get an award for this. ;)
     
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Thank yuh! I probably tried harder than I needed to writing up that whole post, but the entire story surrounding the BLAZING SADDLES TV show (called BLACK BART) is quite far-fetched sounding that it really needed extra embellishing just to make it even more ridiculous.

    But in all seriousness, both Lou Gossett, Jr. and Steve Landisburg found it strange to spend their winter breaks filming a TV show that was never going to be aired on TV anyway, but they actually got paid for it, so they couldn't complain.
     
  14. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Considering it was never supposed to air, I wonder if the writers tried at all to make it good. I mean, all they had to do was use the characters from the movie. For all we know it could've basically been some weird Blazing Saddles/ Batman erotic fan fic. Heck, I wonder if the cast and crew were even aware that this wasn't meant to be an actual series.
     
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The fact that the people were getting paid to do the show makes me wonder just how much money went into making the show if it wasn't going to air anyway? I mean it had costumes, sets, props, horses, carriages, music, a laugh track . . . I can't imagine that would be inexpensive to produce, and seems like a lot of money to waste if it's never going to air anyway . . . maybe that's why they only did six episodes a season - not to mention, they could probably easily do six episodes within a six month period.

    But, Warner was determined to actually make that full-blown BLAZING SADDLES sequel, and I guess they were going to get it done one way or another.
     
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  16. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    And yet, it never even ended up happening.
     
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm almost certain the store set was borrowed from Mr. Drucker from PETTICOAT JUNCTION and GREEN ACRES.
     
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  18. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Did the "Black Bart" aborted series ever have a scene with beans?

    Warner Bros. must've had some pretty deep pockets to spend all that time and money on a series that never aired. Anybody else (like you or me) would be bankrupt.
     
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Could you even fart on television back then? I mean even in the 70s, you still couldn't show a toilet on-camera (something Uncle Phil lampshaded in THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE: "One bathroom for nine people, and I never saw a toilet.")

    But, I digress. I wish I was alive when shows were switching to color, just because it seems like it was such a magical experience to see . . . just look how NBC really sold the idea of "living color":


    And it also seems like a lot of shows back then just had some really rich, bright, vibrant colors: I DREAM OF JEANNIE, many episodes of HOGAN'S HEROES, and H.R. PUFNSTUF, in particular, have stunning color on DVD. Even that MUNSTERS pilot, despite its macabre settings, has really nice color.

    One thing I just don't care for though was videotaped shows. Videotape technology was still really primitive back then, and it seems like it took well into the late 80s for videotape to become compariable to film. When look at old videotaped shows like ALL IN THE FAMILY, post-Pufnstuf Krofft shows, and the earlier seasons of SST, they just look awful, and it really dates them: colors are off, contrast is either too high or too low, the picture is incredibly fuzzy, and sometimes the master tapes will have occasional defects in them (though, that's not to say film didn't have its share of problems). I remember listening to an interview a guy did with Caroline Ellis of THE BUGALOOS, and he told her he felt the show being videotaped instead of filmed gave it more of a timeless and ageless look and feel to it - I completely disagree. I know the Kroffts were looking into every area they could to trim their budgets, and switching to videotape was one of their first moves, but I really wish they stuck with film: given how bright, vivid, and colorful the worlds they created were, they really needed the benefit of film to capture it . . . again, just look at Pufnstuf in comparison to their ensuing shows.
     
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