Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bunchie's Scrapbook: Bad TV Edition Part 2


Hank was kind of a Dobie Gillis rip-off that aired in the mid-60s. The only reason I remember the show was I watched it with my Grandma one night and she turned to me and asked "Is this supposed to be funny?" I was a little kid and it was the first time anyone had asked my opinion on anything. Maybe that's what made me want to be a critic....






This show was an interesting, and rare, TV flop from James Garner. He played a sheriff in a dusty Arizona town in the early 20th century. I remember he rode a clunky, homemade motorcycle instead of a horse. Margot Kidder played a sweaty and slightly slutty bartender. The show was very laid back and comedic, sort of a hippie version of Gunsmoke.






Captain Nice was a superhero comedy, and an attempt to ride the capetails of the very popular Batman TV series. I don't remember much about it, except it helped launch the very long and successful career of William Daniels. How many actors can claim to having roles in The Graduate and Blades of Glory?






Speaking of captains, Captain Scarlet was one of those Gerry and Sylvia Anderson sci-fi puppet deals. It was revived in the 2000s as a Pixar style animated series, but I preferred the old marionette version. The series featured an all-female fighter pilot squadron and they were really hot...err, I mean for puppets they were hot...not like real girl hot...oh let's change the subject...





Room 222 was all about a high school in sunny Los Angeles, where the kids had a lot more fun than we did in rural Virginia. Of course they had bigger problems too. Every week some kid OD'ed, or got arrested for car theft or discovered his dad was an escaped convict or something. That sort of stuff didn't happen too much in VA. Only the occasional incident with livestock...

10 comments:

Retro Hound said...

Only heard of Room 222. Amazing how much has been made for TV.

Deborah said...

Don't know about the TV work but those posters - all of them - contain enough cheese to rival the output of Holland and Switzerland put together...

Bunched Undies said...

yes Indeed RH...there's enough forgotten TV shows to keep this series going forever...

Deborah: and much of Wisconsin too :)

Tiger said...

hehe, the dream about becoming a critic recently came true for me. I got offered a job on account of my blog.

Getting paid to watch movies is friggin awesome! =)

Bunched Undies said...

A job? Like with money and stuff? Very cool, congrates Tiger.
Send me a link to your new reviews, I'll add it to the blogroll.

Tiger said...

hehe thanks, but I think it wont be very interesting, unless you learn norwegian. =)

Bunched Undies said...

Good point Tiger. I find my current struggles with English quite sufficient :)

Tiger said...

where in the world are you set, if you don't mind me asking?

Bunched Undies said...

Arizona, which day by day seems less like a part of the civilized world.

Tiger said...

haha, can't be that bad. Not that far from Tinseltown ;)