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R.I.P. Barbara Billingsley

Movies,TV,Uncategorized 17 October 2010 | Comments Off

Sorry for the lack of postings of late, will try to get back in the groove this week.  In the meantime, I wanted to take a moment to mark the passing yesterday of one of the all-time great TV moms, Barbara Billingsley.  She was most known for her roles as June Cleaver on the classic [...]

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Retro Late Night: Steve Martin Hosts the Tonight Show

70s,TV 7 October 2010 | Comments Off

When I was a kid in the ’80s, the regular guest host for The Tonight Show was Joan Rivers.  After she and Johnny had their well-publicized falling out in 1986, Jay Leno got the gig and he is still clinging like grim death to the job.  But back in the ’70s, there was no regular [...]

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R.I.P. Stephen J. Cannell

70s,80s,90s,TV 1 October 2010 | Comments Off

Legendary television writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell died Thursday of melanoma at his home in California. If you watched television in the ’80s, it’s likely that you saw at least one (or five) of the shows he created. Among his 40 (!) series are such familiar names as The Rockford Files, Baretta, The Greatest American Hero, [...]

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Threat Level Midnight: The Office Paradox

00s,TV,Uncategorized 29 September 2010 | Comments Off

Last Thursday Ms. Retronaut and I watched the season premiere of The Office, the NBC sitcom about the employees of a struggling paper company in Scranton, PA. We’ve watched it since its debut, and during the show we were trying to determine how many seasons it had been on the air. We ultimately were able [...]

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1990: The Black Crowes on Letterman

90s,Music,TV 27 September 2010 | Comments Off

Apropos of nothing, I bring you the Black Crowes (3/5 of them actually) in their network TV debut on Late Night With David Letterman: That first record just killed me and this was one of my favorite songs.

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Hilarious Reasons to Turn Into the Hulk

70s,TV 20 September 2010 | Comments Off

As some of you know, every Monday night Ms. Retronaut and I watch an episode of the 70s TV show The Incredible Hulk.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s very different from the comic book, with no super-villains or supernatural elements.  It’s much closer in feel to The Fugitive, following that series’ model of a [...]

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Magnum vs. Solo

80s,Movies,TV 10 September 2010 | Comments Off

This clearly took some time to put together.  And let me tell you, it was time well spent.  Kudos to TheCBVee for this amazing collection of Star Wars clips cut together in the style of the Magnum, P.I. title sequence. I think the Rick/Luke clips were my favorite part.

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On the Fonz and the Nature of Shark-Jumping

70s,TV 7 September 2010 | Comments Off

Doesn’t everyone water ski in a leather jacket out here? A few days ago the LA Times published an article by Fred Fox Jr., the writer of the infamous Happy Days episode wherein the character Arthur H. Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz” (Henry Winkler), literally jumped a shark¹ while water skiing as part of a pissing [...]

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Dance Week! Friday Edition: The Carlton Dance

90s,TV 3 September 2010 | Comments Off

Dorky, perhaps – but do you have a dance named after you? This needs no set-up. If you’ve seen more than two episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, then you’ve seen it. And enjoyed it, apparently, as this clip has more than 4.6 million views on YouTube. Enjoy the long weekend folks!

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Dance Week! Wednesday Edition: The Routine

90s,TV 1 September 2010 | Comments Off

Today’s retro dance clip comes to us via Friends, the mega-hit sitcom starring Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, and that gal that used to be married to Brad Pitt.  Did you know that it was in the Nielsen Top 10 every year it was on?  And it was in the [...]

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