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Thursday, April 24 2008

Rod Serling and His Evil Art

Serling began his career as one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. But it only took one trip to a particularly troubled 'gallery' to undermine his importance and influence within the entertainment industry.


Monday, March 3 2008

Sex, Conservative Style

Love, American Style's debut was at the very instance when everything censors and prudes had worried over seemed to bubble and blister just beneath the social surface.


Monday, October 29 2007

Air Apparent

David Lynch and the illustration of the grand within the grotesque, and the good/bad buried in the bad/good, ala On the Air.


Monday, August 27 2007

Living La Vida Shadows

Lessons from Dark Shadows: 15 ways to walk on the defiled side. Insane women locked in towers, family lawyers in cahoots with Beelzebub, the frequent appearance of vile oil paintings of hate, and many paranormal possibilities.


Thursday, July 5 2007

Junior Samples, Rube Bard of Days Gone By

It takes an exceptional talent to make hick seem slick. Alvin “Junior” Samples had it.


Monday, April 23 2007

NBC News Overnight: And So It Went

NBC News Overnight strove to include the audience as much as possible, making its hour of news feel like a visit from a very wise, very witty, very worldly friend.


Tuesday, February 27 2007

The Gallant Gourmet

He championed both culinary extravagance and gastronomic restraint. But Graham Kerr's greatest legacy may be his innate ability to reach across the airwaves and touch each viewer's inner epicure.


Sunday, December 17 2006

The 12 Days of Prozac

As a kind of red-nosed warning, or a pre-eggnog PSA, here's a look at three memorable television treats that, inadvertently, have caused more pain and suffering than a trip to Toys R Us when the Tickle Me Elmo shipment arrived.


Monday, October 23 2006

Food of the Clods

As food becomes more and more sophisticated, today's home cook is faced with a daunting dining task. Too bad Laban and Larry aren't around to bring simplicity back to supper.


Thursday, September 7 2006

Monkey Business

Performers in monkey suits hitting each other with mallets? Is that all that's left of Ernie Kovacs' television legacy? It's the subject up for debate during this overview of the more or less forgotten funnyman.


Tuesday, June 27 2006

Sunday School

By exposing children to titles they may have otherwise never seen before, Family Classics started many a future sci-fi and fantasy geek on their way to full-blown nerdom.


Sunday, May 14 2006

Monster Mash-Up

With the connection between tots and terror as tenuous as ever, it's time to celebrate a pair of shows that meld the minor to the macabre with equal amounts of horror... and hilarity.


Tuesday, March 28 2006

Faith’s Freak Show

Religious programming has produced a lot of laughable content. But none more hilariously horrible than PTL's House Party; a no-talent treat starring the station's indomitable drag drone, Tammy Faye Bakker.


Tuesday, February 7 2006

Cable Carnal-val

Exercise or S-exercise? This month's Lost Signal taps into cable's promise of the scandalous and sexy, and comes up with Ron Harris's classic calisthenics as come-on.


Tuesday, December 20 2005

Monochrome Christmas

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's time to tap into the true spirit of the Season: the black and white stop motion melancholy of Suzy Snowflake and her devious elfin pals Hardrock, Coco and Joe.


Sunday, November 20 2005

Duck…Duck…Duck…GOOSE!

Think the castaways of Survivor are tough? Does Fear Factor represent the ultimate endurance test to you? Well, according to Gibron, they're nothing compared to one of Spain's most celebrated '90s game shows.


Thursday, November 3 2005

Food for Naught

In this initial look back at some of television's forgotten programming and people, Gibron 'elucidates the citizenry' as to the 'epicurean unusualness' of one of the medium's most 'egregiously erudite' cook show hosts: David Wade.


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