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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Another Day Another Final

PR is out of the way, now for Evidence!

And since I'm out, I'm inviting you to recommend your favorite ridiculous television shows to me. 90s, current, even older, whenever! It just has to be wretchedly awesome!

29 Comments:

  • At December 10, 2008 5:10 AM, Blogger Saranga said…

    My so called life. Not wretched but very very good.
    Try downloading This Life - a British tv drama about a bunch of 20 somethings, some of which may have been lawyers, but that's not really important. ()s show. very very good, I'm not doing it justice here.

    PR? You have an exam on Public Relations?!! Or does it stand for something else?

     
  • At December 10, 2008 6:48 AM, Blogger Ghost In The Shadows said…

    Wonderfalls - Another victim of the FOX network but really awesome.

    The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. - Just plain old fun.

    Xena Warrior Princess - OK, I just liked it.

    The New Adventures of Beans Baxter - This was one of FOX's first shows that they had and on pondering it was kinda a low rent Chuck in a strange way and without the Intersect.

    Jake 2.0 - Another Chuck like show only this one was a UPN offering.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 7:01 AM, Blogger Centurion said…

    RoboCop the Series.

    "I must go now. Somewhere there is a crime happening."

     
  • At December 10, 2008 8:11 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    PR means Professional Responsibility in this case. :-)

     
  • At December 10, 2008 8:11 AM, Blogger Arstal said…

    Brisco COunty I share the rec on.

    For British Stuff- Red Dwarf perhaps?

    Also if you ever find the Korean Street Fighter ripoff show- you'll laugh at the opening.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 9:42 AM, Blogger Matthew E said…

    Does anybody remember an '80s show called 'Whiz Kids', about a bunch of kids who built their own supercomputer and have adventures?

     
  • At December 10, 2008 10:16 AM, Blogger Ghost In The Shadows said…

    Misfits of Science! Courtney Cox and a group of people with weird powers.

    I liked Mutant X.

    Red Dwarf totally Rocks! For a more drama related BBC show, how about Ballykissangel?

     
  • At December 10, 2008 10:25 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    For the best worst show, it has to be Manimal. Gosh, it was just terrible, but I loved it so.

    For GOOD shows, Magnificent Seven and Brisco County Jr. I just like Westerns.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 11:32 AM, Blogger googum said…

    Since I was reading old Commissioner Gordon/G.C.P.D. comics, I totally miss Homicide: Life in the Street. Haven't seen it in years, but if you watch more than two episodes, it'll make all the Law and Order spinoffs in the world vanilla bland forever.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 12:32 PM, Blogger Jessica said…

    I summit for your consideration: The Untouchables (the early 90s series, not the 50s series). It's only available on bootleg cdrs, but the first episode is up on YouTube. The first episode is also by far the most hilarious, although much of the hokiness melts away as the series progresses. This series was my catnip when I was thirteen.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 12:50 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said…

    The trick with you is that you're the one who always leads me to the wretchedly awesome shows. And even the ones I know you *already* know.

    So I've got nothing for you. With the exception of Garth Merenghi's Darkplace.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 1:17 PM, Blogger Saranga said…

    Oh BallyK! Now that is a bit trashy! In a very Irish rural way.
    I meant to say This Life is a 90s show, not a bracketed show. doh.

    Professional relations eh? I was starting to worry about US law school, glad that's cleared up!

    Oh yes,and Red Dwarf. How about Quantum Leap? or you know, any Star Trek series ever? I recommend Voyager. or Smallville. Wonderful trash. Or Buffy. Angel? That's more plain shit than wretched though.
    Thundercats 80s cartoons?

     
  • At December 10, 2008 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How about Johnny Bago? CBS ran it for about a month and a half I think.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 2:47 PM, Blogger James Ashelford said…

    Allo Allo- ridiculous plot, more ridiculous sub-plots and absolutely insane sub-sub-plots; every character a national steroetype; every joke skipping merrily along the fine line between laughing and groaning; and ever-mounting digressions that make Naruto look fast-paced.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 3:42 PM, Blogger K. D. Bryan said…

    Good, obscure shows - I'd second Wonderfalls, Johnny Bago, Red Dwarf and Brisco County, Jr. Additionally, I don't know if you've ever heard of Due South, the adventures of an unflappable, unfailingly polite Mountie, his deaf wolf and his partner, a streetwise Chicago cop but it is charming as all get out.

    As far as cheesy bad shows go, I watched every single terrible mystery show USA used to put out. The worst of those was Sweating Bullets - just laughably bad. Oh! And let's not forget My Secret Identity, the story of some kid with superpowers played by - I think - Jerry O'Connell. It used to air in a block with the old Superboy series from the 90's. Yeesh.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 3:51 PM, Blogger Ragtime said…

    "Woops" (no 'h') aired on Fox late at night in the early 1990s. It was essentially "Gilligan's Island" without all of the extreme intellectualism and intricately plotted character development that bogged down 'Gilligan's' plots. There were, maybe, half a dozen episodes.

    In the aftermath of a nuclear war, there are only six people left -- a rich guy, an intellectual, a blithering idiot, um, . . . Ginger and Mary Anne maybe?

    In the Thanksgiving episode, they must defeat a giant, mutated turkey.

    It was my favorite show of all time.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 4:09 PM, Blogger Mana G said…

    Silk Stalkings, Nowhere Man, and this weird show about a man who makes a computer game that comes to life, forcing him to battle a different "level" villian every week. (I can't remember the name!) I second the Due South recc, as well. (The train heist episode is sheer brilliance, I tell you!) I also second (third? fourth?) Brisco County, Jr. You can never go wrong with Bruce Campbell, except when you do. Mr G loved First Wave, (aliens infiltrate our society), and though I've never seen it, it sounds hilariously crappy to me. I'll even suggest The 4400, though, I must warn you, the season 2 finale and everything afterwards made me want to throw things at the screen. (A baby girl is magically grown up into a sexy evil woman! I DESPISE this trope.) Still, that might inspire you to write a brilliant article on the subject, which I've been thinking about for ages, but I think yours would be so much more brilliant than mine.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 4:09 PM, Blogger Mana G said…

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  • At December 10, 2008 4:46 PM, Anonymous Willow-Bee the Cat said…

    YOu could try the live action Flash series from the early nineties. There was only one season from what I remember, but it was good in an incredibly campy and aftershool special type of way with occasional bouts of I can't believe they didn't censor that out. Although, you've probably seen it already. Or at least have heard of it.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 10:22 PM, Blogger Brian Smith said…

    The show about a man who makes a computer game that comes to life was 1995's "Deadly Games," which I adored at the time, even if it did go off the rails pretty quickly. Still, it has one of the most satisfying payoffs I'd ever seen: We find out that the arch-nemesis, the Jackal (yay Christopher Lloyd!), is modeled after computer programmer Gus Lloyd's father. The father's name is Jordan Kenneth Lloyd; at the end of one episode, we see the model for the Jackal drive away in his car with the personalized license plate "JKL".

    Well, I liked it, anyway. Since I was 22 and stupid, I also liked the episode where Kathy Ireland played a computer-generated good girl.

    And then there's this "Sci-Fi on TV" summary of the final, unaired episode: "Belinda got out of a computer game and from Gus' Exfreundin copied. Therefore she foresaw it also on him. To be defeated it can only by a golden ball." Don't tell me you're not intrigued!

    Word verification: "crying". Seriously.

     
  • At December 10, 2008 10:39 PM, Blogger Ghost In The Shadows said…

    I remember Woops. Oh it was so cheesily good, along with Herman's Head. The one where you saw the little voices inside a guy's head as he went through life.

    The Invisible Man was a really good show I thought. Seaquest was also a fav of mine. Even thought the militaristic last season was intriguing.

    What was the Alien Invasion show where the guy and his girlfriend discover the conspiracy and it eventually leads to Kennedy's Assasination, it came on NBC I think.

    Roswell was a guilty pleasure as well.

     
  • At December 11, 2008 7:48 AM, Blogger Shinsanagi said…

    "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" :D
    It had the craziest crew of characters :D

     
  • At December 11, 2008 7:59 AM, Blogger notintheface said…

    I loved "American Gothic" - Imagine the Andy Griffith Show if Andy was in league with the Devil. Gary Cole was the sheriff.

    There was also "Profit" starring Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as Jim Profit, a rising corporate mover who schemed to enrich himself by day and slept in a cardboard box at night.

     
  • At December 11, 2008 8:32 AM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    Dammit, people picked all mine. Even "Manimal". Anyway that NBC Alien Invasion/Kennedy Conspiracy one was, I think, "Dark Skies"...

    Though for older sitcoms I found surprisingly good, there was "Boy Meets World" starring Fred Savage's little brother...

    Mmmm. College-age Topanga...

     
  • At December 11, 2008 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Silk Stalkings was a can't-miss for me for a while, despite how atrocious it was.

    -- Jack of Spades

     
  • At December 11, 2008 11:12 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Ooh, I know! Max Headroom! It was awesomely, terribly bad...and yet so good.

    But I concur with Due South being a good show.

     
  • At December 11, 2008 12:30 PM, Anonymous Rich said…

    "YOu could try the live action Flash series from the early nineties."

    Oh my, yes. Easily as campy as the 60's Batman series, and a source for one of my favorite lines ever:

    (Flash catches a hail of bullets)
    "Guns don't kill people.."
    (Throws them back)
    "...it's these little hard things!"

    But to nominate one of my own, how about the phenomenally awful and relatively unremembered Sledge Hammer?

    http://www.sledgehammeronline.com/

    Why it has its own website I'll never understand. Especially since the old "Hammerman" cartoon show doesn't.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammerman

     
  • At December 11, 2008 2:37 PM, Blogger Ghost In The Shadows said…

    Anybody remember The Equalizer? I loved that. OK no one has said the King of campy TV, The A-Team. "I love it when a plan comes together."

    Oh and the cop drama, Hunter.

    God Bless DVD's

     
  • At December 11, 2008 6:37 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    The "Flash" series also showcased Mark Hamill's performance as the Trickster, which was a precursor to his later Joker voiceovers.

    Remember "Friday The 13th: The Series"? It had nothing whatsoever to do with Jason Vorhees. It was about how two cousins inherit a curio shop from their late uncle, and they find out that their uncle had been selling cursed artifacts. These artifacts had special powers that benefited their owners, but only at a price (usually the owner had to kill someone to get the thing to work every time he or she used it). Every week, the cousins and their friend Jack would try to find and reclaim one of the artifacts. "A cursed camera allows a TV newscaster to clone himself." Cheesy plots and acting, but good production values.

    There was also "Time Trax", which was about a cop from the future who travelled back in time to capture escaped villains from the future. It had no resemblance at all to to "Brimstone", which was about a cop from Hell who travelled back to Earth to capture escaped villains from Hell. "Brimstone" did have one thing in its favor: John Glover as the Devil.

     

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