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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 26 November 2016 at 12:40pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I haven't fully revisited the series in years. Was there a Spider-Slayer episode? JJJ as depicted in that cartoon would have been more convincing as the operator of one of those things!
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I haven't got to that one yet, but I'll let you know if I do. :)

Spider-Man is going to some crazy places in those episodes, battling some bizarre villains. It provides a nice contrast to the regular episodes, i.e. the web-slinger versus Scorpion. 

Green Goblin is different in the series, too. He's not a scientist, embraces the mystical aspects/concepts of Goblin more.
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Rolled through the complete 5 series and specials ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. It lost a bit in in Series 4 and 5, but the first three remain one of my all-time favorite British imports.
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THE SNOWMAN (1981)

Included here as it aired on TV (I am not sure it ever got a theatrical release) and is around 25 minutes long so more of a TV thing than a film thing.

Delightful 35+ years later. You know the story, right? Boy wakes up, snowman comes to life, they experience a magical journey. Art may seem simplistic nowadays, but it, along with the story, is charming as ever. I watch this every December.

Curious how this was received outside the UK?
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Posted: 02 December 2016 at 10:09am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Continuing with the hilarity of Season 2 of 30 ROCK. Why this show never grabbed me when it aired is beyond me...
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NICHOLS (1971)

I was reticent about revisiting this show, a one season wonder from my early twenties. Have to admit the first episode did not fan the fires of nostalgia. Very slowed and talky.

The young Margot Kidder is very decorative tho!

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Surfed into a PARTY DOWN marathon on Starz.
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I laughed so much watching Party Down. Really great show. One of my favorite comedies of the last decade. (Along with Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock,  and Community.) The cast on Party Down was perfect, though it was a shame when Jane Lynch left for Glee. The show was really funny but lost a bit of its cast chemistry. Though Megan Mullally was a good replacement in the second season, I still never liked her character as much as Lynch's. And then of course the show got cancelled after the second season, though it seemed like everyone on it was going on to something else at that point. This show has really gained an audience since it ended and is more popular now than it was when it was on. I know I watched it a year or two after it was cancelled and loved every minute of it. They are supposed to be making a Party Down movie, but that's been in the works for quite some time now with little traction.

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Making my way through all seven seasons of the Shield on Hulu. Some really great acting by Michael Chiklis and all the supporting cast. Shame to see Chiklis wasted these days on the awfulness that is Gotham. I can see how the Shield was influential on shows like Breaking Bad. 
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30 ROCK Season 3

Having not been a regular viewer, I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of guest stars that this show pulled in over the 3 seasons that I've watched so far. It's been an impressive list.
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As I have mentioned before, since it's seven years since PARTY DOWN was last in production, a movie reunion would present a wide set of problems. If we return to those characters as they are today, they would, mostly, have to have moved so far from where they were that the show would be unrecognizable. And if they haven't, that would be REALLY depressing!
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Tonight, a Xmas animated marathon: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS; HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS; RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER; FROSTY THE SNOWMAN; MR. MAGOO'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL; and TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

The first two are my favorites, which I watch annually; the middle two I'm fond of; the last two I don't especially care for, but I don't think I had watched either in quite a few years.
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Finally finished up Season 9 of SEINFELD and thus completing the series (again). Seinfeld remains one of my favorite sitcoms, but IMO, it really lost it's edge around Season 7 or 8. While still funny for the most part, the characters became caricatures of themselves in those late seasons.
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Over the last 10 days, I've been watching Xmas themed episodes of favorite TV shows:

THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW; five episodes of BEWITCHED; THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW; SESAME STREET; two episodes of FAMILY GUY; FUTURAMA; LAVERNE & SHIRLEY; two episodes of MARY TYLER MOORE; LEAVE IT TO BEAVER; THE FLINTSTONES; two episodes of NEWHART; THE LUCY SHOW: I LOVE LUCY; five episodes of THE BOB NEWHART SHOW; THE ADDAMS FAMILY; THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES; two episodes of THE GOLDEN GIRLS; two episodes of THE HONEYMOONERS; three episodes of THE SIMPSONS; THE MUPPETS; two episodes of WKRP IN CINCINNATI; ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS; and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

That's a lot of holiday cheer!
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"Wh-why can't I wake up? Scrooge could wake up!"
"Scrooge didn't have one of Johnny's brownies."

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LOU GRANT  season 1 ;

Hadn't watched these since they aired.
Starting off a little awkward and stumbly, but if I remember right picks up some pretty good steam.

Interesting to watch a show that features a medium that today is on life support.
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Just ordered S1 of LOU GRANT yesterday.
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Posted: 21 December 2016 at 5:43am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

30 ROCK Season 4

It keep getting better!
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"Just ordered S1 of LOU GRANT yesterday."

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Great minds......:-)

Let me know how it holds up for you.

I remember liking the Mason Adams character (managing editor) most during the initial run. We'll see if that still holds true.

I probably won't marathon this series ,maybe 3 or 4 episodes a week.


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Two episodes into LOU GRANT. Holding up well, in a 70s KOLCHAK kind of way. Quite prescient on some levels.
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! [1966]

Featuring the mighty triumvirate of Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones and Boris Karloff... as well as the fantastic talents of Maurice Noble, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray and Albert Hague...

Is there any reason why this wasn't an instant classic, right out of the gate???


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It wasn't??
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Tonight, two Xmas episodes of COMMUNITY.
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Re: 'The Grinch', apparently, compared to the other 'Classic Christmas cartoons' of the mid-60s('Rudolph' and Charlie Brown), the Grinch wasn't quite as popular, but I'd still say it was an 'instant classic'.
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How do we measure "classic" status? I recall THE GRINCH being on every year.
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