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Greg McPhee
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Posted: 05 October 2018 at 3:20am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Dean Hargrove who brought Perry Mason back in the 80s, basically took the Mason format used for the one hour show, and tailored it around Andy Griffith's onscreen persona when he created Matlock. Which, in turn was inspired by Griffith's performance as a lawyer in "Fatal Vision".
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 Eric Jansen wrote:
 My main question is--does TV work better with take-offs than originals?

There's nothing original.  Not in television. Not in film. Not in novels. Not in radio. Not in podcasts. Not in anything.  Everything is a spin.  You can't name one story, series or film in your lifetime that wasn't somehow inspired by something that came before.  

None.  Nada.  Zip.  

To me, the question is flawed.  Better question: What series or movie does it better or makes you think that it's "original" when it's really not?
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Matt, are you saying that only the Bible is original? ;-) 
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Parker Lewis Can't Lose was totally Ferris Beuller, at least at first. It lost it's edge quickly, and I stopped watching.
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Eric Jansen
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That's another good point.  There's NO WAY they ever would have done a Ferris Bueller TV show!  So, then we had Parker Lewis.  If it had worked and lasted, it certainly would have scratched that itch for anyone who wanted a Ferris show.

That reminds me--HAPPY DAYS was very much ARCHIE on TV!  Archie and Pals probably wouldn't have lasted on primetime (though I could definitely see a SAVED BY THE BELL type on Saturdays or something), but with a few tweaks, we got redheaded Richie and Pals going to Arnold's.  (20 million viewers over a decade is a lot better than the 3 million the dark and subversive RIVERDALE gets these days.)
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There was a Ferris Bueller TV series.
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I thought Happy Days was American Graffiti. The Happy Days pilot was released before AG, but it was made into a series after.

Parker Lewis debuted the same time as the Ferris Bueller series, but was successful. But like most shows centering on a high school, the formula runs out quickly.
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Oh yeah!  (About Ferris Bueller.)

And HAPPY DAYS may have started off as sort of an AMERICAN GRAFFITI show (I remember early on it was more serious, Richie was trying hard to have sex with a girl, etc.), but tweaks were made (the older brother disappeared!) and suddenly it was lighter, Al took over the malt shop and was practically a double for Pop, etc.--it became ARCHIE!
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Wasn’t Jennifer Aniston in the Ferris Beuller TV show?
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