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Bill Collins
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Posted: November 02 2018 at 8:58am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Didn`t we have Jesus of Nazareth in the 70`s?
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CBS seems to have a prolonged interest in getting a successful show with overtly religious themes. This year it's the God Friended Me show. Last year it was Living Biblically. Which was about a guy who tried to follow the Bible as much as humanly possible. I never watched so I have no idea how many stoning jokes there were or other biblical esoterica showed up.

I doubt they'll be doing any Islam-centered shows any time soon. That'd be too radical for American screens.
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Posted: November 02 2018 at 9:09am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I miss JOAN OF ARCADIA. And WONDERFALLS.

GOD FRIENDED ME doesn't interest me.

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Posted: November 02 2018 at 9:13am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I also miss HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN. I thought TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL was preachy crap.
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Been a while since I’ve watched it, but I wouldn’t put WONDERFALLS in this category.
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Something I've been noticing lately, watching old sci-fi movies and TV shows, is the casual way the characters reference evolution as a certainty. Can't imagine such a thing today, in the climate of fear that dominates this Nation.

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A few weeks ago I watched THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, and it was interesting to note how, immediately post-WW 2, Americans were so open to scientific and technological innovation/efficiency, and yet also so keenly aware of the potential misuse of the same -- yet, never explicitly in anything else but human terms. The "blessings" or "curses" of science were only metaphors for our own altruistic ambitions versus our frightening weaknesses.

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I'm enjoying GOD FRIENDED ME.  To me, it feels a lot like EARLY EDITION combined with HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN.

All the characters are likable and you really want to see them succeed in what they're doing.  The premise really is no more absurd than, say, a plane that reappears after missing for 5 years. 

Whether you believe in God or not (I don't), it's still a good show.  Plus the lead character doesn't know what's going, but he's wiling to help people if he can and he's still a firm atheist (so far).
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The 'skeptical/non-believer character finds out the supernatural is real' is one of my least favorite cliches in movies/tv. 
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Posted: November 02 2018 at 11:35am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

The lead actor's thankfully short lived ABC series THE MAYOR was just as ridiculous a premise. 

Also, COP ROCK and the already mentioned MY MOTHER THE CAR.  Even more ridiculous. 

This show is sort of EARLY EDITION combined with TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL...without the actual angels.
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How about a series about atheists that show us to have no need for faith based nonsense in order to be decent, moral people? A series where people accept responsibility for their lives without invoking an invisible tyrant in the sky?

We could call it NO EXCUSES.

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 Michael Roberts wrote:
I also miss HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN.

Has to be an age thing.  I am always and forever a huge Michael Landon fan dating back to BONAZA but mostly because of LITTLE HOUSE.  But I was a kid in the 70s.  By the time HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN premiered, I was a senior in high school and couldn't be bothered.  I've since tried to watch a few episodes and, sorry, they're painful.  Even thirty-four years ago when I was a "believer" it was hard to swallow.  Now as a nonbeliever it's just unwatchable no matter the obvious chemistry between Landon and Victor French. 
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Posted: November 02 2018 at 11:39pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I’d be afraid to watch it with adult eyes and ruin my childhood nostalgia. LITTLE HOUSE still holds up whenever I’ve caught a random episode. We’re on the same page with regard to TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL being preachy crap though?
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