36 thoughts on “TOTD 2018-8-9: Pick one”

  1. The Sinistral Bassist:

    MJBubba:
    Green Acres tops them all.

    Criminally underrated show. It’s a lot more intelligent, high-concept humor than people would expect on a show about a lawyer buying a farm.

    Green Acres was something that both kids and adults could enjoy, and it still holds up to a viewing today.   It was marvelous absurdist humor by a wonderful ensemble in which every character got good laugh lines.   The only put-downs were gentle pokes at city folk, or self-deprecating humor.   They had great puns and great extended subplots.   And the best part was that Oliver and Lisa, despite their cultural differences, were very much in love with each other and always made up quickly after a spat.

    The reason I hold on to a working VCR machine is because I own all Green Acres on VHS.

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  2. MJBubba:

    The Sinistral Bassist:

    MJBubba:
    Green Acres tops them all.

    Criminally underrated show. It’s a lot more intelligent, high-concept humor than people would expect on a show about a lawyer buying a farm.

    Green Acres was something that both kids and adults could enjoy, and it still holds up to a viewing today.   It was marvelous absurdist humor by a wonderful ensemble in which every character got good laugh lines.   The only put-downs were gentle pokes at city folk, or self-deprecating humor.   They had great puns and great extended subplots.   And the best part was that Oliver and Lisa, despite their cultural differences, were very much in love with each other and always made up quickly after a spat.

    The reason I hold on to a working VCR machine is because I own all Green Acres on VHS.

    They finally put the whole series out on DVD within the last year.

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  3. TKC 1101:
    I have to put forward :

    1. The Prisoner

    2. Outer Limits

    These were both great, but they don’t make the cut for the 1966–67 season.  “The Outer Limits” ran from 1963 through 1965, while “The Prisoner” first began to air in Canada and the U.K. in September 1967 and reached the U.S. in June 1968, putting it in the 1967–68 season.

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  4. I cannot believe *no one* here thought of Patrick McGoohan’s *The Prisoner*, for this 1967 philosophical TV show is an extraordinary ode to resistance, an ode to individual liberty, an ode to the anarch.

    When I was younger, I had T-shirts printed with Number Six’s magnificent “profession de foi” against tyranny : “I will not make any deals with you. I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered ! My life is my own !”.

    I always feel it as a duty to have people I like (and I feel worth the time) discover *The Prisoner*, go playing and Heinlein (I mean the good old RAH, not the writer who used his name after *The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress*).

    (*The Avengers*, *The Addams Family*, *The Invaders*, this can be seen, but this does not make anyone *think*).

    Fix : while scrolling, I had not seen the two previous posts mentionning *The Prisoner*. I’ll be more cautious from now on.

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  5. Blumroch:
    I cannot believe *no one* here thought of Patrick McGoohan’s *The Prisoner*, for this 1967 philosophical TV show is an extraordinary ode to resistance, an ode to individual liberty, an ode to the anarch.

    When I was younger, I had T-shirts printed with Number Six’s magnificent “profession de foi” against tyranny : “I will not make any deals with you. I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered ! My life is my own !”.

    I always feel it as a duty to have people I like (and I feel worth the time) discover *The Prisoner*, go playing and Heinlein (I mean the good old RAH, not the writer who used his name after *The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress*).

    (*The Avengers*, *The Addams Family*, *The Invaders*, this can be seen, but this does not make anyone *think*).

    I loved the mood of “The Prisoner”. It had a campiness about it that made one laugh as it covered important subjects.

  6. EThompson:

    Blumroch:
    (*The Avengers*, *The Addams Family*, *The Invaders*, this can be seen, but this does not make anyone *think*).

    You watched The Avengers and The Addams Family? Vous m’en direz tant! Ils étaient mon favorites comme un gamin. 

     

    TV was almost banned at home when I was young (which was not a problem, for I was an avid reader). I hardly saw a few episodes (ah, Diana Rigg and Carolyn Jones…). Much later, I bought the DVDs as guilty pleasures.

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