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The big finales are over, so now what?

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 26th 2006 12:45PM
retro squadThe big finales are finally over. Though we have a few cool premieres starting in the coming weeks, from Rescue Me (5/30) to Deadwood (6/11), let's face it -- TV isn't the same after May sweeps. The question that's floated around the TV Squad headquarters in the past couple of months has been, "what else can we review for the readers?" Enter "Retro Squad."

Starting this coming Sunday, we're going to take you back in time just a little bit. Remember all of those great shows that are no longer airing, either from being cancelled or ending long runs and taking a bow? Or maybe you remember the first seasons of shows still on the air? Of course you do; it's what makes you one of the millions of fans of these cult-classic shows. Well, we're going to bring them back to you, one episode at a time, every week. Read on for the exciting details.

Our review format will pretty much follow what we've all been doing all along for current episode reviews, only this time we have the benefit of referencing future episodes and, in some cases, what DVD extras may have revealed about each episode. We've also got a few cool surprises coming for some of the shows that you won't want to miss.

For most shows we'll be starting off with season one, though there will be some exceptions. Once we've finished the season we're covering for each show, the fall shows should be in full swing and Retro Squad will go on hiatus. if you all like what we've started, we'll continue with the next season of each show and possibly add more.

Here's the schedule we'll be following, though some shows may not start until the following week:

SUNDAY
The X-Files - Anna
Futurama - Joel

MONDAY
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Keith
Nowhere Man - Jonathan
NYPD Blue - Jonathan

TUESDAY
The Office (BBC) - Annie
Angel - Rich

WEDNESDAY
The Prisoner - Mike
Seinfeld - Joel

THURSDAY
Sports Night - Bob
The Simpsons - Adam

FRIDAY
Firefly - Keith
Strangers with Candy - Adam

SATURDAY
NewsRadio - Bob

You'll be able to find all Retro Squad reviews and news by following the Retro Squad category or via the show category links on the right (Simpsons isn't under the Retro Squad list, since it's still in production). So follow along with us and have fun!

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Dennis

I think that Charisma Carpenter should be cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming feature film and that Katharine McPhee should be cast as Wonder Woman on Smallville for the Wonder Woman/Diana Prince guest appearance. All they need are blue eye contacts.

May 30 2006 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
homerj312

happy to see strangers with candy, want to see upright citizens brigade, can't wait to read what is said about the finale of the prisoner

May 27 2006 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wassily

Looks like a good line up, I'll be looking forward to it.

May 27 2006 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
john

Can I do one for "Red Dwarf?" I was thinking about watching it from the beginning this summer.

May 26 2006 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
r.r.r.

this is exciting. can't wait to discuss newsradio. that show rocked.

May 26 2006 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lost_in_finland

sports night!!!! ayeee.... i watched those 2 seasons this week... damn that there isn´t more....

and ricky gervais, pure genius!

May 26 2006 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

This is pretty cool! You bet I won't miss any of the SportsNight, Angel, Firefly, or probably Buffy, either (Though, I really didn't like season one). I only wish Wonderfalls was up there, too ;)

May 26 2006 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

Good to see Seinfeld in there, a true classic.

May 26 2006 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Hoffpauir

One thing about referencing future episodes, dont give away too much. I just got Firefly and was thinking it would be cool to watch and read along with blog but not if its going to tell me to much about whats going to happen. Shows like Seinfeld that wont matter but shows like X-files and Buffy it will.

May 26 2006 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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