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What Jen is thankful for

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 20th 2007 3:03PM
Thirtysometing'Tis the season to be thankful and, more particularly, to perform an inventory of what we are thankful for. The list can be a bit overwhelming, so I'm happy to parse it down to what I am thankful about television-- and not just what's on the air now (which is fortunate, considering the current WGA strike).

1. Thirtysomething
I know. This dates me. Ages me. Reveals me. But I don't care. I didn't actually get to watch the show when it aired: I was in college, and I didn't even have a television. I caught up with it during marathon ventures on Lifetime. I had just moved to a new town, and there weren't any people my age living nearby. So, the cast of Thirtysomething became my pseudo-friends for awhile. I cringed when Hope and Michael fought; I cheered when Nancy threw out Elliot, and then welcomed him back to her with open arms. Oh, how I cried when Gary died. It frustrates me to no end that this show is not yet available on DVD and that I have to replay it in my imagination instead.

2. Relativity
I think I may have been the only person in history to watch this show, which explains why it was canceled fairly quickly. But it's such a shame when you think about the great cast: Apart from the leads Kimberly Williams-Paisley and David Conrad, it boasted Richard Schiff (West Wing), Devon Gummerall (My So-Called Life), and Lisa Edelstein (West Wing, House). Yes, you're onto me: I love all things Zwick and Herskovitz. Actually, I remember liking this show more than I think I actually liked it, as the series limped along. But the pilot? I still have a copy of it in a VHS tape that I never watch because I don't want it to wear out. But the music, the longing looks, Isabelle, Leo-- has there been a more romantic series opener ever?

3. Billy Campbell
Between his turns as the devoted husband on Once and Again and now as a probably-insane-thinks-he's-Jesus propet on The 4400, this man has range. He is also exceptionally easy on the eyes. Does anybody else remember his open-eyed, boyish earnestness from the movie The Rocketeer? If it's possible, he is even better-looking now. And did I mention how exceptionally nice he is to look at? I didn't include him on my list of TV Eye Candy, but I secretly knew I would have a chance to rave about him here.

4. M*A*S*H
Oh dear. My dust is showing again. But seriously, talk about a show to grow up with: M*A*S*H was IT. How better to cut your teeth on humor that prepares you for the Marx Brothers? How better to cry your eyes out when Lt. Col. Henry Blake dies on the plane that would finally carry him away from this war? If you don't know Radar O'Reilly, Corporal Klinger, Col. Morgan, Hot Lips Hoolihan, B.J. Honnicut, Trapper John, Frank, Burns Winchester, and the incomparable Hawkeye Pierce, get thee to a rental store pronto. And don't just rent it: Buy it. Cherish it. Watch it. You could even watch it over Thanksgiving with your family...

5. Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
I was torn. I wanted to be thankful for the show of support from the actors during the WGA strike, but I think I am beating that horse too much. I wanted to be thankful for China Beach, but good lord, there are some GREAT shows on NOW, for crying out loud, and I didn't want to be all retro, all the time. So, Battlestar Galactica is it. I think it's the best show on television today. Yes, I have seen Lost; no, I have not yet seen Heroes. It is a dark, richly imagined statement on the world today, and the commentary it provides on the world we live in is bleak indeed-- yet the human spirit endures. The cast is one of the finest I have ever seen, and even though I thought the third season stumbled around a bit, the first two seasons cannot be diminished by that weak time. That is a very pat and not very pithy way to summarize what is going on with that show. But I think I have run out of room.

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Carol Brown

I have loved most all of the comments given about this show Moonlight. I hate the negative ones, if they did not like the show, then Don't Watch It. Particularly the one where the gal and her sister laughed all through it. What was funny? Morbid sense of humor I think. This is a wonderful show. I have never e-mailed comments before. I do wonder as this Christopher said why they seem to always take off Moonlight for all their Specials. There was one again this week. I don't even watch. I wish they might change the viewing time for Moonlight. It if is such a popular time for Specials, then move Moonlight to 10:00 on Fridays. Numbers is ok sometimes. I used to really love Ghost Whisperer but it has kind of gotten old story line too. Take one of those off and put your special on there. Leave Moonlight on..... I will even take the reruns over the specials. I look forward to this show every week.

February 17 2008 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch Strickler

This is about Relativity, but the following hint will help with any treasured VCR tapes. Transfer them to DVD. Nothing is forever, but DVDs last a long, long time. There are machines that do the switch. If you don't have one, look for a friend who does, because a commercial transfer is expensive.

Back to Relativity. I'll grudgingly admit the Herskovits-Zwick style is heavy on long pauses and hugs -- it may have inspired Larry David and Seinfeld to write a show where nobody ever hugged -- but that was overshadowed by great moments, comic and romantic, IMO. Not just in the pilot; Episode four was great, and Ep 13 sexy as hell.


November 20 2007 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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