But in TV land, the sisters were doin' it for themselves and finally getting respect as cops, war nurses and working moms; iconic shows like 'Hill Street Blues,' 'St. Elsewhere' and 'L.A. Law' would forever change (for the better) cop, medical and legal dramas; and no idea was too high concept to fill a primetime spot (time-travelling physicist? check; housewife-turned-CIA op? check; New York City beauty in love with a subterranean monster? check).
The bottom line: They all add up to 10 years of fine channel surfing -- and our awesome list of the 40 best series of the 1980s.
Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.
- Baa Baa Black Sheep - Vol. 2
- Batfink - Complete Series
- Chancer - Series 1
- Degrassi: The Next Generation - Season 5
- Dora The Explorer - Summer Explorer
- Eureka - Season 1
- George Lopez: America's Mexican (HBO standup special)
- Ghostbusters - Vol. 2
- Kate & Allie - Season 4 (Canada)
- Slings & Arrows - Season 4
- WWE - One Night Stand
Recently, Bob made an aside about how he can't find Kate and Allie anywhere on television. Well, I have good news for Bob and for anyone else who was a fan of that sitcom: WE (that's the Women's Entertainment network, not the pronoun) will begin showing episodes in June.
In fact, the popular '80s sitcom will be introduced with a marathon running from noon until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. The series will then slip into its regular Monday night slot at 7:00 p.m.
Kate and Allie focused on two divorcees who decide to move in together and help raise each other's children. The series starred Jane Curtin (Allie) and Susan Saint James (Kate), and while I watched it a lot growing up (my mom loved the show), I think I was a bit too young to appreciate it. One of the things I love about having a Tivo is recording those old shows I only vaguely remember to see how good they really are. Lately, I've been watching a lot of Alice, but now I'll have to add Kate and Allie to the lineup, too.
Nick at Nite has given us yet another reason to rev up our Tivos and VCRs.
It turns 20 on July 1, and all this week they are celebrating by showing episodes of shows that they've had on the schedule over the years. Some of the shows:
- Kate and Allie (damn, I wish this show was on DVD)
- Who's The Boss
- Family Ties
- Night Court
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- Growing Pains
- Get Smart
Great shows all, but it illustrates a point: why aren't these shows on the network right now? As Noel Holston says in the Detroit News/Newsday piece below, "...while Nick at Nite - and TV Land, for that matter - have never been more successful, it's nostalgia isn't what it used to be."
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