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11 Great 'It's a Wonderful Life' TV Spoofs

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 24th 2010 10:00AM

Al Bundy Christmas

'Psych' just did it: the holiday episode that plays off the now classic 1946 Christmas movie 'It's a Wonderful Life.' It's become a holiday staple for sitcoms, but as our countdown of 11 'Wonderful' spoofs shows, it's not just for sitcoms ... and it's not always just for the holidays, either.

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 22nd 2010 6:19PM
FlashForwardHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

So this is the week that 'FlashForward' gets released on DVD, even though we're still in the middle of season one. You'll notice that the DVD set is titled "Season 1, Part 1" because, well, Part 2 won't start until March 18. So who is going to buy this set to prepare for the show's return?

  • 'Adam-12' - Season 4
  • 'American Chopper' - Honoring The Uniform
  • 'Dirty Jobs' - Something Fishy
  • 'FlashForward' - Season 1, Part 1
  • 'Ghost Hunters' - Season 5, Part 1
  • 'Jersey Shore' - Season 1 Uncensored
  • 'Justice League' - Crisis on Two Earths

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This Day in Boob Tube History: the debuts of Night Court and Mr. Ed

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 4th 2010 3:10PM
If you didn't hear, Mr. Ed star Connie Hines died recently. As I was looking over her obituary and surfing around to various Mr. Ed sites, I saw that the show premiered on January 4, 1961. I also saw that Night Court also debuted on January 4 (in 1984). To salute both, here are the openings of each show (the Night Court opening is season three, after the death of Selma Diamond and before Marsha Warfield joined).

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Fatal Farm twists the opening credits [NSFW]

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jun 9th 2009 2:04PM
fatal farm alf nostalgia 80s tvZachary Johnson and Jeffrey Max are two effed up dudes.

Before they hit the "viralsphere" with Lasagna Cat, the production team and creative geniuses behind Fatal Farm created an incredibly twisted, brilliantly subversive, and unarguably hilarious series of "alternative intros" parodying the openings to classic sitcoms. No two intros follow the same theme or formula, except to say that they're all unequivocally... Messed. Up.

From blood and guts to go-carts and the hinting of pedophilia, each parody brings with it an innate ability to eviscerate any leftover nostalgia from the sight of, say, the Happy Days jukebox or the beginning chords of the theme to Cheers. (Believe us, you'll never think of Rhea Perlman the same way again.)

Strap in, sit back, and take an incredibly disturbing trip down Memory Lane, courtesy of your friendly tour guides at Fatal Farm:

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What are the best TV shows of the 1980s?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2009 5:01PM
Magnum, P.I.AOL has chosen the best TV shows of the 1980s, and it's not a bad list. But I'm sure everyone reading this will have their own thoughts.

Sure, there are shows that were my favorites I'd like to see on the list, but those would be personal choices. The only problem I have is where the shows place on the list. For example, is Fraggle Rock really a better show than Spenser: For Hire, Miami Vice, and Kate and Allie (even beyond the fact that it might be an odd show to compare to the other shows in the first place)? Is Facts of Life better than MacGyver?

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Best '80s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 13th 2009 6:00AM
Family TiesIt may have been the Me Decade.

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.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2009 6:00PM
BewitchedHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I don't know why I haven't bought any of the Bewitched sets yet. It's one of my favorite sitcoms, but I think it has gotten so far into the releases (this week it's season 7) that I've convinced myself that there will be a complete series set and that I should wait for it. But I'm tempted to buy this set because it features an entire episode set and filmed in my hometown!

As for the Columbo movie set, well, I have to buy that now because I just bought the entire series on DVD.

  • Afro Samurai - Resurrection (regular set and special editions)
  • Becker - Season 2
  • Bewitched - Season 7
  • Columbo - Mystery Movie Collection: 1990
  • Dave's World - Season 2
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Vol. 14
  • Night Court - Season 2
  • The Partridge Family - Season 4
  • Tom and Jerry Tales - Vol. 6

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Ten super sitcom sidekicks

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 4th 2008 11:04AM
tenAOL Television has compiled a list of the 50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever, this week revealing numbers 50-41. Inspired by what they did, I've decided to list my favorite sitcom sidekicks, those funny foils that oftentimes make the star shine even brighter than you might have thought. Coming up with just a ten-pack hasn't been so easy. Many times, I'd look at a show and think, "No, it's more of an ensemble. There isn't one sidekick." Falling into that category were B.J. and Trapper John on M*A*S*H. Neither were Hawkeye's sidekick, really (any more than Radar was). Same thing with Friends -- they were all each other's sidekicks. Also, on The Odd Couple, Oscar and Felix were equal; neither was a sidekick. Ditto Two and a Half Men and Laverne & Shirley. Also, because it's my list, I decided not to include married couples -- sorry Rob and Laura, Ricky and Lucy, Archie and Edith.

Whew, after all that, here, in alphabetical order, are the ten I love -- within my own parameters! Feel free to comment with your choices, if your favorite isn't on my list.


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House producer heading to Court K

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 15th 2008 12:02PM
Paul AttanasioPaul Attanasio, House executive producer, has conjured up a legal drama for Fox. The network greenlighted a one-hour pilot, Court K, which is set in Milwaukee and involves a judge, a prosecutor and a public defender. Just because it's set in Milwaukee, don't expect to see Laverne and Shirley.

Like House is not your typical medical drama, Court K will not be a typical lawyer show, not that Boston Legal is typical, but you know what I mean. Court K is reportedly a lot grittier, with sardonic, dark comic elements. We'll have to see if any of the principals are hooked on Vicodan. I wonder if it'll remind me of the movie ...And Justice For All, which was also a dark comic look at a Baltimore courthouse. But then, wasn't that Night Court, too?

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TV Obits: Hall, Worth, King

by Bob Sassone, posted May 20th 2007 1:01PM

Jimmy HallA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

Jimmy Hall: Hall was a documentary filmmaker and Discovery Channel host. He is part of the network's annual "Shark Week," which will air this year starting July 29. Hall was killed in a parachute accident while filming a documentary for the network near the Arctic Circle. He was 41.

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Family Guy: Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey

by Brett Love, posted Mar 12th 2007 8:00AM
peter griffin and bill clinton from family guy(S05E13) Ya know, no matter what part political affiliation you claim, I think we can all agree that Bill Clinton lends himself well to comedy. There's just enough hillbilly in his character to make him easy to laugh at. Family Guy certainly isn't the first show to take a run at Clinton, and they've now featured the former president four or five times, but there's plenty of room at that party.

That's getting ahead of the game though. Before we could get to the Peter and Bill hijinks, there was the loosely relevant opening at the Quahog Marine Center. While it was a long way to go to get to the main plot, there were a lot of funny bits in that opening. Herbert at the fondle tank, Stewie's stripper line, and Seamus saving Peter from the octopus were all good bits. I especially liked the Wacky Wall Walker finish to that.

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Harry Anderson is leaving New Orleans

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 30th 2006 11:58AM

Harry AndersonThis week is the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting The Gulf Coast, and former Night Court star Harry Anderson has announced that he and his wife, like many people, are leaving the city.

Anderson hasn't done much television since Dave's World left the air in the late 90s. Instead, he opened a club in New Orleans, where he has been performing a one man show and showcasing local talent. They also owned a home in the city, which had a magic shop on the first floor. But now Anderson and his wife are leaving the city, and in this interesting New York Times piece (you don't hear much about Anderson these days, so any story that pops up immediately grabs my attention), Anderson talks about what Katrina has done to the people of New Orleans, why he's leaving, getting mugged, and where he might move to.

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Lots of shows no longer coming to DVD

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2006 9:40AM
Night CourtAre you a fan of Boy Meets World, Night Court, Who's The Boss, Murphy Brown, or Airwolf? I hope you really enjoy the first DVD sets that were released recently, as those are the only ones you're going to be getting.

Seems that the DVD sets of those above shows didn't sell as much as the studios had hoped. For example, the season two set of Boy Meets World was off 12% from the first season, and the third season was down 39% from the second, so they're not going to release anymore sets of Boy Meets World. And that's one of the better examples, as the other shows did even worse. But I don't really get the math here. The reason why more Who's the Boss sets won't be released is because the first season set didn't sell as much as compared to the season 1 and 2 set of Seinfeld. And the reason why you won't see more Night Court is because that first season set didn't sell as well as Friends' last season set.

Why are they even comparing them to sales of Seinfeld and Friends, two of the most popular sitcoms of all-time?

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Is that Mac from Night Court on that Nextel commercial?

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 16th 2006 4:07PM
Nextel agitating the dotsI asked this question earlier today on sister site AdJab, but I figured the more people I ask, the better:

There's a funny new commercial out there from Sprint Nextel for their new GPS-enabled Nextel walkie-talkie phones. In it, two warehouse workers tell an inquisitive colleague about "the dots" they're watching, which are people with Nextel GPS phones on the road. The they tell the curious co-worker, "don't agitate the dots." Then a supervisor-type person walks in, wearing safety goggles and eating cake. "Who's agitating my dots? Are you agitating my dots?" he suspiciously asks the stranger.

That guy looks and sounds like Charles Robinson, doesn't it? You remember Robinson... he played court clerk Mac on Night Court. If it is, it sure is a heck of a comedown: a regular role on a network TV series to uttering a commercial catchphrase. Hey, a job's a job, right? Anyway, let's see if our eagle-eyed readers can confirm or deny this for me. You can watch the ad here.

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The Five: Here come d' judge

by Adam Finley, posted May 19th 2006 2:02PM

judge snyder toy simpsonsThey are there to maintain order, or just add to the chaos, but they are an essential part of the television's fake judicial system. Today we honor the people we call "your honor." It's time to judge the judges, but not too harshly. Here we go:

Judge Wapner (The People's Court): Long before there was Judge Judy or any number of cranky old people in robes bellowing from the bench, there was Joseph A. Wapner, who didn't tolerate any shenanigans from anyone and sometimes ruled the court room like a drill sergeant. Nevertheless, his decisions always seemed fair to me, and I often saw him decide for the party he seemed to personally dislike the most. A much mellower version of him turned up years later on Animal Court, but I liked the old surly Wapner better.

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