This week we looked at a show whose reputation permeates pop culture but which we'd never actually seen. A show in which a sweet mullet, a roll of duck tape, and a phone number for the Boys' and Girls' Club will get you out of any sticky situation:
Partners (S2 E40 3/2/87)
Runners (S4 E77 3/13/89)
Tune in to learn the second best use for chocolate bars, how not to succeed in the world's oldest profession, and what the 80s Action Show Rule of Three is all about.
Emerald Point N.A.S. intro (it stands for Naval Air Station)
Did you watch this seminal series gathered around the TV with your parents and siblings, slightly uncomfortable about your feelings for either Kevin or Winnie? We took a deep dive into a childhood favorite and watched six full episodes of the highly-decorated The Wonder Years:
My Father’s Office
Summer Song (S3 Ep 1)
Summer (S6 Ep 21)
Independence Day (S6 Ep 22)
Listen to find out what Kevin Arnold and Jason Voorhees have in common, learn whatever happened to Paul Saviano (spoiler: he's not Marilyn Manson), and contemplate whether the 60s are worthy of the unparalleled reverence they are accorded in popular culture.
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For our second foray into the archives we watched three episodes of the short-running but long-syndicated CBS gothic sitcom The Munsters:
THE FIRST ONE: "Munster Masquerade"
THE FAMOUS ONE: "Hot Rod Herman"
THE RANDO ONE: "Treasure of Mockingbird Lane"
Listen as we dive into the history and trivia of this quirky family comedy. Which cast member recorded a regrettable novelty song? What's the connection between The Munsters and Syfy's FaceOff? Just how much of an earworm is the theme song?
"That twilighty show...about that zone." -- Homer Simpson
We begin our first exhibit in the TV Museum with a look at the iconic CBS sci-fi anthology The Twilight Zone. This cult hit ran for five seasons and spawned various spin-offs, but is it worth revisiting? We watched three episodes to find out:
THE FIRST ONE: "Where is Everybody?"
THE FAMOUS ONE: "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street"
THE RANDO ONE: "The Hunt"
Listen to the full show to learn more about notable "Hey! It's That Guy"s and whether there is raccoon hunting in the hereafter.
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And thanks again to Minden for composing our awesome in-and-out music, "Something Small".