TV time again and Wandering Through The Shelves chose reboots and revivals which seem to be the big thing now. There are so many that I truly believe the executroids can no longer carry an original thought. They are rebooting one of my favourite shows, Bewitched which does sound intriguing and another is getting a reboot but on a more original scale...Picard! Personally I can't wait for this Star Trek series which will star Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard...did I say I can't wait? Anyway, I have chosen 3 that fit the bill...
1. THE TWILIGHT ZONE-1959-1964-ORIGINAL FOLLOWED BY 1985-1989, FOLLOWED BY 2002-2003 AND FINALLY 2019 TO PRESENT
I have chosen this show before but I love the original series so much that I had to pick it again since it has been remade so many times not to mention the movie where, unfortunately Vic Morrow and 2 small children died on set. This show is the baby of Rod Serling who narrated the original series and showed up at the beginning and end of each episode to give his take on the events in his clenched teeth style of talking. Many great stars appeared on this series from Robert Redford to Burgess Meredith. There are some classic episodes that have been remade and parodied over the decades like the gremlin who turns William Shatner nuts (well more than he already is) while on an airplane, to a woman who get plastic surgery to correct her deformity so she can fit in with the rest of the public. I watched the one from the 1980's which was good and I recall liking the one episode with Danny Kaye. I don't even remember the remake from the early 2000's but I did watch the newest version which is ok if murky and dark in the cinematography.
2. THE ODD COUPLE-1970-1975 FOLLOWED BY A CARTOON 1975-1977 FOLLOWED BY 1982 AND FINALLY, 2015 TO 2017
This Neil Simon play was made into a movie with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon which is quite funny but, to be honest, my favourite actors to play Oscar Madison, the slob sports writer, and Felix Unger, the neat freak photographer, are Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. They perfected the unusual friendship between these 2 polar opposites in the first series which is, by far, the best of this TV series. When Felix tries to clear his sinuses or bring in a giant potato chip chair to make the apartment look more modern, I was in stitches. The 2 actors became close friends and Tony Randall helped Jack Klugman after Klugman developed throat cancer and had his larynx removed. They actually made a series of funny commercials together since it was hard for Klugman to find work. The second series only lasted a few episodes and it was a good premise because the 2 were African American but it just wasn't funny. The new remake is horrible.
3. MURPHY BROWN-1989-1998 FOLLOWED BY 2018-2019
I loved this series about an obnoxious, alcoholic, Barbara Walters style investigative reporter who works at a network on a show similar to 60 minutes or 20/20. We see her go through secretaries like I go through chocolate and we see her interact with the other newspeople and the producer. I loved how Candace Bergen created a character you may not want to know but are glad she fights for what is right. I also loved her painter who was always working on her house and could put her in her place with a few choice words. This show made headlines more than once but one of the best was when the character became pregnant and decided to have the baby despite not being married. Vice President Dan "numbnuts" Quayle derided the character in one of his speeches which was one of the dumbest things I ever saw on TV. You can still believe in family values if you are a single mother. The show brought this up in an episode which ended with Murphy Brown delivering a truck load of potatoes to Quayle's residence. (Quayle didn't know how to spell "Potatoes" which caused much hilarity on late night TV). I watched the new episodes but they could not bring the magic back but I do wish they were given more time to get back into the groove of their characters.
Which 3 would you choose ? I must showcase Picard..hope you watch and enjoy...at least I hope this plays