I’m late..I know! I have been working late plus my pain from my bad fall is coming out more so I’ve been lax in visiting people, my apologies, and creating this post. Wandering Through The Shelves created this TV spotlight. So, let’s get it going…
1. M*A*S*H- 1972-1983
This is an incredible show that I’m so happy to have watched while it was still on TV and I was one of the millions who watched the TV finale which is still the highest rated TV program ever. It’s about a group of surgeons and nurses on a MASH unit who do their all saving soldiers in surgery while dealing with their hijinks off surgery. The main leads are Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda, who, at first starred in the show and later, became a writer and director of many episodes. Trapper John, played by Wayne Rogers and MacLean Stevenson, as Col. Henry Blake. Loretta Swit was Margaret, “Hot Lips”, Houlahan as head nurse who is having an affair with Mgr. Frank Burns, an inept doctor who is a thorn in the side of Hawkeye and Trapper. Rounding out the cast is Gary Burghoff as Corp. Radar O’Reilly ( who appeared I. The film version), Corp. Max Klinger who dresses in dresses trying to get a section 8 and Father Mulcahy, played by William Christopher. Later on, when Rogers and Stevenson left the show, they were replaced by Mike Farrell as BJ Hunnicutt and veteran actor, Harry(Or Henry) Morgan as Col. Henry Potter. When Larry Linville left after the 5th season, David Ogden Stiers, came in as Mgr. Charles Emerson Winchester the 3rd. There are so many classic episodes from this landmark series it’s hard to pick. I love the first 3 seasons when it was more comedic since some of the later episodes felt a bit preachy but they are still classic and one of the best later episodes is the dreams episode where each person dreams something and it is so memorable.
2. LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE-1974-1983
I actually read the books when I was a kid and this series ventured way off the books but that doesn’t matter because it is a good tv show from star, writer and director, Michael Landon who plays the father, Charles Ingalls who brings his family, wife and 3 girls to Walnut Grove. From there, we often view the episodes through the eyes of Laura Ingalls, Half-Pint who is a happy kid that must deal with bully, Nellie Olsen. There are some great episodes and some have been comedic and some devastating. Michael Landon did not hold back when it comes to grief like the snowstorm episode or, later on in the series, the fire episode. It’s worth watching.
3. MILDRED PIERCE-2011
I went with this miniseries which is a remake of the famous 1945 film of the same name, starring Joan Crawford which, I believe, is better than this miniseries even though this is closer to the book than the older film. Kate Winslet plays Mildred who must deal with a husband who does not help her when the going gets tough. Her 2 daughters are so opposite from one another with Veda, a spoiled, nasty brat and Ray Pierce, a sweet-natured daughter who ends up dying throwing everyone into the whirlwind of this plot. Guy Pierce plays the debonair a-hole that Mildred falls for when she makes it big in the restaurant business. This is well acted but I do prefer the film version. I also love the Carol Burnett satire..so funny.
What tv shows, that were adapted from books, have you seen? Oh and I’m Ok but more pain has come out all on my right side plus other pains in my hips, ankles and wrists. My pinkies are bluish and my knees…don’t look nice. I’m Going to work and am moving.