Five TV shows that will clear a room at my house

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With shows like the original Star Trek, Lost in space, Wonder Woman, The Land of the lost and others I can put them and all or at least most of my family members will watch it with me, but there are others where I seem to be alone in my opinion. Here are some.

The Six Million Dollar Man-I grew up with this one. Even though I try and convince my family member that it’s not that different from Wonder Woman or the Hulk, but they still groan when I put it on.

The Starlost-I put this on and everyone else says it’s the most boring thing ever.

ARK II-I tried to convince my son he’d like this because of the cool vehicle, the jetpack and the monkey, but he gave up on it pretty quickly.

Space Academy-“Why is Doctor Smith not funny in this?”, “Why are those kids so dorky?”, “Space doesn’t look like a fun place to go in this show”-just a few of the things I’ve heard when I put this in.

Adventures of Superman-My kids might watch like 2-3 minutes of this 1950’s show before walking away.

Oh, well I like these shows.

Christmas episodes

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There are a few Christmas episodes I watch every year, but they tend to be more comedies than sci-fi and horror. Of course there are more of those because it’s easier to squeeze Christmas into a the world of a comedy than it is putting it into a sci-fi setting. Every year I normally watch Christmas episodes from the Andy Griffith show, Green Acres, Cheers, Night Court, Mary Tyler Moore and Frasier. Then there are Christmas episodes I watch maybe every other year as well. As I kid I would usually get excited when a show had a Christmas episode whether it was good or not. It’s not too surprising that there are more Christmas episodes of shows than any other holiday. Now if I watch an older series in order I find it funny that most shows just have their same setting every episode I mean it could be September or April and you don’t know and then bam it’s a Christmas episode. That’s fine too.

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***What are some of your favorite Christmas episodes?

Shows that should be on DVD

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Or maybe this should be shows that I think should be on DVD but likely they won’t be. Now we all know that the 60’s Batman deserves a DVD release and we all know it won’t get one so I’ll leave that off the list. Here you go, feel free to add any others that you like.

Freddy’s Nightmares

1988-1990, 2 seasons, syndicated

A horror anthology show with Freddie Krueger hosting.

Have I seen it? I saw a handful of episodes when it was first on and liked them.

Chances of a release-It has had a release in another region. Unlike other shows on this list it went 2 seasons and featured a very known character. I thinks odds are against a release, but it’s possible.

The Dark Room

1981-1982, 16 episodes, network

A horror anthology show that hit a couple of years before the anthology explosion of the md-80’s. James Coburn hosted it.

Have I seen it? I recall watching it fairly often with my parents.

Chances of a release-I think this one has also been released on another region. I think chances are slim but other anthology shows have been released in recent years as well.

Cliffhangers

1979, half a season, network

The show was meant to be like the old movie serials. So they had three different stories going. I seem to remember that they only got around to showing the ending to one of the three stories.

Have I seen it? My brother and I watched this one every week.

Chances of a release-

Fantastic Journey

1977, 10 episodes, network

This show had to do with a group of people from different time periods being trapped in the Bermuda Triangle.

Have I seen it? Nope, only know it from pictures from old issues of Starlog and various online reviews.

Chances of a release-Doubtful given it’s age and number of episodes.

Project UFO

1978-1979, network

This Jack Webb made show took real sightings of UFOs and dramatized them

Have  I seen it? I would watch this show and then go outside and search the sky for UFOs yet I never saw one. I only really remember the spaceships from this one so I am not sure how good the show would be if I saw it now.

Chances of a release-At this point I really don’t think the interest is there.

Wizards and Warriors

8 episodes, 1983, network

A fantasy show with royalty and a wizard and such

Have I seen it? I have faint memories of seeing a few episodes. I was into anything fantasy related so I liked it back then but remember very little about it.

Chances of a release-No way, too few episodes.

Werewolf

1987-1988,  Fox before it was a real network

College becomes a werewolf.

Have I seen it? I watched most of the episodes during it’s original run.

Chances of a DVD release? Actually it was slated for one a few years ago but word is that it was tough to get the rights to the music so it was shelved.

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Top five one season (or less) shows that should have gone on longer

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Here are my top five shows that went just one lousy season or less, but they sure as heck should have gone on longer.

Tales of the gold monkey-One season 1982-1983.Like an old style serial only done in an hour. Plenty of action and humor in every episode. The cast clicked right away. It’s a shame that it didn’t catch on.

Battlestar Gallactica-One season 1978-1979. The show was a little uneven at times and they switched some characters around as they went. However it certainly showed so much promise that I wish they had gotten a second season.

Firefly-Part of a season 2002-2003. The only show of any genre I ever saw to last one season (almost) yet it already had all the potential to go 6-7 seasons with very little tweaking. What a shame.

Voyagers-One season 1982-1983. A low budget time travel adventure show. Pretty much they did a lot of what Sliders did more than a decade later only this show never caught on.

The Flash-One season 1990-1991. The look owed a lot to Tim Burton’s Batman. However the characters were solid, the action and plots were there, but it just didn’t do enough to get the scarlet speedsters to year two.

Runner ups-Kolchak the nightstalker, Logan’s Run, Werewolf