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Were they equating the brown rats with men in general, lol?

In between the creepiness and horror, I like the two actresses who play the mothers -- they're so funny! The blonde one reminded me of Joey Heatherton. Joey Heatherton as we've never seen her. Barbara Barrie always gets on my nerves (the only thing I've ever really enjoyed her in is BREAKING AWAY) She's got all these acting tics and tricks, and her voice is so annoying to me. You know what really makes Consider Her Ways go the extra mile? The intense, believable performances of the two actresses who are the harsh, "prison matron" nurses -- Virginia Gregg in particular, also the lanky one with the short hair who I think was actually in CAGED. And did you catch "Aunt Trina" -- Ellen Corby, as another no-nonsense authoritarian type. I always love Gladys Cooper. She did her share of memorable Twilight Zone episodes.

 

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Thank you, MissGoddess! Because of your link I can access not only the hour but all the half-hour episodes as well. Maybe I'll find that Barry Gordon episode, where he goes from kid to mobster, that scared me so when it was on.

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La BronxaritaThe doctors were pretty scary, excellent casting...notice they were all lean and tall?...and did you notice all the helpers were..."little people"? Looks like you were assigned your "class" according to body type! That was a touch of grotesque, n'est ce pas?

 

Wouldbestar: Enjoy the shows! I received Season 5 (of the half hour series) last week and have been enjoying them immensely. So many stars. Here are two names I never thought to see associated with one another: Alfred Hitchcock and Burt Reynolds!

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Last year I "discovered" the classic British TV show *UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS*. So great. One of my favorites now. Fascinating history. Great characters. Beautiful accents. Love, love, love.

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My bride and I tried to watch it last fall and we just couldn't get into it. I wanted to watch it as it is thought of very highly by many around here but we gave up and fairly early on.

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I know little of American classic television. I am a great fan of older British sitcoms. My favorites:

 

As Time Goes By

Judi Dench is a widow who meets her first love again after thirty-eight years. It is a gentle comedy.

http://youtu.be/WDe8_RTA1k0

 

To the Manor Born

Penelope Keith is a high lady who has to sell the estate held by the fforbes-Hamiltons for four centuries. Her relationship with the new owner is strained. It is a gentle comedy with higher moments.

 

 

Coupling

This is not exceptionally old. I believe it will be considered a classic point in television. It has odd juxtapositions which I find wonderfully funny.

http://youtu.be/rQ6mxKxU3sA

 

Fawlty Towers

This is not a gentle comedy. :)

 

 

Others I like very much:

Last of the Summer Wine

Yes, Minister

The Vicar of Dibley

Blackadder

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wouldbestar,

 

I have no information. I don't know anything about "Wiseguy" and all the TV series DVDs I've ordered through Amazon have been accurately described. Might it be a distributor issue with whoever puts out that series on DVD?

 

I have learned to read up all I can on a particular item, not just what is posted at Amazon's site because many series are packaged as "best of" or similar, but you have to read carefully to find that out. My most recent series DVD order was Medic which at first glance looks like a "complete series" package when in fact it's only 44 episodes.

 

They can also post descriptions like "Vol. I" "Vol. II" etc. which can sound like you're getting the complete seasons, though they are not. Buyer beware.

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I should have also mentioned that I like very much the first two seasons of May to December which appeared on BBC. It concerns a lawyer falling in love with a young lady who comes to him for a divorce. The title refers to the fact that he is twice her age. It is warm and hilarious.

 

The lead was replaced after the second season and the replacement did not have the verve and elan of the original so it became a typical sitcom.

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I'm sorry if these have already been posted, I haven't been getting this thread in my watch files for such a long time. I'm sure it has already been seen by most of you but I got such a kick out of it. Classy, witty affectionate blooper reel from one of the best shows of all time.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-sZswWuZcc&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SP6BC9CBF1B2B7B26C

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movieman- *Upstairs Downstairs* does take some getting used to, since it's a very different style of TV, at a much slower pace, with no background music, etc, but it is worth it once you do, if you ever have the time.

 

Just watched one of my all time favorite *TWILIGHT ZONE* episodes: "A World of His Own" with Keenan Wynn. That one TOTALLY got me the first time I saw it. I love the ones like that that kind of have a double psych-out, "Spur of the Moment" is that way, too. I don't want to say any spoilers of course.

 

Another classic show I've recently discovered is the 80s show *NEWHART*. Like Bob Newhart's 70s sitcom, which I already loved, it's good writing and good casting, whose real genius lies in its great characters. Bob plays his usual deadpan regular-guy persona and is a perfect springboard for crazies all around. Stephanie and Michael are so hilariously shallow and yet believable and sympathetic. How do you achieve that? George is a very simple guy, kind of the opposite of Stephanie and Michael, and very loveable too. And of course there's the comedy genius of: "Hi, I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl." Have only seen the episodes once so I don't have a favorite. Plus I'm not through the series yet. But, man, they don't make great shows like that anymore, alas.

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I believe I have watched all of the episodes of The Twilight Zone including one which was not put into syndication. I do not believe I could reasonably list a favorite as many are very special in their own ways. I did prefer the half-hour episodes.

 

I am hoping to be able to soon start watching Laugh In

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"Laugh In" is an odd show. It was very funny in its day and very groundbreaking in its presentation. It was very topical. A great deal of political humor and jokes about Vietnam and things that were very 1970 nake up the show. All of it doesn't always hold up well especially if one is not of an age to have known what was going on.

 

Having said that there is plenty of normal comedy. They didn't always go for a big laugh. Some of the humor was subtle, some of it very broad, some of it downright silly. And that all is part of its charm.

 

You'll find it interesting because of the many old movie stars who make appearances. I know you are from another country and it may give you an interesting perspective on our history and pop culture. I'd be very interested to know what you think when you're done.

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> {quote:title=JackFavell wrote:}{quote}I'm sorry if these have already been posted, I haven't been getting this thread in my watch files for such a long time. I'm sure it has already been seen by most of you but I got such a kick out of it. Classy, witty affectionate blooper reel from one of the best shows of all time.

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> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-sZswWuZcc&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SP6BC9CBF1B2B7B26C

 

*Jackie*: I can't believe I missed this...love those "bloopers" from The Dick Van Dyke Show. It's hard to pick which shots were funnier, the mistakes or the ones that got printed. They're all delightful and everyone seemed so in synch with one another. Thanks for posting it. You should see the interviews and hear the commentaries on the DVDs for the show. Wonderful.

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Encore Suspense has finished showing all three seasons of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. I have enjoyed many of them, and still have many to watch. They have started again, from the beginning.

 

In the first go-round, I believe they omitted two eps. I'm hoping they show up in the second run. Does anyone remember seeing these?

 

Season 1, ep 19 To Catch a Butterfly

 

At first, a childless young couple (Diana Hyland, Bradford Dillman) are thrilled to relocate for the husband's new executive job, and especially happy with their new home. Is the next-door neighbor boy's cruelty to them just a youngster rebelling against his blue-collar, strict father (Ed Asner) ? The husband's empathy for the boy drives a dangerous wedge into their marriage

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0394096/

 

Season 3, ep 26 An Out for Oscar

 

Mousey bank teller Oscar Blenny, a guest at a desert casino, is enamored with Eva, a seductive casino hostess, who's happily juggling 2 male co-workers. With the sinister Bill she's conniving to ripoff the casino. When her boss discovers she's two-timing him, their confrontation turns violent and she kills her boss. Realizing that Oscar's just outside, she screams, so schlemiel Oscar can corroborate her damsel-in-self-defense tale. The casino owner limits the publicity damage, by firing Eva and exiling Bill, who drops Eva cold, to Mexico. Eva cadges a ride to L.A. with Oscar and soon they are wed. When Oscar is nominated for a promotion, slovenly drunken Eva is a big liability, especially when Bill resurfaces in L.A. Does Eva kill Bill, will Bill reveal all about Eva, or will Oscar decline the award?

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0394075/

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> {quote:title=MissGoddess wrote:}{quote}

> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-sZswWuZcc&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SP6BC9CBF1B2B7B26C

> > *Jackie*: I can't believe I missed this...love those "bloopers" from The Dick Van Dyke Show. It's hard to pick which shots were funnier, the mistakes or the ones that got printed. They're all delightful and everyone seemed so in synch with one another. Thanks for posting it. You should see the interviews and hear the commentaries on the DVDs for the show. Wonderful.

 

 

I thought they were funny even in their mistakes, which sometimes doesn't happen in blooper reels.... what I loved was that their relationships off screen seemed to completely mirror the on screen personas and characters exactly - as if Rob and Laura and Sally and Buddy were the same as Dick, Mary, Rose Marie and Morey. What a great time they must have had - and they still remained completely professional.

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> > I believe I have watched all of the episodes of The Twilight Zone including one which was not put into syndication.

> Which one was that, SansFin?

 

I do not remember the name of the episode. I believe one of the actors was in the original Star Trek series. It involved two men in an attic and a sword. I remember a mention being made that it was not released into syndication because of racial issues.

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I believe that An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge was not sydicated.

It was a French short film that was bought by the producers and could

only be shown two times, which it was during the orignal run of the series.

I think I saw it a long time ago on TV, but not as a Twilight Zone episode.

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> {quote:title=SansFin wrote:}{quote}

> > {quote:title=darkblue wrote:}{quote}

> > > I believe I have watched all of the episodes of The Twilight Zone including one which was not put into syndication.

> > Which one was that, SansFin?

> I do not remember the name of the episode. I believe one of the actors was in the original Star Trek series. It involved two men in an attic and a sword. I remember a mention being made that it was not released into syndication because of racial issues.

 

I recall reading, way back when, that there was an ep of T-Zone that was never shown, because of "racial issues," and it had a town of southern racists who all turned into pigs. I wonder if that was the same ep you have heard about. I wonder if it still exists? I'd sure like to see it!

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