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"Did I dream it or was there really once a TV show that..." Thread
Topic by: woozy
Posted: May 5, 2007 - 2:41 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 16, 2008 - 4:41 AM PDT

author topic: "Did I dream it or was there really once a TV show that..." Thread
woozy
post #1  on May 5, 2007 - 2:41 PM PDT  
Hmmm, sure is quiet these days now that IronS has left us. (Much Wailing, Gnashing of Teeth, and tearing of Hair!) Let's talk about something more fun then how we're not getting our discs as quickly as we like.

For some reason yesterday morning, I suddenly found myself remember a half-hour sitcom based on the Ruth Gordon comedy Where's Poppa. The show was about a middle-aged man trying to kill his senile mother but never having the follow through complete the act. As a side character, his brother had a pathelogical fear of going out at not because he always gets mugged. He'd show up covering himself garbage can lids because muggers stole his clothes or enter an apartment while five muggers chase him through the living room and kitchen. His family and friends would be completely unsympathetic.

I think maybe there were a total of two episodes.

Today, I remembered a sitcom based on Bagdad Cafe starring Jean Stapleton as Jasmin and Whoopi Goldberg as Brenda. (Hmm, but then the sitcom based on Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore didn't seem so bizaar but both sitcoms were pretty similar. Less bizzare but equally, "Did I dream it" was the TV show Paper Moon starring Christopher Connelly and Jodie Foster.)

So Let's discuss short-lived (or even long-lived) TV shows that are forgotten and bizaarly weird in concept or ill-concieved or otherwise "odd" it's hard to believe they ever actually existed (or maybe you just dreamt them?....)

Oooh, Saturday morning animated planet of the apes! Ooh, more saturday morning cartoons about two kids and their white whale Moby Dick! Animated Adams family traveling the U.S. in a mobile home!
Battie
post #2  on May 6, 2007 - 4:03 AM PDT  
Adams' Family in a mobile home? Dear god. That;s terrifying.

I'm going to die. I know that even NOT drunk (which I am, presently). I live in D/FW...in a mobile home. We/ve had a lot of tornado activitylately. I'm going to die soon. *cry*


TV Shows...Blood Ties?Tanya Huff?
woozy
post #3  on May 6, 2007 - 2:30 PM PDT  
> On May 6, 2007 - 4:03 AM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Adams' Family in a mobile home? Dear god. That;s terrifying.
>
Ah, my mistake. I meant "RV" rather than "mobile home". I get the terms confused as both seem equally oxymoronic. Good to see you're alive, bats. I was getting worried.

The saturday morning planet of the apes was interesting. The first few episodes were much like the first movie including same plot and sequence of events. Except for some reason the apes refered to the humans as "humanoids".
Battie
post #4  on May 6, 2007 - 2:53 PM PDT  
> On May 6, 2007 - 2:30 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Ah, my mistake. I meant "RV" rather than "mobile home". I get the terms confused as both seem equally oxymoronic. Good to see you're alive, bats. I was getting worried.
>
> The saturday morning planet of the apes was interesting. The first few episodes were much like the first movie including same plot and sequence of events. Except for some reason the apes refered to the humans as "humanoids".
> ---------------------------------

Hahaha! That IS weird.

*thinks really hard* I know the odd Saturday morning cartoons when I was a kid were sometimes weird. Now, they're all mostly tame and either "educational" or contain lots of moral lessons. This one show back then was sort of like claymation (not as simple as Gumby though, rotfl). It was maybe...Bump in the Night? This!
MollyGrue
post #5  on May 6, 2007 - 4:22 PM PDT  
I remember an odd Saturday morning TV show that was about a late '80's garage band that got sucked into a cartoon universe where they were chased around by three oddly dressed cats. Every so often they would play a video by a major band ("Oh no! They've captured the Thompson Twins!!"). Have no idea what this show was called.
woozy
post #6  on May 6, 2007 - 6:30 PM PDT  
> On May 6, 2007 - 4:22 PM PDT MollyGrue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I remember an odd Saturday morning TV show that was about a late '80's garage band that got sucked into a cartoon universe where they were chased around by three oddly dressed cats. Every so often they would play a video by a major band ("Oh no! They've captured the Thompson Twins!!"). Have no idea what this show was called.
> ---------------------------------

Oh my gosh, I remember that! Or, that is to say when I was in college and my roommate watched teevee like a fast food junkie, I saw it once or twice. The episode I saw they had to rescue Lionel Ritchie and "return him to the flip side". That was the same time Dungeons and Dragons was a satmorncartoon (which pissed my roommate off because the premise was a carnival ride call D&D sent them to the D&D world and not the role playing game [my roommate was a big D&Der quelle schocke and there was a parental movement at the time that D&D led troubled teens to suicide, so my roommate thought the show was wimping out]) and Dragonquest based on the video game was a satmorncartoon.

does a bit of googling and arrives with .... Kidd Video!
DLeonard
post #7  on May 7, 2007 - 9:51 PM PDT  
> On May 6, 2007 - 4:22 PM PDT MollyGrue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I remember an odd Saturday morning TV show that was about a late '80's garage band that got sucked into a cartoon universe where they were chased around by three oddly dressed cats. Every so often they would play a video by a major band ("Oh no! They've captured the Thompson Twins!!"). Have no idea what this show was called.
> ---------------------------------

That show just sounds too good to be true. If anyone knows the name of this I would forever be a friend.

A very short lived attempt at a TV version of a film that I recall was Logan's Run. Even I didn't bother to watch more than one episode.

Then there was that Sat Morn cartoon version of Martin Short's Ed Grimley character. I seem to recall that was surprisingly decent.

Does the TV show based on a movie seem to be a thing of the past? The idea seems to have moved onto the Broadway stage.
Cinenaut
post #8  on May 8, 2007 - 11:07 AM PDT  
> On May 7, 2007 - 9:51 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Does the TV show based on a movie seem to be a thing of the past? The idea seems to have moved onto the Broadway stage.
> ---------------------------------

My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the TV Show, probably put the kibosh on that trend for a while.

woozy
post #9  on May 10, 2007 - 4:22 PM PDT  
> On May 7, 2007 - 9:51 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On May 6, 2007 - 4:22 PM PDT MollyGrue wrote:
> > ---------------------------------

> That show just sounds too good to be true. If anyone knows the name of this I would forever be a friend.
>
Uh...

> does a bit of googling and arrives with .... Kidd Video!
>

> A very short lived attempt at a TV version of a film that I recall was Logan's Run. Even I didn't bother to watch more than one episode.
>
Heh, I remember that. To give it a continuing plot line, the TV characters had a couple of JBTs [jack-booted thugs] chasing the good guys. Why were they chasing the good guys? Because the secret society leaders of the dome who wanted the good guys dead had hinted they might let the JBTs live past thirty if they killed the good guys. What's the very first thing the Logan and the good guys discover once they leave the dome? That they don't have to die at thirty. What's the first thing the JBTs discover after chasing the good guys for a day? That they don't have to die at thirty. So why are they chasing the good guys again? So they *might* live past thirty. So why in the heck do they *keep* chasing the good guys when they can just run away themselves?!?!

> Then there was that Sat Morn cartoon version of Martin Short's Ed Grimley character. I seem to recall that was surprisingly decent.
>
Hah. I remember that too!

Can't find *any* reference to my "Where's Poppa" TV show *anywhere*.

In the eighties, they were going to make a TV series out of Casablanca but I don't think they ever did.
artifex
post #10  on May 10, 2007 - 5:53 PM PDT  
Remember the tv show "Lottery?" It was about two guys who had to fly around the country finding people who had won the lottery, or something. I remember being a kid and thinking it was cool that one troubled person found happiness by throwing the winning ticket away, or something.

I wish I could remember the Saturday morning cartoon that was sort of a Tarzan of the jungle type thing. But serious, not a comedy.
DLeonard
post #11  on May 11, 2007 - 12:26 PM PDT  
Not sure how I missed that Kidd Video link you provided Woozy. The pitfalls of skimming.

According to IMDB the TV series based on Casablanca was made and a few episodes were shown. Very vague recollections of it airing. David Soul played Rick.

OK I just remembered another odd one; Animal House.
But it was called "Delta House". Once again, I caught one episode and then gave up. Don't think I lauged once.

Supposedly there was a series based on that Sandra Bullock movie The Net??!!
woozy
post #12  on May 11, 2007 - 12:42 PM PDT  
> On May 11, 2007 - 12:26 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> Supposedly there was a series based on that Sandra Bullock movie The Net??!!
> ---------------------------------

VR5? I saw the pilot. Thought it was stupid. Was only able to IMDB it because I remembered Penn Jillette had a cameo in it. Had a really dumb tag line: "Virtual Reality is real" Uh, yeah, virtually...

DLeonard
post #13  on May 11, 2007 - 1:30 PM PDT  
> On May 11, 2007 - 12:42 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On May 11, 2007 - 12:26 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> > Supposedly there was a series based on that Sandra Bullock movie The Net??!!
> > ---------------------------------
>
> VR5? I saw the pilot. Thought it was stupid. Was only able to IMDB it because I remembered Penn Jillette had a cameo in it. Had a really dumb tag line: "Virtual Reality is real" Uh, yeah, virtually...
>
> ---------------------------------

I remember that one too. It was on Fox or UPN wasn't it?

But this is The Net I'm refering to.
woozy
post #14  on May 12, 2007 - 1:10 PM PDT  
How about shows that weren't just very short-lived either bizaar and/or stupid in concept that it's hard to believe something really exists. "Where's Poppa" was bizaar because because even in the cynical ("All in the Family", "Maude") and disrespect for the audience's intelligence ("Alice") '70s, it's impossible to imagine an audience being sympathetic to a show about a man who's continuously trying to kill his senile mother. Today, it could be a huge post-modern ironic hit, I suppose.

Bagdad Cafe was bizaar in that the movie was such a surreal, (ex/im)pressionist piece that a pedestrian sitcom based merely on the story-plot (a middle-aged woman, an American with a resemblance to Edith Bunker this time rather than a Bavarian Tourist {who may have well have been from Mars in the backdrop of the Mojave Desert}, leaves her husband while on vacation and moves into a motel/restaurant/gas station in a small desert town with an African-American woman whose husband has recently left her-- Laughter ensues) seems to miss the point.

When I worked at SEGA, who had an arcade machine in our lobby which played "The Typing of the Dead" which was a revamp of SEGA's zombie-shooter game "The House of the Dead 2" with secret agents guns replaced with strap on keyboards with which they killed zombies by typing quickly at them. One of my coworker's friends was eternally unsure whether we were pulling his/her leg or not. I think even after we showed him/her the game, I'm not sure she/he really believed it.

Any TV shows like that?
DLeonard
post #15  on May 12, 2007 - 2:32 PM PDT  
I'd have to say that many current programs fall neatly into that category (too bizarre to believe).

Wife swapping shows
Extreme make-overs of homes, people, families
The Bachelor - the Pretend Millionaire Bachelor - The Tiny Bachelor, etc.
Dance with a Celebrity - Cook with a Celebrity - Box with a Celebrity, etc.
The Next Singer - Model - Filmmaker

And it's not just the "reality" shows. How about "CSI"?
Those shows are just like the old Jack Klugman show "Quincy" were the ME at the county morgue is hunting down every killer in town.

Truly bizarre idea for a TV show: "My Mother the Car".
Dick Van Dyke's brother plays a guy who's nagging mother dies but is reincarnated as his new car.

Even more bizarre: "The Flying Nun".
woozy
post #16  on May 12, 2007 - 3:07 PM PDT  
> On May 12, 2007 - 2:32 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'd have to say that many current programs fall neatly into that category (too bizarre to believe).
>
Good point.

Still, when they fail and are unknown they can be amusing. I guess there was a rash of wacky "how do we keep the neighbors from finding out we have a supernatural/impossible-to-believe secret" that it just became a genre. (Was Bewitched the first? I doubt.) One can imagine a corporate head saying "Well, what if the guy has a ... gorilla? Too prozaic? A genie? Been done? A talking tree? A pet rock? A mother reincarnated as a car?" "I know! Nuns are pretty funny looking. What if one had a headress that acted like wings?"

Of course, I always wondered Why bother keeping a secret? So what if your wife knows you have a talking horse?

I always thought the television show "7 days" that lasted for an amazing three seasons was too stupid to last three episodes. (It was a sci-fi show about a guy in a top-secret organizations who can go back in time, up to seven days-- hence the title, to fix horrible world wide disasters from occuring.) Aside from the obvious question "who on earth has the authority to dertermine a disaster demands repairing" (okay, a plague killing 90% of the worlds population is clear, but is a presidential assasination? What about a democrat winning the presidential election? etc.) it seemed obvious that if only one guy is going back in time and erasing whatever happens, then there could be absolutely no character development for those that sit around and only live the cleaned up realities and equally obviously no-one would have any knowledge of the disasters cleaned up so the time traveler could just be having a huge hoax at every-one's expense as for as anyone knew. Plus the premise was so trite and obvious... And, this always bugged me. Whenever he travelled back both he and the sphere wouldn't be when he landed and it was utterly never explained.


shiftless
post #17  on July 15, 2008 - 5:26 PM PDT  
Can anyone remember a TV show that aired weekdays in the afternoon (after school) in the New York met area that:

1. Was a serial (daily. M-F. I think.)
2. Was in black and white (I think)
3. Featured a setting that included traditional horror monsters like vampires, werewolves etc.

I can't remember when it was on exactly, but it was probably 1979-1983 or so. Probably only one season but maybe wrong on that too.
underdog
post #18  on July 15, 2008 - 11:31 PM PDT  
You're not thinking of "Dark Shadows" by any chance are you? It was made earlier but was sometimes re-run around then.

I can't think of too many other horror serials...
shiftless
post #19  on July 16, 2008 - 12:14 AM PDT  
Yeah I guess it must have been re-runs, though I think I would have noticed that, even as a kid. I couldn't find any other series that came even close so that must be the one.
hamano
post #20  on July 16, 2008 - 4:41 AM PDT  
> On July 15, 2008 - 11:31 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You're not thinking of "Dark Shadows" by any chance

He didn't say it wasn't The Munsters or The Addams Family, either.... If it was in B&W in the late 70s, early 90s it MUST have been a show in reruns, unless it was from abroad or something....

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