Tuesday, July 29, 2014



An article in yesterday's New York Times discusses the overload of vintage 1950s and 1960s television shows on cable, and notes that a lot of these shows suck -- despite their stellar reputation.

I pretty much agree with this. A year or two ago, some channel was running an I Love Lucy marathon on Thanksgiving or Veterans Day or something. I watched episode after episode. For every hilarious Vitameatavegemin or grape-stomping episode, there were five or six really awful, unfunny episodes about Lucy spending too much money and hiding it from Ricky, or Lucy trying to get onto Ricky's stage act and Ricky duping her to embarrass her.

Then there's the episode in which Fred Mertz openly advocates drugging your wife whenever they get too uppity. Ricky agrees (the only reason he doesn't drug Lucy is because he has no drugs in the house). Yeesh!

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