Five Things – 11.25.13

1.  Turkey Television – In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, here’s a mostly-forgotten sketch show from Canada called Turkey Television.  It was commissioned by Nickelodeon after the success of You Can’t Do That On Television, but didn’t fare quite as well.  It premiered in 1985 and was cancelled after one season. While much of the material was…

Five Things – 10.14.13

1.  Misfits of Science – In 1985 NBC put a wacky show about some super-powered humans and their 80’s lifestyles on their Friday night schedule. Misfits of Science was an attempt on NBC’s part to cash in on the success of Ghostbusters the year before – taking the supernatural angle of Ghostbusters and replacing it…

Five Things – 10.7.13

1.  Automan – In 1983 the adventures of a Nerd Cop and his computer hologram friend graced the ABC Network prime time schedule for twelve sweet episodes. Desi Arnaz, Jr (not pictured above) played a computer-hacking police officer who one day brought a computer program to life in the form of Automan.  Automan looked like…

Five Things – 8.27.12

1.  Auroratone – I stumbled across this amazing thing this week – a series of videos constructed in the 1940s to treat mental disorders.  The attempt, called Auroratone, used soothing music and psychedelic images to produce a calming sensation.  Here’s the only one I could find, a remastered Auroratone with Bing Crosby providing the song….