Five Things – 05.30.16 – And The Wind Would Carry Your Light To The Skies

Kid’s Court Court shows are the connective tissue of the daytime TV schedule.  They seem to be necessary components for local TV stations to function. They’re everywhere and have been everywhere for decades.  Perhaps I have rose-colored nostalgia glasses on (I have several pairs), but I feel like the court shows of the 1980s were a little more…

Five Things – 02.22.16 – Through A Field Of Colossal Mushrooms

Hulk Hogan’s Rock n’ Wrestling  It should come as no surprise that the World Wrestling Federation universe extended to the world of Saturday Morning cartoons in the 1980s.  If it existed in the world in 1985 and it was even moderately popular,it seems,  there was a cartoon of it. Hulk Hogan’s Rock n’ Wrestling was…

Five Things – 02.8.16 – What Is Planet…Planetearth?

1. The Starlost This is pretty great.  A 1973 Sci-Fi series created by Harlan Ellison, The Starlost has a fun premise and a lot of promise.  Unfortunately, it fell pretty far from its original intentions and we’re left with a 16-episode glimmer of what might have been. The Starlost follows Devon, a young man raised in…

Five Things – 1.4.16 – That Warm Bean Flavor

1.  Droid World – This gorgeous Star Wars book was a part of the read-along The Further Adventures series released in the early 1980s.  Each book was about 20-25 pages long and came with a record or cassette that you played alongside it.  Illustrated by Dick Foes, the artwork was much more impressive than it needed to be. The…

Five Things – 12.21.15 – Holy Cats, You Killed A Dragon

I usually fill up December’s Five Things with one of my favorite, well, things: old toy ads.  I decided to expand things a bit this year as you’ve seen the past few weeks but I still wanted to focus at least one week exclusively on toy ads, and what better week than the lead-up to the…

Five Things – 11.02.15 – I’m a Bear Called Jeremy

1.  The Solarnauts – Here’s the UK’s almost-answer to Star Trek, the 1967 pilot for The Solarnauts.  While Star Trek‘s a pretty good title, I think I actually prefer Solarnauts. While both shows are very of-the-era and there are a lot of similarities between the two, the jazzy and brassy soundtrack of Solarnauts really sets it apart and…

Five Things – 10.26.15 – It’s a Man, Talking To a Machine

1. AT&T: Challenge of Change – This 1961 short film produced by AT&T does a pretty great job of capturing the suddenly-accelerating nature of technological development of the age and the frenzied attempts to harness that development into making life easier for everybody.  In this specific case, though, it’s focused mostly on making business easier for businessmen….

Five Things – 09.14.15 – The Faint Pressure Of Starlight

1. Mars and Beyond – This episode of Disneyland, the ABC show that would eventually become The Wonderful World of Disney, Walt Disney Presents, and about a dozen other variations on that title, presents the history and future of speculation on the rest of the Solar System and man’s eventual place in it. This episode…