Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Lucy Meets Orson Welles

I Love Lucy is one of the best-known shows of the midcentury, an enduring classic that continues to win fans through re-runs despite the fact that it first premiered over 60 years ago. Though many of his projects were more serious in tone than I Love Lucy, Orson Welles has a similarly enduring reputation of greatness, continuing to be well-known and respected as an actor, … Continue reading Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Lucy Meets Orson Welles

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 16 – 20

Season 5, Episode 16: “I Do Not Choose to Run” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Dale McRaven and Carl Kleinschmitt Originally aired January 19, 1966 Recap: After giving a very successful speech on the topic of a proposed shopping center at a New Rochelle city council meeting, Rob is urged to run for a position as councilman. Reaction: This episode starts out kind of … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 16 – 20

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 2, episodes 27 – 32

Season 2, Episode 27: “Racy Tracy Rattigan” Directed by Sheldon Leonard Written by Ronald Alexander and Carl Reiner Originally aired April 3, 1963 Recap: “Racy” Tracy Rattigan, a famous British actor, is filling in as the host of The Alan Brady Show. Rob gets jealous when he begins to think that Rattigan has an eye for Laura. Reaction: Guest star Richard Dawson embodies his somewhat … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 2, episodes 27 – 32

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 2, episodes 6 – 10

SEASON 2, EPISODE 6: “My Husband is Not a Drunk” DIR. Al Rafkin WRITTEN BY Carl Reiner ORIGINALLY AIRED October 31, 1962 Recap: At a dinner party hosted by Rob and his wife, Rob accidentally gets hypnotized during a spell meant for Buddy. The hypnosis has an odd effect on him: he starts to feel drunk every time he hears a phone or bell ring! … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 2, episodes 6 – 10

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 2, ep. 1 – 5

SEASON 2, EPISODE 1: “Never Name a Duck” DIR. John Rich WRITTEN BY Carl Reiner ORIGINALLY AIRED September 26, 1962 Recap:  Rob brings home two baby ducks for Richie to keep as pets, though they’ve already had a bad experience with baby chicks that Richie got for Easter. Despite Laura’s protestations, Richie keeps the ducks, and disaster strikes. Reaction:  This is a really fun episode. … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 2, ep. 1 – 5

Classics of the Corn/Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Rosie (1960)

TCM Underground is known for bringing forgotten gems and cult favorites to the living rooms of classic film fans across America. When they recently ran a collection of little-known shorts, I knew I’d be in for some fun by tuning in, but never could I have anticipated just how much fun I’d get out of one of the features – a failed television pilot called … Continue reading Classics of the Corn/Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Rosie (1960)