Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 1 – 5

I’m a little sad to be writing this post, and I’ve been putting it off for a few months. Why am I sad to be watching The Dick Van Dyke Show, you ask? Because this is the beginning of the end! Season 5 was Dick Van Dyke‘s final season, meaning that this version of the “Recap and React” series is almost finished. I love this … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 1 – 5

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 27 – 32

Season 4, Episode 27: “Never Bathe on Saturday” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Carl Reiner Originally aired March 31, 1965 Recap: Rob and Laura return unexpectedly early from a romantic second honeymoon. With Millie confused as to why the vacation was cut short, the Petries explain that it has to do with Laura getting stuck in a bathtub. Reaction: I was really looking forward … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 27 – 32

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 21 – 26

Season 4, Episode 21: “The Case of the Pillow” Directed by Howard Morris Written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff Originally aired February 17, 1965 Recap: Rob finds himself back in court (Previous court ep: “One Angry Man,” season one), this time in opposition to a pillow salesman who did him wrong. Reaction: Woohoo, another flashback episode! Kind of a silly premise, too, which usually … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 21 – 26

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 16 – 20

Season 4, Episode 16: “The Impractical Joke” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff Originally aired January 13, 1965 Recap: Buddy plays a practical joke on Rob and it doesn’t exactly go over well. Buddy, as a result, becomes paranoid that Rob is planning a big retaliation. Reaction: This is a pretty great installment in the series. The light “feud” between … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 16 – 20

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 6 – 10

Season 4, Episode 6: “Romance, Roses and Rye Bread” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson Originally aired October 28, 1964 Recap: Surprise, surprise — Sally has a secret admirer! Who could the mysterious fella be? Well, as it turns out… he’s the owner of the deli. Reaction: Buddy is on fire with the one-liners at the beginning of the episode, … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 6 – 10

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 1 – 5

Season 4, Episode 1: “My Mother Can Beat Up My Father” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff Originally aired September 23, 1964 Recap: Rob is paying a visit to the hospital, and he recounts to the nurse the tale of how he ended up there: Laura beat him up! Reaction: Kicking off the season with a woe-is-me-Rob episode! His retelling … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 1 – 5

Netflix Instant Pick: The Paradise, Season 1

I love a good BBC costume drama, so earlier this year, I was excited to discover one that I hadn’t heard of: The Paradise, a Victorian-era series that ran for two seasons before unfortunately being cancelled in February 2014. I’m always a bit wary of starting a series that is on the brink of cancellation or has been cancelled, because I don’t like to be … Continue reading Netflix Instant Pick: The Paradise, Season 1

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 3, Episodes 27 – 32

Season 3, Episode 27: “The Return of Edwin Carp” Directed by Howard Morris Written by Carl Reiner Originally aired April 1, 1964 Recap: Rob gets the idea to call up all of the classic radio acts and get them on The Alan Brady Show for a reunion show. A few quickly agree, and the show is on. But when Edwin Carp shows up, he can’t … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 3, Episodes 27 – 32

The Thorn Birds (Miniseries, 1983)

This miniseries is being reviewed for the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project. The Thorn Birds is a miniseries that ran on ABC in March of 1983. Adapted from the eponymous 1977 novel by Colleen McCullough, the story spans many decades in the lives of the Clearys, a family living in Australia. The series aired in four episodes and was nominated for ten Emmy awards, taking home … Continue reading The Thorn Birds (Miniseries, 1983)