When approached to throw together 500 or so words on the state of television comedy today, I was apprehensive; persons who are foolhardy enough to prognosticate on such things often come off sounding…
Should TV Land programmers schedule "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" followed by "The Odd Couple" or is it better the other way around? Is "I Love Lucy" better suited with "All in the Family" than "The…
"In the beginning, God created 'Lucy.' Everything else came from that." This bit of hyperbole from author and TV historian Bart Andrews is not far from the truth. Certainly "I Love Lucy," the 1951-57…
Despite lackluster ratings, the slapstick laffer "NewsRadio" managed to receive enough critical support to stick around for most of the late 1990s.
TV in the 1950s often existed as little more than radio with pictures: flickering video visits with stars made popular elsewhere. But certain shows and performers created programming so unique they…
We asked showrunner Rob Burnett to devise two nights of programming, using any program from the beginning of television.
Earle Marsh, veteran television historian, describes Sid Caesar's status unequivocally: "He's probably the first television-bred comic TV genius," Marsh says bluntly. "He really didn't have an…
" 'The Ernie Kovacs Show' was the first to use TV as a medium all of its own, not as a carryover from radio," says author Tim Brooks. "His camera tricks, that odd Nairobi Trio, the techno tricks…
The 1960s TV saw such upheaval and change it could be discussed in four separate chunks: pre-1963, post-John. F. Kennedy assassination, pre-Vietnam, postwar protests.
Carl Reiner started out too smart for his own good. "They kept skipping me a grade in school," Reiner recalls of his childhood in the Bronx. He got so far ahead of himself, he says, "I started to…
Both TV Land's Tom Hill and small-screen historian Tim Brooks rave about "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis."