Posts Tagged ‘prime time television’

The Doctors Are In

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

RemingtonWhen City Hospital premiered in 1952, it set off the medical genre for prime time television.  Naturally, shows about medical implications offer drama that, in the right hands, captivate audiences.

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Ad Men

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

RemingtonPrime time television offers a plethora of advertising agencies.  Bewitched boasts McMahon & Tate with Darrin Stephens, a good-natured, smart, creative advertising executive with a wife who’s a bit bewitching.  Some sources use McMann as the spelling of the first partner’s name.

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A Mad Man from the Reagan Era

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

RemingtonAdvertising has provided great fodder for prime television, including the characters Larry Tate of Bewitched, Kip Wilson and Henry Desmond of Bosom Buddies, Jack McLaren of The Closer, Mason McGuire and Conner of Trust Me, Ann Romano of One Day at a Time, and Don Draper et. al. of Mad Men.

And, of course, there’s the mercurial, talented, and sometimes devious Miles Drentell of thirtysomething.

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Guilt and Innocence on Hill Street

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

To kick off its third season, NBC’s 1980s prime time drama Hill Street Blues showcased Trial By Fury, an episode with a shocking, revolting, and riveting story line of the Hill Street precinct investigating the rape and assault of a nun that results in her death.

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Double Dribble: The Story of “The White Shadow” (Part 1 of 5)

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Welcome Back, Kotter meets the fish-out-of-water theme.  That’s The White Shadow.

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“thirtysomething”

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Yuppies existed on prime time television before we had a word to describe them.  Yuppie, of course, is a slang word for young, upwardly mobile professional.

Dr. Bob Hartley was a Chicago yuppie on The Bob Newhart Show.

Rob Petrie was a television comedy writer yuppie on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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The Day the Lone Ranger Lost His Mask

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

As dawn anticipated breaking over southern California on the morning of August 30, 1979, a man two weeks shy of his sixty-fifth birthday covered his thinning hair with a cowboy hat.  Besides the hairline, age was not a serious opponent.  He was still fit and trim with a jaw that looked like it was carved out of granite.

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Father’s Day For All the Single Dads

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Happy Father’s Day!

Since television became a mass medium during the 1950s, the single dad paradigm has been a staple of prime time television. From Mayberry to the Ponderosa, the single dad character has shown courage in the face of adversity, strength in the wake of tragedy, and common sense in the presence of chaos.

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