So for those not in the know, First Run Syndication was programming of all kinds that circumvented Network supervision & funding. These are shows that were made with the intent to be sold to TV stations & affiliates to fill airtime. T'was the wild west when it came to entertainment on television. The way these shows made money was through advertising & selling programs through packaged deals. These shows always never aired alongside the nationally syndicated primetime programming shows, either before or after. Usually they aired on weekday or weekend afternoons, worse if they aired at midnight on a saturday night when nobody is watching TV (Even your most antisocial peeps went out on the weekend). Before anyone asks, the difference between First Run & just straight up Broadcast Syndication is when TV allifiates or (now) basic cable networks would buy the broadcast rights to a network or cable produced show that already aired a specific number of episodes. Like for example: South Park already had more than a hundred episodes produced & aired. So 'Comedy Central' would sell those episodes to other basic cable networks or local TV so they could air it whenever they chose. As part of the package deal Comedy Central would also include another show, either another high rated show like 'Broad City' or something that never got the intended ratings, say something like 'That's My Bush', just so they can recoup their losses on that crappy show.
So about several months ago I discovered a streaming site called 'Tubi' looking for a crappy free movies to watch. Just like Netflix & all those other streaming sites I mostly spent my time on there adding stuff to my que & not having any patience to watch any of it. Aside from the films I added a ton of TV shows on there that I wanted to binge on, then I noticed all the stuff I was adding were all First Run Syndication stuff like 'Black Scorpion' and 'Xena' and the Lorenzo Lamas 'Renegade' show. That got me nostalgic for all these scripted TV shows that I remembered were popular. That kind of programming was truly a far cry from TV shows now that have either surpassed or have reached a level on-par with cinema. Agree or disagree here: First Run Syndication from the 80's all the way till the late-ish 90's were like grindhouse movies, but on network TV with half the budget. Sure, they didn't go all the way with these shows, they still had to follow FCC guidelines, but a show like 'Renegade' felt very straight to video. This is what you'd see in a grindhouse but without the boobies & bloody gunshots. Most of the ones I fondly remember were fun, pulpy, most of the time formulaic shows & as a young boy this was the stuff I craved. Aside from that I must remind myself First Run was not just live action scripted programming but catered to all demographics & audiences. That is why I opened up a list here from the wiki page: http://tviv.org/First-run_syndication/Canceled/Ended_Programs
Let's delve in to this. Oh, but before I start I must mention that for the sake of Brevity here (I wanna make this entry as short as I can) stuff like the 'Disney Afternoon' cartoons and the rarely remembered 'BKN block' won't be talked about as much. The reason I'm skipping those cartoons is because I haven't seen any of them since the 90's. In the case of 'Monster Rancher' and all those BKN cartoons I never got to see any of that stuff because our local channel 'KCAL 9' (Here in Los Angeles) aired that shit just as I was getting ready to go to school & by the time I got to vacation that block was long canceled. So all I remember from BKN was the end credits to Monster Rancher & 20 years later I discovered they aired stuff like 'Street Sharks' and the 'Rambo' cartoon. Oh yea, that R-rated flick had a cartoon series & it's as hilarious as it sounds! Also a lot of the 80's cartoons you remember well were First Run as well. Depending where you were they aired on Saturday Morning or weekday afternoons. So stuff like Transformers, G.I Joe, Star Blazer & even Robotech were first run. That last one, Robotech is easily a First Run show because imagine the shit storm the Network executives would get into when a TV station aired that as part of a kid's block. Hell, imagine the baby boomers running the networks finding out Robotech is Japanese.
“How dare you let this tojo crap air on TV!!!”
Their words, not mine.
Let's start off with not a action show or a cartoon, but a reality show....
The crap I watched as a bored 9 year old. I forget when I first saw this crap show, but it must have been in a time when I was at home, bored to shit & too cool for PBS kids. 'Cheaters' was what it was, a hidden camera 'Investigative' team that would be hired to investigate infidelity cases by way of recording people hanging out with other people that aren't their boyfriend or girlfriend or husband or wife. YOU'RE A SLAVE TO YOUR GENDER, YOUR A SLAVE TO YOUR LIFE!!!!
Sorry, I was just referencing avant garde noise here.
If you get that reference, I fucks with you, HOMIE!
Anyhow, all that occurs in 'Cheeters' is you get Joey Greco (Yes, THAT Joey Greco) in front of a green screen as he gives us exposition, we get this interview with a guy or woman talking about how he loves this person & how her or she may be cheating on them. Then we get nightvision footage of this cheating bastard always hanging out with some other person who may or may not have their face censored & sometimes there's footage of those two having sex in some nasty ass hotel room. Then here comes Joey Greco meeting this person at a parking lot, at night, to show them the voyeur footage like “Hey man, your girl is getting deep dicked by some other guy. You a cuck. HA HAHAHAHAHA.” Then comes the confrontation with a group of bouncers trying to 'avoid a fight'. I say that in air quotes because these guys let the people get five punches in before breaking up the fight. Professional, real professional! Then it's nothing but unintelligible screams, Joey Greco asking questions & not receiving answers.
“Taigais Gou Taigais Gou!”
The clearest answer you can hear in a show like this is hearing a thot proclaim herself as queen of the side chicks. That's it, goodnight. Sometimes you get updates from these men & women who at least learned a lesson from this experience. Most of the time they have no idea their 'boo' or 'bae' was already in a relationship. Quit cheating, y'all.
One thing you may or may not know & I remember watching this as it aired, Joey Greco got stabbed in an episode by some angry guy on the show. Here's how it all went down!
“The facts, the facts! Where are the facts!!”
So the show surprisingly was still on the air after that whole debacle. The unemployed viewership still gave the show life after many bullshit claims. Like any reality show you can already tell the show is made up of actors & actresses. But aside from these aspiring actors, the show got a new host later in the series. Clark Gable.....the Third! Yeah, Clark Gable & not some trap rapper who thinks he's clever by naming himself after an already household name. 'Michael B. Jordan', you don't play basketball! How a show like this managed to snag Hollywood royalty, I will never know. But hey, work is work, man's gotta eat. Now this is something I just discovered, he passed away in February 22nd of 2019 from a drug overdose. So if you catch an episode on some random channel (VH1), it's most assuredly a rerun because their latest episode aired in May 21st of 2019. IMDB and Google don't display the date for the show's cancellation, so either that means it's in hiatus until the production finds a new host, or nobody really wants to update the info for this trashy ass show.
Before I forget, there was also a Mexican equivelant of this show that aired on a local independent channel (KRCA-Channel 62) here in LA. The show was called 'Secretos' (Translated to: Secrets) and it tried to compete with Cheaters, but there was one problem. Remember the word I used, KayFabe? Well these guys took it two steps back & said “We're straight up scripted, yet we're not going to hide shit!” Aside from the things stupid people wouldn't notice like camera edits & bad acting (This show indulged in having anyone appear as an actor), this show had the balls to include a host/leading man in charge of this super secret, leather clad, anti-cheating organization by the name of 'Angel X'. Yes, that is the character's name, Angel X!!!!!! Hide your women, Angel X is gonna steal their hearts. So the show is filled with obvious & poorly written scripted drama, scenes of these 'field agents' sneaking around homes in broad daylight as they hide hidden cameras in their subject's homes. Despite how bad 'Cheaters' is, at least they had common sense to avoid dumb decisions like that. So the show is what it is, a Cheaters knock-off with worse acting, lack of KayFabe which also warrants the question “Why not just make it a three act, scripted show?” Anyways I enjoy that show more than Cheaters because of it's shameless exploitative nature & the fact that the character's name is Angel X & dissapears after talking to his clients in the middle of a Downtown LA street. Also there's always a lady with big boobs, because why not? Look, I'm all about the shameless exploitation, but wouldn't big boobs prove a detriment to secret agent field work? Like trying to fit into a ventilation shaft would be tough. Byt that's just my thinking.
I'm not saying Cheaters is a great unsung classsic that you philistines are ignoring. It's a bad show, but like Jeopardy, The Price is Right, Fraiser & shows that have been on the air for a long ass time, there's a comfort knowing they're still on the air or on reruns & kinda reminds me of simpler times. Cheaters reminds me of days when my mom would leave me & my older sister unattended at home & as a special activity we'd watch what we called as the unemployment block on KTLA. It would be an episode of 'Jerry Springer' followed by 'Maury' and after that would be 'Cheaters'. All shows our parents would never allow us to watch with them, but when they're not around....MUAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!!!!
Now I mentioned the Disney Afternoon block earlier & the obscure 'BKN' network. All you animation junkies may recall a company called 'DIC'. People in the animation industry have been quoted saying that DIC stands for 'Do It Cheap' because they were the only animation studio known to be frugal with spending money, taking advantage of every cost cutting measure they could find. Despite that, everyone ballpark me & my younger sister's age (21) have grown up watching a DIC cartoon. During the studio's height they sold content to Satturday morning blocks on the major networks, up until the 90's. Then in the early to mid 2000's they went the first run market, selling packaged broadcast licences to affiliates & they must have been selling at an affordable price because at that time there were three netwroks that aired the 'Wonderful World of DIC' cartoon block. My local UPN (at the time) aired DIC cartoons every weekday morning & on KTLA they were spoiled with airing the Dic block. KTLA aired the blocks every weekday before Kids WB, and on both Saturday & Sunday they aired the block at 12pm midday. All you cable kids didn't know that on Sunday the TV landscape was completely void of any children's programming. Once Kids WB ended their schedule for that Saturday, that was it for your cartoon fix, but here came DIC covering an extra hour or two with more cartoons. That was awesome for poor kids like us! Nowadays with streaming, there's no need for that anymore. Especially when you got YouTube channels uploading these cartoons in the full, uncut quality. Not deviating here, remember 'Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century'? Yeah, the cartoon that tried to make Sherlock all cool & hip & edgy for the kids before those Robert Downey Jr moives. It didn't work as they thought it would, but those episodes are up for free on YouTube right now! Despite their reputation, DIC had some cool ass cartoons that I still enjoy today. I know there's a majority who hate this cartoon, but I enjoyed 'The Super Mario Bros Super Show'. Sadly DVD releases cut out the live action segments starring Lou Albano Jr as Mario & Efram Zimbalist Jr as Luigi. Yes, the voice actor behind Alfred in the Batman TAS series was Luigi! To make this shit weirder the show had some high profile guest stars. Cyndi Lauper, Elvira made a guest appearance as herself (I'm betting many a 80's children experienced an...AWAKENING when they saw Elvira's.....hmmf.) & MOTHER FUCKING GORBECHEV! Well not really Gorbechev himself, but an actor playing as Gorbechev. He comes to the Mario Bros asking them to help him make a pizza. DIC didn't have that Pizza Hut money to hire the actual Gorbechev.
Aside from that cult classic, we also had obscure & creative shows like 'Archie's Weird Mysteries'. I am by no means a huge Archie fan & it's clear the show was rightfully viewed as a Scooby Doo clone with the same beats & patterns. I still loved the show, it had some interesting & cool ideas all involving the Archie characters. Each episode had them facing off invisibility rays, monsters, giant animals & etc. I loved that show & now we get to a show I hated, The 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' animated series. Why make an animated series based on the popularity of the sitcom. The sitcom wasn't adult or graphic like the Netflix show, so why make a cartoon based on it? I don't get it. Well, the cartoon is crappy, the humor sucks but for some reason they managed to rake in the voice of Salem the cat, Nick Bakay. Hey, work is work. I just don't like the character designs of the cartoon, the teens look like children & it's creeping me out. Then for some reason the bitch girl who picks on Sabrina is now a goth girl for some reason? Why? Goth girls would be friends with Sabrina in a heartbeat! Then we get the redesigns of Hilda & the other aunt....forgot her name. One looks like Snow, that white guy who sang Jamaican Rap in the 90's & the other one looks like Posh Spice from the Spice Girls. If you wanna be my lover, then you gotta watch all 22 episodes of 'StarHunter' with Michael Pare. Technically that's not a first run show because it aired first on Canada's 'Space Channel'.
I would post the annoying intro song to the animated Sabrina show, but I'm not cause it's really fucking annoying. Check that at your own risk. They made a sequel to the show with newer animation but keeping in the original character designs. It was late 2000's, all I remember is hanging out with my younger sister on a Saturday & seeing her watch that. Then later on there was a CGI animated series that looked horrendous. I'm just not a fan.
DIC always stood as the type of TV I would watch on sick days or during vacation from school. I remember early in the morning at 7am there would be a show called 'Ace Lightning' where the whole plot is about this kid who plays this computer game starring a character called Ace Lightning. On that night there is a thunder storm which causes all the video game characters to come to the real world, that meant Ace Lightning is real in all his early 2000's CGI glory, but along the process so do the villains of the video games. So we got this Canadian Frankie Muniz look alike who has to aide Ace Lightning through the real world, all while trying to keep all this secret from his parents & his girlfriend. Oh, notable note here! This show was my first exposure to an interracial couple. Our lead has a huge crush on a proud nubian princess so that was a progressive moment for me. It's been a long ass time since I've seen the show, I'm going off a 18 years memory here, but I remember there was a pig with a leather jacket, a skeleton with a top hat....it was a weird show because the bad guys & Ace Lightning looked like models from a Playstation One cutscene set against still live action backgrounds. That's one I might check out soon. I mentioned 'Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century', that wasn't the only animated cartoon that tried to hit that adolescent boy demographic, there was also 'Mummies Alive' which looked like anime. Simple story, young kid accidentally wakes up mummies in a museum, but so do the bad guy mummies. You had your archetypes, you had a buff fat guy mummy, a standard skinny male mummy, a cocky asshole male mummy & a token female mummy. Think TMNT if it was mummies. Going off of an 18 year old memory here again, but I remember loving this show. Always on at 8am where I'm at. Then there was a cartoon that I'm pretty sure was meant to hit all demographics seeing as it was a comedy, but I think immature boys like me were the only audience capable of accepting such deep & layered humor from 'Super Duper Sumos'. Three fat men in sumo thongs that fought bad guys, THIS WAS FOR KIDS! You probably thought this was some FX animated show or an [adult swim] cartoon. Nope, for kids & they had an episode titled 'I'm too sexy for my butt.' The older I got, the more creepier the idea for this show became. The show revolves around three fat sumo wrestlers who have butt powers & they always hang around a young girl. Excuse me, what the fuck?! Did I mention this was a KIDS' CARTOON!
I'll shuffle through these next ones quickly, just to move on here. Sonic Underground which tried to make Sonic edgier before that shit 'Shadow The Hedgehog'. What if Sonic was put into this dystopian future where they fight for freedom? You get Sonic Underground.
Even thought DIC has sold animated titles to saturday morning blocks like ABC Kids or Kids WB or Fox Kids or whatever, in my view they have become synonymous with the first run syndication market. To call them high quality animation is giving them too much credit. To call them crappy is a pretty unfair assessment in my opinion. They're lukewarm, comfort cartoons, I'll leave it at that. That's just my opinion, some of you younger kids might hate them because they give off this lame budget, they sell the dvds at the 99 cent store vibe to them.
I'm not done with kid's programming, because there is a kid's show that I must mention & yes, this was a first run syndication show. 'WMAC Masters'.
This show is what happens when some kid introduces their karate instructor screenshots & playthough videos from any of the first three Mortal Kombat games. The instructor gets offended to the point where he decides he's going to make a live action kid's show starring all his karate pals, they're going to wear funky costumes & they'll engage in choreographed fights, all while teaching kids preachy as hell messages about teamwork & friendship. It's that corny! Scratch that, it's not corny to the point where you should avoid it. It's corny to the point where all of you have a duty to watch at least one episode of this trashsterpiece! Concieved by some fly by night company called '4KIDS Entertainment' (Yes, that 4Kids) in 1995, this show lasted two seasons and had a line of VHS tape releases (I own one) along with a line of action figures (Which I really fucking want). The episodes begin with all the WMAC masters hanging out at this dojo shooting the shit, talking about stuff that leads to flasbacks. These flashbacks are mostly of a character dealing with some young kids or personal problems that very much teach a lesson to the viewer. Topics range from peer pressure, doing the right thing, manuevering pent up agression into something productive, stuff you expect kids to learn from their parents. Then after that we get to the 'scripted' competition where these fighters fight against random dudes in ninja costumes or they gotta fight each other on an arena for the WMAC championship belt. Think WWF but with Mortal Kombat characters, but neither of them do anything violent. Oh, and these fighters have a health gague, like a video game!
“We sure are connecting with kids by making our show look like that SEGA NINTENDIE THINGIES THE 90's KIDS PLAY WITH!”
I must mention every episode is hosted by Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee. It's corny, dumb but fun! If you're a fan of Z-grade, schlocky martial arts action, this show is a must watch for you. In the mid-2000's this show got a second life on the 'Fox Box' saturday morning block. When I watched this show as a kid I knew something was off about this show, like it was filmed & aired a decade earlier! Still, watch the show. I garuntee you that you'll be cackling through those 24 minute episodes.
On that token of live action ACTION programming, we can't ignore genre programming & scripted action that flooded the airwaves when First Run was profitable. At the time you did have primetime delving into action programming like with 'Miami Vice' and a fair share of police procedurals, but with first run the producers & staff writers could run wild with the idea without studio interference.
Now this is a show I've not seen, but apparently in 1998 there was an 'Air America' TV show. While the wiki says it's not related to the Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr movie, the plot synsopsis tells me it was sorta meant to be an in-title only remake. Basically the studio said “This is a lot like a movie that was a moderate hit. I'll fund it if you change the title to 'Air America' so we can get those ratings!” This isn't the last we'll hear of Lorenzo Lamas. I'll admit I'm not a big fan of that flick, what a surprise.
Babylon 5: Running for five seasons from 1993 and ending in 1997, this was a show I didn't know of until the DVD sets were being advertised on comic books & on TV. In the late 90's & early 2000's I would of caught onto this show like herpies, but now I'm a little weary. The CGI does not hold up at all, looks like a cutscene from a Westwood Studios game.
Nerds, should I check out Babylon 5? I'm a sucker for good, well written science fiction despite not so visually pleasing effects work. I just mentioned 'Starhunter', that show....how is this a cult classic? Most of the episodes I've seen can be explained as “Horny red head fucks up mission for everyone.” I'll admit, I'm taking a break from that show. It burnt me out.
Comment or send a message if I'm missing out with Babylon 5. I'm pretty hungry for intelligent TV. I've been watching too many sitcoms & I really need something deep. I'M TALKING BALLZ DEEP!
Baywatch: Now this one is an interesting title here because Baywatch was originally pitched & produced for NBC. Now get this, the show wasn't getting the ratings it wanted & when it comes to mainstream 90's primetime television they were a bit restrained. Then the show made a revival & was sold to the first run market. At that point they decided to get a little kinky with what they were working with. The show's main draw was watching women in 90's leotards run over to the ocean to save some kid or someone in danger. This was a return of jigglevision. Don't know what jigglevision is? That was the term used in-house at TV studios (Mainly ABC) in the 70's when 'Charlie's Angels' was received massive ratings. The idea of three women working as agents for a Bosley wouldn't really sell in the male dominated world of 70's TV, but a TV show where it was clear these ladies weren't going to wear a bra & they would have to do a lot of sprinting & jumping, APPROVED!!!!!
You better believe Baywatch was a ratings darling & it wasn't because the show had some intelligent writing.
Baywatch was something I caught when it was on its first run airings, for some reason my older sister liked this show. From what I recall (going off a 20 year memory here) the show had this feel of a skinemax show, you'd expect a softcore sex scene at any second. It was far removed from the NBC run where every episode was David Hasslehoff as a lifeguard investigating crimes & shit like that. The easiest way you could tell what is a first run episode is when you see less Hasslehoff & more Pamela Anderson or (Insert swimsuit model here). But if all you cared about was Hasselhoff, then this spinoff had you covered.
Baywatch Nights: Now this spinoff was very much Hasselhoff doing what he did in the NBC run, solving crimes & acting like the SECOND COMMING OF CHRIST! First season was standard lifeguard drama, but then comes the next season. Hasselhoff vs satanic cults, vs The Illuminati & vs all this paranormal shit! Yes, the show gets this wild as hell!!! All this was done because the ratings for the first season were at their lowest, so they decided to look at what was popular at the time, The X-Files. Yes, X-Files was their main reason for why the show took on this weird & cool approach. Baywatch Nights is perfect drive-in fare & I can see why 90's Germany loved the hell out of it. I highly recommend it.
A Current Affair, all you need to know is this sound clip.
'Honey I Shrunk The Kids: The TV Series', now this was a show I saw from time to time when I was a child. I remember two episodes, one where the two dads (Shalinski & this other dude) shrink & end up at some fast food joint, then end up in some kid's happy meal & the kid is like “Alright, I got two toys who move around like humans!” Then the other one is they shrunk their flying van (There was a flying van in a show) that got stuck in a pot of soil. It was a fun show, but why didn't Rick Moranis just destroy the shrinking machine after the first film? Or I'm pretty sure he destroyed the shrinking machine in that first film. This did not need to be a franchise, but it was. Good job, 1990's America. Then there was an episode in which I remember this one guy's wife talking to one of the tiny husbands & ….oh boy. Even at that age my mind went to some weird perverse places seeing this giant woman talk to a tiny man. I won't be shocked if I find that my generation is into stuff like Macrophilia & Giantess stuff, because it seemed like in the 90's we were bombarded with this image of giant sexy women & tiny men looking up. I can't find it but there was a clothing commercial with giant women walking around while men looked up & swooned. Then there was that one other marketing campaign with a giant bra laid out in a street, then we get to that one Rollins Stones music video with giant women walking all over new york. I swear, the 90's were a reason those giant fetishes existed.....THANK YOU!
(Disclaimer: Music will not get you laid. Consent is key.)
(Also I could not rip the intro from the file. Sorry.)
What can I say, it's a nature show where Jack Hannah taught the audience about various wild animals he was displaying. While 'Animal Adventures' and all his previous nature show iterations have been long since canceled, he's still working as a zoo-oligist in a new show called 'Into The Wild'. It's just like Animal Adventures, except the theme song won't get you laid. Still, the man is doing what he loves & to hate on that is just low. It's comfort nature show viewing.
I purposefully avoided talk shows & courtroom shows, but there's a genre of programming that I do wanna talk about. The caught on camera, shocking footage showcase. That used to be a thing back in the day. Back in the day? Fuck, this shit is still happening if you could believe it.
Now we're talking my shit here, 'Maximum Exposure'. From 2000 all the way until 2002, Maximum Exposure or 'Max X' (For short) was a show that reminds me of the days when YouTube & cellphones wesn't as common as it is now. The program showcased footage from live sporting events, attempted (Mostly failed) stunts & just anything that was caught on camcorder showing the crazy accidents or just ignorant ambition that leads to a painful failure. The show's faceless narrator would either provide serious insight on the video, sometimes there would be insight from the people who survived the accidents, but most of the time he would be cracking jokes & funny as hell commentary. Most of the time the show was all in good fun and never crossed the line with it, Thank god you weren't going to see a person get murdered on TV then the narrator says “Ooooh! Ouchy mama!!!”
Me, my mom, my dad & my two sisters would group up in the living room to watch this show every saturday afternoon & we'd have a ball. My parents are suckers for that caught on camera stuff, both me & my older sister loved the charismatic narrator. It was great midday afternoon programming. Alot of the episodes are on YouTube right now. You should check it out & watch an era before Vine, YouTube & Facebook Video. Nowadays the concept of watching internet videos on TV is very redundant. You really need to do something new in order to make that concept work now. The reason why 'America's Funniest Home Videos' still exists is because of cash prizes & exclusivity. One of the requirements of sending in videos is they shouldn't be uploaded to the internet or social media. In a messed up kinda way, AFV owns the videos you see on their show & on their AFV twitter & Facebook. That's why that show is still on the air & why Carlton from 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' is now the host. He's not bad.
Max X gives me some kickass nostalgia, but it's not a bad show so I give this a fresh ass recommend. After that show's reruns ended we got this knockoff bullcrap called 'Wacked Out Videos' and I despise that show. It tried to be like Max X, except the announcer was clearly unfunny & it tried so hard to grab the frat boy demographic by showing bikini clad women fighting in a pool of foam. Did I mention by this point the internet was able to stream clear video so that audience was online watching porno or some other much more debased stuff online, possibly from other fraternities & sororities. College is disgusting.
'Missing', this was like a 'America's Most Wanted' but informing people about missing kids & teenagers. The only reason I need to mention this is because this show premiered on September 4th, 2003..........my 10th birthday. So yeah, 10 years old & the best birthday present that day was a show about missing children. Did I ever tell you guys I had some undiagnosed anxieties as a child? A show like that would fuck me up inside out?
In 1995, the Mortal Kombat movie was a sleeper hit. Nobody expected this PG-13 adaptation of a bloody & violent video game would be such a box office darling. Well when the video games & movie made a shitload of money, a ton of tie-in merch, a film sequel & media projects were inevitable. We got toys, novels, comic books, trading cards & countless spinoff video game projects such as 'Mortal Kombat: Sub Zero Mythologies' and 'Mortal Kombat: Special Ops'. All this happened before 'Mortal Kombat 4' was even due out on consoles. So while the sequel to the film was released & bombed, we still got a TV series afterwards called 'Mortal Kombt Conquest', a weekly Mortal Kombat show which was set before the events of the first video game, set in outworld & following Kung Lao & a bunch of other characters who only appear in this show & nowhere else. Running from 1998 until 1999, I will admit I saw a clip of the show & never again. I was a very young child & my dad had no interest in watching the show, even though he's into martial arts action. I just knew there was a Mortal Kombat tv show, but could not find any episodes in a pre-YouTube, pre-torrent internet. I will certainly watch some episodes, but I've been told the show isn't hard with continuity. So I'm prepared to watch a trope & trite TV series without any stakes. Maybe even go back to rewatching the Machinima series that made the characters edgier. Remember that?
For some reason in 1988 there were three reboots of classic TV shows & all three of them aren't remembered as fondly. The first one I noticed was 'The Munsters Today'. Now I haven't seen the show, but the premise was a very good start which not only acknowledges the original series, but also keeps the show in its original context rather than making them new. So Herman Munster creates a hybernation chamber & they all test it out until an accident causes their machine to keep them asleep from the 60's until 1988. Sound funny, right? I'd watch that show, but then we get to 'The New Leave It To Beaver' where Beaver is now an adult & he's dealing with more adult problems with that same old child like mentality of when he was younger. Fro m what I recall I think adult Beaver still speaks in that “Gee golly” 1950's way of talking. Then there was the worst one of the bunch, 'The NEW Monkees'. So in the sixties 'The Monkees' was viewed as a joke to the counter culture. To all the millenials, the only way I can describe it is 'The Monkees' was the same as Kylie Jenner in that Pepsi commercial. Yes, this sugary cola drink will stop racism. 'The Partridge Family' was more hardcore than The Monkees.
The Pinkertons is a Canadian mystery show where a man & a woman solve murders in the old west. In short, it's a cool little show that does more than with the characters than you'd expect. I recommend it. I'm sure it's streaming somewhere online. Check it out.
'Real TV', though made by the same company that produced 'Max X', this one was more serious, less fun & comedic than Max X. It would be hosted by one guy & he would show near death videos & accidents caught on camera. Sometimes both Max X & Real TV would show the same videos. That's one I haven't rewatched since the late 90's. My parents love it & for some reason since the show aired at 5pm, they would switch it up. Sometimes they would watch Real TV & sometimes they would watch the Latino equivelent of the show called 'Primero Impacto' which aired on Univision. Clips are out there, I can't say if it's entertaining or fun.
'Relic Hunter' was very much Tia Carrere doing 'Indiana Jones' but without the nazis since the show takes place in the present day of 1999. Eh, I'm not a huge fan. Her acting is clunky, actually everyone's acting is clunky in this program.
I can't say the show is deep & mature, for starters Reno & Bobby never kill anyone & when they do it would be due to an accident. As bounty hunters you'd think there would be a bounty with a 'dead or alive' clause. Every time a bounty dies it's always a villain that kills them.You know nobody from the main cast will be threatened with death & while the intro shows Reno firing a heavy machine gun (At nobody), all he does is punch & roundhouse people which I'm alright with.
So do I recommend 'Renegade'? Well if you're in the mood for some action on-par with straight to video fare, then yes I do! Aside from that, this isn't Shakespear you're going to watch.
All I remember 'Rikki Lake' from was two things, being a cute chubby girl in 'Cry Baby' & talking to goth girls as to why they dress up in goth clothing in her talk show. Running for 11 seasons, this show became very much known as the mom daughter fight show & the 'Why are you goth?' show because almost every episode was like that. I never watched every episode except for those two.
Now this story doesn't come as a shock, the show aired in some market after Kids WB ended their saturday morning schedule. It's clear this cartoon was targeted to tweens & maybe even teenagers. Parents complained to local affiliates because the show was pretty dark & though not bloody or gory like the film, it was very much a violent show in the fact that your main characters are using machine guns & flame throwers to kill bugs. So that's what got the show booted off the airwaves, it had a life straight to video, but the only reason people remember this is the CGI in this show is on-par with a cutscene from a bad 3DO game. The animation looks ugly & the story is nothing to write home about.
Eh, skip it if you must. Watch it if you are curious.
One of the episodes you must check out is when Tom Savini stars as a villain. That episode is the only episode where you get gory kills. So throughout the series when shit really hits the fan, Sheena turns into what I call 'Dark Sheena'. She rubs mud all over herself & hair, grows fangs & now has cat's eyes, then goes apeshit on the bad guys. While in her normal status the farthest she does is breaks dude's spines, in her dark form she straight up murdered people & on the Savini episode it's clear they hired him to be both a bad guy & to do the effects. There's dudes getting stabbed by beds of sharp bamboo, she's tearing arms off & scratching guys faces to death! THIS SHOW ROCKS!!!!! Then you also get side boob, which I thought was a 90's thing. Did I mention she morphs into any animal she can, therefore making this a 'Manamal' spinoff, or an 'Animorphs' sequel. I'd like to think the latter. Also I'm not an uneducated idiot, the Africa depicted in this show is laughable. Same old same old, jungles, lions, chimpanzees that serve juice in coconuts. It's a parody of Tarzan in a way.
The show ended it's run at around March of 2006, what I recall was after that the show continued with airing reruruns from its early season. I watched a few of the 70's episodes & as a tween that was some great viewing, not in a “Hahahaha, look at them with their afros.” but because this was like stepping into a time machine & visiting a time several decades before I was born. The music, the hair styles, the clothing & the 70's slang just gave me this love for the 70's along with the movies.
Sad to say there is no way this show will never get a physical release of any kind, due to all the music licensing. The show began with Don Cornelius, it ended with Cornelius, he passed away in 2012. The man is a fucking hero to me, I wished to be him as a kid & have his cool ass deep voice. I still remember the intro to the episodes from the 2000's because haven't changed the intro since the early 90's. The funk train crip walking through the tracks while the background shows acts in a video colage such as 'Salt 'n' Peppa' and a Richard Pryor set. I love when that shit happens.
So...check your local listings. Oh wait, he's got a YouTube page where he uploads full episodes so catch them there!
Though this show isn't on the list, I must mention a forgotten & popular First Run show by the name of 'V.I.P'. Once again, Pamela Anderson, at the height of her career, stars as inexperienced bodyguard Vellery Irons who is recruited into the V.I.P program after saving a movie star from an assassination during a red carpet event. VIP recruits her because they feel she's the face the company needs so they can receive more offers for jobs. Such characters in VIP include Natasha, a former spy & model, Nikki a short haired explosives & weapons expert & Kay Simmons, secretary & computer hacker. Based on the type of characters in this show, it's clear they were going for a Charlie's Angels/The Doll Squad type show full of action, cheesecake & comedy. I think the show's best quality is both the comedy & action where Pamela's character is a clear spoof of Pam Anderson. Pam plays the dumb blonde stereotype to 11 & it's clear Pam was very much in on the joke. This is one of those shows where my older sister was obsessed with it, don't know why. Wearing sexy clothing & providing a feminist message was trendy in the late 90's. Spice Girls, V.I.P, Pussycat Dolls, etc. I love this show & I highly recommend it if you're in the mood for some 90's weirdness. I just discovered the show ended its run in 2002, where?! I thought this show began & ended in the late 90's, I had no idea it was still going on until 2002!
The days before internet & on-screen guides, 'sigh'. I missed out on a lot of stuff because of that.
I mentioned this title before, 'Viper' which was basically: What if 'Knight Rider' were made in the early 90's. The biggest reason this show stuck to my mind for so long was because my dad watched the ever loving hell out of this show on UPN back in the day. I just remembered a dude talking to his dodge viper while the car did some tricks on a wet road against sunset. Then when I was a little older I asked my dad what that show was with the talking car & he told me 'Knight Rider'. So I watched Knight Rider & I was like “This is a cool show & all, but I recall the show being a dodge viper.” Then a bit later I discovered there was a TV movie called 'Knight Rider 2000' which was set in a very hi-tech future. I thought all this time he was watching the TV movie so I watched it expecting a Dodge Viper, but it never came until the internet reminded me of this show called 'Viper'. So the Viper was the equivalent of a tank, it had weapons & shields against bad guys. You know what, aside from Knight Rider, this show felt like a TV adaptation of the 'Spy Hunter' game.
Where the hell is the late 80's 'War Of The Worlds' series? As of now I'm going through the series & I'm on episode 16. This is one of those shows where if you think about it deeply, you're going to have a rough time with the show. All I can say is it's a cool show based on the 1953 movie & the best episode would be at around episode 2 or 3 where Harrison, Suzanne & Ironhorse break into a military vault to destroy the alien ships. The best thing about that episode was seeing these weren't new redesigns of the alien ships, they were the original designs from the movie & it looks awesome. I bet that new Epix show (of the same title) completely redesigned the aliens & their ship because why not! Old stuff sucks, right?
As stated before, I recommend the show but if you're looking for smart writing then this show is not for you. It's a weird mix of smart creepyness & dumb exploitation.
To cap all this off I must talk about two of my favorite shows that made me aware of the difference between First Run & Boradcast Syndication, 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' and my other favorite 'Xena: Warrior Princess'.
But before we can delve into the two, I must make some honorable mentions that failed to make the list or I saw them on the list but I never watched a single episode.
A set of two shows that were on the air at roughly the same time during the height of their movie counterparts would also be both 'Friday The 13th: The Series' and 'Freddy's Nightmares'. I've yet to see either of them, but from what I've seen 'Freddy's Nightmares' looks very low budgeted. I'm talking shot on video low budget & that's enough to want me to see the show.
Now we get to 'Mutant X' the sorta, not really, but they want to be, but they also don't want to be a spinoff TV-show set in the X-men universe. Now this is a show I most assuredly can tell you aired on KTLA after 'Xena' ended its run & all I can tell you is it tries too hard to be cool & current. 2001 was completely void of anything that was cool. The reason why I'm sure this aired on KTLA (Or to some of you who lived in the east, WPIX & for those in between this aired on 'WGN Superstation) is the fact that the show was produced by 'Tribune Entertainment'.
It's a show I'm willing to give another chance.
Now without further ado, Hercules began in 1994 not as the tv series you know, but as a series of made for TV movies that aired in part of the 'Action Pack' block. Action Pack was a showcase full of a bunch of first run syndication programming that was both action oriented & weren't even mentioned on this goddamn list! Where's 'Vanishing Son'? That show was notable in the 90's for being the first show with an Asian lead. What about 'Tek War'? Now that one is more mainstream because those books were (ghost written) by William Shatner! Did you know there were TV movie sequels to 'Midnight Run'?
Anyhow, Hercules started as TV movies & they were very different than the series a year later. For starters they were much more violent than the series & they weren't as goofy or silly as the series. The only one I saw was called 'Hercules And The Amazon Women'. The only thing I'll tell you about this TV movie is the ex-machina of the story will piss you off. It did to me & I knew going in this wasn't going to be some well crafted story. Well the movies were a huge hit to where Universal funded a TV series with show creators Rob Tapert & Sam Raimi as executive producers. When you watch the series, you will immediately see some of Raimi's style on the show. Not just with the swashbuckling nature of Hercules, but there's a ton of camera trickery & POV shots in a few of these episodes.
What can I say about Hercules, it's camp, it's pulpy & it's a fun show. Don't go in looking for deep character dramas on par with an FX or a Netflix show. Hercules & his not as equally powerful sidekick 'Iolaus' travel the world helping people out against crime, corruption & anything evil the gods throw at them. Not so complex, but what it lacks in complexity makes up for it in fun & swashbuckling adventure. My favorite episode in the series is when Iolaus ends up in a parallel universe where Hercules has a beard & he's a tyrannical king with Xena as this trophy wife who rocks this Louise Brooks hair. It's hilarious because you got this New Zeland gal doing a Long Island accent with this black Louise Brooks hairstyle. Thus reminds me, Lucy Lawless in the 90's could have been an awesome & sexy Harley Quinn, had Joel Schumacher done 'Batman Triumphant'. One of my favorite episodes was when a heavy earthquake hits LA so the writers, staff & the executives rush to scramble to find Kevin Sorbo, they also scramble to think of a new episode of Hercules. Kevin Sorbo plays himself while the the role for Rob Tapert, the screenwriters & the show runners are played by the usual regular cast of the show. It's funny because you got Lucy Lawless playing this secretary who plans on murdering Rob Tapert. Then the screenwriters, one played by Ted Raimi, is depicted as this nerd who lives in the janitors closet. To me this showed both the creative staff & the execs were just having fun lampooning themselves on a show that is at times dark & serious. The bitter part of this episode is it's a clip show. In the days of boradcast TV, clip shows served their purpose as a brief fix or reminders before a season premiere. In the current age of binge watching & On Demand, clip shows are pointless now, well they were pointless once these TV shows were being put out on DVD in the 2000's. So before you can watch this funny & biting self parody of the show's staff (Approved by the show staff, so no feelings were hurt), you gotta sit through scenes & brief summaries of episodes you already saw last week. Still, the episode is a worthy selection. The next staff parody episode has the crew of the show at a camp retreat where Renee O'Connor plays this overly cheery camp counsellor. Not gonna ruin the episode, but that too is a must watch.
Hercules was campy, goofy & all kinds of fun, but during the show's production there was another show in the process, a sort of 'spin-off' of Hercules but while this show maintains the same sort of goofiness & fun, it also contains a more mature & darker edge to it, and that show was 'Xena: Warrior Princess'. Growing up I never watched a lot of Hercules, seeing as I lived with a home where women were the majority and it was a one TV set home. I watched the hell out of Xena. Both my mom & my older sister were nuts for Xena & rightfully so. In the 90's climate where women on First Run were mostly eye candy for men & in other shows the female characters existed just to be rescued by the men (Mary Sues), here comes Xena to straight up show audiences female characters could be just as badass as the males & goddamn it nobody complained or tried to use the character as a political thing! This was all in good fun!
The two shows were very similar, but differing in a few ways. Iolaus & Gabrielle were both the same, except Iolaus was so inept in a way that almost was annoying at times. Gabrielle held her own with her wooden staff & also served as a bard. But then both shows had a goofy recurring character. Hercules had Salmoneus with his get rich quick schemes, but Xena had.....Joxer, played by Ted Raimi so not only was he a goof, but he had a funny face to accompany that character. I forgot to mention, a recurring character from Hercules I adore is Autolycus, the smug & egotistical thief played by Bruce Campbell. The best episode of Hercules I love is when he climbs up a bean stock to steal stuff from the giant, only to find out the giant & his wife are having a marriage crisis so Autolycus offers his womanizing advice so he can save their marriage. That's an episode you can show your kids. I forgot to mention both these shows contain very innacurate, very exaggerated depictions of greek gods. I find it funny when you got these folks online who are greek history majors/professors who complain about the depiction of Aphrodite & Zeus & all these gods in the show. Then there was a point in the series run (I know I'm skipping ahead here) where an episode (Titled: The Way) had Krishna as a character helping Xena out. Someone complained & called the depiction offensive because of the idea of depicting hindu gods in an entertainment kind of way. There's so many conflicting stories I've heard of this, in an interview with Lucy Lawless for the 'Archive of American Television' she said a guy with a tumor made false claims about the show's racism. Then I'm reading NY Post articles from 1999 that say the claims came from a Hindu Association here in LA & they didn't like the idea of a hindu diety helping out a character who was known as an icon in the LGBTQ community. Then there's another article from NY Post that suggested people were offended by a single scene of Zzena headbutting Krishna. So on the reruns of this episode the credits are interrupted by Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor & a guy from the Hindu Association to mention that the depiction of Karishna & Vishnu are accurate, so go to your local library to learn more about the Hindu religion. I miss when TV shows would encourage people to visit their local library, THEY STILL EXIST PEOPLE! Xena's not a dark show where you're expected to see nothing but sour & dourness. It had its share of fun & camp, but the show tackled a lot of darker stories than Hercules. There was an episode about Xena's dead son, an episode where she is sent to a female prison island where even inmates with the most minor offenses are treated like trash so she & all these women stage a revolt. Then we get to the best for being the worst set of episodes in the series, Garbielle's death. I'm gonna spoilt it because the ending was that unsatisfactory. So in season 3 or 4....I think it was season 3. Gabrielle & Xena fight some woman in some throne with a pit that leads to a pool of lava. Garbielle & the villainess fall into the pit & we're just lead to believe the two died a fiery death. So on the season premiere Xena goes to the god of war to ask if she's seen Gabrielle & the god of war, while marching through a village of dead & dying people, says he's not seen her anywhere. Warriors who died always see him before going to the afterlife & he suggests that she visits Valhalla. For some reason Xena does things amazonian women do for the first five minutes of the episode, or I think that was what was happening. She's doing all this shit & having sex with a barbarian king & I was just confused as to what was happening. IT just cuts to the fucking & the killing, or was that a flashback? I REALLY DON'T KNOW! I guess she was doing amazon shit to visit Valhalla, like comminting all the seven deadly sins with the intent to visit hell. The episode is incoherent as hell, either that or I'm just an idiot who doesn't understand film language. So she visits Valhalla & meets these amazons who also haven't seen Gabrielle either & they tell her to travel the mountains where she may be lurking. Then Xena decides “Nah, I'm going back to the waking world.” where she comes across a message showing Gabrielle's real whearabous. Turns out she didn't die, Gabrielle didn't cacadoodie DIE!!!! She saved herself just in time before she hit the lava & I guess she decided “I'm gonna fuck with Xena, making her think I'm dead.” This shit lasted three 46 minute episodes!! GOOD GOD, MAN!!!! WOMAN!!!!! That ending pissed me off, then I found out there was a Hercules episode wehre Iolaus dies & from that point I just said “I already know how it ends, he's not dead or he gets resurrected by a wizard or some shit. Fuck off!! The only issue I have with both these shows is there are no stakes. You know by the end of the episode your main cast, including the goofy recurring characters, will be okay. That's one thing I can say about most of the scripted shows on this list. Even I'm guilty of this, this past decade or two we've been spoiled by shows like 'Sons of Anarchy, NYPD Blue, Game of Thrones' and even something like 'Walking Dead' where anyone from the main cast can & will die. No resurrection or wizard magic, when they die they stay dead. Sadly whhat happened afterwards is from that point on it's become a trope & quite honestly it's become an annoyance. I gave up on Walking Dead once the show became this Russian roulette of who's going to die. When you go into an episode thinking someone's gonna die every time, it's clear they're trying to use shock value of a dead main in order to keep the ratings up. Why I say this is because there were times when rewatching Xena & Hercules where I just had to roll my eyes at these cliffhangers, especially the ones that happened between commercial breaks. I have well enough reason to believe Hercules was made for kids, seeing as the character was very much good in morality, good in heart & has a no-kill clause but that last one is mainly because of FCC standards & practices. Good god, imagine if the show were an HBO exclusive? Kevin Sorbo just straight up murdering people & sucking on tiddies. Despite the lack of shock & awe of Hercules, Xena was much more complex in the fact that there were stories that weren't just good vs evil. There were stories that dealt with morality, and even an episode that dealt with opposing forces separating them. (S.5, E.1) Fallen Angel has Xena & Gabrielle being cruicified by the romans, a graphic scene that was constantly foreshadowed in the previous season. So the two get crucified & while Xena ends up in Heaven with the angels, Gabrielle gets dragged to hell. I can't remember why or how that episode ended, but I remember lots of clouds & Xena gets white wings. Aside from the much more darker content, there were also goofy episodes that were either part of their quest or they were clever but strange excuses for clip shows. (S.6, E.16), Send In the Clones was a good idea that was not utilized perfectly because it was a clip show. Another reason why I feel bitter for this episode is the fact that the Mandela Effect got me good with this one. So Xena & Gabrielle are cloned by three fans of the show using the DNA on the Chakram & all the info (recorded episodes) stored on VHS tapes. So Xena & Gabrielle are in the present day & spend most of the time watching the tapes & recalling previous adventures until finally facing off against Callisto in some junkyard. Eh, it wasn't bad but it was serviceable enough. For almost two decades I swore I saw a better episode than this. Xena & Gabrielle end up in the near future (after 2001) where they are fish out of water & fight everyone from cops to stereotypical LA gang bangers & at the end Gabrielle asks “How are we going to get back home?” and Xena replies with “We'll find a way.”
That's why for the longest time I got both annoyed & angry that we never got an answer as to how those two got back to the past. Then there was the Simpsons Halloween episode where Lucy Lawless is a guest star & says “Whenever you notice something like that, a wizard did it.” So I just assumed a wizard sent them back to their time. Well I must have been high on something in 2001 because none of that shit happened!
'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' began it's show run in 1995 (1994 if you included the TV movies) & ended in 1999, but Xena still ran for a little longer. Xena premiered in my second birthday, holy shit if I were older that would have been the best birthday present of 1995! So Xena began in 95 & ended in 2001, which explains why I remember more of episodes of Xena & why I recall the schedule change in around 2000 & 99. But these shows weren't just fly by night programs like most of the other shows on here. Going back to 'V.I.P', I forgot to mention that show had a Playstation One game which was not as good as it could have been. Opting out a simple control scheme for more pattern based gameplay, almost like a poor man's 'Dance Dance Revolution' where you're expected to press the buttons that appear on screen like 'Circle, Circle, X, Square'. Well Hercules got a game on the N64 back in 2000, a year after the show's run. Yeah, watch the footage of the game, Ocarina of Time wishes it was this cool.
I'm being sarcastic.
So these two shows were huge ratings hits, Xena became that 90's feminist & Lesbian icon, more than Spice Girls & along with video games the two series had novels, comic books, tons of merch but never a full length theatrical film, except for a straight to video animated feature called 'Hercules & Xena: Battle For Mount Olympus'. It has a very Gendy Tarkovsky look to it so that should lure you animation fans. But once Xena ended this became the beginning of the end. As a kid I wasn't into 'Mutant X', I wasn't into 'Andromeda' despite loving the ever loving hell out of science fiction. The only long running shows that were still on the air were 'Stargate SG-1', a show that should have been on this list & thee was also stuff like 'The Lost World' which I never watched a lot of because for some reason that show would be on at 1pm on one Saturday & it would be gone the next. This show 'Queen of Swords' was basically a gender swapped Zorro & it aired during the weekday so I never saw it because I was in school. I can kinda see the thinking of this, it was pulp adventure targeted to women. Just like now you have 'Miss Marple's Murder Mysteries' so the market for pulpy women are is out there, but what was wrong with a weekend time slot? I guess the thinking was men are at work during the day, women stay home so they'll watch it between their talk shows & soap operas. The internet proved this shit doesn't exist anymore. Queen of Swords was unique that it was the only scripted adventure for midday weekday showings. Then there was 'Timetrax' which people have told me was a ripoff of 'TimeCop', which was funny because in the late 90's TimeCop got a primetime TV series on ABC & it was not very good. So after Mutant X & Andomeda ended, it seemed like that was it for first run. Stargate SG1 lasted a long while, up until 2007. TV stations decided not to pick up any original scripted programming that was made for TV & instead I saw more broadcast syndication pickups. I was almost going to put in 'Farscape' into the honorable mentions here, but that originally aired on Sci-Fi Channel back in the 90's. First run syndication was the only place I could think of where science fiction & fantasy could garner an audience in network television. Everytime network TV greenlit a science fiction show, it was always clear that the show wouldn't last because all these Neilsen Ratings households couldn't comprehend science fiction or any genre programming. That's why 'Max Headroom' and 'Firefly' lasted one season. Well Max Headroom lasted two seasons, but with the small number of episodes in that series it may as well have been a season. After that all these shows just went to cable networks & now most of these newer shows I see are on Netflix & Amazon Streaming. To be honest I could see a show like 'Stranger Things' airing at weekend afternoons or at midnight on some local affiliate. What really killed off First Run was a mix of local TV stations being bought off by major networks like CW, CBS, NBC & MyNetworks. Instead of spending money on package deals such as shows or movies, they decided to air reruns from their father networks. That's why local channels owned by CBS air nothing but reruns of CBS shows. Also we gotta blame infomercials. Infomercials killed off anything good on TV. That is why I'm very grateful for streaming, especially the freebie sites. Sure, some of you knock stuff like Tubi TV & Pluto TV, but those are the only places where you can catch most of the shows I talked about on here. Sure, Amazon, Kanopy & Netflix are great for the higher echelon stuff, but right now after being burnt out by the superhero TV shows & sometimes I get annoyed by the newer stuff all of you get hyped for. I'd like to watch 'Tiger King', but y'all can't wait a goddamn month before you start spoiling this shit? I haven't watched a new show since I gave up on 'Supergirl' and 'Legends of Tommorow' due to stupid direction the shows took. That's why I've gone into this funk of watching new stuff nobody is talking about or I get excited over finding a show on a freebie streaming site that I either haven't seen since the early 2000's or never had the chance of watching. I couldn't tell you how hyped I was to find episodes of 'VIP' on Crackle. Freebie streaming is the way to go to get your trashy tv fix.
I don't want to say it but this era of TV can't come back anymore. People are too cynical for pulp & to be honest the plots are cliched. Don't get it twisted, not all of First Run programmig was all cliches & tropes, I forgot to mention 'Deep Space Nine' and 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' were first run syndication shows with terrific stories (Even though I'm not a big fan of TNG). Then there was 'Tales From The Darkside', produced by George A. Romero & has plenty of episodes written by high profile writers. Mind you, this predated 'Tales From the Crypt' by several years, but was more network friendly for the most part. There's everything for everyone.
If you made it this far, I respect you more because not everyone is willing to listen, especially read, my nerdy drunk-ish grumblings.
Next time on 'Blogbabble', I don't know. Stay tuned. Just be patient, I've been working a week full of overtime so the next entry may take long.
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