Gunsmoke Facts

Gunsmoke's Matt and Doc

One of the most interesting things about Gunsmoke was that it did pay homage to the real Dodge City of the period. As a fact, the Long Branch Saloon which can be seen in almost every episode of the show was one of the central places of the city when it was first established. There […]

Requiem For Marcia Strassman

Marcia Strassman

On the 25th of October 2014, Marcia Strassman passed away after suffering from an illness that defeated many of women. She is best known for her role in the Disney hit Honey, I Shrunk the Kids from 1989, who was as successful as its sequel from 1992. However, for most of us, the role that […]

Casting Shadows

Barnabas Collins

The audience didn’t receive Dark Shadows too well when it began airing – it was just another soap-opera, with a so-and-so plot, which differentiated itself from others just by having a gothic feel. Unsurprisingly, for the series to find success, something needed to be done. And thus Barnabas Collins entered the scene, bringing with him […]

The Honeymooners And The Age Of Consumerism

Ed, Ralph and Alice

As said in some previous articles, The Honeymooners wasn’t at all without a hard core – it spoke not just about the life in the society, but also about the life of the blue-collar family. The show presented the life of the working man, with this working man still trying to prove that he deserves […]

The Cars of Dukes of Hazzard

Dixie of Dukes of Hazzard

While Luke and Bo were the stars of the series, the show wouldn’t have lived without a little bit of help. And this help came from where some least expected it: the cars the Dukes and all the other characters drove. As a bit of trivia information, the General Lee received quite a few (to […]

The Last Farewell

Little House on the Prairie

Rarely does a series finale end up with a bang, let alone with a literal one. Little House on the Prairie did that with The Last Farewell, the series’ last episode seeing the town of Walnut Grove being razed from the face of the Earth. As New York Times noted in 1986 (two years after […]

Relating With Ralph Kramden

Audrey Meadows And Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners

When The Honeymooners started airing in the mid-‘50’s, it was the show with which the male audience related the most. Granted, not just men watched it, just like it wasn’t the only show that attracted such audience. But the point is that the Jackie Gleason’s masterpiece was the one which was addressing exactly the men’s […]

The Guest Stars of Golden Girls

Dick Van Dyke in Golden Girls

One of the best shows of its time and a definitive hit at any kind of awards (68 Emmy nominations and 11 wins does say something about the quality), Golden Girls was obviously meant to attract some other famous guest stars. The first one I’d like to remember is none other than Quentin Tarantino, especially […]

The Moral Stance Of The Sitcom

The Andy Griffith Show

TV shows, sitcoms included, are a reflection – whether more or less accurate, this is still up for debate – of the values cultivated by the society they address to. They reflect, but they also educate, reinforcing and validating whatever values they capitalize on in order to appeal to the public. The Andy Griffith Show, […]

Fusing Western With Space-Opera

Serenity

While Joss Whedon was already a house-hold name (sort of) with Buffy and Angel, he became the god all the geeks pray to only after Firefly debuted. It was a bold move proposing such a concept, even if it must have been forced (as the writer/director said, he was supposed to come up with a […]