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City Guys (1997–2001)
8/10
City Teens
21 February 2020
Being a teenager in high school is never easy, nor is being one in the city, this is another under the radar gem that has not just been a bit overlooked but as time went on forgotten. The show to me is one of the last teen shows I've seen as I seen some episodes of this on part of my senior year in high school and even a few episodes in my freshman year of college.

Which is fitting in a couple of ways as it's a show about teens not just dealing with high school but facing and transitioning into the real world. But also this show was the last or one of the last shows for the Teen NBC block as it was shutting down for good; but also one of the last teen sitcoms of the 90's as this show was on the twilight years of the 90s and ended near the year I graduated high school.

You could say this show is pretty much "Saved by the Bell" but in the inner city. Which I don't mind because this time we don't have the bright and glossy backgrounds like in "Saved by the Bell" and here it's a little more relatable because not all of us live in California, people like myself live in the city. I really like the use of the set pieces where it's not just the school but also certain other parts you would see in a city which I felt kept the show from feeling too enclosed.

I like the theme song which I thought was solid not a favorite of mine but an enjoyable listen, it's a hip hop tune which fits the show as hip hop is one of the big tunes of the city. The characters I thought were all good, part of the unique thing about the show was the ensemble were all multi-racial, which I though was cool and something different at the time. This shows how the city consists of people of all races and walks of life but most importantly they were all characters their well-rounded and do actually have a little development. But I really like how their dynamics play out, you really feel like they all are friends sticking together thick and thin.

A couple of my favorites are Chris who is a person that is more on the upper class of things but he doesn't let it get to his head. What I like about his character is that he's kind of a dork as he can be a little cumbersome about most things; he's not very smooth as he doesn't always get the girl, and is always on a quest for coolness but doesn't succeed much. But he is always trying, and he does learn his lessons and does what is right.

Even like the buddy buddy dynamic with Jamal, both bounce and clash with one another well, really like they both support each other when needed and even have their own radio show together which shows how well both work together.

Though my favorite is Al, his character is funny as he's a wisecracker but he's also a schemer. I like how he sometimes has these scams to get rich quick or even popularity but of course most of the time those scams tend to fall flat or don't always get the desired results, however that doesn't stop the guy from trying. But I like that despite those things he has a heart to, he cares about people and what goes on around him and puts himself aside to do what's right.

The shows has some of the typical sitcomish situations in some episodes along with those GF and sometimes BFs of the week, which I'll admit is one bad thing about the show it's a bit of a fundamental problem most teen even sitcom shows have on characters hardly having any relationships mainly Jamal and Chris whom both never had a GF that stuck the long haul, the only ones that did are El Train and Cassidy whom I thought were a solid couple in the show, even Al and Dawn despite how long it lasted they had a good time. Though I can't complain about this that much and things like that happen in high school some have relationships that stick, and some don't.

However, when the show dove into real world issues which I felt is where the show was strongest, and helped remind us that despite this being a comedy show the character all still live in the same world we do. This intermix of both comedy and drama and it mixes and balances well because it knows when to be funny but also knows when the comedy hour is over.

There are plenty of good and memorable episodes that have these issues from "Jamal getting a Gun" which dealt in gun violence and trauma, "Ebony and Ivory" on racism, and an emotional episode where Miss Noble is in the hospital and Jamal is remembering his mother.

If you're into vintage teen sitcoms, like any major city this is one worth visiting.

Rating: 3 stars
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I Love Lucy: The Freezer (1952)
Season 1, Episode 29
10/10
Cold Turkey
21 February 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Warning don't read unless seen episode.

This episode is an honorable mention in the show, not a lot to say about this episode as it's just funny as it's a predicament that just keeps building up and gets even funnier than before.

Really like the fact that Lucy accidently ordered what look like a surplus of meat, we just see the delivery guys keep piling them on. Lucy and Ethel then try to sell it all on the side, really like the back-alley accent Lucy uses along with some lingo which cracks me up, of course we see the plan just goes kaput.

Of course, the payoff is when Lucy as she is trying to hide evidence from Ricky, she accidently locks herself in the Freezer. It plays out like a live action cartoon, really like the make up job on Lucy being frozen stiff with all the icicles hanging from her.

As well as her physical performance as we see her almost crying and panicking a little, but we can't hear her as the window is soundproof which makes it funnier because it leaves certain dialog and sound to the imagination and just her facial expressions.

It was also funny seeing Ricky trying to communicate with her on the other side to calm her down. As they all get her out, we then see Lucy frozen completely still and just fall into their arms like a log.

This comedy won't leave you in the cold.

Rating: 4 stars
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Stranger Things (2016– )
10/10
The Strange Wonderful
21 February 2020
This is one of my favorite TV shows of all time, this is also one of those rare kinds of shows where it's one that I feel was just made for me as it just about has everything I want.

I love the show is a period piece, the show has a bit of a two way effect, for people like myself that have lived in the 80's decade, it's a really big welcome piece of nostalgia as the film just has everything 80's to a tee.

Just seeing this show really makes me feel like a kid again, living and being part of that decade once more. There is a really big sense of familiarity from the movies, certain technology they have like VHS's, Dungeon's and Dragons, but my absolute favorite thing is the Starcade video arcade with all of the classic video games I know and love like "Dragon's Lair", "Dig Dug", etc. Just seeing the characters playing in that video arcade makes me sorely miss them but also motivated me to play some of those classics again.

You name any of the culture and relics of the 80's it's all there. For anyone that never lived in that decade, this show can be an educational history lesson for anyone interested in that decade.

Setting the show in the 80's really works, from giving you the feel of seeing a movie from that decade as most of their film were really colorful and most involved ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances. But also fit with the drama as the 80's decade was a time of a certain degree of chaos under all the brightness of the 80's but also great change and the rise of culture and counterculture.

I really love the title sequence, from the big red-letter graphic design that look like the kind you would see from the horror novels from yesteryear. But also that theme music which is great it's one of my favorite theme songs of all time, it sound like the kind of music from a John Carpenter film which is cool as he's my favorite movie director and makes sense as his films were a big part of the 80's decade.

The effects are great there is some CGI but mixed with some practical effects. Really love seeing those creatures from the upside down, they don't disappoint as the kind from H.P. Lovecraft tales, whom are all strange and messed up. Their the kind of creatures you must see to believe along with the upside-down world which is equally all kinds of messed up. But also, like how the psychic powers are handled, they really look and feel believable. The suspense is also great and can be a scary sometimes.

Really love the story, it almost feels a bit like this could of easily of been a Pre Sequel story to "The X-Files" which is ironic I say as "The X-Files" had a couple of pre sequel comic stories from IDW on Mulder and Skully. Man, this could have made an awesome crossover seeing Mulder and Skully encounter adult versions of Eleven and Mike, along with the rest.

Anyway, the storyline is great not just does it feel a little like "The X-Files" with the shadow organizations, conspiracies, psychic powers, monster, etc. But also, the show draws inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft, as it deals with otherworldly realms and the creatures that exist in them. I like the pacing, which is a steady pace when it gets further it starts to pick up more and more speed. The show is the serialized structure but it's not too long, there are twists along the way but their good twists because there is actual weight to them because they make sense and also keep the story's eye on the ball.

And of course, the true strength of the show for me are the Strange Raiders characters themselves. These guys are my favorite fictional protagonists of all time, I love how all of them are well rounded and develop throughout the course of the show and as they develop, I feel they all get better.

Their all ordinary people with ordinary powers (well except for Eleven but she not invincible) but all work well with whatever they have, to the best of their ability, but also their best weapon which is their wits and teamwork. None of them asked to be thrust into the strange predicaments nor even to save our realm from evil, but here they are, and they always give it their all and watch each other's backs in the process.

I'll describe a couple of my favorites since there is so many.

Mike he's great, he's sort of the leader of the bunch. His character I can really relate to as he's a bit like myself in real life. I like that his character is a geek but he's not the stereotypical kind, despite playing a lot of D and D and pop culture he open minded to other things outside of those things.

What I love about him is he has strong emotions, he isn't afraid to do what is right and what he knows must be done which makes him a guy with plenty of guts.

Eleven is also great really like the actress Millie Bobby Brown who looks like Natalie Portman when she was that age. She sort of a young Jean Grey as she is armed with her psychic powers which are cool as we see them in action, though her powers do have their limitations as it puts strain on her physically which is where she gets constant nose bleeds which at times makes me concerned for her, but this limitation just reminds us how human she truly is.

She's a character that constantly evolves throughout the show, as well as the most sympathetic, despite being so young so much of her life has been taken from her. Which in a way makes us even more want to bet on her to win not just against evil but in being able to discover and make a life for herself.

It's funny and interesting seeing her orient herself with even the littlest conveniences, which makes sense when you think about it. But I really like how she slowly but surely opens as she spends more time with her friends the Strange Raiders.

Mike and Eleven are one of my favorite fictional couples up there with Hikaru and Misa from "Macross", Tom Paris and Elena from "Star Trek Voyager" and others in my book. Despite so young, their interaction and feelings for one another are beautiful and strong. Both really can open up to one another that they can't do with anyone else and we see how slowly and gradually it becomes something more.

Even like how both react toward it where they both don't totally understand it all and it's strange to them, but also exciting and fascinating they both just stop thinking and go with it. I also feel both are truly good for one another as they not just watch each other's back but also make each other strong as their interaction motivates them to do more or break whatever limits them.

Life truly can be strange and wonderful all at once.

Rating: 4 stars
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9/10
Rob and Laura Begin
20 February 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Warning do not read unless seen episode.

This episode is an honorable mention, basically it's simply about both meeting for the first time and I felt it was executed very well.

Liked seeing a little of what both Rob and Laura were like back then, both weren't that different except for the fact they never met yet. Really like Rob's interactions with his friend from the army, he is a well-meaning guy but the only problem is the guy is a complete imbecilic. It's just funny how the guy just keeps making things worse when he mentions how Rob always makes a bad first impression.

I like how both Rob and Laura interact with one another. For Rob it was love at first sight but for Laura not so much. Really like the things that Rob says to Laura, but Laura she takes Rob's impression wrong or misunderstands and of course dismisses the guy. This is funny because it's true most of the time whenever we interact for the first time with someone we're attracted to or like, we simply get off on the wrong foot.

But of course, we see Rob doesn't give up and of course his chance to met up with Laura comes in a Stage Number which is the pay off with the episode. When we see both dance together and sing "You Wonderful You" it is just beautiful because that song along with the beginning to end of the dance number it perfectly sums up the relationship between the two.

Rob and Laura are truly in step with each other.

Rating: 3 and a half stars
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10/10
Undiscovered Country
20 February 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Warning do not read unless seen episode.

James T Kirk once said, "The future is the undiscovered country." In a way that is what the whole season has really been about change and going toward the future.

Really love the battle in the mall which to me is one of my favorite battles, let alone the mall is always my favorite battleground, because there are always lots of places to go and items to use. It's an interesting battle because it's sort of a stealth attack battle as the Strange Raiders must constantly evade, hide, and sometimes attack the Mind Flier.

The Mind Flier monster doesn't disappoint, sure we've seen a little of him in Season 2, but here we get to see him in our realm and in the flesh. The design is great, he looks like he could be a boss from "Resident Evil" as he's all gigantic and messed up, heck this whole battle almost feel like a live action version of a boss battle from that video game franchise, just seeing this shows a good live action movie or TV show adaptation can be made.

We see unfortunately the Strange Raiders are at a disadvantage as Eleven's scanner ability has been shut down, she can't even crush a simple pop can with her mind. I honestly didn't mind this because that was part of what made this final battle different from the other two as most of the time it was resolved with Eleven's ability. This time we see Eleven and the rest of the Raiders have to rely on their wits and whatever ordinary powers they possess, which I like because here this time everyone really does have a hand in things.

There are some suspenseful moments like one where Mike, Max and Eleven are hiding from the disgusting tentacles of the Mind Flier hunting them down, it sort of reminds me of the Raptors in the Kitchen scene from "Jurassic Park".

And there is even an exciting retaliation scene where we see Lucas, Dustin, Johnathan, and Nancy their shooting fireworks at the Mind Flier, ok the fireworks don't do much damage their more of a distraction which works as Mike, Eleven, Max and the rest are able to get out of danger and the rest do what needs to be done.

Of course, one of the big highlights of the episode is when both Dustin and Suzie sing "The Neverending Story" theme. It was funny because they sang that song on a party line and you just saw the reactions on each of the characters sort of the "what the frak" reaction, it was just priceless. But at the same time, it was just beautiful and shows how both Dustin and Suzie are right for each other because they make beautiful music together.

But of course, this battle isn't without emotional weight. I really like what happens with Billy which is surprising, you really felt like things could go either way with him, there was internal conflict going on with the guy not just with the Mind Flier's evil influence but his own psychological demons. But we see he wins that conflict on both counts redeem himself when he protects Max and the rest from the Mind Flier. I'll admit when despite some of what he did in the past Max and even I could forgive him, as in the final moments he apologized for everything, it was really touching despite final minutes Max, Eleven and Billy became family.

Of course the business with both Hopper and Joyce was also thrilling but also seeing the chemistry between both of them was sweet, I always felt both were right for each other, despite dangerous circumstances decreeing it; seeing this your hoping both will come out of this alive and well so both can have time together to form a deeper relationship.

Really like Hopper's fight with the Arnold wanabe, it's almost like a fan fight pitting both against each other; it's not wall to wall one on one but that's because it's more realistic as if it's a fight based in reality. Things we see get down to the wire as they need to shut down the portal and destroy the mind flyer for good, I won't say anything more but I'll say what happens next was something I didn't expect and I found heart sinking.

The ending was interesting because it was different, there was no sequel bait or cliffhanger. Though you could say it sort of is a cliffhanger but in a different sense because here it leaves you with a sense of uncertainty.

From the fate of Hopper, I honestly doubt he died, I know when the explosion happened a lot of people in the blast zone were vaporized, but we never seen him vaporized. Also, Hopper was close to the portal so did he jump or get sucked into it? Only season 4 can prove me right or wrong on this. Also due to what going on with the forces of darkness in both our realm and the upside down, the cold war with them is far from over.

But also, just simply the characters themselves which makes the ending even more emotional. Due to everyone seeming to go different directions in their lives it makes me wonder with the changes what will their lives be? Will the Strange Raiders reform once more when the time comes? And most importantly will Mike and Eleven be able to maintain a relationship together, which I sincerely hope both are one of my favorite fictional couples, I don't want them with anyone else, hooking them up with some generic BF or GF is bullcrap.

Any really like the scenes in the ending, Eleven reading the final letter from Hopper which really tugged at a heart string and put a tear in my eye because I feel this is a reality of growing up and change both parents and kids face. But also the fact that these are Hopper's last words, and the end of that letter you know Hopper is gone.

Seeing Lucas and Dustin give away the "D and D" game to Erica which shows that the Strange Raiders are moving on but also that their legacy lives on as Erica will start up a Raiders group of her own. A little of Max and Lucas's interaction was sweet, it was even funny when they sang some of that "Neverending Story" theme which was also good.

But the three scenes that really stand out for me was seeing both Mike and Eleven together possibly for the last time; it was just beautiful as we see both profess their love for each other once more and kiss one another. They have done it before, but this was different because the kiss was more mature with passion which shows both Mike and Eleven aren't kids anymore.

And the final scene which was a real heart tugger and put a tear in my eye where Mike watches Eleven, Will, Johnathan, and Joyce drive away and he is alone in their house. He then looks at the house and it's all empty, seeing that just shows that everything has changed, the past is truly gone, and now everyone departs for the undiscovered country.

Rating: 4 stars
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Miami Vice (1984–1989)
10/10
Cool Cops
18 February 2020
This is one of my favorite TV shows of all time; but also detective/neo noir shows, action and police procedural shows, which is cool as police procedural shows aren't normally my genre. The show is also another one of my childhood gems as I was a kid from the 80's decade and this was a show I sometimes watched a little late night.

The show was a phenomenon and is legendary to this day, it was obviously an inspiration for the video game "Grand Theft Auto Vice City" which is my favorite in the franchise for the record. And it was even referenced in "Stranger Things" as this is Eleven's favorite TV show, it's not hard to see why.

In a way this show you could say was sort of the "Cowboy Bebop" for its time, just like that anime show, it was really style overtopping substance. Though looking at the show now it's also kind of a time capsule of the 80's decade and a good history lesson for anyone that's never lived in that decade.

I love the production value, just the amount of color almost as much as in films like "Sin City" and "Dick Tracy". The color helped in displaying the 80's decade as bright and neon colors were a thing. The clothes were also cool, almost everyone is wearing a styled dresswear each episode almost feels like your seeing a dress catalog, I always loved those neon suits both Crockett and Tubbs wore I wanted one.

The cars were especially awesome mainly consisting of Ferrari's, I wanted a car like Sonny's and to drive with style. The action is very good, really like how well choreographed the shootouts are, but also the vehicular chases were cool, always loved seeing Sunny and Tubbs drive those Ferrari's to chase down the suspects.

Of course, one of the best things about this show is the music, this show has one of the best darn soundtracks I've ever heard in any TV show. And there is music constantly in each episode making the episodes almost at times feel like your watching a music video, which makes sense as "MTV" was a big thing in the 80's, let alone most 80's music. Love the theme song, one of my favorite theme songs of all time, it perfectly captures the spirit of the show as it's just sings fast gritty tough action, beautiful sights, and danger.

Another very interesting thing about the show are the amount of familiar faces it has in most episodes. In a way this show was somewhat of a starting vehicle for most to all the familiar faces, like Bruce Willis, Ed O Neil, Lawrence Fishburne, and many more. They were all there before any of them were even names at all, which is true about most actors and actresses as most had there start in TV doing minor or guest roles. This increases the enjoyment factor of the show, in a way it's almost like with a "Where's Waldo" book being able to spot the stars.

I really like the characters there are good dynamics from Castilo played well by Edward James Olmos. His character I think is kind of cool, what I really like about him is that he's not a stereotypical jerk police chief who never seem to be on the protagonist's side which really makes no sense when you think about it. He's one that is in command very stern and very soft spoken, this guy hardly says much in the show but that's because he doesn't have to; he trusts the people he commands and expects them all to do his job which they always do. I also like it that he's two fisted, despite his position he can still kick some ass when he needs to.

Sonny Crockett played well by Don Johnson, he's my favorite character in the show. I always love how he's got this fiery streak but also really sharp charisma, he's just got some of the best darn lines, but also has this likability factor as he feels like the cool friend you want to be friends with. He's sorts of a daredevil as he's always in the field, in action, he highly determined to stop the badies with everything he has.

Even like his partner Rico Tubbs played well by Philp Michael Thomas, he's a little more on the level headed side as he creates a bit of stability for Sunny. Though at the same time he's kind of got a bit of that darkness in him that comes whenever he's pushed to the edge or the wrong way, which is when Sunny and even Calisto have to be that rock of stability to him.

The buddy cop chemistry is great, let alone the fact buddy cop movies were a big thing in the 80's with "Lethal Weapon" and so on. This show is the first one I've ever seen, both Crockett and Tubbs have a good repour, really bought both being friends, working well together and having each other's back.

Though despite the amount of style, there is a lot of substance to be had with this show. One of the unique things about the show are despite all the pretty colors, this is a dark show. Sometimes the good guys in this show don't always win, it can end in a stalemate, characters can die, or the good guys do win but the victory is never without a cost. This really increased the jeopardy factor in the show really reminding us the character are living in reality, despite all the bright colors of Miami there is also lots of darkness.

Like any of the 80's cars from yesteryear, this show is still pretty to look at and has still has the millage for entertainment.

Rating: 4 stars
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Happy Days (1974–1984)
10/10
Good Old Days
18 February 2020
There is always something interesting about seeing a comedy or TV show from yesteryear, much like any antiquity despite how old it is anyone that's never lived in that decade can't help but marvel at the relic, wondering what a person felt when the possessed it, what a novelty it must have been when it looked brand new, or even simply what life back then was like when this object was around. This is one of my favorite comedies of all time, this is another childhood gem as I saw this show on "Nick at Nite".

This really was a unique comedy for its time, for one thing it's a period piece which was something that hasn't been done much at the time. You can say the show slightly predates "Stranger Things" just as "Stanger Things" was based in the 80's, "Happy Days" is in the 50's. And this show I felt captured that decade well, I remember seeing this time period in this show for the first time, I couldn't help but be somewhat curious as it some things looked familiar to what we had but a different and older model and some things I never knew about.

The production value is high as it captures a decade long gone. This show no doubt is a homage and celebration to the 50's decade, from the clothes, motorcycles, automobiles, black leather jackets, high school hangouts, music you name it it's all there. The music is also really good you sometimes here a few 50's song tracks, but of course there is the theme song which is one of my favorite theme songs of all time, the song "Happy Days" really reflected the show as it's a song of happier times in the past.

It's interesting how the show has sort of a two-way effect, where on one hand for anyone that has lived in the 50's decade or close to it this would be a wave of nostalgia. But for anyone that hasn't this show is a good history lesson for that decade. There is a slight relatability factor to the show, from some of what was happening and the dilemmas the characters had to go though, shows what they all had to go though isn't so different from what we face in the present.

The humor is very good, it has some of the common sitcom humor but there are some clever bits of humor too. Also even like how the show intermixes drama which really works well, I always like it when they do that in some sitcom/comedy shows to show that despite these characters in a comedy, they all still live in the real world and their all human. This I feel is slightly true to life because despite the laughter in our lives we also have our dilemmas as well.

The characters are good their all well rounded and develop slightly giving the show a slight sense of continuity. There are a lot of good characters and dynamics I'll just a couple of them I really like and these two are no surprise.

Richie Cunningham: Ron Howard is just great as Richie; this is probably my favorite role from him and it was also kind of one of his final acting roles before he transitioned into directing. But I really like his character as he's sort of an Archie Andrews's like character, you could say the show is a bit like an "Archie" comic as most of the time it's about Archie caught up in certain sitcomish situation or simple teen dilemmas and Archie does his best to resolve it with more or less success, much like with Richie. Richie is a person that is a little ill confidant but not short of courage as he's a guy that is on a quest for coolness, making whatever dreams he has come true, and just simply getting though the day and life alright.

Richie despite not knowing it really is cool as we see throughout the show he actually becomes more outgoing and active, he always doing and trying different things; some things work better than others and he has his successes and failures, even when he fails he doesn't give up he keeps going at things and that's true about life itself.

Fonzie played well by Henry Winkler, Fonzie is just awesome he is like almost the epitome of it, he's the kind of guy we want to be or dream of being. He was just all around cool in a nostalgic sense though even in the present, with that black leather jacket, hair, motorbike, you name it's there. I also like that he sort of has superpowers, from a jukebox where he always hits a certain spot and it come on, how the heck he know where to hit and always plays a song of his choice is anyone's guess. Really love his easy going cool attitude, he not just has some of the best lines but you just felt whenever he talked you just feel everything is going to be alright.

However, the guy's real power to me is in his heart, he's always helping others and doing the right thing. Really like the back and forth between both Fonzie and Richie, sort of a brotherly bond as both are always watching each other backs and supporting each other at times of need.

The only bad thing and this is no surprise was and of course this show invented the term jumped the shark. This is a all too common fundamental problem with most shows that go on longer than desired or too long for their own good. It's hard to say how or why it happens it's as if the story stretched itself out so much, it's stretched itself out too thin there is almost nothing left to offer.

Pretty much after that spectacular two parter with the shark and season nothing was really the same; though I wouldn't say it was all bad the show did manage to go on after Richie was gone, characters Chachi and Joannie filled the blanks alright and the Fonz still had coolness left, let alone there are some good and great episode still to be had, but as I said it just wasn't the same, the seasons I felt were a little imbalanced as they felt a little too much like the Joannie and Chachi show (ironic I say that since they had a spin off which wasn't good) then "Happy Days". The other thing was also the 80's approaching so interest in 50's nostalgia at the time sort of dissipated a little.

Though this is only one roadblock you can easily get past, you can always stick with the past seasons when things were still good which could say is also ironic to say as this is a show for nostalgia. Though if you want you can try out some of the latter seasons as I said there is some good to be had with them.

Overall if your into vintage comedies this show will make your day.

Rating: 4 stars
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Happy Days: They Shoot Fonzies, Don't They? (1976)
Season 4, Episode 8
9/10
Painfully Footloose
17 February 2020
This episode is an honorable mention in my book. Not a lot to say it's pretty much your typical marathon episodes, it's predictable but it's how the protagonists get to the finish line that counts.

We see the Fonzie is going to be Joanie's partner in the contest, with the Fonz around you'd think the contest is in the bag. But fate takes a bad turn, when we see something goes wrong with Fonzie's bike which made him push it for miles till he got to the Cunningham's, so yeah Fonzie is about out of gas.

But unfortunately, we see he must rough it as he kept his promise. It's was great hearing Antson sing he's a capable singer, the songs of course are oldies but goodies. Richie he a good host has a lot of good lines. And of course, it's funny but at the same time painful seeing Fonzie just running on fumes, struggling to continue dancing and keeping his composure. Really like moments when he kicks in the auxiliary power and we see him pull off some dances.

But of course, as the hours wind down we just seeing couples are dropping like flies, and everyone is just about out of gas, I'll admit just looking at them all makes me tired. It's funny when we hear Richie host again but with less enthusiasm and energy, you can tell from his look, voice along with both of his friends all three want to get the hell out of there and go home, yeah that's what I always want to do when in a party longer than desired.

Does Fonzie have any more reserve left in his dance tank, you must see for yourself.

Rating: 3 and a half stars
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Family Ties: Say Uncle (1984)
Season 2, Episode 14
10/10
Ned falling of the wagon
15 February 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Warning do not read unless seen episode.

This episode is an honorable mention, this is one of the darkest episodes of the show. Tom Hanks guess stars in the episode once more and for the last time, which kind of sucks it's too bad there was never any follow up to this in the latter seasons, I would of liked to of seen if Ned was able to turn his life around; but due to Tom Hanks career on the sliver screen it couldn't happen.

However, the other shame was that both Michael and Tom never got to do a movie on the sliver screen together which I felt was a lost opportunity, it would have been awesome seeing both back together to do a film.

The only bad thing about the episode is I felt the humor and drama felt a little imbalanced at times. There were a few points where a joke wasn't inserted at a moment of absolute seriousness which I'll admit felt inappropriate, as if someone prematurely turned on the laugh track.

But this is easy to get past as it only happens in some parts of the episode. Anyway, here we see Ned is unfortunately is at an absolute low point in his life; we see he's became a self-destructive wreck but worst of all an alcoholic.

I'll admit there were some points where it felt a little scary and I exercised concern, but it's also very sad as we've known who he was in Season 1. As he was this fun friendly optimistic guy, now it seems like Rob has lost touch with that guy.

One scene in the late night when both Alex and Ned were talking with one another, you see Rob is a little drunk and there where a couple of moments when Ned sounded abusive toward Alex which made me worried that things could escalate.

It then comes down to the job interview which is a little funny but at the same time a little cringe inducing and uncomfortable which is the point as we see Ned is completely drunk and is practically making a fool of himself; I'll admit seeing was sad as he was blowing his chance of getting a career in public television (I personally would love to have) which could have been the road back to the top, but instead he takes a detour to nowhere.

It then comes down to the final minutes which were emotional and slightly intense. Steve and Else both are taking Ned down and trying to get him to get some help. Alex, we see is trying to get Ned to get back in touch with the guy he use to be again. We really see how much Ned is Alex's hero when Alex shows him a bunch of newspaper clippings on Ned's achievements and how each of them help inspire him to strive.

It then comes down to the final minutes where we see Ned is trying to destroy those clippings feeling he can't be that guy again; Alex tries to get them back but then Ned hit's Alex. I'll admit that moment made my heart sink and also really mad at Ned, really like that moment when Steve almost charged at him, yeah I would of done the same and gave Ned a right hook. I know that sound bold, but I don't tolerate people that physically hurt my friends. In that moment Ned let Alex, the family and us down, but worst of all himself.

Though we can sort of forgive Ned as he really didn't mean do, and you see him break down, cry, feeling guilty and realizing in the end he really does have a problem.

This episode isn't just about not drinking but also how it's never too late to climb back up in life but the importance of doing something about a serious problem like alcoholism before you truly lose everything.

Rating: 4 stars
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Family Ties: Mrs. Wrong: Part 2 (1986)
Season 5, Episode 7
10/10
Matrimony or Bust
14 February 2020
This is part two of my fifth favorite episode/s of the show, and it's a good follow up. It's true the ending is predictable, like with most attempted marriage plots but it's how the character get there that matters.

This episode is just all the round funny, really like the running joke with Nick where he has a bad effect on the Keaton's sleep, that alone could be a bad omen on why both Mallory and Nick shouldn't go though with it.

Everyone in the Keaton's is in distress, well except for Jennifer whose head is in the clouds on the whole idea, I couldn't help but think "put the Harlequin book away and smell reality", I hate to burst Jen's bubble but love isn't that simple. I really love some of the things Alex, Elise and Steven say, though I feel Alex and Steven have some of the best lines and moments.

But of course, it comes down to both Mallory and Nick, once both go to that chapel both start to apply the brakes of common sense. Both realize what their doing may seem right but, in their hearts, their realizing it's not. Mallory and Nick realize they really want a lot more on the big day, with Mallory her family and friends there and for Nick a certain band playing, ok for that one it was small but sometimes it's the small things that really make a complete picture. And to me that is part of what marriage should be about both being ready but also to have the best and all the right people to celebrate the bondage between two souls, at least that's what I believe.

Will Mallory and Nick have holy matrimony or bust, you'll just have to wait and see.

Rating: 4 stars
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Family Ties: A, My Name Is Alex (1987)
Season 5, Episode 23
10/10
It's not easy being Alex
14 February 2020
The fundamental problem with most characters in sitcoms or even certain TV shows back then are most of them we never truly know, not to say they don't contain an amount of depth but never a great amount which is why at times it's hard to believe one character or another even can exist at all.

Alex Keaton however is a character that is three dimensional, throughout the show we really got to know more about him which made us believe he could almost exist as he's a step in reality, here we truly see Alex as he is a human being.

This is my favorite episode/s in the show and in general. This episode truly was something else, it's something that most to all sitcoms/comedies even TV shows in general at the time never do a full character study. This is also the kind of episode that really isn't all laughs but is a drama, one that will really make you think but also tug at your heart strings.

We see the loss of Alex's friend Greg has deeply affected Alex. He's not just suffering from survivor's guilt but also a spiritual and identity crisis. When he goes straight to therapy that's when things really get interesting and the episodes suddenly turn into a stage play on TV.

This I felt really worked because it really gave everything a dream like quality with the use of darkness and the moments when Alex stepped into certain scenes, I feel this is true to the human psyche as we remember the past like scenes acted and reenacted in a play.

Alex, we see throughout the theory has not always been the happiest camper, in fact we see it can be downright sad at time being in his shoes. In a way I can't help but feel this episode isn't just about Alex's character but it's sort of about ourselves, how we've gone though the motions from our childhood to even the present, how deeply the past has affected us then and even now.

It also causes us to question both psychologically and philosophically, if any of what happened in the past went a different direction could our lives have been better? Are we really being the people we want to be? But also what do we want to be and how to we want to live life?

Alex has questioned his own soul, just as we question our own.

Rating: 4 stars
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The Andy Griffith Show: Three Wishes for Opie (1964)
Season 5, Episode 14
10/10
Wishful Wishing
14 February 2020
This is my sixth favorite episode of the show, here it's something different as we get into supernatural territory. It's funny as it's sort of a case of punchline and payoff with every wish. I really love how Barney reacts to the whole thing, nervous and excited about the whole thing.

Throughout the episode we are sort of pulled in two directions where on one hand were skeptical but on another, we almost are believers. It's interesting how each wish comes true, you could easily dismiss as pure coincidence but then again it almost seems rather strange that those things immediately came true just as Opie spoken the wish.

My favorite scene is seeing Barney along with Floyd and Gubber are testing the waters in a Tarot ritual. It's just funny how all three are reacting as all three are clearly spooked out. It's even funnier when we see Barney makes a wish, it comes true and he is just shaking in his boots.

Whether it's just pure coincidence or even higher forces at work, I leave that up to you. But as an old saying goes, "You got to wonder."

Rating: 4 stars
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Family Ties (1982–1989)
10/10
Strong Ties
13 February 2020
This show is one of my favorite comedy shows and one of my favorite family sitcoms of all time. The show is also another childhood gem of mine as I was a kid from the 80's decade and this show was one of the first family sitcom I've ever seen when I was about six years old. This show also came out on my birth year 1982 which you could say makes the show extra special for me.

I really loved watching this when I was a kid and as an adult I still do to this day. I'll admit every time I would watch some of the promos of the episodes, the episodes themselves, along with that famous theme song, it always gives me the warm fuzzies, just makes me feel like I'm back in the 80's tuning into this show and any other sitcom of yesteryear.

There is so much to this show which is part of what makes this timeless to me and hold up after so many years. Like that theme song from Johnny Mathis and Denise Williams which is one of my favorite theme songs of all time, it is just beautiful and perfectly encapsulates the entire show.

One of the things I like about the show is the humor, which is mainly verbal and clever writing, it's much like with British humor which mainly relies on the same things. This made it stand apart from most sitcoms at the time, the fundamental problem with most of the sitcoms we had were there were times they relied too much on gimmicks, twists, outlandish plots, or worst of all dumb things down as a despite attempt for a laugh.

This show along with some British comedy shows don't do that, they never insult the audiences intelligence because like most verbal humor it always constantly builds up where things are funny but then as it builds up more it gets funnier and funnier, up until the payoffs.

What best of all makes the show work are the characters themselves whom are all well rounded and smart people. Why most of them are funny is that they tend to make a mistake or inadvertently get themselves into a dilemma. This doesn't make them stupid; this makes them human because some of the dilemmas in the show they get into are ones that we might have got into ourselves or had to deal with which helps in the relatability factor.

At times watching an episode of the show can be like looking at a journal entry and saying, yeah, I've been there too. I really like how they solve the dilemmas and even learn from them; not by some deus ex Machina where in a sitcom sometimes there is the patient or mentor that just happens to have the solution to the problem of the week. These characters do intelligently identify the problems and do their best to rectify and resolve them with and without help.

I also really like the dynamic with the Keaton's which was a bit unique for it's time. As usual with the sitcoms it does have that typical old and young conflict and bonding. But this show has a bit of a spin on an old somewhat clichéd dynamic in most sitcoms.

We hear that the parents are open minded Liberals and use to be protesters during the 60's and part of the 70's; this you can say makes the parents somewhat the rebels of the family sort of. As for the kids, each of them is clearly products of their time period, from one obsessed with money and politics, another fashion, another wise beyond years, this makes the kids on the conservative end of things.

This made the show unique and somewhat fresh at the time because usually it's the other way around where the kids are on the rebellious end of things and the parents are acting as products of their time. I also feel this dynamic is true with most families because both parents and kids really do hold onto certain values they've learned and collected from the times they lived in.

This dynamic is interesting as we see those diverse values are both in conflict with each other but at the same time are bonding together because the values of the present can't exist without the ones from the past, and past values can't live on unless they can transition into the present and beyond.

All the characters are great even some of the side characters. There is also development in both kinds of characters, which is another thing that made this show unique at the time. Each of the characters as the seasons go on you see signs of growth in each of them, this really gave the show a sense of time that years really have passed by for the Keaton's and each have been affected by them.

But most importantly each of the characters as they grew got more interesting, their still not perfect they still have new problems and dilemmas to deal with, but we see them deal with them differently and maybe a little better than they would before. Even certain feelings about things change, like with Alex on how he viewed certain things before but doesn't feel that way episodes or a season latter. This also increased the reliability factor because that's true with all of us as time goes on, we all start to acquire different views and feelings on certain things in life.

Finally, another interesting thing about the show are the amount of guest characters, most of the guest stars are familiar faces way before they became highly popular. Which makes watching the show even more interesting sort of like spotting Waldo in the "Where's Waldo" books, most A listers and other famous faces had their start in TV. And it was one hell of a start having it in a show that is now a classic; some of the famous faces consist of Tom Hanks, Gina Davis, Cortney Cox, and many more.

Here's a few of my favorite characters

Nick played well by Scott Valentine, he's my favorite side character and significant other for Mallory. This guy is just awesome, he's not the brightest bulb but his heart is in the right place and driving the right direction. I like that he's a guy that beats to a different drummer and an artist which cool cause I'm those myself.

He's a gear head as he's into motorbikes, really like the way he dresses from the leather coat and T shirts, one I like is that "Monty Python Flying Circus" T Shirt which is cool I love that show. I also like the way he talks as he's clearly a Stallone fan which is cool so am I and, though it also reminds me a little of the Fonz from "Happy Days" from certain tone and inflections.

But most importantly really love the back and forth between both Malory and him, I really bought into the chemistry and can easily see why both click together well.

Mallory Keaton played well by Justine Bateman. Justine was another one of my celeb crushes when I was a kid, I thought she was hot at the time. But anyway, I really like the character Mallory who is a person that is passionate and obsessed with fashion and has big dreams with working in the fashion world. Which is something I can emphasize with here as I have big dreams to and am passionate about certain things like movies and video games.

She's a highly intelligent girl but a bit of a slacker, but I just really love her really dry and deadpan humor and remarks mainly toward Alex.

Alex Keaton played by one of my favorite actors Michael J Fox. This show was the actor's debut in leading role and to me this is one of my favorite roles from him. Alex really is an interesting role because he's a guy that wouldn't seem likeable and yet he is.

He's a guy that is clearly wise beyond his years, he's highly intelligent, a heavy rational thinker, he's obsessed with money, success, politics, suits as he's most of the time is dressed in on, and has big dreams which is constantly working 24.7 to achieve. He's also a bit of a perfectionist as he wants things to go a certain way almost as much a Peril from "Steven Universe". Though it's true Alex isn't perfect as he's sort of guilty of being selfish, egocentric and self-absorbed almost as much as Ben Tennyson from "Ben 10 Alien Force/Ultimate Alien".

However, we can easily forgive the guy as he easily gets humbled and even stops being those things all together. The other reason we can easily forgive him is his humanity. Alex is actually a highly insecure person, the egotism he expresses is most of the time really a cover as he's really worried about almost just about everything. But all that dissolves when he realizes what really matters and what he needs to do and that makes him come through in the end for others and himself.

Things with him are even funnier whenever both him and Mallory are together. It's always funny and even touching seeing both clash with one another but also at the same time help each other out. You could say it's almost a buddy cop dynamic between the two which makes sense as the 80's had plenty of them like "Lethal Weapon" and the under the radar gem "The Hard Way" which Michael was in. Both really do balance each other out well as Alex acts as reason and stability for Mallory, while Mallory acts as aggression and sensibility for him.

The strong ties of a family are the ties that bind.

Rating: 4 stars
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Family Ties: Don't Go Changing (1985)
Season 4, Episode 5
9/10
Dance Machine
11 February 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Warning don't read unless seen episode.

This episode is an honorable mention, it's a fun episode and it's one centered on both Ellen and Alex.

Alex insecurity is at a high when he realizes how different he is from Ellen as he's not a man that's totally into the world of art, dance, opera, and all the other romanticized features intellectual culture provides. Which is understandable as he's a person that is more into things down to Earth and based on rational thought like history and politics. But also like with all individuals not ever subject is going to click with us, it's just human nature.

It's just funny seeing how much he is working hard to understand and possibly get into Ellen's world so he can keep the relationship solid. From that box he brings out which has lots of intellectually based things, it's funny when Steve and the other Keaton's read some of titles on some of them out, as there obviously the beginner versions of them. And of course, the chemistry between both Alex and Ellen is solid as usual.

But of course, the highlight is seeing Alex audition at Ellen's dance class. He does an interpretive dance piece he made up called "The Stock Market Crash". It is just hilarious, the whole way as Alex's dance lives up to the title, let alone this is probably the first and only interpretive dance based on "The Stock Market Crash".

Really like "The Lone Ranger" theme music which fits, the dancing (if you want to call it that) Alex does you just have to see to believe as it just seems to be a total mishmash of dance moves. From one part where he is just doing what resembles aerobics, the Curly ground running movie, break dancing roll you just must see it all to believe it.

Alex is a dancing machine, well sort of.

Rating: 3 stars
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Family Ties: A Keaton Christmas Carol (1983)
Season 2, Episode 9
9/10
Christmas with the Keatons
10 February 2020
This episode is an honorable mention as well as an honorable mention in favorite Christmas episodes. Not a lot to say, it's pretty much "A Christmas Carol" but with the Keatons. Alex is in the Scrooge role no surprise, the whole shabackle is basically to teach him to stop being overly selfish, which sadly most of the time in the show he is.

A couple of the Ketons of course serve as the ghosts, from Jennifer as the "Ghost of Christmas Past" whom is in a red robe and Malory "Ghost of Christmas Future" in a white robe. It's true the ghost effects on both aren't very good though at the same time it sort of adds to the comedy as their the kind of effects I would see in the show "Dark Shadows". Really like the Mallory who is sort of her dried humor self as usual but really like that tip, she gives to Alex about his hair.

We see the future sequence which is an exaggeration as we see Alex's family are all poor and living in abject poverty. Except for Alex whom we see a middle-aged version of him that is bad inside and out, as we see he is fat and bald. It's funny as Alex is just hung up about the baldness his future version is struck with. But I how the humanity of Alex seeps in as he observes his possible future versions behavior toward his family and he doesn't like what he sees, nor do we.

The ending of course is predictably touching but I wouldn't want it any other way in Christmas episode. And for the record actor Michael is now middle aged and looks nothing like that future counterpart, so that a Christmas miracle onto itself.

Rating: 3 and a half stars
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Family Ties: Mr. Wrong (1985)
Season 4, Episode 3
10/10
Wrong Right Guy
10 February 2020
This is my second favorite episode of the show, this introduces us to side character Nick who is my favorite side character in the entire show.

The plotline is sort of the typical premise on one of the characters dating someone that outside the norm or doesn't fall into their criteria or expectations. It's funny in itself as a friend or family member has had those dates that were of questionable taste. But also, good drama as it's on both Steven and Elise having to deal with the reality Mallory is grown up and only she can decide what's best for her love life.

However, to me what really powers the episode is Nick, this character is both hilarious and awesome. Nick is a person that beats to a different drummer, despite how off beat he may seem he's actually a smart and creative guy as he's an environmental and junk artist, where he was able to make a hat out of garbage, hopefully it was sanitized.

I really like the fact he's obviously a Stallone fan, which is cool as I am also. From his hairstyle, a little of what he wears, but also the voice he puts on. Though the voice also kind of sounds a bit like Fonzie from "Happy Days" as he's got some of those same sound beats and inflections.

Some of Nicks character almost reminds me a bit of Fonzie, from the fact he rides a motorbike but also has a rebellious side to him. However, what I like is he really does have a good heart as we see some of how both Mallory and Nick interact and what happens at the end which shows why Nick may 'be right for Mallory.

As an old song goes, "If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right." True words for both Mallory and Nick.

Rating: 4 stars
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Get Smart: The Groovy Guru (1968)
Season 3, Episode 15
9/10
Groovy Dilemma
8 February 2020
This episode is another honorable mention, the episode obviously parodies on some of the hippie culture and music. What really makes this episode is the villain himself Groovy Guru played well by Larry Storch whom was from "F Troop" which is cool since that another favorite comedy of mine and even the animated series "Tennessee Tuxedo", like that show too; it's fitting since both Don and Larry were friends in reality.

Anyway, the Groovy Guru is one of my favorite "Kaos" villains, he's got some of the best lines. But I just really like Larry's performance, it's surprising he never was a radio DJ host because he really sounds like he could have been. I really like how he can sound cool and likeable but at the same time there is an underlying threatening mannerism to him.

There is some good comedy as usual from Max taking a lie pill which was funny as each thing, he says contradicts what he really wanted to say. And of course, we see the Guru gets both Max and 99 in a trap worthy of "Batman 66" as the Guru is trying to put both under his power from his nefarious funky tunes. It's fun and funny seeing both Max and 99 dancing along with that music, which is catchy and memorable.

This episode is a groovy tune.

Rating: 3 and a half stars
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Get Smart: Island of the Darned (1966)
Season 2, Episode 11
9/10
Hard Targets
8 February 2020
This episode is an honorable mention, it's "Get Smart" doing "The Most Dangerous Game". Not a lot I can say, there is good comedy as usual but what makes this episode good is in the suspense hunt that takes place.

I really like how you're on your toes as you are seeing both Max and 99 hunted down like dogs literally. You are constantly hoping both Max and 99 can not just outrun the hunters but also outwit them.

There is a lot of physicality in the episode as we see both Max and 99 are just running like hell, getting down, dirty, tired. Really liked the rope bridge scene which is a common trope in the of the old adventure serials. Either they both cross the bridge and risk death or don't cross and die, yeah great options.

Can both Max and 99 win this game, well you'll just have to wait and see.

Rating: 3 and a half stars
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Valerie (1986–1991)
8/10
Nice Knit Family
7 February 2020
This show is another under the radar gem, it wasn't a show that was overlooked, the show was a hit and was popular in the 80's but as time went on it' s been forgotten. Though I never forgotten it, I actually saw a little of the show when I was about 8, though I'll admit I wasn't highly into it as there were lots of other sitcoms going on at the time, most notably "Who's the Boss" but I did like this show. The show is also kind of a lost gem as it hasn't had a DVD or Blu Ray release, hopefully somewhere along the line a release will be considered cause there are fans of the show let alone of actor Jason Bateman so why the heck not.

The only bad thing about the show would be it may seem a little uneven. Due to the fact the main star Valarie was dejected or quit, (I honestly don't know the real story), in the first half of the shows run. Which of course meant changes to keep the show going, this could put some people off as some were fans of the actress. Though personally this never really bothered me, I never watched the show for her, I'm not a fan of the actress (let alone never grew up watching the shows she was in), let alone this show by it's nature was never really all about her character it was about the entire family in general.

The change you could say is the one thing that gives the show a slight uniqueness if not complete; usually when things like that happen in any show it's a kiss of death but surprisingly it wasn't it actually worked, because they were able to keep the chemistry and bits of development going and storylines with the family interesting.

As for the rest of the format of the show, it's nothing special, but that's not a bad thing because it's everything done right. There is good comedy and like how it dealt with certain issues going on at the time and are still going on now. I like the brothers I thought they were all solid each of them are well rounded, they support each other but also clash with one another.

From Mark Hogan (Jeremy Licht) and Wille Hogan (Danny Ponce) both are fraternal twins but are total opposites, their sort of your teenage odd couple as Mark is brainier and cleaner while Wille is more athletic and messy.

Though my favorite character is David Hogan played well by Jason Bateman. This is cool because I really like the actor, this show was literally Jason's debut and it was a good start for the guy, which is true for a lot of other well known actors. But I like his character because he's an aspiring filmmaker and photographer which makes him a little relatable as I love both those things and am one myself. He's got a bit of an ego but on a small and harmless scale, he's also a bit of a smart alec in a funny sense.

Of course, there is that theme song, which is one of my favorite theme songs of all time, it's memorable and perfectly fits the show as it's really touching singing about the joy of family.

Overall, this is a solid show, it's not on the same level as other comedies/sitcoms I really like or love the best. But still if you're into vintage comedies from the 80's decade "The Hogan Family" is worth a visit.

Rating: 3 stars
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I Love Lucy: Job Switching (1952)
Season 2, Episode 1
10/10
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling
7 February 2020
This is my second favorite episode of the show, Lucy and the rest are really at their best. It's pretty much the walking in the other's shoes plotline but it's one of the best ones.

As an old saying goes, it's never easy being me, all four characters learn that lesson the hard way. It's funny as we see Ricky and Fred are both doing some of the typical chore work but mainly trying to make a cake which of course results in disaster.

Of course, Lucy and Ethel aren't doing any better, their story is no doubt the highlight of the episode. As we see both of them are assigned a task in the Chocolate factory of wrapping up what looks like Hershey kisses at breakneck speed. Really like the superior that directs that has that tone of an overly strict schoolteacher, she gives out one of my favorite lines "Let it Roll!" that always cracks me up.

The scene is similar to Chaplin's "Modern Times" conveyer belt scene. We see both Lucy and Ethel trying in vein to keep up the pace of the conveyer belt just going faster and faster, which makes things funnier and funnier. I really love how both Ethel and Lucy are trying to hide the chocolates they failed to package in their clothes, hat, even mouths.

Not much else to say, when you watch this episode just remember the words from an old theme song, "Rolling, Rolling, Rolling".

Rating: 4 stars
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Get Smart: A Spy for a Spy (1966)
Season 2, Episode 3
10/10
Spy vs. Spy
6 February 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Warning do not read unless seen episode

This is my favorite episode of the show, there is just so much I like about this episode. From the brisk pace, plotline, but most importantly both Max and Siegfried are just at their absolute best.

This episode introduced head villain Siegfried whom is an honorable mention in favorite fictional villains. Siegfried has a sort of exaggerated German accent, fascist ideals, but what I like about him is how uptight he always is even in his nefarious goals. I always laugh whenever he kept stating certain rules "We do not do this or that here.", it just showed the extended of his uptight nature as he just kept putting restrictions on the simplest things.

I always like the clashing between both Max and Siegfried, it always plays out like a live action version of Mad Magazine's "Spy vs Spy", in fact the whole episode almost is one. As both are running their organizations and are not just seeing who gets the most agents but also are trying to bump each other off at the same time.

Both in this episode I feel are truly at their best clashing, at times you almost feel like both characters could of easily of been friends. Really liked the first meeting between them when both were putting down all of the weapons they carried just to show good faith in the meeting. It's just funny and almost jaw dropping as both carry more weapons than "The Punisher".

It's just funny how the whole plot plays out, where you can make a sport out of it which they kind of do as Max has a scoreboard on how many agents each side has. It's really funny once we hear both organizations have captured so many agents they've literally run out of agents from either side to capture; how the heck big spy organizations like Control and Kaos can run out of agents is anyone's guess, but that's what makes it all the more funny just the absurdity of that concept.

However, what makes the comedy increase in humor is seeing Max for once in charge of Control. And despite everything getting out of control he does a decent job leading the organization, though I say decent loosely.

It then comes down to both Max and Siegfried making a business negotiation, it's funny as there is a lot of disagreement which leads to an agreement. In a way you can say both from that became friends and allies in that moment, but like I said moment we know both will continue their clash in the next game.

Rating: 4 stars
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The Munsters: A House Divided (1966)
Season 2, Episode 29
10/10
Divided Calamity
5 February 2020
This is my favorite episode of the show, it's pretty much a Herman Munster and Grandpa episode and it's my favorite one in my book as both are truly at their best. Both Herman and Grandpa are one of my favorite comedic duos, it's funny when we see both get along as friends, but it's even funnier when both butt heads together.

Really liked the beginning when Herman takes Eddies go cart present for a test spin but of course knowing Herman you know a lot goes wrong in an instant. It's funny seeing how much destruction Herman causes with that out of control go kart, almost more than any person that played the "Grand Theft Auto" video games.

This over course leads to the dividing line throughout the house. It's just funny how the line has just made both of them clash even more. As we see both are fighting over who gets what or who owns what; heck they even go so far as to paint the line on Spot.

Though the clashing causing just as much grief for Lily and the rest of the family, which then causes Lily and Marylin to beat both at their own game to teach them a lesson. It's funny when Lily and Marylin use the line rule to their advantage which gives both Grandpa and Herman a great deal of grief.

Yeah, the lesson in this episode is obviously it's better to make friends than enemies. But all the same it was a fun fight just as this is a fun episode.

Rating: 4 stars
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The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
10/10
Small Town, Strange Community, Big Warm Hearts
4 February 2020
This is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. This was one of the first comedies shows I've seen when I was about 8, let alone one of the first comedy from yesteryear I've ever seen as this is a show that's in black and white format. Most comedy shows in my book don't always hold up or are the kind I can see once or twice but then there are some I can easily watch again and make me with which makes this show timeless.

Most of this show's influence and inspiration has been echoed throughout the years and so all utilizing the small town quirky strange commune format; "The Adventures of Pete and Pete", "Northern Exposure", "Twin Peaks" and "Eureka".

I like the fact the show is in black and white (ok I know it was seasons 1 through 5. 6 through 8 were colored but those count and kind of sucked in my book) the black and white I feel not just give the show the feel of yesteryear, but also make the show sort of dreamlike, which adds to quirky existence Andy and company inhabit as Mayberry is a place I feel is one step in reality but one step away.

One of the things I like about the show is the sense of familiarity and simplicity. I really like how Mayberry is conceived as it's a mid-America town that looks and feels like some of the small towns that anyone lived in. I used to live in small towns along with both my mom and dad. This sort of helps make the show a little relatable for anyone that has ever lived in those places. Though for anyone that hasn't it's a good curiosity or even breath of fresh air to get a feel of what small town life was like back then.

Mayberry indeed is very interesting because, despite such a small town it's not boring, the populace is full of people that are strange/quirky or have their quirks, these are people that all beat to a different drummer. But there is this sense of friendliness and community as it looks like everyone is looking out for everyone and even cares what happens to the other. I really like this because it really gives the family dynamic a broader sense and not just resigned on the usual format which was in most sitcoms; it just shows how family can be a collection of individuals to make a whole.

Of, course I'll never forget the theme song "Fishing Hole" which is believe it or not one of my favorite theme songs. It's great because it's so simple as it's just whistling, guitar strumming and even snapping near the end of the theme, it's kind of a folksy tune but it really fits like a glove for this show because of how it fits the mid America location.

There actually is a version with the actual song lyric sung by Andy Griffith himself, which I honest never knew existed but I'm glad I found it because it sound great, it's a little different as it has some jazz tune to it but makes the tune sound even better and still fits. Listening to both versions is interesting as both are good the same and their own way.

The characters and supporting characters are all good in their own way and all of them were actually well rounded and even had some development, which actually made these characters feel human like they could almost actually exist. Though for me what really made the show were these three that truly made the show, it was always cool whenever all three got together sometimes which always made things funnier.

Andy Taylor is my favorite role from Andy Griffith because he in a way is sort of playing himself. He's very much the straight down to Earth man. but he's likable because he's understanding, he not somebody that's quick to anger (as if there's much to get angry about around there) he accepts the people of Mayberry for who they are and why their the way they are. Even like how when it comes down to the police work, he solves them nonviolently, which I like showing you don't' always need force to win. And he's a good friend and father.

Barney Fiffe my favorite character in the show and favorite role form Don Knotts, he always had these big expressive eyes. I always love how overzealous he was, this is a guy that just love the heck out of his job, though could be guilty of over doing it a bit. It's always funny how he only has one bullet in his pocket, in a way as a precaution, not to say he's trigger happy but a bit shaky on the trigger.

But in a way that overzealousness is a bit of a strength because he takes action when needed, he believes in what he's doing and does it actually effectively if not always efficiently but gets the job done all the same. But most importantly he has a good heart and a good brotherly dynamic with Andy, as he helps and watches his back he does the same.

Gomer Pyle my second favorite character. His character is such a loveable soul, I really like how he in a way is almost a man child or childlike, as he seems to approach things in a childlike innocence and perspective, that hillbilly like accent sort of adds to it. He's not the brightest bulb but he has a good heart as he always sticks by both Andy and Barney and does his best to help others. But I just love how he's always has this endless positive attitude toward people and life itself, even when he is down a time or two it doesn't last he just bounces right back up, which is where he belongs.

A lot can happen in a small town, which is part of what makes them beautiful.

Rating: 4 stars
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The Andy Griffith Show: The Haunted House (1963)
Season 4, Episode 2
10/10
Haunted or Bust
4 February 2020
This is my favorite episode of the show and it's another one of my favorite Halloween episodes. This episode plays out like a live action "Scooby Doo" adventure.

What makes this episode for me is the Mayberry Trio, Andy, Barney, and Gomer. This to me is all three of them at their best as their going though their tour of the house together. You can say that Barney and Gomer are Shaggy and Scooby Doo while Andy being the straight man as usual is Fred.

I just love the amount of fright both Barney and Gomer exercise as they are going thought he creepy house both barely able to contain it. Really loved one physical comedy moment when both Barney and Gomer were sticking to Andy like glue, you see as Andy is getting Obie's baseball, they bend with him at the same time and even walk with him shoulder to shoulder.

Even some of the small things from Gomer inadvertently finding a secret passageway, eyes on a painting moving, and even finding an axe that may or may not be the murder weapon of the former occupant; it's just priceless seeing Barney's frightful reactions.

This episode is a haunting good time.

Rating: 4 stars
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The Andy Griffith Show: Alcohol and Old Lace (1961)
Season 1, Episode 17
9/10
Queens of Booze
1 February 2020
This episode is another honorable mention, you could say this could also be a holiday episode as it takes place on a certain day, if you like to count it that is. The episode was slightly inspired by the play "Arsenic and Old Lace" as we have to elderly lady characters that are somewhat similar only in this episode they don't kill people, they make and sell illegal booze.

I really like both characters as they are both so sweet it's strange. But what I like is that both are well meaning people as their goal is to spread joy and make the world better. The only problem is there are holes in their ideology as their all the same making and selling non legalized liquor but mainly on holiday that are officially national.

As usual Andy and Barney are at their best doing their business. It's just funny how as usual Barney exercises his overzealousness, he has one of my favorite lines he just delivers with gusto "Pow, pow, pow!"

And even Otis was really good as usual being his drunk self, it's really funny as both Andy and Barney notice Otis coming into his cell a little more than normal, even like seeing his facial reactions of despair knowing his liquor hole is about to evaporate when Andy and Barney were starting to find out when the hidden still is.

This episode is a distillery of laughs that won't leave you dry.

Rating: 3 and a half stars
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