So, anything good on telivision?
Well, besides a few beacons of hope, depending on taste, we just seem to be getting the same old stuff we've had for years, or being drowned in a sea of awful reality tv shows (Do I really care if Tila Tequila has a shot at love? Really?). So, it's time to look at the past, for nostalgia and retroactive chastising. And by that, I mean let's look at the great shows we've let disappear in favor of what we have now.
So, let's start with the first and most obvious,
What, you though I was serious?
The real number 1...
I LOVE this show. I currently own every single season, and all of the DVD releases, from the movies to The Monster Maniac Robot Fun Collection (I think that's the name), and why did I buy all of it?
Because this show is pure genius, and easily the best thing Matt Groening has ever made.
I could go on describing what makes this show great, but I feel I would be repeating others too much, so I'll spare. Simply put, this is a show you must see.
And do you want to know why its canceled?
Simply put, despite its high ratings, Fox hated this show, and axed it during its prime. Even for Fox, that's low.
Now, I would put a link to watch this free online, but this time, you're going to have to buy it. Support the team behind this and purchase the new DVD, Into the Wild Green Yonder, when its released Feb. 24. Hopefully if it sells well enough, another station may be willing to allow the production of new, true episodes. We can hope.
2. Acceptable TV
This was a weird little show, but I just loved every minute of it.
The concept was that 5 short episodes of series would be made each week. People would vote for their favorite, and the top 2 would recieve another episode, while 3 new shows would be produced.
While not everything worked, it was a funny show, that gave us such classics like Operation: Kitten Calendar, Yo! Murder He Rapped (my favorite), Who's Gonna Train Me?, and Homeless James Bond, to name a few.
Sadly, it was canceled after only one season, but you can see all of the genius on their site here.
3. Clerks: TAS
An animated series? Based on a Kevin Smith film? God this must suck!
Hold on there. While it might sound like a huge turd, this series was actually very funny and weird at the same time, constantly breaking conventions and the fourth wall.
We pretty much follow Randall, Dante, and of course, Jay and Silent Bob, as they encounter the hazardous perils of the clerking business.
This series was filmed with a very different, very self aware style of humor, great characters, fun plots, and of course, Starwars references.
Sadly, it seemed it was too ahead of its time when it premiered, in 2000, and wasn't well recieved by audiences. In fact, it only lasted for 6 episodes.
But no, we can look back and enjoy.
All the episodes can be found here: http://www.veoh.com/collection/clerkstheanimatedseries/watch/v1031478rc3RBTqP#watch%3Dv1024168PRXjyESB
And that concludes this little blog. I know I'm missing a lot (Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks), but I haven't seen much of these shows, and know little about them. If I do catch them, I''ll be sure to mention them.
Well, thanks for reading. And no, let's break down like Crispin Glover...
Ah, that never gets old.
- Alex P., aka Alex, aka A. Pat, aka Gahars