TV Guide #5: March 22-28, 1980
Is it just me, or does "The Controversy Over 'The Day Christ Died'" strike you as hilarious juxtaposed next to the gang from Sheriff Lobo?
Yes, I know. You'd think with Retrospace in hibernation for a year, I'd be bursting at the seams with a variety of retro topics. Yet, here's yet another TV Guide. I can't help it - I've got a box of these, and they simply must be shared!
We'll start with perhaps the most important pages of all - Saturday mornings. There's a lesson to be learned here, kids...
Kids today enjoy several channels with 24 hour children's programming. Back in the day, we were limited to this paltry allotment. I mean, by lunchtime, your pittance of kiddie shows were over.... for the rest of the week!
You hear a lot of Gen Xers wax nostalgic over their precious Saturday mornings. Yet, how pitiful it looks on paper!
Of course this had repercussions....
...this meant that, for the remainder of the week, kids were watching programming not necessarily aimed at their age group. This meant, we were watching BJ and the Bear, Love Boat, and (choke) Hello, Larry!
By 1980, Redd had past his glory days. The Joe Santos comedy looks horrid; although, I have no memory of it. The description sends shivers down my spine: "He thought he understood women... UNTIL HIS 11-YEAR OLD DAUGHTER MOVED IN!!" (ugh)
I say this without any sense of hyperbole - there is no better pop culture time capsule for young Gen Xers than "Kids Are People Too". The guests on the show were a who's-who of a young generation's pop icons. I distinctly remember watching with rapt attention Stan Lee describe how he invented The Hulk. Then there was Debbie Harry, Scatman Crothers, Ace Frehley, Cheap Trick, Brooke Shields... and in this episode - Judy Blume!
Tonight's episode of CHiPs starring "Dana Plato of 'Hello, Larry'"... soon to be of "Diff'rent Strokes" and soon to be holding up stores for drug money. Not funny - truly tragic.
"Those jerks were the first put me away! Now I'm gonna put them away!"
Ben Vereen and Jeff Goldblum don't seem particularly threatened.
Add this Ryan's Hope ad to the ever-growing Carry List.
The new Stockard Channing show stars Max Showalter (Lord Love a Duck), so you know it's good.
"Doctor Zhivago" up against the "Flo" premiere. I wonder who won in the ratings.
"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation."
- Vladimir Lenin
"Kiss my grits!"
- Florence Jean Castleberry