TV Guide #14: Dec. 5-11, 1981
Private Benjamin's look says it all - 1981 wasn't exactly a high point in TV history. Gone were the days of groundbreaking Norman Lear sitcoms, insane variety shows and "jiggle TV". Television was definitely in a lull; but Cosby and friends lurked right around the corner.
But have no fear. If your TV lineup sucked, there was always Missile Command...
Blackstar was pretty awesome, but get a load of the rest of the morning lineup: a Laverne & Shirley cartoon, Trollkins, and Kwicky Koala!
But take note of the epic "Understanding Human Behavior". I did five posts on the accompanying book series. This reminds me - there's still quite a few books left. I better get back on it!
Thundar followed by Roller Boogie on HBO; sounds like a blue ribbon Saturday morning to me.
I'd forgotten HBO wasn't a 24 hour network once upon a time. Also, I have vivid memories of watching Pavarotti with my Italian family on this nigh, as well as the following Sagan special.
I was recently reminded of how batshit crazy Hart to Hart was listening to Will Wheaton's podcast TV Crimes. Highly recommended.
Check out all the mom & pop video rental stores that had already popped up in 1981. In a few years, Blockbuster would drive them under (before going broke itself). It was a great moment in time for guys like me who liked their pop culture a bit off the beaten path. Mom & pop video stores were a godsend.. but I could go all day.
It's the one show my parents never let me watch: Bosom Buddies. I'm not sure why they chose that particular sitcom to dig their heels in and take a moral stand (especially considering all the other garbage I watched) but it drove me crazy. For years, Bosom Buddies was the forbidden fruit that I was dying to taste. When I finally did, it had long lost its luster.
[Note: You might have noticed the Stephen King article from the cover. I'd have reprinted here, but it's just an excerpt from his book Danse Macabre. An excellent book - I recommend it to anyone interested in the horror genre.]