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May 18th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 266, 267 & 268 - I Married Dora/Jason of Star Command/I’m a Big Girl Now

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we look at sham marriages, outer space and Corinne Tate from Soap acting alongside Danny Thomas.


First, McCormick from Hardcastle and McCormick and Audrey Griswold #3 star in a sitcom about marrying someone to ensure they aren't deported from the country.  Of course, hilarity ensues.  The best moment of the show came at the very end of the final episode, when everybody knew the writing was on the wall.


Next, outer space science fiction was everywhere in the late 70s--in your movie theater, on public television, in primetime, even on Saturday mornings.  The crew at Filmation gave us their take on space adventures with Jason of Star Command, which featured a veteran from an outer space classic.


Finally, Soap was riding high in 1980.  Its producers gave who would likely be the 6th most popular cast member on that show her own vehicle, with a cast that includes a comedy icon and a future comedy icon.  I'm a Big Girl Now was one (season) and done.


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1:22 - I Married Dora

49:49 - Classic Commercial Break

54:09 - Jason of Star Command

2:00:27 - Computer Voice Lady Intro to Episode 268

2:00:49 - I’m a Big Girl Now

May 11th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 264 & 265 - Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me!/Saturday Night Live ’85-’86

This week it’s the grand finale of Marvel Month on It Was a Thing on TV as we look at Electro playing a single dad and Tony Stark doing a season on Saturday Night Live.


First, we start with one of the more recent shows this podcast has covered.  Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier and others showed a lot of promise when this debuted, but the plug was quickly pulled at Netflix.  Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me! was just a bland comedy which relied on many tropes.


Then, Marvel Month concludes with possibly the second-worst season of SNL ever.  We talked about probably the worst season of SNL on episode 97, about the 1980-81 era.  Now, we look at the 1985-86 season, a transition season of sorts, when most of the cast lasted just this one season if not less, and the writers lasted just as long, ushering in one of the best eras in the show's lengthy history.


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0:39 - Intro to Episode 264

2:42 - Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me!

41:22 - Classic Commercial Break

45:16 - Intro to Episode 265

47:32 - Saturday Night Live (‘85-’86 Season)

May 9th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Live Show 15 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director’s Edition

Greg and Chico go to warp speed in the newest It Was a Thing on TV Live Show as they look at the recent 4K restoration for The Director's Edition of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" on Paramount+.

To follow along on Paramount+ pause the stream at the 1:17 mark and start after Greg says "play" following the five second countdown.

May 4th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 262 & 263 + Minisode 19 - Stumptown/Raising Dad/Fuji Vice

Marvel Month on It Was a Thing on TV continues why we also pay tribute to a wrestling legend!


First, MCU month rolls along with a recent series where Cobie Smulders has a lot of lesbian sex and some other stuff happens in Portland. This was a good show but sadly the pandemic reared it's ugly head forcing the show's premature end. Also, there's a brief discussion spoiling Episode 4 of "Moon Knight" at the start. You've been warned.


Next, Bob Saget is playing a widower taking care of his daughters, but it's not Full House.  It's the early 2000s, this show is on the WB, and the two daughters on the show went on to much bigger and better things in the upcoming decades.  Marvel month rolls on with Raising Dad.


Finally, in honor of what would have been Mr. Fuji's 88th birthday on May 4th, we present perhaps the single greatest thing the legendary WWF manager gave us.


As part of a series of skits on WWF Tuesday Night Titans in 1985, Fuji and his wrestler Don Muraco play Crockett and Tubbs in this parody of the NBC drama. This sketch is so bad it's good.


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0:39 - Intro to Episode 262

2:08 - Stumptown

1:34:06 - Classic Commercial Break

1:37:20 - Intro to Episode 263

2:39:23 - Fuji Vice

April 27th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 260 & 261 - Selfie and Mister Sterling

Marvel Month continues here at It Was a Thing on TV as this week we talk Thanos and his daughter!
First, in the past, we have had many modern-day adaptations of plays on both television and in movies--West Side StoryThe Odd CoupleYou Can't Take It with You, and the list goes on.  In 2014, a modern take of Pygmalion/My Fair Lady titled Selfie aired on ABC.  Despite having devoted fan base, only a handful of episodes aired on the network before being burned off online.
Then, before he was Thanos and Wade Wilson's sidekick, Josh Brolin in 2003 starred in this NBC political drama about a California Senator. Can a prison teacher turned politician survive in the wild world of D.C. in this modern-day Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?
Also, we briefly touch on one of Mike's adventures involving one of the show's guest stars around this time.
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0:38 - Intro to Episode 260
2:28 - Selfie
1:06:30 - Classic Commercial Break
1:10:39 - Intro to Episode 261
1:12:32 - Mister Sterling

April 20th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episode 258, Minisode 18 & Episode 259 - Opposite Sex/Titey (SNL TV Funhouse)/Don’t Scare The Hare

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we talk about Chris Evans, a robotic bunny and the Titanic voiced by Jason Alexander. Wait, what?
First, we're starting a month of Marvel universe-related shows, leading up to the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in May.  We start with a coming-of-age series about three boys attending an all-girls school from 2000.  Opposite Sex had as a supporting character, one of our favorites, Chris Evans.
Next, for the 109th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking last year, we looked at S.O.S. Titanic, a TV movie from 1979 with Susan St. James among others.  (UH OH!)  This year for the 110th anniversary, we're covering a much more light-hearted take, answering the question "What if Disney made a movie about the Titanic?"  Thanks to Robert Smigel, we think it might look a little like Titey.
Finally, in 2011, the BBC, the gold standard of TV networks in the UK, aired a late weekend afternoon game centered around a robotic rabbit in its own underground habitat.  I wish this was a late April Fools joke.  Don't Scare the Hare is as bizarre as TV shows come and, unsurprisingly, didn't have a very long shelf life.
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0:35 - Intro
2:26 - Opposite Sex
1:06:16 - Classic Commercial Break
1:10:31 - Titey
1:26:15 - Computer Voice Lady Intro to Don't Scare The Hare
1:26:38 - Don't Scare The Hare

April 13th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episode 257 - Face the Music

This week on It Was a Thing on TV what do you get when you combine Name That Tune, puzzles and Tarzan?
Combine elements of Name That Tune and Password Plus, add an emcee with very limited hosting ability, throw in a singer and a band, and enter a legendary cheapskate of a producer and what do you get?  One of the most memorable cult classic shows from the golden age of cable, Face the Music.
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April 6th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 255 & 256 - Kung Fu: The Next Generation/Electra-Woman and Dyna-Girl (2001 Pilot)

Pilot Month 2022 concludes on It Was a Thing on TV as the gang looks at a pair of pilots with one common theme. They have someone who was on Night Court.


First, Kung Fu originally ran for 3 seasons on ABC and made David Carradine a star.  Just like any quality show, a network (in this case, CBS) wanted to reboot it.  Kung Fu: The Next Generation didn't make it out of pilot stage, but did air on CBS in the summer of 1987.  It did give us a glimpse of a future legend in a key role.


Then, The WB (and now, The CW) like their superhero shows.  In 2001, The WB piloted a reboot of a mid-70s superhero duo, but brought them to the modern day including making the main character (we're not joking) a 50-year-old divorcee who lives in a trailer and is a raging alcoholic.  Needless to say, The WB said thanks but no thanks to Electra-Woman and Dyna-Girl.


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0:30 - Kung-Fu: The Next Generation

49:47 - The Jenny Position Commercial

50:54 - Electra-Woman and Dyna-Girl (2001 Pilot)

March 30th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 252, 253 & 254 - Darkman Pilot/Top Secret (1988 Pilot)/The Grudge Match

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we have a lot of stock footage and glop but remember that our topics are Top Secret!
First, it was a movie in 1990, and a successful one at that.  Two years later, a Darkman pilot was done for FOX.  The password is "expository."  And what's the deal with a 16-year-old playing a cop?  Listen to this episode and you'll know what we're talking about.
Next, Pyramid was cancelled months earlier, Blackout wasn't getting the viewers, and CBS had Family Feud waiting in the wings in early 1988.  Enter Wink Martindale with his format Top Secret which didn't crack CBS' lineup but had its own board game.  Be warned there is some whispering, followed by louder audio.  Respect your eardrums.
Finally, in the early 90s, if you had a beef with someone, you couldn't necessarily take them to a TV courtroom.  Enter a show with boxing, trash cans, and feather dusters, where combatants took their issues to the ring.  The Grudge Match is a show we have wanted to cover for some time and thanks to another podcast, a full episode made its way online recently.
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0:30 - Darkman Pilot
33:37 - Classic Commercial Break
35:51 - Top Secret (1988 Pilot)
1:26:45 - The Jenny Position Commercial
1:27:51 - The Grudge Match

March 27th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV Hall of Fame Class of 2022

For the first time ever Mike, Chico and Greg pay tribute to the legends that have made It Was a Thing on TV in the past two years of the podcast.
In the first (of hopefully many) Hall of Fame ceremonies they look at 12 inductees they feel are deserving in the show lore and are worthy of being named to the show's Hall of Fame.

March 23rd, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 250 & 251 - Genesis II/Planet Earth and What’s Alan Watching?

This week It Was a Thing on TV celebrates it's 250th (and 251st) Episode as Pilot Month 2022 continues as we look at two pilots brought to you from two all-time legends.
First, it's the early 70s.  Gene Roddenberry hit it big with Star Trek and is looking to create the next big thing.  He pitches Genesis II to CBS in 1973, who is not interested.  He tinkers with the format a bit, pitches it to ABC as Planet Earth in 1974, and is shut out again.  There was a third pilot with this format pitched a year later and guess what?  Three strikes and you're out.
Then, CBS was having a tough go in the late 80s, in an era dominated by NBC.  They gave a pilot not unlike UHF spearheaded by Eddie Murphy a chance, but it was one and done.  Don't change that channel and discover What's Alan Watching?
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0:30 - Genesis II/Planet Earth
1:06:30 - The Jenny Position Commercial
1:07:34 - What's Alan Watching?

March 16th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 248 & 249 - Wonder Woman 2011 Pilot/Fluppy Dogs

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we got superheroes and dogs that aren't dogs. Confused? You won't be after this week's shows.
First, we start our 3rd annual pilot month with a look at a potential revival of the Wonder Woman franchise from 2011.  And we thought the worst part was Dr. Phil, Nancy Grace, Jeffrey Toobin and Alan Dershowitz in the first 5 minutes.  This isn't your Lynda Carter Wonder Woman.
Then, in 1986, Disney did what Disney does best--make money, specifically with a new cartoon that already had a line of plush dolls.  But the direction Disney went was unconventional.  Fluppy Dogs were not dogs.  Rather, they were interdimensional travelers.  It's not your average Disney cartoon.
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0:30 - Wonder Woman (2011 Pilot)
45:30 - Classic Commercial Break
49:07 - Fluppy Dogs

March 13th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Live Show 14 - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Greg and Chico on the latest It Was a Thing on TV Live Show cover one of the big movie hits of last year in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. There's all sorts of fun involving bus battles, floating water, dragons, weird magic creatures and Ben Kingsley being awesome!

If you have Disney+ follow along and hit play right after Greg gives the five second countdown.

March 9th, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 245, 246 & 247 - Kath & Kim (US)/Power Rangers Dubbing Episode/Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we go lost in translation while Mike regrets his choice for Money in the Bank for his birthday.
First, we start our 2nd annual "Lost in Translation" week with a hit comedy from Australia which bombed in the States in 2008.  Kath and Kim was to be the next big NBC Thursday night comedy.  Despite a plum time slot, a great cast, and a plethora of great guests, it was sent packing after 17 episodes.
Next, the Power Rangers franchise has made bank off of taking an existing Japanese series and creatively editing it for an American audience. On one occasion, they took it another step. Was it a parody? Was it a tribute? Who knows?
Finally, it's Mike's birthday and he played his Money in the Bank on this?!  Take three musical brothers who gained a modicum of popularity in the 70s despite having no big musical hits and add a cast of zany characters including the future Unknown Comic.  What do you get?  A repetitive and derivative show which lasted 16 shows.
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0:30 - Kath & Kim (US)
50:10 - Classic Commercial Break
52:45 - Power Rangers Bad Dubbing Episode
1:25:33 - The Jenny Position Commercial
1:26:38 - The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show

March 2nd, 2022    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 243, 244 & Live Show 13 - Life With Lucy/Joe Schmo 2/Cool Runnings

This week we present a special mega drop of It Was a Thing on TV here on PTBN POP.
First, without question, Lucille Ball is a legend.  Unfortunately, even legends make missteps.  Life with Lucy in 1986 was Lucy's misstep.  Thirteen episodes were shot and only eight aired. In this episode, we look at the reasons why this misfired, was it because ABC was that desperate for a hit? was it because audiences were weary of Lucy's physical comedy at her age? was it because the executives were afraid to say no to Lucy?
On a lighter note, enjoy our discussion of a Pre-Life Goes On Kelle Martin on Card Sharks in 1986.
Next, back 219 episodes ago (episode 25, if you can't do the math), we talked about the original reality show with one contestant and everything was created with him in mind.  Now on episode 244, we're talking about the sequel with new actors, twice the Schmoes, and a falcon.
Finally, back during the Winter Olympics, Greg and Chico did a special livewatch on Stream Lounge of the Disney classic Cool Runnings. Sync your stream on Disney+ after Greg finishes the five second countdown.
0:30 - Life with Lucy
1:07:19 - The Jenny Position Commercial
1:08:26 - Joe Schmo 2
2:40:57 - Cool Runnings Live Show

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