What Was the Last Television Episode You Watched?

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Saw the Robots of Death serial on Forces TV at the weekend. Good stuff (and one of the guest cast was the second chap to play Travis in Blake's 7).
 

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Random episodes of The Carol Burnette Show. I mean, really random. We've bought a few DVD's collecting these things, and they'll put one from the 1970's, then one from the 1960's, then one from the 1970's again, in that order, on one disc. Anyway, very silly comedy, for the most part, very well performed by a talented cast. My favorite skit among these few was Harvey Korman and guest star Telly Savalas discussing a business merger at a restaurant. Sounds like nothing funny about it, but their dialogue was written and performed as if they were breaking up a romance. Cleverly done.
 

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The Wild Wild West season 2 The Night of the Brain - felt like a return to the early part of the first season with a Bond-like villain who goes around in a steam-powered gadget-filled wheelchair so that he doesn't waste mind energy.

Ironside Season 5 pilot Priest Killer -- a pilot movie length episode with guest star George Kennedy as a cop turned priest. He played a lot of priests and cops so here he is doing both at the same time. I was assuming this was intended as the launch for a series with him--and in fact it wasn't. The pilot came much earlier--this was a crossover episode intended to establish a link between the shows for their shared time slot. Sarge the series lasted one season. This feels very much like a feature film at times-Anthony Zerbe has an emotionally touching breakdown scene with Kennedy-the way it shot and also the dialogue is more thoughtful than average.
I'll have to check out that series--I have seen the pilot of the Blue Knight--which was another series with George Kennedy.
 

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Petrocelli season 1 - A Very Lonely Lady - These shows are simple but watchable. There's one or two good laughs in an otherwise serious tone story.

Kojak season 3 episode 3 My Brother, My Enemy

I jumped from the early part of season 1 to 3 and it is remarkable how little has changed. He has the same office crew and the episode structure is identical. That's a refreshing thing about old tv--you can watch the episodes out of order-it doesn't matter. In this one Sylvester Stallone is a cop who lies about a shooting. Knife-wielding thug Charles Napier is responsible for him accidentally shooting a child. It's funny how things connect. I guess Rambo 2 was Stallone's revenge since Napier ends up with a knife almost going into his head. One could edit Rambo into a sequel to this episode, complete with flashbacks from this.
The brother of Telly Savalas has such awful hair.
Even three seasons in, they do the hair signals---don't have hair if you want to be cool.
 
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I finished Being Human series 4 last night and now on to series 5.

Pretty enjoyable telly, actually.
 

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Brian Cox: Seven Days on Mars

Brian Cox truly is an outstanding presenter; his love and knowledge of the subject material shines through in his narration, and I've yet to see a programme that he is in that isn't fascinating to watch. The footage of Mars is astonishing, and the story behind the team charged with leading the Perseverance team's mission is very interesting.
 

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Petrocelli season 1 - A Very Lonely Lady - These shows are simple but watchable. There's one or two good laughs in an otherwise serious tone story.

Kojak season 3 episode 3 My Brother, My Enemy

I jumped from the early part of season 1 to 3 and it is remarkable how little has changed. He has the same office crew and the episode structure is identical. That's a refreshing thing about old tv--you can watch the episodes out of order-it doesn't matter. In this one Sylvester Stallone is a cop who lies about a shooting. Knife-wielding thug Charles Napier is responsible for him accidentally shooting a child. It's funny how things connect. I guess Rambo 2 was Stallone's revenge since Napier ends up with a knife almost going into his head. One could edit Rambo into a sequel to this episode, complete with flashbacks from this.
The brother of Telly Savalas has such awful hair.
Even three seasons in, they do the hair signals---don't have hair if you want to be cool.
I'd like to watch Kojak and similar programs again. (Hill Street Blues, oh I'd love to revist that show) Trouble is its something I'd have to do when I'm on my own as no-one else would be interested.
 

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Adam-12 4.5 "The Search": The black and white's radio isn't working properly. Reed and Malloy get split up when Reed chases a robber on foot while Malloy chases the other robber car-to-car. When Malloy (somewhat inexplicably, as he's elsewhere shown to be an excellent driver) wipes out in an obscure part of a park, the search is on to find him. Busted up as he is, and with a murderer hiding in the park, things get pretty grim, while Mac and Reed both desperately want to save Malloy but disagree on methods.
 

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I am surprised Adam-12 was only a half hour. I used to watch it all the time (well, not literally 24 hours a day ;).
I caught a couple of episodes recently.
Is there any place as well charted as Los Angeles?
They used it for everything.
I was glad that the X-Files went to California because I got tired of recognizing BC locations standing in for anywhere USA.

Recently I was walking through a parking lot and came across a 1960s-70s black and white police car--just like Adam-12 used.
It was a tv or movie shooting and the cars were just sitting idly in a community parking lot.
 

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Hey! HEY! Let's be careful out there.
I agree, brilliant show. One of the few police series I faithfully watched. It had similarities with the 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain, which I also loved.
 

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Just finished The Offer, which told the story of the making of The Godfather. Whether it is totally accurate or not it was an absolute ripper of a mini-series. Highly recommended. Oh, btw, it's a drama, not a doco.
 

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I had no idea. Just googled it and came across an article which used 'livid' to describe his feelings. Understandable.
 

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And McBain resented Hill Street Blues because it was basically a rip off of the 87th without any acknowledgement.

Which is somewhat ironic

https://www.liquisearch.com/87th_precinct/relation_to_dragnet said:
Each [87th Precinct] novel begins with the same disclaimer:

"The city in these pages is imaginary. The people, the places are all fictitious. Only the police routine is based on established investigatory technique."

In interviews and articles, McBain has freely admitted that his series was heavily influenced by the radio and TV series Dragnet. This introduction, simultaneously evoking and contradicting Dragnet's introductory phrase, "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent," was apparently McBain's way of acknowledging the debt, yet announcing his intention to go his own way in every book.
 

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Ha, I've only seen Brian Cox once and thought the programme so awful I stopped halfway through.

Prog was an hour long and the first 30 minutes was spent explaining the 'arrow of time' (it turns out the past has already happened, and the future comes after the present). This necessitated flying Cox to Patagonia to watch a glacier's end break off and plunge into the sea.

That might be an aberration and maybe his stuff is normally great (some people who loathe Jeremy Clarkson still liked his stuff on the St. Nazaire[sp] raid), but it was boring and patronising in equal measure.
 

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