Friday, February 28, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 7-9: The Beachcombers

*Thanks to Steve for suggesting some Canadian television for us! You can check out his In Search Of podcast here.

*Alpha Flight is a Marvel Comics Canadian superhero team that first appeared in The Uncanny X-Men in 1979.

*The Beachcombers aired 1972-1990, 19 seasons, a staggering 387 episodes! it aired in more than 50 countries, topped many "favorite show" polls, and was the longest-running "drama" series in Canada until Degrassi junior High

*We believe Season 14's episode Blue Light Special premiered Sunday night, February 2, 1986.

On United States TV that night, ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney  premiered Help Wanted: Kids,  which was followed by that other family-friendly instant classic...Octopussy.

CBS aired 60 Minutes and Part 1 of Sins. NBC's lineup was Punky Brewster, Silver Spoons, a rerun of The Cosby Show, Amazing Stories, and Part 1 of Peter the Great.

*Here is a lot of info on the origins of the series.

*And here is the article that refers to the show as "widely panned by critics."

*Spinoff Constable Constable  lasted 4 episodes in 1985. The New Beachcombers TV movie (with Dave Thomas) aired in 2002 but didn't lead to anything except another movie,  Beachcombers Christmas in 1984.

*The series seems to have been mostly snubbed in awards competition, with Robert Clothier (Relic)'s Gemini win for Best Supporting Actor in 1986 standing out.

*For our favorite bacon and liver recipes, head, just kidding. How could we pick ONE favorite bacon and liver recipe?

(NOTE: We made a casual reference to Molson in this episode, which we taped before the shooting that occurred at a factory in Milwaukee.  No mockery of that serious situation was intended)

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