Sunday, September 27, 2020

Top Ten #87

1) The Brady Bunch: What better way to kick off our season than by looking at this phenomenon? Wait, don't answer that if you're a hater. Hey, despite what some people might say about the show (possibly including one of our hosts), I think there are two kinds of people in this world: those who appreciate the Bradys and sociopaths.

2) Eve Plumb: (Dawn premiered 1976) Not only was Plumb famous for being Jan on our podcast subject this week, but her notable TV movie Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway was 

3) William Conrad: This is the late actor's 100th birthday, and apart from. what, narrating Buck Rogers, we have had an appalling lack of Big Bill on the podcast. We'll try and do better.

4) Andy Griffith: On our official Facebook group (come join us), our friend Geno claimed Andy was robbed in the Battys Outstanding Actor category for season 7. Reasonable people can disagree over the Battys, which generated more buzz this year than the Emmys according to our unofficial research.

As a consolation (and Griffith DID win Outstanding Villain for his Sam Farragut in Pray for the Wildcats), here's a clip of Andy in Headmaster:

5) Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention: We send a shout-out to Martin Grams' long-running con, canceled this year for obvious reasons but running a virtual program on Facebook this weekend. Included on the events that are available on demand is an Erik Estrada/Larry Wilcox chat from several years ago (Don't penalize them for not being able to get the real star of CHiPs).

6) Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale: Happy Yom Kippur, and we note that Sandy Koufax sat out a scheduled start in Game 1 of the World Series on the holiday in 1965.

But there isn't a lot of 1970s and 1980s footage of Koufax, so let's talk about his famous teammate Don Drysdale, forever linked with Sandy in baseball lore, who was a commentator for years after retiring AND was on...The Brady Bunch!

7) Eugene Levy: Congratulations to Levy for his big Emmy win for Schitt's Creek last weekend, but I still think his best work was on this show:

8) Brian's Song: R.I.P. Gayle Sayers, the great bears running back whose friendship with teammate Brian Piccolo inspired one of the most beloved TV movies ever:

9) Robbie Rist: The much-maligned Cousin Oliver got some props on the podcast when I singled out Rist's performance as worthy of praise. I still need to see this one, though:

10) Richard Kline: Are you like me? Do you think Richard Kline is too awesome to deserve drab coffee every day? Well, I have great news for you:

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