Sunday, January 21, 2024

Top Ten #285: Special "Baby, it's cold outside" Edition!

1) Elton John: With his Emmy win this week, the icon has now reached EGOT status. Should we book Top of the Pops for our Season 12 to make him eligible for BEGOT?

2) Marla Gibbs: The 227 and Jeffersons star charmed as a presenter on Emmy night. She's still sassy, but then again, isn't everyone sassy when they reach the age of 92?

3) The FBI: Warner Brothers' drama doesn't get much attention (Outside of a reference in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) for a series that ran 9 seasons, but it is streaming on Tubi, it was featured on Ed Robertson's TV Confidential podcast recently, and Robertson co-wrote a new book about the series, The FBI Dossier.

4) Benny Hill: Happy 100th birthday! The song was in your head as soon as you saw "Benny," wasn't it?

5) NBC Saturday night: 40 years ago tonight, the Peacock network continued its memorable 1983-84 season with We Got It Made at 9, Mama's Family at 9:30, and The Yellow Rose at 10 after a Diff'rent Strokes/Silver Spoons combo at 8.

By the way, the Strokes episode is 'Drummond's Lady." I don't even want to know what that's about. I just want to keep running that cool title through my mind this weekend.

6) Let's Make a Deal: BUZZR is celebrating the show's 60th anniversary this month. Or you can choose Screen #2 and watch Tattletales!

7) The Bob Newhart Show: This show just left Prime Video, and it's too good to not be streaming anywhere. Here is an episode posted by Fuzzy Memories. Check out the hilarious effect the channel used on the theme song to thwart bots. stay for the fifth-season finale of the series.

8) The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: 50 years ago tonight, ABC aired a Cousteau doc called "The Flight of Penguins." It is notable today for being one of the last mainstream documentaries not narrated by Morgan Freeman.

9) Squirrel Appreciation Day: I appreciate you, Rock!

10) Tom Shales: The longtime Washington Post TV critic and co-author of two seminal oral history books died last weekend. An appreciation in The New York Times quoted his take on Gimme a Break: "If I thought television could get substantially worse than this, I am not sure I would have the courage or desire ever to turn the set on again."

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