Here's the "A Very Special Episode" schedule for the first half of 2011
More A Very Special Episode
- Hogan’s Heroes’ unceremonious finale comes from the era before TV “endgames”
- How Dollhouse toyed with the idea of how people and institutions are formed
- Pre-Star Wars, Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman were beacons for young nerds
- The appeal of The Avengers’ stylish, lascivious vision of Britishness
- NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues’ pilots hooked viewers with sex, violence, and depth
As I did back in March and again in July, I'm posting in advance the schedule for the next block of Very Special Episode columns, so that those inclined to do so can watch along at home. There'll be a new column tomorrow (the subject of which I'm still keeping under wraps), and then we reconvene in January, as follows:
The Tonight Show, 3/6/69
Freaks & Geeks, "Carded & Discarded"
Taxi, "Vienna Waits"
Blues Clues, "Occupations"
The Dick Van Dyke Show, "The Return Of Happy Spangler"
Lucky Louie, "Kim Moves Out"
Eight Is Enough, "Jeremy"
Family Ties, "A My Name Is Alex"
South Park, TBD
Checkmate, "The Paper Killer"
The Rockford Files, "Sleight Of Hand"
Leave It To Beaver, "The Last Day Of School"
And now, as always, I'm open to suggestions for future columns. I'm also looking for thoughts on which South Park to do. I solicited proposals via Twitter and Facebook a couple of weeks ago, and the overwhelming choice of most was "Scott Tenorman Must Die," though I also heard strong arguments for "Cartoon Wars," "Trapped In The Closet" and "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society," among others. I'm planning to re-watch these (or watch for the first time in some cases) before I settle on which one fits the column best. I'll also take any other suggestions you might have.
Standard disclaimer applies: This column isn't intended as a list of the greatest television episodes of all time or even the greatest episodes of their respective series, but as a way to talk about aspects of TV history and TV aesthetics, using these episodes as case studies. With that in mind, see you tomorrow with another VSE.