It's the "A Very Special Episode" Fall Preview issue!
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
Posting the upcoming schedule for my "A Very Special Episode" column worked well when I tried it back in March, since a lot of you had good suggestions for future columns. Tomorrow we'll post the 10th VSE, covering The Sopranos' "Bust Out,"and then I'll be ready to move on to the next group of 10, which will take us into December. Here's the program:
The Larry Sanders Show, "Out Of The Loop"
Wagon Train, "The Gus Mason Story"
M*A*S*H*, "The Interview"
Arrested Development, "Good Grief"
The Brady Bunch, "Dough Re Mi"
Homicide: Life On The Streets, "A Doll's Eyes"
The Outer Limits, "The Man Who Was Never Born"
The Muppet Show, "Steve Martin"
Northern Exposure, "Thanksgiving"
All In The Family, "Gloria Discovers Women's Lib"
I also know what the last two episodes of the year will be, but since they're a little unusual, I'm going to keep those under wraps until they post.
Just as a reminder: 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. So bearing that in mind, the floor is now open for more suggestions.