Friday, March 16, 2018

Toys R Us, 1957-2018

The feels, the feels, the feels.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: Out of This World

It's been far too long since I've featured a Tuesday's Overlooked selection. It's time to rectify that with this week's feature, the syndicated family sitcom Out of This World.

The series revolved around Evie Garland--a young teen girl who is half human, half alien. The girl is raised by her human mother in a posh community and believes her father is a secret agent. When she develops super powers on her 13th birthday, her mother is forced to reveal the truth to Evie. Evie is able to communicate with her alien father via a special communicator. The series' comedy is usually the result of Evie misusing her powers, leading to wacky family sitcom-style crazy situations.

Despite everything you just read, the craziest detail might be that the voice of the alien dad was played by Burt Reynolds.

While the show certainly didn't win any Peabody awards, it was a light, fun series perfect for families to enjoy at 5pm on a Saturday afternoon. The series aired in first-run syndication from September 1987 to May 1991.

Here for your entertainment is the series' first episode. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Bunch of McDonald's Commercials from the '70s

Hello everybody! Welcome back to the blog, and a belated Happy New Year! Sorry it took so long after the holidays to get back here, but things is busy right now. I had a great Christmas season, and I hope you did too.

January is a month of new beginnings and fresh starts, and also a time to get back to basics. I've decided to do that here at the blog by dipping into a reliable well of entertainment--trippy McDonald's commercials from the 1970s. I've featured such commercials before, and I recently found several more that I love. It's great to see the McDonaldland characters at their earliest--and weirdest.

Behold, all your favorite McDonaldland characters, including Mayor McCheese, Big Mac (voiced by Lurch himself, Ted Cassidy of The Addams Family), and an even uglier than normal Hamburglar.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

December's Underappreciated Music: Shirley Ellis, "You Better Be Good, World"

December's Underappreciated Music is a Christmas tune, but an unusual one.

"You Better Be Good, World" is recorded by Shirley Ellis, who is most famous for "The Name Game." This song, however, is much heavier in tone. The music is literally offbeat, if upbeat, and the lyrics are a bit foreboding, warning the human race to get its act together for Christmas and the new year, and not let "the hydrogen bomb go boom boom." Shirley is direct and to the point!

Considering the harrowing times we're in, this song from 1965 is unfortunately still timely today. I wouldn't recommend this song be added to your Christmas party playlist, but it is worth a listen for its bold take on a holiday tune.

Enjoy! Don't let the hydrogen bomb go boom boom!


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