Career Achievement Award. Some great scenes here: Slap’s self-created fate looms heavily over the first two-thirds of the episode. Brian Smiar, Megan Gallagher and Susan Anspach get some great scenes. 9/10
Lisa Rinna. Once again the show tackles a socially-relevant storyline. This time with mixed-results. While the tale of the overweight girl veers perilously close to mawkish, the real problem with it is that the character just vanishes from the episode before the end. Her story is left unresolved. Her purpose being, it seems, to allow Shauni to realise her feelings for Eddie. Unsatisfying.
Meanwhile, there’s a humourous b-story about a dog. Some of the jokes work. Most fall flat.
Review of: Baywatch
Joanna Lumley. Very funny. And lots of fun. Later seasons relied too heavily on the gimmick of the cast dressing up as a source for comedy, but this early episode compliments that with several hilarious one-liners and some great turns by the regulars. It’s just a hugely enjoyable episode from start to finish. Wonderfully sexist and racist in that adorable 1970s way :) 9/10
Review of: Are You Being Served?
The Tom/Donna b-story falls flat but the main plot brings satisfying resolution to the ongoing park storyline. Enjoyable but not especially funny. The only real laughs I got were from Billy Eichner as Craig, who only had a couple of lines. 7/10
Review of: Parks And Recreation
First episode airs on BBC TV.
Review of: Starsky And Hutch
The Wonder Woman tv series didn’t have on-screen titles for every episode. But I fixed that! :) Just for the purposes of making these wallpapers.
Dale Robinette. Wonderful episode, which inverts key elements of the show’s status quo: Angel an influential power-player? Chapman working with Rockford?!! Coupled with the fact that (recently-promoted) Becker is now a lieutenant and you have an episode that feels like a lot has changed in Jim’s world.
The story-of-the-week is strong: A crime with a surprising murder at the mid-point.
The villains don’t get much screentime, but they get enough so that there is considerable satisfaction is seeing Jim methodically and cleverly track them down. And get them arrested.
Highlight of the episode? Any/All of the scenes with Jim and Chapman. Hilarious. James Luisi is on top form.
Review of: The Rockford Files