The last original sitcom in my humble opinion was
Seinfeld. But if you are not easily offended there is
South Park but that show is not for everyone.
I remember watching an episode of The Patty Duke show
when I was a kid in the early sixties dealing with
Patty helping an unpopular girl at her high school
gain popularity and the girl then becoming Patty's
arch rival. Ten years later I watched this same plot
play out on the Brady Bunch with Marica, Marica,
Marica teaching the unpopular girl how to become
popular and having her become Marica, Marica, Marica's
rival. I guess any good TV plot is worth using over
and over again.
Yes, the first couple of years of the Buck Rogers
comic strip were cursed with that Mongol story line (a
hold over from the original novel and part of that
whole "Yellow Peril" fear thing that was so popular in
fiction at that time) and that is why my favorite
period of the strip is the 30th's when the strip
became a space opera. Still in the 40's after Pearl
Harbor the invading Martians of the comic strip were
given an Asian personality. Then there was the
crazed comic strip story line that told of how after
the A Bomb was dropped on Japan the Japanese mutated
into intelligent apes and moved away to a distant
planet. Then I remember reading a review of the Glen
Larson Buck Rogers movie in my college paper and the
writer (who I had gone to see the movie with) came
down on the Mogolian look given to the Draconians.
But what was more suprising was that in the 1990's
Martin Cadin wrote an update of Buck Rogers "Buck
Rogers, My Life in the Future" that returned to the
"Yellow Peril" story telling in full force. It seems
that this whole "Yellow Peril" thing will always be
something that Buck can not eascape.
NOTE: In the Buster Crabbe 1939 serial Buck allies
himself with Asians from the planet Saturn. I've read
that after Pear Harbor the serial was pulled from
release because the final chapter has Buck's Asian
allies taking part in an attack on an American city -
mind you a city ruled with an iron hand by the Leader
Killer Kane. I quess this was just something not done
in those war years.
--- shadow_gnome <shadow_gnome@...
> The show you refer to is Longstreet. Bruce Lee was
> also in some
> episodes as to teach Longstreet how to fight. As I
> recall the line
> Longstreet used to convince Lee's character, "I am
> willing to empty my
> cup so that I may taste your tea."
> Truely, there is nothing new in the movie/radio/tv
> industry. I don't
> watch sitcoms anymore because I get tired of seeing
> the same things I
> saw back in the 1950's, and 1960's. I wouldn't mind
> as much, but the
> original actors usually did it better.
> I don't mind updating a concept, such as Buck
> Rogers. Heck, I
> remember the original comic strip. The theme of the
> strip would never
> have played as much of it would have been conidered
> I remember a "Perry Mason" episode from the late
> 50's or early 60's
> that has been recycled several times, once as an
> Ironside episode. It
> was rather interesting to see Burr doing the same
> lines with a
> different character.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "sue"
> <mydiego@e...> wrote:
> > It's funny, but I was talking to a friend of mine
> who has grown up
> in the Hollyweird business and she was laughing
> about that new cop
> show about the blind cop... and how they were
> saying around town that
> it was new, hip, wonderful concept, yada yada... I
> laughed with her.
> I said, James Fransiscus and his white dog (can't
> remember the name
> of the show) back in the seventies. She replied,
> exactly! (It was a
> great show, but you're right all are remakes of old
> Personally, I thought that Larson did a great
> remake, but some things
> just weren't developed like they should have been.
> However, Gil and
> company did great to revive interest in a hero that
> should never be
> allowed to die... (Kind of the way I feel about
> Zorro, too. The real
> Zorro for me is WD's version, even though there are
> earlier Zorro's,
> but I am grateful for the Mask of Z and the new one,
> that has revived
> interest in something that had waned over the years.
> They did it with
> respect for the old heroic figure, too.)
> > sue
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