TV Bonus: Brady Bunch trivia

Alice’s beau Sam had a surname other than “the Butcher.” In one of the last season episodes, Mike leaves on his home drafting table an envelope containing plans for an expansion of Sam’s butcher shop. “Sam Franklin” is written on the outside of the envelope. Of course, later in the episode Sam refers to himself […]

Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013)

A string of elaborate set-ups to clever but odd punchlines in sitcom format. Fantastic. Tags: 2000s, comedy, commentary, essay, television

Holiday Movies

It’s the season for parties, decorations, fireside relaxation, and holiday movies. Many holiday movies. Too many holiday movies. Old holiday movies. New holiday movies. Some classics and some dreck. I’ll focus on the classics–at least, the better. We’ve all seen It’s A Wonderful Life (1945). If you haven’t, you must. It’s not just a Christmas […]

BIG v. little

Why has big screen success eluded so many of our finest small screen comedians? It seems that without exception the biggest masters of television comedy have been denied any sort of movie career. Lucille Ball did make a lot of movies, but she rarely rose beyond chorus girl, wife, secretary, or friend of the leading lady, and she […]