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My Gym Partner's a Monkey - TV Shows
This was one of the first - but sadly, not the last - of the strident Cartoon Network originals that mistake "loud" for "funny". From the screams of "MY GYM PARTNER'S A MONKEY!! MONKEY!! MONKEY!!" in the opening credits straight through to the end of the episode, things are kept at a high decibel to disguise the fact that each story is a variant of the same plot: Human kid is mistakenly put in a school for animals and becomes best friends with a monkey with impulse control problems. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on December 27, 2014, 8:44 pm

Yes, Dear - TV Shows
While an average episode is the video equivalent of an ice cream headache, I have to admit I enjoyed the handful of later episodes featuring the great Lou Wagner - one as a clueless HR manager and two as the faithful assistant to Ian Buchanan's odious studio head. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on December 27, 2014, 8:25 pm

Crashbox - TV Shows
This was one of those educational shows that people forced kids to watch because they were "good for them" rather than because it was anything that any sane person would expect a kid to watch without being terrified. My mother insisted that my son loved Crashbox and made sure that he never missed it when he was visiting her...Of course she didn't have to contend with the nightmares he had that "Mr. Jumbles", a character with a microphone for a face, caused him to have for several months. We were really worried about him until we saw an episode and determined, yes this show was bloody scary!! -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on June 4, 2014, 9:59 pm

Timon & Pumbaa - TV Shows
People have mentioned the change in tone. Part of this stems from the aforementioned change of writers and directors, but also from the fact that despite Nathan Lane's prominent mention in press materials at the time - I was writing for an animation trade mag, so I actually saw them - two other actors, Quinton Flynn and Kevin Schlon, shared the role of Timon with him, each interpreting the role a little bit differently. I do agree with the criticism that this was a blatant attempt to cash in on a hit, while "playing it safe" by keeping Simba off to the side. Apparently, Disney had wanted to try something like this since unsuccessfully trying to launch a series for Tito of Oliver & Company. And once they did this and got away with it...Well, do I have to go any further? -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on May 10, 2014, 8:24 am

Carol Burnett and Friends - TV Shows
I hate that the syndicated version of the show is pared down to a half an hour. My husband gave me a DVD with some uncut episodes, and it just underlined how much the distinctive flavor of the show was watered down by the editing. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on April 24, 2014, 11:49 am

Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, The - TV Shows
I watched this when I was a kid because I knew the character from the Earl Derr Biggers novels and the old movies. It was cool that the movie "Number One Son" Keye Luke played Chan. Not so cool that Number One Son Henry's singing voice was Ron Dante, which meant he sounded just like Archie Andrews! And doubly uncool is that while the producers made a huge deal about this being the first time that an Asian-born actor played Chan, they also fired most of the Asian-American actors who voiced the Chan kids in the pilot! Also, this show had to hold the record for the largest number of animation gaffes in history! In just about every episode, the wrong character's mouth is moving when a line is read, particularly in scenes featuring the two oldest brothers. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on April 23, 2014, 9:35 pm

Critic, The - TV Shows
I remember that a week after they did "Hunch", a musical based on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", Disney announced the same thing as their next project. It led to some (probably unfair) jokes when the trailer hit theaters. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on March 17, 2014, 6:39 am

Space Cats - TV Shows
There's just something appealing about this show. Don't know what it is. When she was a kitten, my Maine Coon came running when we used the signature yell - "AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-HA! SPACE CATS!" -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on January 24, 2014, 11:41 am

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - TV Shows
The show was hamstrung towards later half of its run because they had to time the wedding of Lois and Clark to its massively hyped comic book equivalent. They had a wonderful wedding episode, where, through a set of circumstances, Perry White ended up as the minister performing the ceremony. This warm moment was immediately undercut by the revelation that the bride was not Lois at all, but a frog eating clone. When they got around to the "real" wedding, it was performed by an angel in what seemed to be a dream sequence. I was waiting for them to pull the "just kidding" card again, but no, this anticlimax was the actual wedding! -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on January 12, 2014, 3:09 pm

Hilarious House of Frightenstein, The - TV Shows
Parker, I wasn't aware that this ever aired in the US at all! I saw it because I live about two miles outside Canada! This brings back many memories of my misspent youth. Last time I saw it was in a hotel room in Toronto about 10 years ago. My son, who was about 9 years old, stared at it in a mixture of interest and utter disbelief! As a "monster kid", I just loved it. During the 70's, Billy Van, who played about 90% of the characters, was a regular on a number of variety shows in the US, and whenever he'd show up, I'd see Count Frightenstein! -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on January 6, 2014, 11:47 am

CHiPs - TV Shows
Never actually saw an episode of this show, but I'd like to see an explanation for the promo where they arrest HR Pufnstuf. The snarky jokes do kinda write themselves. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on January 2, 2014, 7:51 pm

Dragons: Riders of Berk - TV Shows
More than any other movie spinoff series, this one works to keep the flavor of the original. Yes, there's the occasional puke, poop or pee joke, but the heart of the show is the beautiful friendship of Hiccup and Toothless, both now crippled and somewhat dependent upon each other to feel "complete." It's also good to see much of the movie cast returning. Even now-hot David Tennant stops in occasionally to voice Spritelout. While it would be a lot to expect the depths of characterization that marked the feature, this is about as close as you can come in 25 minute blocks! -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on January 2, 2014, 7:48 pm

David Cassidy: Man Under Cover - TV Shows
Such a silly idea! If they even had any delusions that this was anything other than garbage, this would have been called just "Man Under Cover" or the CHARACTER NAME: Man Under cover. Remember the gag on SNL where the show was rebooted as Donny Osmond: Man Under Cover? Kinda says it all, doesn't it? -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on January 1, 2014, 11:43 am

Burns and Allen Show, The - TV Shows
Pelirojo, I actually did managed to catch "Damsel In Distress" when it ran on TCM recently. My son, who is a Theater Performance major in college, did a paper on Fred Astaire, and one fact that he found that I thought was rather sweet was that he pretended to trip during his first rehearsal with George and Gracie because she was so terrified of dancing alongside him. He thought it would put her at ease. Obviously, it worked, although I found that George and Gracie acquitted themselves well during their occasional dance numbers on their series. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on December 24, 2013, 1:58 pm

Looney Tunes Show, The - TV Shows
I'm kinda hot and cold about this one. The sitcom format is very restrictive, and some of the retooling, such as making Gossamer a suburban child and Lola Bunny a Valley girl, was annoying. I loved the new version of Taz as sometimes demonic/sometimes adorable pet. And occasionally, there would be an episode that worked. Unfortunately, in the same episode, there would be a hideous dud. Just try to watch any random one of the music video segments. It just can't be done! -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on December 22, 2013, 9:20 am

Avengers, The - TV Shows
I do feel bad for Linda Thorson. I saw her in other things, and she was just fine. She a.) had an impossible job following Dame Diana, and b.) was horribly miscast as Tara King. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on December 15, 2013, 2:45 pm

Raising Hope - TV Shows
If I ever need legal advice, I'd want a lawyer just like Wally Phipps...I'd lose my shirt, but you couldn't beat the entertainment value. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on December 6, 2013, 5:10 pm

Terrible Thunderlizards, The - TV Shows
To this day, my husband and I use Kutter's catchphrase, "Yes, Squat, that would fall squarely in the 'bad things' category" whenever disaster strikes. A really funny show that never really got its due. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on December 6, 2013, 5:08 pm

Birds of Prey - TV Shows
Felt a little bit bad when the abrupt cancellation forced a quick wrap up of a major plot point - the murder of Catwoman - with the killer identified as someone who was never even in the show before, instead of the logical perp. But even that episode, with Harley Quinn cheerfully causing havoc in a modified version of her original outfit, has its moments. Like The Flash before it, BOP has not given the chance to fully spread its wings, but it was never a disaster! -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on December 2, 2013, 12:06 pm

Batman (1966) - TV Shows
When my son was two or three, he brought a book over to me that had a picture of Adam West in costume. "Look Mommy," he beamed, "It's Happy Batman!" I think what he was getting at was that this was the only version of Batman he'd seen that ever cracked a smile. Is it Batman the way we see him in today's comics? Well, no. But in the 1960's, it made a number of kids, yours truly included, curious enough to learn to read so that we could enjoy the four-color Caped Crusader. And come on, at least there were no nipples on the Bat-Suits! -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on November 21, 2013, 10:22 pm

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