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Post by halfwise on Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:14 pm

Nobody's mentioned Barney Miller, the one police show cops admitted was actually close to reality.  It was a comedy, btw. The theme music alone is hall of fame material.



Hal Linden discussing the late great Abe Vigoda:


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Post by Eldorion on Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:22 pm

I've always heard really good things about Band of Brothers but haven't gotten around to it yet. Thanks for posting your thoughts on it, Malick! study
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Post by halfwise on Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:39 pm

I'm brooding over Barney Miller being snubbed since I posted it yesterday. I don't think I sold it well enough. Here's another look:

"Police detectives often cite this as the best cop show ever seen on television. Dennis Farina, who really worked as a policeman before becoming an actor, says it's the most realistic. In 2014, it was called the most intelligent and literate U.S. sitcom ever made. The detectives were made honorary members of the NYPD. The chalkboard roster and Jack Soo's coffee cup now reside in the Smithsonian." - TV Tropes






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Post by David H on Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:01 am

halfwise wrote:I'm brooding over Barney Miller being snubbed since I posted it yesterday.

I'll give some love for Barney and the gang!I love you I love you I love you It was a window into a completely foreign culture for me back then, but the humor was universal enough to still play to a farm kid. ( The live audience helped a lot! )

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Post by David H on Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:03 am

halfwise wrote:I'm brooding over Barney Miller being snubbed since I posted it yesterday.

I'll give some love for Barney and the gang!I love you I love you I love you  It was a window into a completely foreign culture for me back then, but the humor was universal enough to still play to a farm kid. ( The live audience helped a lot! )

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:13 am

Abe Vigoda is in Joe Versus the Volcano! Smile

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Post by halfwise on Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:22 pm

Now there's one i haven't seen.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:59 pm

{{{ I want to watch a whole episode Halfy rather than a clip to get a better feel for it- there seems a fair few of them on youtube- any particular suggestions or should I just dive in at random? }}}

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Post by halfwise on Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:15 am

Look at my first post about it: that's a full episode.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:22 pm

{{{{Cheers Halfy- will try to give it a watch later tonight }}}

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Post by halfwise on Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:26 pm

Just remember it's 1970's/early 80's American sitcom circa the MASH era - much gentler and more character-driven then we've become accustomed to these days.  The boisterous comedy of the first half of the 20th century was a black and white memory, and the taboo-testing of Seinfeld still a decade away.  Off-kilter British humor was sampled via cautious forays into public television, like one might take a tentative nibble to test what a "blood pudding" was all about.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:06 pm

"blood pudding" - Halfy

{{Do you mean black pudding? And not to worry Halfy- I grew up in that era watching MASH ect so should be ok on the pacing of the time }}}

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Post by halfwise on Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:35 pm

In our shrinking imagination blood sausage and black pudding are all of the same sort of terror. pale

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