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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    The Rockford Files was a good show. I always liked the intros, with people leaving answering machine messages for him. .

    101 1974-09-13 "The Kirkoff Case" "It's Norma at the market. It bounced. You want me to tear it up, send it back, or put it with the others?"
    102 1974-09-20 "The Dark and Bloody Ground" "Hey Jim, this is Louie down at the fish market. You going to pick up these halibut or what?"
    103 1974-09-27 "The Countess" "Hey Rockford, very funny. I ain't laughing. You're gonna get yours."
    104 1974-10-04 "Exit Prentiss Carr" "It's Morrie. Got a call from Davis at the IRS. You were right. They bounced your return. Call me."
    105 1974-10-11 "Tall Woman in Red Wagon" "It's Laurie at the trailer park. A space opened up. Do you want me to save it or are the cops going to let you stay where you are?"
    106 1974-10-18 "This Case is Closed" "Really want Simbu in the seventh? C'mon, that nag couldn't go a mile in the back of a pickup truck. Call me."
    107 1974-10-25 "The Big Ripoff" "It's Aundra. Remember last summer at Pat's? I've got a twelve hour layover before I go to Chicago. How about it?"
    108 1974-11-01 "Find Me If You Can" "This is the blood bank. If you don't have malaria, hepatitis, or TB, we'd like to have a pint of your blood."
    109 1974-11-08 "In Pursuit of Carol Thorne" "This is the message phone company. I see you're using our unit, now how about paying for it?"
    110 1974-11-15 "The Dexter Crisis" "I staked out that guy only it didn't work out like you said. Please call me. Room 234. County Hospital."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nosebone View Post
    The Shelter
    It's a Good Life
    The Midnight Sun
    The Jungle
    Five Characters in Search of an Exit
    Dead Man's Shoes
    Kick the Can
    Young Man's Fancy

    To be honest, I enjoyed every episode to a certain extent.
    Back in the very early '80s, they began showing reruns of The Twilight Zone. I'd rarely seen the show up until then so I watched it all the time. I always liked the ones where I was familiar with an actor from the movies or TV shows. But the ones from that season that really standout in my memory are The Arrival, It's a Good Life, Five Characters in Search of an Exit, Nothing in the Dark, The Hunt, and Little Girl Lost.

    I think my all time favorites are Escape Clause (Season 1), Nothing in the Dark (S3), The Hunt (S3), Valley of the Shadow (S4), Stopover in a Quiet Town (S5), and The Bewitcin' Pool (S5). I knew The Hunt was written by Earl Hamner, Jr, the creator of The Waltons, but just discovered that two more of those were written by him as well.

    The episodes written by Richard Matheson are some that I also really liked. FYI, he also wrote two of the stories in the TV movie Trilogy of Terror, including the one with the warrior doll.

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    Since we are talking detectives and space, does anyone remember, The Andromeda Strain? Of course by todays standards, rather plain, but I liked the way they built up the excitement of the virus escaping.
    I haven't seen it in a long time but remember loving it. The novel was written by Michael Crichton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nosebone View Post
    The Shelter
    It's a Good Life
    The Midnight Sun
    The Jungle
    Five Characters in Search of an Exit
    Dead Man's Shoes
    Kick the Can
    Young Man's Fancy

    To be honest, I enjoyed every episode to a certain extent.
    heh... obviously, from what I've stated already about TZ, I do too. My Season 3 favorites are:
    The Shelter
    The Passerby
    The Trade-Ins
    The Gift

    Those 4 are sheer excellence IMO. But Season 3 was so strong, with other excellent tales like:
    Kick The Can
    A Piano In The House
    To Serve Man
    The Fugitive
    I Sing The Body Electric
    Cavender Is Coming (a comedy!)
    Death's Head Revisited
    The Midnight Sun
    Once Upon A Time (another comedy!)
    Nothing In The Dark

    Quote Originally Posted by Staun View Post
    I really liked: In His Image, Death Ship, Jezebel and On Thursday We Leave For Home. But no, around these parts they just don't show them. Been years since I've seen the sci-fi channel.
    As soon as The Gold Edition DVD collection was released back in the day, I had to buy it right away. Mr. Serling produced very few stinkers. The man was a genius.
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    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Regarding the Apollo 11 film, here's a site that will probably eat up a fair amount of my time over the next couple of days:

    https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/

    "This website replays the Apollo 11 mission as it happened, 50 years ago. It consists entirely of historical material, all timed to Ground Elapsed Time — the master mission clock. Footage of Mission Control, film shot by the astronauts, and television broadcasts transmitted from space and the surface of the Moon, have been painstakingly placed to the very moments they were shot during the mission, as has every photograph taken, and every word spoken."
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    I always liked The Rockford Files & The Sweeney
    oh yeah... TRF was very good along with Columbo

    and I remember when The Andromeda Strain came out. Good tension in that one!
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Hal, I did hear how good the book was and sorry I never got it. Wonder if I can find at least a paperback copy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headcrash View Post
    Regarding the Apollo 11 film, here's a site that will probably eat up a fair amount of my time over the next couple of days:

    https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/

    "This website replays the Apollo 11 mission as it happened, 50 years ago. It consists entirely of historical material, all timed to Ground Elapsed Time — the master mission clock. Footage of Mission Control, film shot by the astronauts, and television broadcasts transmitted from space and the surface of the Moon, have been painstakingly placed to the very moments they were shot during the mission, as has every photograph taken, and every word spoken."
    Thanks for the site, great stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER View Post
    heh... obviously, from what I've stated already about TZ, I do too. My Season 3 favorites are:
    The Shelter
    The Passerby
    The Trade-Ins
    The Gift

    Those 4 are sheer excellence IMO. But Season 3 was so strong, with other excellent tales like:
    Kick The Can
    A Piano In The House
    To Serve Man
    The Fugitive
    I Sing The Body Electric
    Cavender Is Coming (a comedy!)
    Death's Head Revisited
    The Midnight Sun
    Once Upon A Time (another comedy!)
    Nothing In The Dark


    As soon as The Gold Edition DVD collection was released back in the day, I had to buy it right away. Mr. Serling produced very few stinkers. The man was a genius.
    MT, around here they seemed to have boiled things down to just a few of the good episodes showing them over and over. Now if someone would just run the original, Outer Limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Staun View Post
    Hal, I did hear how good the book was and sorry I never got it. Wonder if I can find at least a paperback copy.
    Staun, I always say, if you want to read a book (or watch a movie), check your library. If want to buy a book, check Half-Price Books. It looks like there's two in Milwaukee and two in Madison. I think they'll ship from store to store for free. Or, you can just buy it online from them and have it shipped directly to you if you can't find a copy of something in your local store. They'll also notify you if something comes in that you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Staun View Post
    MT, around here they seemed to have boiled things down to just a few of the good episodes showing them over and over. Now if someone would just run the original, Outer Limits.
    funny you should mention OL... I also bought the OL collection on DVD because I remember those being excellent when I was a kid

    Sadly, though there are a few great episodes, the majority of OL stories fall a bit flat
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    101 1974-09-13 "The Kirkoff Case" "It's Norma at the market. It bounced. You want me to tear it up, send it back, or put it with the others?"
    102 1974-09-20 "The Dark and Bloody Ground" "Hey Jim, this is Louie down at the fish market. You going to pick up these halibut or what?"
    103 1974-09-27 "The Countess" "Hey Rockford, very funny. I ain't laughing. You're gonna get yours."
    104 1974-10-04 "Exit Prentiss Carr" "It's Morrie. Got a call from Davis at the IRS. You were right. They bounced your return. Call me."
    105 1974-10-11 "Tall Woman in Red Wagon" "It's Laurie at the trailer park. A space opened up. Do you want me to save it or are the cops going to let you stay where you are?"
    106 1974-10-18 "This Case is Closed" "Really want Simbu in the seventh? C'mon, that nag couldn't go a mile in the back of a pickup truck. Call me."
    107 1974-10-25 "The Big Ripoff" "It's Aundra. Remember last summer at Pat's? I've got a twelve hour layover before I go to Chicago. How about it?"
    108 1974-11-01 "Find Me If You Can" "This is the blood bank. If you don't have malaria, hepatitis, or TB, we'd like to have a pint of your blood."
    109 1974-11-08 "In Pursuit of Carol Thorne" "This is the message phone company. I see you're using our unit, now how about paying for it?"
    110 1974-11-15 "The Dexter Crisis" "I staked out that guy only it didn't work out like you said. Please call me. Room 234. County Hospital."

    The rest can be found here.
    Oh that's awesome! Without going through the whole list, one of my favorites is one is when one of Rockford's friends calls him to say he has the money he owes Rockford, but "You gotta call me back right away, because I'm on my way to the track". I also like the one where someone calls to tell him that a guy will pay him 20 grand, but the name of the guy who'll pay off and the phone number are both obscured by line noise.

    Back in the very early '80s, they began showing reruns of The Twilight Zone. I'd rarely seen the show up until then so I watched it all the time.
    You remind me that channel 43 here ran Twilight Zone reruns during that era, but they showed it at 11:30 at night. At the age of 9-10, I typically wasn't allowed to stay up that late. And the weird thing was, they'd only show it Monday through Thursday nights. Friday night, ya know what they'd show? The Benny Hill Show! I liked Benny Hill, but I wanted to see The Twilight Zone.

    But now that I think about it, I must have seen it on occasion, because I remember a couple episodes from that era. I also remember seeing a couple Night Galleries from that time, because I remember the one with Arte Johnson as the DJ in hell, and one with...was it John Astin, as the hippie who dies, and goes to hell and finds himself surrounded by boring people?

    I know I saw more of both series later in the 80's and 90's, along with The Outer Limits, but I can't quite account for why I remember those episodes from seeing them in the early 80's.

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    Anyone a fan of the 90s Twilight Zone?

    I know overall the episodes were poor, but there were some gems.

    Wordplay is probably my favorite, about a guy struggling to come to terms with the notion that language has changed and people appear to be speaking gibberish. I thought Nicholas Pryor Putin a very good performance here.

    A Small Talent For War, I nice little twist in the tale, with John Glover excellent as always.

    Nightcrawlers, a Vietnam flashback tale directed by William Friedkin.

    Paladin Of The Lost Hour, with Danny Kaye.

    I am sure there are more that I cant remember. Sometimes the 90s video effects look a bit crude, but that's to be expected.

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    I tried to like the TZ reboot of the 90s (isn't there another reboot right now?) but the stories just did not have the magic of the ones Rod Serling wrote and chose for his original series.
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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