Sunday, October 25, 2009

Recap of The Short-Lived Television Show

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

My first series of this blog (long-running television shows) lasted 22 entries. The second is now coming to a close (which I'm sure you probably guessed since they haven't been posted regularly lately), and has run 17 posts. An index is found below.

Flash Forward
Freaks and Geeks
The Weekenders
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Jack & Bobby
My So-Called Life
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
The Forever Untitled Show
Doogie Howser
Ready or Not
It's Punky Brewster
Eerie, Indiana
Get Real

It's not that I ran out of eligible shows (Undeclared, Firefly, The Critic, Pepper Dennis, American Dreams, Reunion, Roswell, Herman's Head, Max Headroom, Johnny Quest, Reboot, Even Stevens, Pepper Ann, and The Black Donnellys were all candidates on my list), but I kinda got bored with this topic. Probably because it required a lot more research than the first series, and I wasn't always familiar with the shows (I've never seen Eerie, Indiana for instance).

So, what should we do next? Well, I've been sitting on this for a little while now and figured out not only what's next, but what will follow that. :)

Today we begin a countdown of the Top 50 Television Holiday Specials. For the next ten Mondays (aka until 2010 begins), I'll showcase five episodes each week. Now, I should tell you upfront that I'm only planning to cover Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah/what-have-you, and New Year's. And instead of lumping them all together, they'll be debuting separately (Halloween first... only one week for New Year's... etc.), so it's more of a collection than a countdown, so-to-speak.

Again, this series is very subjective, since I can't possibly put something in the top 50 without having seen it. AND this isn't including holiday specials (like Garfield or Peanuts), just holiday episodes of regular-running television shows. But as a sidenote, there may be some regular "top ten lists" coming up on future Wednesdays to address those... ::wink::
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