Month: May 2016

Women In Prison (1987) – Before there was #OITNB

Picture this: An 80’s yuppie gets sent to prison after being framed for shoplifting by her cheating husband and hilarity ensues!

That’s it. That’s the entire premise of FOX’s 1987 comedy Women In Prison. I watched the first episode yesterday and as simple and predictable as it all was, I really liked it. It was silly, over the top, and to be quite honest, pretty much what I expected from a FOX sitcom – especially one from the same creators of the great Married With Children (which itself had only just debuted earlier that same year).

It’s got all the tropes.
Vicky is the total bougie, naive, Pollyanna, fish out of water type who tries to make nice with the other inmates and charm her way though everything. Sound familiar? But as annoying as she should be, I kind of love her.

The inmates are an amusing bunch: The Tough One, The Sexy One, The Old One, The Brainy One. And of course there’s the Snarky Guard and Laid-Back Warden. Power struggles, job assignments, fights, solitary confinement. All things we’ve come to expect from a prison show are there and nothing to be taken very seriously.

Following a 13 episode first season FOX didn’t pick it up for a second. How could a show about women’s prison really go anywhere anyway, right?

Honestly though, one of the greatest things about the show is the theme song. I love, love, love me a good theme song and this one is so hilariously melodramatic. Plus the opening does a good job of introducing the cast and showing what each inmate got busted for.

 

So if you’re in the mood for a giggle, the first episode is on youtube,which I’d recommend checking out (there are even some commercials and an episode of Dolly). Enjoy!

Hull High (1990) – Ahead of its time

After looking through prime time schedules of TV’s past searching for shows that didn’t quite make the cut, this little gem caught my eye. I had never heard of it, so I was already off to a good start.

Picture this: A high school. But not just any high school. A cool, modern high school where the ups and downs of teenage lives unfold… wait for it… THROUGH SONG. And! Not only do the kids sing -THEY RAP. Because it’s the 90’s and everyone raps! Even when they shouldn’t.

What a formula for success. Or so they had hoped for 1990’s Hull High.

Let’s look a little closer, shall we?
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Mann & Machine (1992) – Déjà vu in the making

Picture this:
A Dick Wolf crime drama (of course) set in the not too distant future. Hot shot Detective Mann has been partnered with an android much to his dismay. You know, one of those “I don’t need no stinkin’ machine” types. One day said machine is destroyed (hooray!) and the detective is in need of a new partner, preferably human.

In cartwheels (yes, that’s right) the interestingly named Eve – Mann’s new partner. But there’s something strange about her; she seems a little off. It’s not long before we learn she, too, is a robot. She’s a special one though. An upgrade! An advancement in artificial intelligence with the ability to learn emotions therefore making her… almost human.

Boom! There you have it. Mann & Machine from 1992. NBC let this run 9 episodes before it hit the chopping block.

Sounds like a solid concept. So solid it showed up again 21 years later in the 2013 FOX series Almost Human (which I quite liked), but that didn’t last long either. Only 13 episodes and it was gone. How long before we give this story another go?

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On the air

Hello, friends. I’m your Vitameatavegemin girl. Are you tired, run-down, listless?
Wait, what am I doing quoting I Love Lucy? This blog isn’t about iconic TV shows with everlasting memorable moments – oh no, it’s quite the opposite. This is a place for shows that never had a chance.

You see, with the 2015-2016 TV season now at an end and all the scissor happy networks have made their cuts I have once again found myself saddened that some of the new series I’ve grown to love will no longer be gracing my TV screen next season.

This got me to thinking about the many, many shows over the years that suffered the same fate. The shows that had the rug pulled right from under them. Perhaps they were brilliant, or maybe they were finally finding their footing, or maybe they were just terrible from the start. Regardless of the show’s quality they didn’t pull numbers so down came the ax.

I’ve grown increasingly curious about these shows, which is why I’ve started this blog. I’ll be exploring super short lived TV shows looking for the best of the best, the best of the worst, and probably even the worst of the worst because I’m a masochistic viewer like that.
In short, whatever sounds interesting.

This should be a lot of fun and I hope to make this journey entertaining for anyone who stops by.