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Profit (1996) – House of Acquisitions

Picture this: A power hungry, psychopathic executive with a tortured past strives to climb up the corporate ladder by any means necessary. Doesn’t matter gets in the way – they are going down.

In a nutshell that’s what FOX’s 1996 drama Profit and it’s titular character, Jim Profit (Adrian Pasdar), are all about.

With popular shows these days like Empire and House of Cards that revolve around ruthless, manipulative, backstabbing liars you love to hate or hate to love this show would fit right in. (Profit even narrates the show himself). But apparently 1996 wasn’t ready – despite positive reviews FOX cancelled it after airing just 4 episodes due to low ratings. Total 8 were shot.

After reading how good it was I had to check it out for myself.
What a good decision that was.

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Woops! (1992) – The Last People on Earth

Picture this: An accidental nuclear holocaust wipes out everyone except for 6 lucky individuals. They all manage to find their way to a random farm where they decide to live together and recreate society. And, you guessed it, hilarity ensues.

Such is Woops! – the 1992 FOX sitcom, although apparently hilarity did not ensue enough as the show only managed air 10 of its 13 episodes before being canned. Not the greatest comedy but I must admit, I did have some laughs during the 5 episodes I watched.

The group is basically made of various societal stereotypes:
The Everyman who’s just trying to make the best of things.
The Uptight Rich Guy who thinks he’s better than everyone.
The Black Doctor who laments being the only black person left.
The Feminist Woman whose liberalism actually proves offensive at times.
The Formerly Homeless Guy who’s just happy to be there.
The Pretty Ditz who the men fawn over.

With such a group it isn’t long before there’s conflict over class, race, gender, etc. They deal with attempts at re-population, capitalism (using twisty ties as money), dictatorship, drug abuse (via hallucinogenic berries), the occasional giant monster and even an appearance by a tragic Santa Claus.

Anyway, here’s the first episode.
I was close to writing it off until Dr. Fred showed up.

It’s a bit Gilligan’s Island-esque in its silliness (just look at the title) and there are some cringe worthy moments. But for what it was I wouldn’t call it the worst show ever. But I’m also a big fan of Small Wonder. So.   ^__^;

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!