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Channing was an interesting, well reviewed, but little known tv series from TV's "New Frontier " era. The much praised but now little -viewed shows of that era featured unusual heroes who grappled with the issues of the day. There were shows built around Psychiatrists ( The Eleventh Hour), Social workers, (EastSide/ West Side), drifters ( Route 66), High school English teachers( Mr. Novak), and state legislators. ( Slattery's People.) All of these shows attracted passionate, if in most cases, small followings. Almost none of them are rerun, almost none are available on DVD. One such show was Channing.
Channing was almost unique among serious TV dramas was that it was set in a liberal arts college. Having lived in that envirionment, ( for many years) I can testify that it is , in fact a much more interesting- and dramatic world than most outsiders think. Unfortunatey, it is also a pretty high-brow world, and the typical TV viewers is NOT highbrow. Channing tried to make gripping TV ...