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ABC Weekend Specials (1977)
Who didn't watch these?
I feel obligated to comment on this. Up until the Disney takeover of ABC, every Saturday morning for many, many years, this show was on. Every week a different children's TV movie was presented, and sometimes the story was about Capt. O.G. Readmore and his friends. (The official mascot for the show for the later years.) This was a refugee from the 80's that must have firmly planted itself into everyone's minds as being a Saturday morning standard. I don't know how many times I saw "Ralph S. Mouse" on it... It's too bad that no kids will be able to watch decades old hour long cartoon sagas anymore. For many of us, I am sure it's been cemented in our minds.
Early Edition (1996)
What if you knew...?
So much to say, such little room.
Early Edition is a show about a guy who gets tomorrows newspaper a day early. Henceforth the title of the show! The guy's name is Gary Hobson, and every morning he finds the newspaper at his door with a orange tabby cat. He then tries his best to try to change the bad news into good news, leading to some of the best television I've ever seen. The show is filmed in Chicago, and I have to say they picked a beautiful location to set the show in. Every season the show undergoes some very big changes, but the overall plot remains the same, and the show has been able to maintain it's high quality. Kyle Chandler is awesome, and the rest of the cast is equally wonderful. I only object to a few of the episodes in third season where it seems that the writers broke character and it didn't feel up to par. To someone who has never seen it, some of the regular fans have compared it to Strange Luck and even to a certain degree Quantum Leap. Trust me in the fact it does not copy either of these shows, but it has the same great satisfaction in watching it.
It's a wonderful show, appropriate for viewers of any age, and I recommend it to everyone.
Capitol Critters (1992)
A failure, but a grand experiment.
A show that died before it's time...
Capital Critters was considered a extreme failure of the network. However, I did enjoy the show during it's short run. It was one of the many prime time cartoon shows being experimented with. The plot of the show is focused on the lives of the resident rodents of the White House. I believe it failed because it never found it's niche audience. It was aimed towards slightly older audiences, with plot's such as drug abuse and addiction as well as other teenager problems. However, the mice and rat characters threw people off as to the age group it focused on. The big draw when the show came out was Neil Patrick Harris performing the voice of Max, the main character. It had a unique look at teenage life, and it was really enjoyable.
Despite the fact the critics laughed at it and considered it a failure, it was a very good show. I had many friends that watched it regularly and we really enjoyed it. Prime time cartoons have had it tough until recently, and if this show had come out into today's market it might have made it, at least longer than it did then.
I enjoyed it, you might too.