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Psychologists: Take note, This is the Zenith of Television
I have to say that I have rather varied tastes. But one thing that is a hallmark of my experience is quality. That coupled with heart and soul ~ compassion, if you will. Prisoner Cell Block H is an OUTSTANDING program, that still all these years after it's initial airing, maintains it's merit and worth as a statement on the human condition. Timeless are the topics central to many in our society who fall victim to the pitfalls of survival. Drug abuse, alcoholism, molestation, crime recidivism: all dealt with in astonishing wisdom. Discrimination due to sexual orientation is delved into here and shows quite eloquently not only the intrinsic nature of homosexuality, but how a supposed civilized society continually marginalizes and maligns them. Many labels of judgment harshly placed, or, status attitudes of negative light are observed here too. Those who've made mistakes who now have a prison record are explored here with depth and empathy. Similar to homosexuality, those with prison records (not brushes with the law, but an arrest be it only for a parking ticket or minor drug possession: 420) are still allowed to be barred from housing and/or job opportunities simply because other people don't "approve" of them.
Psychologists, or those wanting to enter the field should have this program as required viewing. What makes people tick? Why would a "sadistic" guard actually enjoy hurting, traumatizing and tormenting other people ~ even if they only consider them nothing more than animals? This program shows the inherent flaw of the Bible's an eye for an eye ~ and how all that does is lead the world to blindness. Time and again we are shown that revenge doesn't lead us to any higher plane, but instead leads us down ever darker paths of sadness and destruction.
This series was the first and still is, as of this writing, the only to explore the abuses people do to each other In such realistic and imaginative tones. The damage that labels have in our civilization have a lasting and lifetime tidal wave affect. Many who are tormented when young often bring that into adulthood and somewhere it's passed down the line. To me what this show brings home is that we are all one~ one in humanity. It is our choice then how to proceed in life when there are circumstances that lead us to stumble and fall. We can choose to remain prisoners to others or we can work to transform our situations and experience the windfall of life where the roses grow.
The Mothers-In-Law (1967)
I have to be honest to say that this show has similar traits to some of the Lucy shows. That was of course because it was written by I Love Lucy writing staff, and produced by Desilu's Desi Arnaz. While writing is paramount to any program it's also the actors that make or break classic comedy. Here we have Kaye Ballard and Eve Arden, who in my opinion really do shine every bit as much as Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance did ~ it's chemistry. They were magic. Some of the physical predicaments the two ended up in were priceless and comparable to anything Chaplin or Ball ever put on screen. Without spoiling anything, even though most people can't see this program at all, the pilot had a mishap with a piano. Then later on there was an issue with meatballs~ incredible comedy ~ even with meatballs, and I'm a vegetarian! If you still and forever loved Lucy this show is definitely worth being a part of your television DVD collection. Vote for it at TV shows on DVD dot com. Have a great day... Eric