American Roman Catholic religious-themed anthology shedding light on the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love.
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19   18   15   14   12   7   2   1   Unknown  
1984   1983   1982   1981   … See all »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 9 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Ellwood Kieser Ellwood Kieser ...  Himself - Host / ... 264 episodes, 1960-1984
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American Roman Catholic religious-themed anthology shedding light on the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nachdenkliche Geschichten See more »

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Paulist Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(250 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Religious Programming in 1972 and 1973, and won the category each year from 1981 to 1984. See more »

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The series was produced in the United States, and nearly all of its episodes were set there, but the animated opening credits show cars driving on the left-hand side of the road. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Accuse My Parents (1993) See more »

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The show with a wobbly halo.
17 August 2002 | by Mister-UHFSee all my reviews

This syndicated series was produced by the Paulist Fathers, an evangelistic Catholic order of priests. For years, it was a staple of local TV programming in the USA, usually being aired on Sunday mornings or at very odd times, such as just before the station signed off for the night. To the Fathers, it was a way to spread the Word. To the stations, it was a cheap way to plug holes in their schedules and meet the community service requirements of their licenses.

I've also heard that the series was sometimes shown in Sunday schools and church group meetings, usually as the basis for a discussion.

As for the show itself, I found it to be a very mixed bag. Some episodes were interesting, thought provoking, and a bit offbeat, such as the one in which a group of people held a trial to impeach God. Many were preachy, predictable, and even unintentionally funny, like the one that ended with Edward Andrews signing "My Way." And some were just pulpits for 1960's-style liberalism, with noble criminals, brutal cops, and GI baby killers.


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