My Top Ten TV Shows that Deserve to be Watched Twice!!! Show #8!

Television show #8 is… Cheers!!!

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You can’t talk about tv history and not mention the show “Cheers!!!” Though a little dated today, this is the show of all shows and it just kept on getting better as the seasons carried on. “Cheers” was actually the longest running television show of its time. “Married with Children” would soon steal that title, for reasons that are way beyond me.

If you want to hear the best, well known theme song in television history, then you have come to the right place. “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” was written exclusively for the show and would go on to be one of the most popular songs in television history.

The song says it all and the show delivers just that, regular people hanging at their local bar. You have great characters like Norm, who never leaves his stool. The know it all Cliff Claven, that no one likes. Sam, the ex baseball pitcher who decided to buy a bar. Then you can’t forget Carla, the snake tongued, opinionated waitress who never has a kind word to say to anyone.

This series, which ran for eleven years was nothing short of genius. It was a show for the mature family and a good percentage of the country would tune in every week. People loved this show because it was about everyday Joes who live everyday lives. You could relate to Norm’s laziness, while admiring Diane’s pursuit for success. This show also showed the pride of a great city where I grew up, Boston!

“Cheers” was a hit right from the get go and would just get better as it matured. I have watched this show all the way through once and of course had watched many episodes over and over again growing up. You want to see what the 80’s and 90’s were like in a Boston bar, then catch a couple of episodes of “Cheers.” (Which was actually filmed live in Los Angeles, lol!) It’s a little campy at the beginning, but you have to remember the time when it was made, a time of campy, funny, gimmicky sitcoms. Believe it or not, “Cheers” was definitely the more mature sitcom of its time.

So, grab a beer and get ready to sing! The whole series of “Cheers” is available on Netflix. Watch a couple of episodes and I guarantee, you will be singing along just like we did in the 80’s.

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My Top Ten TV Shows that Deserve to be Watched Twice!!! Show #9!

Television show #9 is… “Curb Your Enthusiasm!!!”

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Either you love him or you hate him, but you can’t deny his comic genius! The track record speaks for itself! Yes, Larry David is my pick for #9 and what a great pick he is. This show is nothing short of genius. Not only is it funny as hell, but I found out that they pretty much improvise every scene.

Larry David doesn’t like writing out the whole scene. What he likes to do is write what he wants the scene to be, only scripting certain key points, the rest is the actors improvising. So you can imagine that you need a very talented cast to pull this off. And let me tell you, the cast is hilarious, from his stupid agent friend Jeff to his adorable old father. Everyone is awesome with all kinds of guest stars making appearances. If you love “Seinfeld” then you will see a lot of those characters as guest stars.

What’s also great about this show is each season has a beginning, middle and end. Larry David always starts out with some major problem that you watch him stumble trying to fix, with no conclusion till the end of the season. Some episodes will only touch on the problem and some will not even mention it. But at the end of the season, all the episodes tie together to come to an ingenious conclusion. My personal favorite is season 4. Mel Brooks comes and casts Larry David as the lead in his Broadway Musical “The Producers.” Everyone around him questions his casting, but you will find that Mel has a hidden agenda of his own.

Some seasons are way better than others, that’s why this show scored so low on my list. But you can’t just flick by it on the tv, well I can’t at least. I love to watch reruns of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and I’ve watched some seasons over and over again. That’s how good this show is. If you don’t believe me, do me a favor and watch episode 36. Larry David picks up a hooker to ride the HOV lane to get to a Dodger’s game on time. In the meantime, he has to buy pot for his Dad to relieve his glaucoma. This is the funniest episode in television history in my book. It’s also a great introduction to this show. So watch this episode and you will sure to become an instant fan. Larry David, labeled as like Woody Allen, is going nowhere. He keeps on putting out amazing product that always sets new trends. He certainly doesn’t fall short with this show either.

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My Top Ten TV Shows that Deserve to be Watched Twice!!! Show #10!

Television show #10 is…. Three’s Company!!!

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I loved “Three’s Company” as a kid. This show was definitely the introduction to adult television for me. I started watching this show when I was nine years old and I instantly fell in love. When I saw this show, I knew right then and there that I wanted to be apart of this wonderful world they called show business. I loved the clumsiness of Jack Tripper and the overbearing criticism of the landlords. The gay subject matter was a little over my head at that age, but this show definitely opened my mind to different views.

I don’t think how much I loved this show as a kid has come across properly, so I will give you a little story to support my case. When I was growing up my Mother was very poor and raised my sister and I all by herself. So we didn’t have the common luxuries that most families enjoyed in the mid 80’s. Hell, we didn’t get a color TV until I was 11 years old! So of course we didn’t have a VCR, which were very expensive at the time. Long story short, I loved “Three’s Company” so much that I would sit in front of the TV and tape the audio of the show on my ancient tape recorder. I then would listen to the episode over and over again and then tape over it when I needed more tape for the next episodes. Pretty obsessed don’t you think. I would even sing along with the theme on the tape to listen to later. I knew every episode by heart and could say the lines verbatim. That was my introduction to real television and even then, I was trying to find the technology to enjoy it over and over again.

“Three’s Company” was a great example of the culture then. Two women and a man living together, oh my!!! People actually thought this was edgy television. Then to top it off, the main character acts as if he is gay! Now we are going too far here! The late seventies and early eighties were so homophobic that the only way to have a gay subject matter on television was for the character to act as if he was gay. But let me tell you, this show opened the door to the subject and even though Jack’s gayness was the brunt of the jokes, it was at least being dealt with instead of being ignored.

Though “Three’s Company” was very campy, the plots ridiculous and the acting over board, this show had such an impact on its time. It did this by just being “Three’s Company.” This light hearted show really tackled some moral issues of the time. But it accomplished this not by talking about these issues or even having an episode solely about them. “Three’s Company” did this by just putting the subject matter out there. Thruogh out the show  you see Mr. Roper warm up to Jack even though he perceives him as gay. Later on, Ralph Furley would do the same. This is huge because these homophobic men dropped all their prejudices and see Jack for who he is and accept him as a person. A really big statement to make at that time and the way they sneak it in there is nothing short of genius.

“Three’s Company” taught me at very young age that the views I am taught are not necessarily the right ones. Looking back on this show, it taught me to look at things from both sides and don’t be so serious about everything. John Ritter instantly became my favorite actor then and I still have a place in my heart for him to this day. The crazy antics, the clumsy slap stick comedy and the ridiculous plots are smoke screens to a much more serious message. “Three’s Company” was a risky show for its time and if it wasn’t for the great actors, funny characters and hilarious scenes, I believe that risky subject matter would have gotten it kicked off the air. But thank god public demand said otherwise.

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My Top Ten TV Shows that Deserve to be Watched Twice!!!

Happy New Year ladies and gentlemen. I hope 2014 is going well for you because it is really happening for me so far. I was so glad to say goodbye to 2013! It was definitely the worst year of my life. But 2014 is making up for it so far. This is the reason why I haven’t blogged in like a month or so. I just wanted to make sure I started this year out right and to do that, I had to focus on other things. But now I am back folks and once again I will dazzle you with my witty insights and favorite viewings.

This blog came to me while showering. There are many great television shows out there that we love, but then there are shows that are so great, you have to watch them over and over again. There are certain shows that you connect with and in a lot of cases, they make you reminisce about certain times in your life. People don’t realize that television is a huge part of what we wear, how we talk and also how we view the world. If you can find out what shows people love, you probably can get a good idea of what their personality is like.

I have a list of shows that I absolutely love and that I hold close to my heart. Some of them I have even watched the seasons straight through more than once. The great thing about Netfilx is you can watch a whole series from beginning to end, with no commercials or interruptions. I have done this with almost every show that I mention on this blog. I have seen these shows more than once and most of them from beginning to end.

These shows touched me so much, they have a great sentimental value for me. These shows are so phenomenal that they affected my everyday life, how I saw things and how I acted. These top ten television shows are basically what makes me want to become a television producer myself. These shows broke barriers, created controversy around their time and were so original, they changed television all together.

Now, I’m not going to claim I have seen every show out there, so I could be missing quite a few gems not mentioned. I am sorry for this and if you feel any series needs to be watched, let me know, I will give it a try. This list is what I love to watch and love to recommend to others, for I really do feel it will change them in some way. These shows have helped me develop my humor in my life, helped me approach certain problems and most of all have really excited my creative brain, helping me develop as a film maker myself. So here it is folks, “My Top Ten Shows TV Shows that Deserve to be Watched Twice!” Watch this list and your life will change in some way, I can promise you that.

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Happy New Year!!! Don’t forget “The Twilight Zone” marathon on the Sci-fi channel!!!

Happy New Year folks! Remember, they are showing “The Twilight Zone” all day on the Sci-fi channel. Also come check out my tv series “A Seat on a Train” at http://www.aseatonatrain.com  If you love “The Twilight Zone” then you will be sure to adore “A Seat on a Train!”

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I want to bring back that classic story telling style of Rod Serling with stories that pertain to our current times. Help me bring back this forgotten gem that just can’t seem to be properly replicated!

Well, I feel I have the skills to fill that void that needs to be filled today. Come check out the first episode “Out of Place” and let me know what you think. Most importantly, have a Happy New Year!!!

10 Christmas films sure to put you in the Holiday spirit!!

The #1 Christmas Movie sure to put you in the Holiday Spirit is… I bet you are wondering what I’m going to come up with … I guarantee most of you have not seen this particular version… movie #1 is… the 1970’s version of “Scrooge” starring a young Albert Finney!!

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This movie is genius and is the best version of “A Christmas Carol” out there. I know a lot of people are pumping their fists in defiance, but don’t judge until you see it! I tell you it is fantastic!

Now, I don’t know if you are aware of the difference between “A Christmas Carol” and “Scrooge.” “A Christmas Carol” is the novel that was written by Charles Dickens, “Scrooge” is the musical version of that story. That’s the only difference. It’s the same story but way more festive with an unbelievable score!

Right from the beginning, this film will make your heart leap! It is nothing short of Christmas magic. I will not go a year without watching this film and I watch it on Christmas Eve every year. I will even watch it a couple of times, if time permits. I cannot get sick of this film.

Albert Finney is phenomenal as scrooge. By far, the best scrooge out there. What I love about his performance is he doesn’t play Scrooge as this mean, overbearing, angry miser. He plays Scrooge as more human and scared instead of the usual insensitive, uncaring man.  He makes Scrooge appear more human and real so when you reach the ending; you really get into to it because you truly do feel sorry for this man. You want Scrooge to snap out of his miserly ways and you cringe when you see his death coming near.

Plus the music is so catchy and festive! I love every score in this film. The opening scores will make you laugh and bounce your head as you watch Scrooge go about his hideous ways. The middle scores will make you want to dance as the Ghosts try to change Scrooge’s horrible ways. Then the ending will make you want to get off the couch and dance around! I’m telling you, you will feel this huge wave of Christmas Spirit come over you. Everyone I have shown this movie to has loved it. I have shown most people in my family and I catch them bouncing there leg to the music and a twinkle of Christmas in their eyes! You for sure will be mouthing the words to one of the scores at the end called “Thank You Very Much!” It is such a catchy song and is the perfect song for the holidays.

Then when Scrooge wakes up in the morning and has changed his ways, this movie explodes!!! I mean explodes with Christmas joy! Tears will form in your eyes as you see Scrooge scramble to give his kindness to everyone he can all at once. Albert Finney deserved a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Scrooge and this film should be a must see Christmas Classic every year! But for some reason some of these films slip through the cracks.

Well, my mission every Christmas is to spread the word of this film to everyone and bring it back into the Christmas light. So please, give me and Albert Finney the perfect gift this year and watch the 1970’s version of “Scrooge!” I promise you, it will become a must see every year. This film will put the miserly misers of all misers in the Christmas spirit. If it doesn’t, don’t be surprised if you are visited by three ghosts yourself this Christmas Eve.

The Description– I’m not going to insult Charles Dickens by trying  to sum up his Christmas genius in a couple of paragraphs! If you don’t know this story yet, then you should crawl out of that cave you’ve been living in, there’s a world out there you know.

So that’s it folks. 10 Christmas films sure to put you in the Holiday Spirit.” If you follow this list, I guarantee you will get into the Christmas Spirit or your money back! If you only watch one film from this list, make it “Scrooge!” It will surely become a new member of the family every holiday season.

Have a very Merry Christmas folks! May you get everything you wanted and most importantly, have a fun time with family and friends on this Merry Merry Day!

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Merry Christmas!!!!

10 Christmas films sure to put you in the Holiday spirit!!

Movie # 2 is… no other than… “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

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Now, this film was a given and I’m sure you expected it to be on this list.  To my surprise once again, this was a film that got panned by the critics and didn’t do well in the theaters at all. “It’s a Wonderful Life” had such a bad opening that MGM Studios decided to release “A Miracle on 34th Street” in May, fearing it would also have a bad opening during the holiday season. Well, this was a genius idea because “A Miracle on 34th Street” ended up doing record numbers going into Christmas.

Regardless of how badly “It’s a Wonderful Life” did at the beginning, it would soon become a Christmas favorite and for a good reason. When I think of Christmas, this is the film that comes to mind. Frank Capra directed  a rare masterpiece here. I warn you, it is a long film and can get a little slow at parts, but the payoff at the end is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

When you finish this film you will want to go running down the street screaming “Merry Christmas!” This movie really gets you into the Christmas spirit let me tell you. I cry every time I see it because the ending is so full of meaning and says so much about human kindness! If everyone acted like Jack Bailey does in this film, we wouldn’t have wars, poverty or hunger. Jack Bailey is everything I strive to be in life. No matter how successful I become, I always want to be humble like Jack Bailey. I think we should sit every greedy pig out there and make him or her watch this film! They probably wouldn’t get it but it would be nice to show them how human beings should really act and what Christmas is all about.

Don’t get me wrong, I love capitalism but I can’t stand it when people use this great system to excuse indecent behavior! I am tired of people screwing others over, knowing it’s wrong but hiding behind the excuse of it being business! Capitalism is not an excuse to screw people over and be a bad person. Sorry, on my soapbox again.

The Description– Jack Bailey had big dreams in his life. He was soon going to college and planning on making a real success of himself. But when his father suddenly dies, he is forced to take over his banking business and skip college all together. He stayed running the bank, marrying his high school sweetheart and having 3 kids. His life appeared perfect until tragedy striked and Jack Bailey sees his world around him come crumbling down on Christmas Eve.

In a fit of hysteria, Jack Bailey heads over to a bridge, planning to commit suicide. He jumps in the ice-cold water only to be saved by an angel named Clarence. Clarence claims he has been sent down by god to save Jack’s life. Jack, unconvinced, wishes that he never existed. He feels he has done nothing with his life and thinks that everyone would be much better off if he wasn’t born..

Well, the whimsical Clarence decides to give him just that. Jack Bailey gets a rare gift this Christmas Eve. He gets to see how life would have been if he was never born. He soon realizes that he had a much larger impact on everyone’s life than he thought and gets the biggest Christmas gift ever to be gived, his life back.

So if you are a miserly Scrooge, I suggest you watch this film twice, even though you probably wont get it. But just maybe something will sink in and you will conduct your life in a more humane way. Who knows, Christmas is a time for miracles.

But as for all you good people out there, this film is a must see for Christmas.  “It’s a Wonderful life” is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit and is apart of this Holiday just like eggnog, presents and missile toe.

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