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In the 1970's, Sesame Street wasn't the only educational puppet show in town. The Letter People was a literacy program and television series that taught phonics with an unusual bunch of 26 characters. Here's the entire 60 episode run. The production values improved a bit as the show went on, evolving from black backgrounds and simple sets to more elaborate ones. Every Letter Person had their own theme song, featured in their introductory episode; here's all twenty-six of those in alphabetical, and thus wildly anachronic, order. Absent from the show are the songs of Misters R, X and Q (the last three Letter People to debut in the show - they'd clearly gone through design changes by then, ESPECIALLY Mr. X). [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Jul 21, 2015 - 31 comments

Grand Theft Arthur

YouTube user Merfish has recreated some popular TV show theme intros in the video game Grand Theft Auto V [NSFW]:

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Full House
  • Arthur
  • Family Matters

  • posted by Room 641-A on Jul 5, 2015 - 12 comments

    Good Grief!

    "Thank you dear sister, greatest of all sisters, without whom I'd never survive."
    The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show aired on Saturday mornings on the CBS network from 1983 - 1986. Only 18 episodes were ever produced. [more inside]
    posted by zarq on Jun 2, 2015 - 26 comments

    "We don't make mistakes, we just have happy accidents."

    In the 80's and 90's, Robert Norman "Bob" Ross gave us The Joy of Painting. In each minimalist, 30-minute show, he would create an imaginary landscape using a wet-on-wet (or alla prima) oil painting technique while gently teaching viewers his methods. His signature, soothing comments described the "happy little clouds," "almighty mountains" and "happy little trees" that he was creating with his brush. Of the 31 seasons and 403 episodes that aired on PBS, the Internet Archive currently has the first 19 seasons (247 episodes) available for stream and download. [more inside]
    posted by zarq on Mar 31, 2015 - 71 comments

    Who better to host a nature show about animals than a Dogg?

    Last year Jimmy Kimmel teamed up with Snoop Dogg to produce the nature series, Plizzanet Earth. In the latest episode, Snoop Dogg tackles Otters vs. Crocs. (Mostly bleeped but probably NSFW for a few people.) [more inside]
    posted by Room 641-A on Mar 6, 2015 - 9 comments

    Remember these classic themes?

    Youtube user dotflist has a playlist collecting classic TV themes and openings ....except something seems to be slightly off
    posted by The Whelk on Jan 28, 2015 - 30 comments

    Iranian 1979 revolution: Rare footage from French television

    A French institute has collected a series of rarely seen videos on the 1979 Iranian revolution, among other things on almost any topic. [more inside]
    posted by hoder on Jan 28, 2015 - 18 comments

    Shooting the hand that feeds the fire

    After nearly a decade, it was time. The old fire was still burning, sure, but technological advances meant the flame could be brighter, the sparks a little sparklier. And so in the driving rain, exactly seven weeks before Christmas, a crew of four (plus one mysterious cast member) descended on a rustic homestead on Vancouver’s North Shore, to build – and record – a fire.

    “We all said, ‘Can we be the hand that just pokes the fire?’”
    The answer was no.
    [more inside]
    posted by Kabanos on Dec 3, 2014 - 6 comments

    Very 70s Halloween tv specials. How very? Paul Lynde and KISS very.

    Some 70s television programming for your Halloween viewing pleasure:

    posted by Room 641-A on Oct 30, 2014 - 21 comments

    Zach Anner's (usually) comedic adventures with friends

    "Hey America, my name is Zach, I'm from Austin, TX. I think we met at Jeanine's party once and really hit it off, but I think we should get to know each other bit better ... I have a lot to say, but I don't know where I would fit, because I have something called cerebral palsy, which I believe is the sexiest of the palsies...." That's Zach Anner's audition for Oprah's Your OWN Show, a reality competition show, where Zach was one of the two winners. His show was called Rollin' Around the World with Zach Anner, which got shortened to Rollin' with Zach, and you can see many clips from that on OWN's YouTube channel. But the show didn't last, and instead Zach and friends turned back to the internet to get involved with a travel show about more realistic travel adventures, called Riding Shotgun (YouTube playlist). But that's not all ... [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief on Oct 13, 2014 - 14 comments

    Uhhhhhhhhhhh

    The remix mashup band The Eclectic Method present a tribute to Tina Belcher of Bob's Burgers
    posted by The Whelk on Oct 4, 2014 - 21 comments

    tv intro party

    Has your day been woefully free of potentially irritating nostalgic sitcom earworms? Worry no more, because they're all here, just waiting for you to press play. [more inside]
    posted by poffin boffin on Oct 3, 2014 - 60 comments

    Dipdap

    Dipdap is a children's BBC show for pre-schoolers. Completely wordless, it's a fairly delightful and surprisingly funny mixture of shape recognition, music and discovery (and lots of visual comedy), where "the line" draws a series of challenges and problems for Dipdap to solve. Here's every single episode of it.
    posted by dng on Sep 25, 2014 - 19 comments

    There's no place like [home].

    Hello, [insert tv market name]!! A collection of the ‘Hello News’ package produced by Gari Communications, sold to various TV networks, nationwide (and Australia.) Hello Bonus 1: Florence Warner sings “Hello Nashville” live, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Hello Bonus 2: The Osmonds record a “Hello Utah” promo.
    posted by Room 641-A on May 11, 2014 - 15 comments

    The Brie People

    It's 1976 and CBS reports on NYC's hot new pickup spot: the department store Bloomingdale's
    posted by The Whelk on Feb 27, 2014 - 29 comments

    Luckily most of these songs aren't dreck

    The Music Scene is a television series aired by ABC as part of its Fall 1969 lineup. The show featured performances from the top musicians of the week as compiled by “Billboard Magazine” and had a number of hosts, including David Steinberg and Lily Tomlin. Many huge names of the era, including The Beatles, James Brown, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones on the initial program and Janis Joplin, Bobby Sherman, The Miracles, Sly & the Family Stone, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley and Mama Cass Elliot, (who co-hosted as well as performed) among many others, appearing on subsequent shows. [more inside]
    posted by Room 641-A on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 comments

    oh, what a nice drug

    "Everything is fine and the world is beautiful. It's raining, it's dark, I woke up at 5:30AM, I'm commuting in traffic. I would have had a headache, I would have been miserable, I would have wondered how my life took me to this point. This point I'm at right now. But no, no, everything is fine. Life is beautiful. The rain drops are just falling and in each one I see the reflection of every persons life around me. Humanity is beautiful. In this still frame shot of traffic on this crowded bus I just found love and peace. Heroin is a wonder drug. Heroin is better than everything else. Heroin makes me who I wish I was. Heroin makes life worth living. Heroin is better than everything else." [more inside]
    posted by Rhaomi on Feb 4, 2014 - 106 comments

    But what about the dogs?!

    NBC's critically lauded thriller Hannibal released a season two trailer today. Author and fandom superstar Cleolinda Jones livetweeted the entire TCA preview event. (Spoilers for Season One, general screaming and rending of garments)
    posted by The Whelk on Jan 19, 2014 - 347 comments

    Logan, The Girl Who Follows You Around Is Here!

    After being successfully Kickstarted into existence by fans, the long-desired Veronica Mars movie (previously) finally has an actual official trailer.
    posted by The Whelk on Jan 5, 2014 - 51 comments

    Nearly 20 Years Ago...

    Best known for creating the nostalgic mash-up REMEMBER series (previously), Youtube user Thepeterson teams up with Slackstory to create another video clip time machine: REMEMBER 1994
    posted by The Whelk on Dec 20, 2013 - 16 comments

    Thanks, Cinco! ;-)

    The Cinco Family/Corporation is a fictional corporation which spans the television and internet works of comedian Bob Odenkirk. From 2007 to 2010, the comedy television program Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, served as an outlet for Cinco Products skits. The commercials and infomercials use green screen and special effects with the intent of mimicking the standard format of infomercials from the late 1980s and early 1990s, often lampooning technology from the same era (such as the Cinco MIDI Organizer). Generally, the goods and services sold by Cinco companies are a bizarre assortment of useless, pointless and/or physically harmful products, at least three of which require the removal of all of the user's teeth. [NSFW] [more inside]
    posted by Room 641-A on Dec 7, 2013 - 48 comments

    No Relation to Ren & Stimpy's Log

    "Yule Log 2.0 re-imagines the traditional Video Yule Log* through a collection of short videos by illustrators, animators, directors, and creative coders (66 collaborators making 55 segments). With the controls in the upper-right corner, you can fit a continuous loop of one or all of the videos in a browser window or full-screen.
    *First televised in 1966 by New York's WPIX-TV to provide its audience with some pleasant, noncommercial viewing on the holiday (and most of the broadcast crew some time off)
    posted by oneswellfoop on Dec 4, 2013 - 13 comments

    A Very Spooky Episode

    Grantland's YouTube Hall Of Fame: The Halloween Episodes
    posted by The Whelk on Oct 30, 2013 - 13 comments

    The New Canon

    Media Studies professor Anne Helen Petersen writes about the dominant role of Netflix in her students’ film and television consumption, and its effect on the lasting influence of works that are — or are not — available there:
    Through this reliance on Netflix, I’ve seen a new television pantheon begin to take form: there’s what’s streaming on Netflix, and then there’s everything else…
    [more inside]
    posted by mbrubeck on Oct 7, 2013 - 173 comments

    This ain't chemistry. This is Art.

    With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
    posted by Rhaomi on Sep 29, 2013 - 974 comments

    The Divine Miss Spoon

    From the nearly-forgotten 80s educational show Vegetable Soup, Woody the Spoon tells you how to make gohan, Japanese-style rice. If Woody's voice sounds a little familiar, it's because he's voiced by Bette Midler.
    posted by JHarris on Aug 23, 2013 - 24 comments

    More inspirational than Bill Cosby

    Joss Whedon speaks at Wesleyan commencement
    posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 29, 2013 - 41 comments

    CALL 1-800-HELLO NASTY

    If you were watching late-night television in July 1998 you may have seen the half-hour informercial parody that the Beastie Boys produced to promote their upcoming album, Hello Nasty. The ad features Mike D, MCA , and Ad-Rock taking on roles to shill everything from the services of phone psychics to get-rich-quick scams to a food processor that plays songs from the upcoming LP. (Warning: video auto-loads.) [more inside]
    posted by Room 641-A on May 22, 2013 - 8 comments

    Frolicking Through Farmer's Markets Is Extra

    Somtimes a guy just wants a curiously asexual sprite to whimsicaly break the chains of his workaday world for an hour or so - cue the Manic Pixie Prostitute!
    posted by The Whelk on May 18, 2013 - 64 comments

    Time to feel old!

    Youtube user Thepeterson puts together collections of the major radio hits, movies, video games, and technology of a given year. So why not take a time machine trip to the media landscape of : 1997, 1999, and 2002
    posted by The Whelk on Apr 23, 2013 - 109 comments

    Who would win in a fight? Trudy or Annie?

    Paul F. Tompkins and Allison Brie talk Community and Mad Men and then they create unsexy gifs and imitate various internet memes.
    posted by The Whelk on Apr 22, 2013 - 157 comments

    You can't ground Spiderman!

    Josh Keaton, the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man from 2007-09 for the TV series The Spectacular Spiderman reads a whole bunch of 60s Spider-Man Image Macros (Bleeped Audio) (Know Your Meme - video)
    posted by The Whelk on Apr 1, 2013 - 10 comments

    For the love of God and all that is holy

    Michael Schiavello covers Resurrection Fighting Alliance 7 - Chavez v Mainus
    posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Mar 25, 2013 - 5 comments

    "All of your favorite shows are ratings dogs."

    The Nielsen Family Is Dead. Nielsen Now Tracks (Almost) Everything You Buy: Credit, Debit and Bank Data Now Combined With TV, Online Viewing. Nielsen Offers Focus on ‘Zero-TV’ Homes. Nielsen Agrees to Expand Definition of TV Viewing. The 23,000 U.S. homes Nielsen currently samples are going to see some changes this year. [more inside]
    posted by mediareport on Mar 20, 2013 - 44 comments

    Robert Dudley is HOT

    Horrible Histories, the historical sketch show on the BBC inspired by the books of the same name, has been featured previously on Metafilter. Not mentioned, however, were the real gems of the show, Historical Desktops [MLYT]: [more inside]
    posted by primer_dimer on Dec 20, 2012 - 10 comments

    Thurman Lives

    Back in March I posted about the forgotten Nickelodeon show Turkey Television. Recently a full episode of the show (later era) has shown up on YouTube: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3.
    If that's too much video tryptophan (even at its best, Turkey Television was amazingly uneven), here's a few clips (WARNING: CONTAINS UNCLE HOGRAM, also some of Uncle Floyd's bizarre Day In The Life Of A Food) from YouTube user 2reelers. [more inside]
    posted by JHarris on Nov 25, 2012 - 19 comments

    The Peaceable Kingdom

    Marc Morrone is a pet shop owner from the Bronx who spun a small cable-access show about pet care into a Martha Stewart Omnimedia-backed pet-advice career. But he first became known for his call-in show in which he gave advice while surrounded by a menagerie of moving, falling, pooping animals.
    posted by The Whelk on Sep 27, 2012 - 20 comments

    We've Got Movie Sign!

    The Random-MST3K-O-Matic mst3k.me shows you random Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes on YouTube. /random gets you a random episode, /joel gets you a random Joel episode, and /mike gets you a random Mike episode. [via mefi projects]
    posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2012 - 102 comments

    NO NEWS

    Breaking: There Is No News A supercut of awkward silences in news reports.
    posted by The Whelk on Sep 11, 2012 - 34 comments

    I'm Going To Hate This One, Frequently And Loudly

    Diamanda Hagan is an obsessive Dr. Who fan in scary makeup. She posts extensive, entertaining, and exhaustively nerdy rants on some of the worst episodes of Nu Who. Behold! The Beast Below, Voyage Of The Damned, Victory Of The Daleks, Fear Her, The Next Doctor, Planet Of The Dead, The Doctor's Daughter, and The End Of Time (The Whole Damn Thing) (NSFW language)
    posted by The Whelk on Aug 31, 2012 - 299 comments

    REMINGTONELECTRICRAZORREMINGTONELECTRICRAZOR

    How did an unused 1967 commerical jingle produced by Frank Zappa lead to the Simpsons Theme?
    posted by The Whelk on Aug 27, 2012 - 41 comments

    Future Shock. Indeed.

    'textbook definition of surrealism' In his epic new bio of James Brown, "The One"--an account of not just the man's life and music, but a panoramic view of African-American, southern and American political and cultural history of the 20th Century--author R.J. Smith briefly discusses "Future Shock," a dance show that Brown hosted in the mid-1970s. It aired on a pioneering Atlanta station, WTCG, a Ted Turner-owned UHF station that would become a satellite channel by the end of 1976. Along with the pay-only HBO (started in '75 in select markets), WTCG paved the way for a cable TV revolution. Its name would be changed to WTBS (otherwise known as Superstation WTBS) in 1979. [more inside]
    posted by raysmj on Aug 14, 2012 - 13 comments

    My Name is John Daker

    John Daker is going to sing a song that's very popular nowadays, it's Christ The Lord Is Risen Today, and he's going to do Amore too, okay? There is a subtitled and animated version also.
    posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Aug 3, 2012 - 35 comments

    Reading Rainbow 2.0 (& every single episode of Reading Rainbow available on YouTube)

    Reading Rainbow is back (includes video interview with LeVar Burton, ~4.5 min.) - "rebooted as an app for tablet computers" (Android? yes, soon); reviews from Gizmodo & Engadget. Here's a recent convention Q&A with Burton where he announces the app (video, relevant part starts at 3:30). But if this announcement is simply making you nostalgic for the television show, all 155 episodes of Reading Rainbow are available here on YouTube (neatly sorted into playlists by season, or you can just start here for every single episode in order). (previously: LeVar Burton goes behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in a Reading Rainbow episode - Reading Rainbow ends its 26-year run)
    posted by flex on Jun 21, 2012 - 53 comments

    And Guest Starring: Cameraman and Fly

    One of the side effects of being a 5-day, live show was that the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows featured regular technical and acting flubs. Many, many, many flubs [more inside]
    posted by The Whelk on May 19, 2012 - 25 comments

    Television: chewy chicken for the eyes

    Canadian food chain Swiss Chalet decided to buy an entire cable channel devoted to 24 hour coverage of rotisserie chicken. That's it. Oh and dancing dipping sauce containers.
    posted by The Whelk on May 12, 2012 - 55 comments

    #liberalmediabias

    Jimmy Fallon and The Roots (ft. President Obama) - Stafford Loan Interest Slow Jam
    posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Apr 25, 2012 - 57 comments

    The News Corporation scandals

    Murdoch's Scandal - Lowell Bergman (the journalist portrayed by Al Pacino in The Insider) has investigated News Corporation for PBS Frontline [transcript]. He depicts Rupert Murdoch's British operation as a criminal enterprise, routinely hacking the voicemail and computers of innocent people, and using bribery and coercion to infiltrate police and government over decades. Enemies are ruthlessly "monstered" by the tabloids. Bergman also spoke to NPR's Fresh Air [transcript]. But the hits keep coming: in recent days News Corp has been accused of hacking rival pay TV services and promoting pirated receiver cards in both the UK and Australia. With the looming possibility of prosecution under America's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, how long will shareholders consider Rupert Murdoch irreplaceable? [Previous 1 2 3 4]
    posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Mar 28, 2012 - 58 comments

    The Victorian Kitchen Garden & a metric butt-ton of historical reconstruction series

    The Victorian Kitchen Garden is a 13-part TV series that aired in 1987 on BBC2. It follows the month-by-month restoration of the Victorian walled kitchen garden at the Chilton Foliat estate in Wiltshire, England. Almost all the episodes are available to watch online. (via hark, a vagrant) It had three sequels - The Victorian Kitchen, The Victorian Flower Garden, and The Wartime Kitchen and Garden - and inspired more recent historical reconstruction programs: Tales From the Green Valley, A Tudor Feast at Christmas, Victorian Farm, Victorian Farm Christmas, Victorian Pharmacy, and Edwardian Farm. (Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm previously.) [more inside]
    posted by flex on Feb 26, 2012 - 29 comments

    *=*=* TOTALLY PLANNED *=*=*

    Battlestar Galactica RPG contains spoilers for Battlestar Galactica (the good one).
    Game of Thrones RPG contains spoilers for Game of Thrones (season one).
    Man vs Wild RPG contains spoiled meats.
    Jersey Shore RPG spoils our cultural legacy.
    Previously, RPG Heroes are Jerks.
    posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jan 9, 2012 - 19 comments

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