Friday, March 20, 2009

Reports from other precincts

Bill Crider was kind enough to point me to this interesting piece about one of America’s favorite television families, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson (with David and the irrepressible Ricky), over at The View From Graustark—and in doing so, he’s earned a doff of the TDOY chapeau. Roger K. Miller, the blog’s proprietor, has written it in honor of Oz’s 103rd birthday, which conveniently happens to be today as well.

J. Kingston Pierce, the mastermind at The Rap Sheet, also celebrates one of TV’s classic offerings with a very-well written article on Perry Mason, a show whose opening credits have finished ninth in his series of Best TV Crime Drama Openers. (Jeff is worried that he’s going to receive a ton of e-mail disagreeing with this choice, but I just want to say I think it’s an outstanding call…and in fact, would argue that it needs ranked higher—but that’s just the black-and-white in me talking.)

Finally, Carl Reiner—creator of what may very well be TV’s all-time best sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show (talk about inviting a ton of e-mail)—turns 87 today. Happy birthday to you, Carl…I plan to trip over an ottoman later on as a personal tribute.

1 comment:

Bill Crider said...

Glad you liked that essay of the Nelsons and glad you linked to it. Very nice post, I thought.