Thursday, October 21, 2004

Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #30

"Assignment:  What gone, but not forgotten, TV series do you miss the most?

Naturally, I can't just have one, it's got to be two.

1) The Garry Shandling Show.  It's no longer on HBO, but you can get re-runs on ABC late on Saturday night if you're up.  I think Garry Shandling, the anti-Warren Beatty, parlayed his rampant nerdliness into bankable TV. I mean that in a good way.

2) TAXI.  For Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd.  Is there a funnier character than "Jim," the fried green tomato brained stoner still on an acid trip from the sixties?  For awhile I thought they'd actually found a real guy and taught him how to read lines.  As for Danny DeVito -- only the sexiest pocket-sized man on the planet, next to Mel Gibson and Sylvester Stallone.

I kinda hoped DeVito would REALLY strip on that last episode or so of Friends. *SIGH* But he was at his eye rolling, caustic best as the manipulative taxi dispatcher.  

Extra Credit:  If you had to be on a game show or reality show, which one would it be?"

Family Feud.  So very very bad, it's good.  NOT the Richard Dawson version [see comments].  EEEEWWWWW.


pollysci said...

Would that be today's Feud or the Richard Dawson days?  If the latter, would you really want to risk a Dawson smooch? ;)


greyhoundloner03 said...

ewwww...the thought of bracing for a pervy Richard Dawson kiss...I'll say it again, EWWWWW

I'd have to say "I Love Lucy".


madmanadhd said...

Thanks so much for the tip that  the Gary Shandling Show might now be on ABC late Sat. Never had cable, I've only heard and occasionally caught random episodes of this show. Loved every one. Taxi was one of those amazing shows with such a plethora of talent! It's hard for me to pick a favorite character. Thanks for this walk down memory lane. Please feel free to pop on over to my journal and read about my favorite TV show. Warmest regards

pkbeachbum said...

Larry Sanders is spot on. I always had a thing for Jeanine Garofalo…But the episode where David Duchovny apes the infamous “Basic Instinct” scene, and that patented, furrowed-brow reaction by Larry (Gary), was one of the all-time funniest moments on tele.

belfastcowboy75 said...

Ever see "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"? Devito and Lloyd as mental patients. Classic.

jevanslink said...

Loved CUCKOO -- own it in fact, get it out to watch when I'm feeling rebellious.  Mrs. L