Category: US

  • The Fifth Seinfeld
    The Fifth Seinfeld

    This isn’t quite the fun of the fifth housemate in The Young Ones, or the mystery of the dog bowl in Bottom, but after Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer, the character who appears most in Seinfeld is Ruthie Cohen. She appears in 101 of 180 episodes, and has a speaking role in three (The Gum, […]

  • It Was A Back Tooth, Hank
    It Was A Back Tooth, Hank

    Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I’ve been staving off illness. So let’s start the week as we mean to go on, with a couple of quick clippings about The Larry Sanders Show. First, this review, which makes the helpful argument that Terry Wogan isn’t like this, and hits all the obvious other beats […]

  • Clips Garry Shandling’s Show
    Clips Garry Shandling’s Show

    Well, today I learned that It’s Garry Shandling’s Show was broadcast on BBC Two, which came as news to me. It began on Sunday 5th July 1987, at 6.45pm of all times. As you can see it was sandwiched between Sunday Grandstand and a show called Favourite Things. Here’s how that worked, thanks to Neil […]

  • Spitting Im-AD-Ges
    Spitting Im-AD-Ges

    Let’s have a quick look at some adverts featuring the latex creations of Spitting Image. This first one is for a tie-in board game. This is what came in the box. In 1987, the puppets were used in a campaign for Chiclets, an American gum product. This one for Heineken feels like it’s an actual […]

  • Egon Spengler’s Brother
    Egon Spengler’s Brother

    Thanks to this excellent tweet, I was made aware of this appearance by Harold Ramis as Elon Spengler, the brother of Ghostbuster Egon. It’s a segment from the 1990 ABC network presentation The Earth Day Special which aired on 22nd April 1990. It also features Martin Short and MTV’s Julie Brown. I can’t help thinking […]

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s […]

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first […]

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