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My Top 15 Nostalgic TV Shows (Part 3 of 3)

The conclusion….

06. The X-Files

"....Alright?"

The only entry that’s not a kids show or an animation. The X-Files is in all honesty one of the most influential tv shows I grew up on. A sci-fi/supernatural drama revolving around two FBI agents that investigate series of paranormal activities. The debated theories of the existence of extraterrestrial life used to scare the hell out of me, but watching Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully go to town and kick ass made the idea more exciting to ponder.

There were so many memorable episodes – it’s a must own on DVD. The main story throughout the first few seasons involved Fox (David Duchovny) attempting to prove that aliens are indeed real, and are also responsible for several abductions – including that of his sister. Who went missing, and was presumed dead years prior to the program.

However, it was the filler episodes  that really kept me watching. A generic story of a monster/evil mutant/virus/crazy person terrorising a small town (labelled by fans as ‘Monster of The Week’ episodes), and Mulder & Scully (Gillian Anderson) are called to investigate. Yeah, generic, but the monsters were really unique every week and often brought a hint of a sympathetic nature. Still, although not a part of the main story, there was further exposition into Mulder’s beliefs and Scully’s near-infinite scrutiny surrounding them – not to mention the development of their close friendship and dependence on each other.

The series is a cult phenomenon and has been the bar for many supernatural and sci-fi shows since its end in 2002. During the last few seasons, David Duchovny only appeared in a recurring role, while Scully and their superior AD Walter Skinner became the focal characters. In my opinion, it took a dip – Mulder IS The X-Files. He’s the engine behind the whole series. So to take it away, what would happen? Moan aside, The X-Files did so much for me its ridiculous. It was the first drama I ever watched week after week without missing an episode, and is still on rotation in my DVD collection.

05. Knightmare

You massive helmet...

Aww yeah. This is what I’m talking about! Motherfuckin’ KNIGHTMARE! A UK show broadcast on ITV during after-school hours combining elements of fantasy, knights, goblins, puzzles, computer generated imagery, and saucy elf maidens. Well that last one was slightly misleading…

A lone ‘Dungeoneer’ is given a quest to rescue a person of interest or retrieve an item or relic of importance by Dungeon Master Treguard – who spoke almost all the time in a Shakespearean manner, which was pure awesomeness. However, the Dungeoneer has little to no vision due to the obscuring helmet they must place upon their bonce. A team of 3 friends of the Dungeoneer, normally around 12-16, would then have to guide him/her through the computer generated world created on-screen, as they travel through various rooms, mazes and walkways. Won’t go too in-depth with this one…

It’s great fun to watch some of the retarded kids on there who just cause massive amounts of shit for the Dungeoneer. Has me laughing my arse off half the time. Noah Antwiler (Aka Spoony) did a review on Knightmare a while back. Do check that out on YouTube. It declined in popularity by its eighth series and ended in 1994 :-(

A revival is still being petitioned by fans…

04. M.A.S.K

From L-R 'Maple Leaf', 'Oxygen Tank', 'Rear-View Mirror' and 'Old Yella'

A load of blokes… Check. Sweet vehicles with guns n shit… Check. Odd-looking helmets which still kick butt…. Ding ding ding ding!

3. Thundercats

Bunch of pussies....

So, here’s the top 3. At 3rd place, it’s Thundercats. Why? You idiots… Because it’s Thundercats. Awesome theme music, bad-ass characters, amazing manga-style animation, and probably the show with the best base of operations ‘The Cats’ Lair’. Fucking A.

The premise is that the Thundercats are a group of alien refugees from the planet Thundera. When the planet is destroyed the group travel to Earth, or Third Earth, can’t remember – and set up home as thus. But the evil, nearly naked and undead nasty-doer ‘Mumm-Ra’ is on a course to take over the world. Adequately, the Thundercats are tooled up and take his ass out week after week. No biggie.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

"That sword's well bowed mate"

If there’s one thing that ruled my childhood, it was the Turtles. I lived, breathed, ate, slept and drank Turtles from the moment I first watched the show. Every Saturday morning, I’d run downstairs, place myself right in front of the TV, turned up the volume, and sat in silence for approximately 20 minutes. I was comatose throughout, loving every single bit that flashed across the screen.

From the heroes themselves to the genius villain The Shredder, every aspect of the show was perfection. I wanted the toys, I got them. I wanted the vehicles, I got them. Hell I even dressed up as a Turtle on Christmas Day one year – that’s how fucking dedicated I was. In all admittance – I can proudly say I was a hardcore Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. No other part of pop culture has had such as a profound impact on me as this.

01. Batman: The Animated Series

Giant kestrel in your hip, sir

I chose Batman: TAS over Turtles as my number one because of one thing… Staying power. This cartoon was first broadcast around 1992, after the overwhelming popularity attained by Tim Burton’s Batman movies – from which it is greatly inspired by.

This show is considered the ultimate depiction of Batman in media other than comic books. It’s still as impressive and very timeless in terms of theme, tone and animation. Possibly THE best animated program of the entire decade.

This clip is not from the original series, but from the feature-length film ‘Return Of The Joker’. It encapsulates everything that made the show brilliant.


My Top 15 Nostalgic TV Shows (Part 1 of 3)

Taketh heed. These shows were basically my bread and butter growing up in the 90’s. Occasionally I’ll check out the odd clip on YouTube for reference, or just to remind myself of how cool they were. Bearing in mind, I haven’t watched full episodes of these shows for close to 10 years, alas my knowledge is going to be fairly minimal of the series themselves. Anyway, so… yeah, enjoy!

15. Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors

What d’you get if you cross plants with big fuck-off trucks, Black & Decker power tools and a midget robot knight?

14. Married… With Children

Not sure if I included the correct amount of elipsys there… Married With Children was probably my first foray into the world of the American sitcom. Of course we had Roseanne on Channel 4, but just couldn’t get into its pretty serious tone at times. My brother introduced me to some Al Bundy midi soundbites on a MWC fanpage and I was intrigued to check it out – So I began regularly watching until the final season aired on Sky 1.

At 12 years old, it was kind of difficult to comprehend some of the mysoginistic commentary that Bundy spewed on a weekly basis – But I just loved the selfishness, crudeness and laziness that made him such a funny character. Not the role model you’d want your kids to look upto, however he’s one of the masters of the killer comeback….

13. The Tick

"WE SHALL BREAK FAST"

Fell into this one fairly late in my childhood. Channel hopped one evening and stumbled across this puppy on BBC Two. The Tick was a comedy animation that was a precursor to the humour we see today in alot of young teen animation shows. The Tick was a superhero dubbed ‘legally insane’ living in a city full of costumed crimefighters – majority of them a parody of famous Marvel/DC mainstays.

The characters were so unique in all senses, especially Tick himself . His imposing figure, squared jaw but ‘act before think’ mantra and ludicrous monologues were feats of comedic genius throughout, adding further parody to the conventional superhero shows around at the time. Along with sidekick, Arthur the Moth, confused for a rabbit, and his baffling affiliation and hijinx with Tick – they created some of the funniest tv moments I experienced growing up. SPOON!

12. Space Precinct

Creased Shirts, All The Rage

Not alot of people remember this one. A sci-fi/cop show hybrid (with a kick-ass theme song) created by Gerry Anderson that proved pretty popular around Europe during syndication – but extremely short-lived and often-forgotten on the pile of afternoon serials. Personally, I loved the premise of a police force in space, dealing with alien crooks and the like – Awesome fun for after school! Sure, it wasn’t the greatest show of its kind, but it maintains that very Anderson-esque charm which we can all admit to having a soft spot for.

 


‘Best Michael Scott Quotes Ever’

In 2010, we were informed that Steve Carell, who plays boss Michael Scott, after spending 7 years at ‘The Office’, would be departing the show after the end of the seventh season. Which obviously sucked balls.

To express my personal gratitude, here are some of my favourite quotes that were delivered by the gone but never forgotten, self-proclaimed ‘World’s Best Boss’.

  1. (After tasting wine) “That’s an oaky afterbirth..”
  2. “I am Michael, and I am part English, Irish, German, and Scottish, sort of a virtual United Nations.”
  3. “Toby is in HR, which technically means he works for corporate, so he’s really not a part of our family. Also, he’s divorced, so he’s really not a part of his family.”
  4. “Would I rather be feared or loved? Um… Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”
  5. “You may look around, and see two groups here. White collar, blue collar. But I don’t see it that way. You know why not? Because I am collar-blind.”
  6. “I don’t want somebody sucking up to me because they think I’m going to help their career. I want them sucking up to me because they genuinely love me.”
  7. “They always say that is a mistake to hire your friends. And they are right. So, I hired my best friends. And this is what I get?”
  8. “Nobody likes to be flashed. When Meredith flashed me at the Christmas party, I nearly vomited.”
  9. Andy – “So, help us out?” Michael – “Wish I could, but I can’t. Well can, but won’t… Should, maybe, but… shorn’t.” Kevin – “Michael, please…” Michael – “What part of ‘shorn’t’ don’t you understand, Kevin?”
  10. Gabe – “Michael, you’re making this harder than it has to be.” Michael - “That’s what she said…”
  11. “I… DECLARE… BANKRUPTCY!!!!!”
  12. “The rules of shotgun are very simple and very clear. The first person to shout ‘shotgun’ when you’re within the sight of the car gets the front seat. That’s how the game’s played. There are no exceptions for someone with a concussion.”
  13. “I’m an early bird and I’m a night-owl. So I’m wise and I have worms.”
  14. “Nobody likes beets (beetroot), Dwight. Why don’t you grow something that everybody does like? You should grow candy.”
  15. “I do think that I’m very approachable. But maybe I need to be approachabeller.”

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