One upon a time, my job consisted of inserting commercial spots into television shows on the weekends and late at night (because, if you turned the transmitter off too often, it might not come back on.)  As such, I got to watch an astounding array of (mostly syndicated) television, from Poltergeist: The Legacy (low-rent monsters) to The Queen Of Swords (low-rent gender-swapped Zorro knockoffery) to the wonder that was Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (actually a quality program, once you get past a wobbly debut season.)  I even got to enjoy that glorious ode to the 1980s known as ‘Team Knight Rider,’ a show that chose to end its first season with a massive cliffhanger, once again proving the words of Cicero, who opined that “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.”  From the success of Xena and Hercules to… whatever Cleopatra 2525 was, these show are essentially the TV equivalent of the comics and pulp magazines I have always loved: quick entertainment, made on the cheap to fill an empty hour with a grand adventure or two, which leads us to today’s first-run query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still has a fondness for the first couple of seasons of ‘Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda’, especially Trance Gemini, the mysterious purple girl from the future (or something), asking: What’s your favorite weird weekends-and-late-nights only syndicated television vice of ANY era?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. The deliriously bizarre War of the World series. An officially endorsed sequel to the George Pal film that got mugged in a dark alley by the X-Files.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    I know it’s not that anymore, but there was a time that Doctor Who fit this description to a tee. I stayed up past midnight many a weekend watching PBS until Jack Horkheimer came on to transition from repackaged BBC to the Star Spangled Banner playing to end the broadcast schedule.

    TL,DR: Classic Doctor Who

  3. Malone_hasco on

    Tough one. I may actually say MacGyver. Star Trek or X-Files, or pretty much any sci-fi show didn’t get that treatment here.

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