Friday, January 1, 2010

Online Pick of the Week (1/1): First Episodes!

I thought this would be a good way to start the year off; looking at the premiere episodes of some great shows! It makes me wish that networks like TVLand and GSN would continue this tradition.

There’s the classic beginning of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, with the ambitious and independent Mary Richards. This is always a favorite of mine; a perfect example of how well the characters are introduced from the very start. And who can forget Lou Grant’s “You got spunk!” line during Mary’s interview? On The Bob Newhart Show, we’re introduced to psychologist Bob Hartley, and his wife Emily, who is afraid to fly. Bewitched is another good one; introducing Samantha Stephens, a witch, naturally, and her mortal husband Darrin.

I think Jeopardy!’s first syndicated episode from 1984 is always a treat to see from a current perspective, especially when comparing the electronic theme to the modern one, how the contestants were introduced back then, the glittery set, and Alex Trebek’s different hairstyle. It took Match Game a little bit to get its groove in the 1970’s, since regulars like Brett and Charles weren’t immediately on and the questions weren’t quite as racy and hilarious in the beginning.

First episodes; my online pick of the week! Find your favorites!

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