Who Shot J.R.?, March 21 & November 21, 1980

J.R. Ewing was the very definition of a “snake in the grass.” An habitual two-timing scamp, J.R. – played by Larry Hagman – stopped at nothing to get his way. By the end of the third season, the entire world loved to hate this character, and indeed, the 1979-1980 season was broadcast in 53 countries […]

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The Haircut Episode, Peyton Place – February 11, 1966

In 1964, ABC launched the first successful prime time soap opera with Peyton Place. Airing twice a week, the TV show was part of that year’s famous lineup, along side Bewitched and The Fugitive, that financially saved the long-embattled network. The show implemented many proven soap opera staples, including extra-marital affairs, murder trials, and illnesses, […]

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SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF: GREATEST TV GRIEVANCES!

In mid 1968, on the great gothic soap Dark Shadows, for weeks and weeks (and weeks), poor frightful Adam is held captive in the east wing of Collinwood. Carolyn, obviously crushing on Adam, brings him food, books, and compassion. YET, she cannot bring him a broom to clean his dusty, cobwebbed room? It is absolutely […]

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The Death of Barnabas Collins, September 11, 1969

By the fall of 1969, ABC’s gothic romance and horror show Dark Shadows had crossed over from being just a daytime television show to a genuine cultural phenomenon. The recently released series soundtrack and massive hit single, Quentin’s Theme, had been released to great fanfare. Toys, books, comics, and board games were in high demand and selling in […]

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