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Posted on 06/07/2010 10:29:46 AM PDT by inkling
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I did not know much about him nor his views...Like yourself I just liked the show, and when it was on the world still seemed kinda normal from a kids’ point of view!
Okay, I wasn't sure how much you knew about AA. And, you're right AA is not touchy-feely. Although, over the past 22 years it's gotten pretty lame at some meetings. New comers are treated with kid gloves instead of telling them the truth.
I’ll admit to enjoying that genre, but not those particular artists. :)
Hart to Hart: happily married and deeply in love rich couple jetting around the world taking the law into their own hands and seeking justice (quite often with a gun, one that is hidden in the steering wheel of Jonathan Hart’s car) all while being charitable to others and animals causes.
As i said i only saw that episode and maybe one or two others so i will not blabber on about it just saying that i saw enough of it to turn me off
Boomer was gorgeous though (if i got the right name for the asian pilot)
Are you serious??!! Cylons as the US.... Wow it was worse than i thought
I’d agree about BSG. Other than the season that was meant to parallel Iraq occupation, this show had an undoubtedly conservative message, all the while constantly smacking down the pacifists that Apollo and Baltar became.
HAHA!! I thought about that one! And the A-Team. Big guns, personal freedom, fighting corrupt gov! Ahhh...the Reagan years. Those were the days. I grew up in the 80s. Now my poor kid has to grow up under THIS administration. Ugh.
Another interesting tidbit about the cast is that his sidekick, the gorgeous Dori Doreau (Anne-Marie Martin) was in real life Mrs. Michael Crichton.
Actually, the question might well be raised whether the show hasn’t run through all the original concepts available and unless it swings outside the original scope won’t have anything to say. Then again, they’re pushing backstories where our good guys have totally indefensible pasts. Hard to like Gibbs having assassinated someone, even if on orders. Also nasty to have him hung out to dry. At least on ‘Bones’ Booth’s past has been protected and backstopped. It’s pretty clear he was at least as active a sniper as Gibbs, though in different warzones.
I’m curious to see how the shows mutate now that we have such a questionable leader in reality. So many were anti-establishment when the establishment looked Republican (yes, Firefly, that’s you I’m looking at), so now that the Dems have proven that all the dystopias the sci-fi, forensic types feared really come to pass when majoritarians get control, what they gonna do now? Be interesting to see.
NCIS has gone downhill since Donald Bellisario left the show.
Point taken. What’s interesting though is that I think I read somewhere (a long time ago) that they guy who played Murdoch is a huge conservative in real life. Is that true?
My man The Lone Ranger - Clayton Moore.
If nothing else, you can see a great assortment of the latest rifles and pistols of late. Tons of H&K’s and FN 5.7’s. The show’s a lot more complicated than ‘Cylons are x’. They certainly represented islamics attacking the US the first season. By the 3, things got a bit more mingled, but what can you expect. In the end, the strong and faithful still ended up the best in an ‘end of the world’ scenario. Adama got a little bit less hardcore, and Roslin got a lot moreso. My personal choice is that it should be in the top 5 or so friendly for conservatives, but it still has some of the other side in it.
Yeah, Bruce Campbell plays an ex-FBI agent on Burn Notice.
I like most his work.
I would vote for ***"Touched by an Angel"***
Too old to count in this poll but fun shows: "The Untouchables" with Robert Stack, "Lassie" (still appearing in reruns) and "The Gray Ghost"
Dwight Schultz is an outspoken conservative. It’s cost him some roles. I think Dirk Benedict may lean right, since he has written for Big Hollywood (a non-political column).
You may be right about the effect the A-Team had, but I think the reason they went with no deaths was to make it more kid-friendly more than any kind of statement. A couple of scripts in season two did seem to be trying to shill for the Democrats in that year’s presidential election. Peppard was a Democrat for sure.
Have Gun Will Travel-—a great tv show, one of my all time favorites.
The humans decided to give up the quest for Earth and just settle down, so they colonized a small planet. The Cylons showed up and took over, bringing the superior Cylon way to the people of New Caprica. The humans—referred to as “insurgents”—began sabotaging operations and doing suicide bombings. If someone took over the US a la Red Dawn, everyone on Free Republic would be engaging in these techniques, but the effect in a time of war was to have the audience cheering for al-Qaeda. Like I said, they used the language of the real-world debate by having a Cylon talk about, “I thought they’d welcome us with hearts and flowers!”
By the way, Moore chickened out by expressing surprise. “A parable about Iraq? Hey, it could be about Vichy France!”
I wasn’t a huge BG fan before this storyline, and I continued watching afterward, but the bad taste from that never left my mouth. I honestly don’t think it was very good anyway, with more and more people revealed as Cylons and weird crap like a bunch of people hearing “All Along the Watchtower” in their heads. I don’t know why I stuck with it, but I see it as a bitter, dark, joyless show that I’ll never revisit.
Yeah i had trouble getting into it
i was disappointed since as a kid i loved the original
i have that one on DVD
its campy and the effects goofy but it was fun and truly had conservative values in it
Definitely Supernatural. Its the best show no one knows about. Just two brothers fighting demons and the Apocalypse in the 67 Impala.
Its kind of like a horror tv show.
Btw, Im suprised Degrassi didnt make this list. It is the perfect show to scare kids into acting right.
They didn’t have TV shows during my formative years, I was born in 1930. I liked radio shows like; I Love A Mystery, The Shadow Knows, Terry And the Pirates, The Lone Ranger, Red Ryder, Major Bowes Amateur Hour. Dr IQ...there were more. ;)
I have many, many black and white movies on DVD’s and many new and newer ones.
As for TV shows, I liked Maverick, Have Gun Will Travel, Magnum PI, NYPD, Firefly, Babylon 5, JAG, 24, The Unit.
Today I like Burn Notice, Human Shield, V, Bones, In Plain Sight, Chuck, Justified, White Collar, all motor sports racing on SpeedTV, news on FNC and FBN, also MLB Channel and the NFL Channel.
I don’t like Pro Basketball, Ice Hockey or Soccer, do like Rugby. Don’t like any TV show with a laugh track.
Well, that’s about it for this old curmudgeon, I’ve forgotten much of the past, did some real hard living over the first half of my life... >:-}
Bruce Campbell is an incredible actor, who can play any role.
His funnies role was where he played the role of Bruce Campbell and minor actor in the tongue in cheek movie, “My Name is Bruce”!
So, it's sort of Jesse James in Outer Space?
It does convey a sort of William Goldman vibe a la Butch Cassidy. Part of the charm for me, actually. And don't get me wrong, I bought the series and the film. I watch 'em repeatedly. Except for the poor quality of the disc (which really irritates me: Shindig is just messed up and that really burns me), it's marvelously revisionist about the value of conformity and even has an interesting take on loss of faith. Who knows where Mal's spiritual development would have gone had the series been allowed to develop fully? We know where the film took it, which was not a development, IMHO.
So, it's a great short series, can be read conservative but I think it's a long shot that it was designed to be read that way.
Dude. House? Law and Order? Conservative? No way. Liberal speaking point shows.
I like him that movie that had him working in a store and he wound up in this strange world with medieval people, he was armed with a double barreled shotgun and a chainsaw. It was wild.
I thought B5 was very well done and should have been mentioned now that you mention it.
PS Bruce lives in Southern Oregon.
I like your analogy. Do you read ‘Castle’ as having a similar vibe or has Nathan grown in the part, as we sometimes say about people in the public eye?
On Chuck, Chuck has that “never shoot a gun, never kill anyone” philosophy. Fortunately, Sarah and Casey do not.
I have some black & white Marx Brothers movies, on VHS, including “A Day at the Races,” “Animal Crackers,” and “Duck Soup.” The Marx Brothers didn’t use profanity. Why do many movies, of the last 20 years, have profanity? I don’t watch a movie, at a theater, if I know that it’s rated “R,” because of profanity. If I want to watch one of those movies, I ensure that I wait until it’s on network TV.
As much as I like the show, I don’t think you can include ‘Quincy.’ As the series dragged on, it became more of a platform for exasperated sermons by Quincy, usually along the theme of ‘so, it’s profits over people, I can’t believe this!’
Basically, whatever whim caught the attention of Klugman became a story idea. The most notable (and laughable) is the notorious episode about ‘that punk music,’ that was driving kids to self mutilation and suicide.
The presence of an allegedly conservative character (e.g. Alex P. Keaton, Family Ties) in no way makes a show conservative. Quite the opposite, usually.
If a conservative, moral or patriotic character isn't portrayed as downright evil, he is invariably portrayed as an ignorant, idiotic buffoon.
Examples abound, but since I have not watched network TV regularly since the 1970s or early 1980s I'll stick with the era I know: Archie Bunker, Frank Burns (MASH), Les Nessman/Arthur Carlson (WKRP in Cincinnati), Cliff Klaven (Cheers), Inspector Frank Lugar (Barney Miller), Mr. Roper (Three's Company)....
Any figure of authority, particularly military, is obviously a dimwit and a violent jarhead (according to Hollywood). Any religious person - as long as their religion is Christianity - is either evil or stupid and worthy of ridicule. Adherents of any other religious are sacrosanct, irrespective of their inclination towards terrorism or other anti-American behavior.
Somehow I don't suppose these "rules" that the tribe who controls Hollywood plays by have changed for the better since the 70s and 80s. And if you want to see even starker examples, forget the TV shows - just watch the *commericals*.
I didn’t say they were conservative. I was answering a direct question about my favorite dramas on television.
That being said — House is a character based on logic, not emotion, so I would consider him a conservative character (if not show). L&O:CI is not as bad as SVU or the original L&O for liberal content.
How about TJ Hooker?
“Home Improvement.” Watch the beginnings and ends of scenes — the family enters, all dressed up — they’ve been to church. Didn’t have anything to do with the story, but it set up how this mom and dad were raising their kids.
A landmark episode featured astronauts — real astronauts. Nice tribute to the space program and what America owes them.
Granted the creators (conservatives all) departed after season 3 to write other pilots and left the show in the lesser hands of the usual hacky libby Hollywood suspects... but it was a fun show while it lasted.
“House is a character based on logic, not emotion, so I would consider him a conservative character”
I enjoy that show as well. I also enjoy “Mad Men.” It is probably supposed to be exposing the evil of those days, but I look at Don Draper and wish I had a boss like him to look at all day. They ditched the Brits at the end of last season, waiting to see what the American capitalists are going to do next season as they start all over again...
Guns and explosives. What’s not to like!
House MD started to have liberal pot shots ever since Olivia Wilde and Kumar (or whatever his name is) came on board.
House is an odd show. They have dealt with abortion, with miracles and a few other topics.
They take no prisoners. They show people as they really are, which is a bit refreshing.
What it isn’t is a vehicle for conservativism. It’s a vehicle for realists.
The old crew, Chase, Foreman and Cameron were all pretty good. I haven’t seen many of the new episodes.
The Equalizer was also a very conservative show.
One problem with lists like this is that not everything can be separated out into liberal and conservative. Everybody wants to claim the broad middle for themselves and deny it to the other side.