Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer was one of those shows that I was aware of and didn’t watch.  I’m not sure now why I didn’t watch it.  I was always a fan of the hard-boiled detective genre and so should have been a fan of this show.  I just never spent time with it for some reason.  I was still aware of it, though.  It was a part of what I call “that vast TV landscape”, the general universe that was TV at that time.

What I did come across was the Mad Magazine spoof of Mike Hammer, which ended in the rather meta way of bringing Stacy Keach’s real life problems into the show’s storyline.


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I can’t remember if I mentioned Plague in TV In My Time or not.  Plague is also known as Induced Syndrome , M-3: The Gemini Strain, and Mutataion.  I don’t know what title I saw it under, but I know I saw it.  I distinctly remember birds having something to do with causing people to become sick.  I also distinctly remember a young boy touching a dead bird before eating a candy bar and then falling into convulsions.  I didn’t understand any of these things at the time, but I still have an aversion to touching dead birds today.  The trailer below is the only piece of this movie I can find online, but it does contain a snippet of the scene that traumatized me.

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Little Darlings

Little Darlings sadly got left out of TV In My Time, but it is another movie I saw on TV.


I seem to remember watching this one on a Saturday afternoon at my Grandmother’s house when I was very young.  I had no idea at the time what it was about.  I know the scene in which the girls steal condoms from the bathroom and blow them up like balloons made a strong impression on me, but I didn’t know what the condoms were nor what the girls were doing with them.  I also didn’t know what the bet was all about or what the girls were trying to do with the guys.  I never forgot the film, though.

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Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene

While talking with GammaDev during a recent episode of 80s Anthologies, I suddenly had another memory which sadly did not make it into TV In My Time.  The memory was of Morgan Fairchild playing the biblical Eve in a very skimpy outfit next to Tony Randall’s Adam.  It was a sight that was extremely erotic (the Morgan Fairchild half, anyway) and that made a huge impression on a young me.  As far as I can gather, this sight occured during the Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene special.



This Bob Hope special was one of dozens that were airing on TV at this time.  I can’t say for sure that the image of Morgan Fairchild I am remembering came from this special as I haven’t watched the whole thing yet.  I’m not even sure the clip above is the special in question.  But The New TV Scene aired at the right time (September 15, 1986) and it had both Fairchild and Randall, so it’s as good a guess as any.

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The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon

The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon was an episode of the ABC Afterschool Special.  I did not see it after school, though.  I saw it in school. Our middle school teachers showed us this during class.  I don’t remember much about it other than the name Duffy Moon and the scene where bullies come after Duffy and a bigger friend standing behind him intimidates them into running away.  But whiles that is all I remember, it is also something I’ve never forgotten.

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Kung Fu

I must have seen Kung Fu on WUAB weekends.  I’m not sure if I saw it prior to seeing The Master, or after.  If it was prior, then it could have been my introduction to martial arts and Asian culture.  Even if it was, though, it wasn’t a very good one.  I was rather afraid of Kung Fu.  I think I was afraid of most 70s properties.  They were so garish with their implied nihilism and aggressive reds, yellows, and oranges.  That’s how I saw them, anyway, and Kung Fu was no exception.  I couldn’t understand it, I was afraid of it, so I mostly avoided it.

I must admit, though, that there was one Kung Fu episode I really liked.  Caine knew some bad guys were in the vicinity watching for him, and he decided to confront them, so he stood out in the open rather than hiding and banged some rocks together to get their attention.  I thought that was pretty hardcore.

Years later, I would be reintroduced to Caine as Kung Fu: The Legend Continues premiered on the PTEN syndicated network.  I was really into martial arts back then and loved the show.  The biggest thing I remember is that Caine once healed himself of a bleeding injury.  I’ve always wished I could do that.

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