There was a sitcom called out of this world. It aired for four seasons and 96 episodes, starting in 1987 and ending in 1991. It was about a girl who, at the age of 13, found out she was half-alien, which gave her powers. Magical powers. Why did she not find out until she is 13? Nobody knows. Nobody cares. There are a couple notable things about this show. One, Mike Scully wrote on it. He eventually wrote good Simpsons episodes and was a poor showrunner. Two, Mr. T was on an episode in the 90s. Three, there was an episode called “Would You Buy a Used Car from This Dude?” Fourth, you may be wondering how, exactly, a human lady and an alien man had a child. According to the Wikipedia, they “merged lifeforms.” GROSS.
In the 90s, there was some show called Out All Night on the NBC. It aired 19 episodes, and, more importantly, it existed in the same universe as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I like when shows exist in the same universe, but when one is not explicitly a spinoff. The show also took place in a nightclub, which is something of a disappointment to me. Out All Night should be a show about people being out all night. Working or whatever maybe? I think it’d be better if it was just about dudes going out all night. By dudes I mean people. Guys, ladies, it’s all good.
It’d be like Insomniac with Dave Attell, but better. Crazy thing happening at 3 in the morning. Instead, it was some sitcom about Patti LaBelle and Vivica A. Fox.
Today is the first day of July, or, if you will, Jewel-y. In honor of Jewel, did you know she released a Christmas album in 1999? She did! Did you know it includes the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?” It does! Do you know it’s terrible! You will now!
Hey, you know Bob Balaban? He’s an actor. He played Russell on Seinfeld. He’s recognizable. He’s also done a bit of directing, apparently. Including directing an episode of Strangers with Candy.
Balaban technically was a co-director of the season one episode “Jerri is Only Skin Deep.” It’s an OK episode. Not the best Strangers with Candy episode. Still, it’s funny to me that tweedy, nebbish actor Bob Balaban directed an episode of the bonkers, lewd and crude sitcom Strangers with Candy. Thomas Lennon also co-wrote a season one episode. That’s more expected.
Wacky Races is something you may or may not remember. It was a racing TV show about some racing dudes. You probably remember Dick Dastardly and Muttley. There were a bunch of other teams, though. Like Penelope Pitstop, who got her own spinoff. They also had a Wacky Races video game come out in 1992.
Now, you may have a guess of what this game was. It was a racing game, right? You played as a character, or maybe just a new character who gets to race the known characters. Maybe one-on-one, until you beat Dick Dastardly and Muttley. Maybe it was a bunch of different race tracks of increasing difficulty.
It’s actually a platform game where you play as Muttley. You go through different levels and bite people and collect bones which you can trade for bomb attacks and the ability to glide on Muttley’s tail. There are boss battles against other racers from the game. What’s weird, though, is Muttley is a villain. He’s the evil henchman of the aptly named Dick Dastardly. They always cheated, and they always lost. And yet, you play as Muttley to take on the other racers? It defies all logic. You a bad guy defeating good guys. Also, you aren’t racing cars.
Yesterday, we dropped our podcast episode about Frasier. It’s a good, extensive conversations, with only periodic digressions by me to discuss my love of Lilith, but there is something I had wanted to bring up, but it slipped my mind.
Basically, in the later seasons of Frasier, it would seem that our characters have become mentally in. They start having all sort of hallucinations and stuff. There’s the episode with Frasier and the women of his life. One time Daphne is seeing all sort of things telling her to look in Niles’ briefcase. Or that episode with the gym teacher and the middle school girl. It’s weird. The show is just using it for laughs, a sort of “look at this wacky thing” sort of bit. However, these are alarming things to have happen to people. And I say that as somebody who loves Lilith and Diane and got to see them in one episode together!