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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #58: “It’s Academic”

Small-Screen 66: #58 – It’s Academic (WRC-TV [NBC 4], 1961-Present) Don’t quote me on this, but today’s selection just might be the only local TV series on this list, as opposed to a nationwide network or cable program. It’s also the closest I’ve come to being on “real TV”…yet. For the full story, we’re going to need…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #59: “Arthur”

Small-Screen 66: #59: Arthur (PBS, 1996-Present) “Listen to your heart, listen to the beat, listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street.” I promise this will be the last PBS series for a good 15 posts or so. I’ve previously written about Arthur several times on this page, and each time I’m astounded anew by…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #60: “Trailer Park Boys”

Small-Screen 66 – #60: Trailer Park Boys (Showcase, 2001-08, Netflix, 2014) So apparently there are trailer parks in Canada. Trailer Park Boys is a mockumentary-style comedy which grew out of a pair of independent films directed by Mike Clattenburg in the late 90s. Like the films, the series chronicles the exploits of Ricky and Julian, two…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #63: “The Joy of Painting” [and “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “How It’s Made”]

Small-Screen 66 – #63: “The Joy of Painting” [and “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “How It’s Made”] (PBS, 1983-94) / (CBC/PBS, 1963-2001) / (Discovery Channel Canada, 2001-Present) Okay. This is definitely the most ungainly selection of the Countdown. Lumping three shows into one post may seem like cheating. Unlike Hercules and Xena, they aren’t “twin” series by…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #65: “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” / “Xena: Warrior Princess”

Small-Screen 66: #65: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys / Xena: Warrior Princess (Syndicated, 1995-99 / 1995-2001) In my “Film Favorites” countdown, I mentioned that 1998’s Merlin introduced me to the live-action fantasy genre. In retrospect, that’s not entirely true. Today I’ll be addressing a pair of twin series which predated Merlin by several years, and which…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #66: “American Inventor”

Small-Screen 66 – #66: “American Inventor” (ABC, 2006-07) We kick off the countdown with a short-lived reality series which, true to its title, featured American inventors vying for a chance to attract entrepreneurial interest, further develop their creations, and ultimately score a million-dollar production deal. In each episode of American Inventor, an assortment of inventors…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66: Introduction

Note: This introduction was written in April 2014, and the first 11 posts were written shortly thereafter. Some inconsistencies may still be present with regard to dates and season information. Additionally, I have seen quite a few more shows since I composed the list…I’ll follow-up with some up-to-date “honorable mentions” at the end of the…