When I was stranded in central Pennsylvania, waiting for a new radiator, I stayed in a motel that featured a tv station which appeared to specialize in bad western serials. The television set itself came from the era these shows were made and so I had the idea the shows were trapped inside the set. I felt it was my duty to free them. The evening would start off with a double shot of Bonanza, including a feature they called Bonanza: the lost episodes.
Then there was Gunsmoke….
…and The Big Valley, featuring Barbara Stanwyck
I hadn’t seen most of these shows in decades. Then came the worst television show of my mechanical sabbatical – Walker Texas Ranger, starring Chuck Norris with a spray-on beard-mustache combo. I don’t know which was worse, the writing or the acting. It was spectacular.