NTN TV Schedule – October 2020

The Nod Television Network proudly presents seven shows to make you quake with fear this Halloween season.

Sunday | IN SEARCH OF …

“Dracula”. I associate Sunday afternoons in the late 70s with two shows in particular – Ripley’s Believe It or Not, hosted by Jack Palance, and In Search Of … hosted by Leonard Nimoy. In Search Of … is like a who’s who of 70’s pseudo-science, covering everything from bigfoot to E.S.P. to the Loch Ness Monster to U.F.O.s. Originally telecast 6/8/77

Monday | SPECIAL PRESENTATION

“Witch’s Night Out”. October was always time for specials, and I suppose the Halloween special people know best is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Now, that’s a great cartoon – I love it to this day – but I also remember a show called Witch’s Night Out, which freaked me out as a kid. It was the art style – so weird and creepy. Gilda Radner provided the witch’s voice – what a lovely woman! Originally telecast 10/27/78

Tuesday | ADDAMS FAMILY

“Halloween with the Addams Family”. The Addams Family and Munsters both premiered the same year, and I love them both. You can’t beat John Astin and Carolyn Jones as the most romantic couple to ever grace television, and Ted Cassidy as Lurch is brilliant. I apologize in advance that the linked show cuts off the theme song. Originally telecast 10/30/64

Wednesday | FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES

“The Poison Pen”. This is the second episode of the series – I linked to the first episode in the August schedule. In this episode, the gang has to disguise themselves as monks to get into a monastery in search of a cursed pen. Originally telecast 10/10/87

Thursday | MOVIE – Horror

“The Monster Club”, 1981, starring Vincent Price and John Carradine. While this may not be the greatest film either of these men worked on … or anyone worked on … it is hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and features an early appearance of UB40. I think Cassandra Peterson is a national treasure, along with Price and Carradine. Original telecast 2/6/83

Friday | SHE-WOLF OF LONDON

“She-Wolf of London”, series premiere. In the aptly named first episode of the series, Randi travels to England to study archaeology, and instead winds up a lycanthrope. I mentioned this one a few posts ago in my salute to 90’s TV – what better time than October to post the first episode. Originally telecast 10/9/90

Saturday | MONSTER SQUAD

“Ultra Witch”. Can Dracula, Bruce the Werewolf, and Frankenstein’s Monster, along with the Loveboat’s Fred Grandy, stop Julie Newmar as the Ultra Witch? Well, probably, since they’re the heroes. Watch it anyways – for Newmar if nothing else. Ultra Witch is the coolest name for a villain (or a band) I’ve ever heard. Originally telecast 10/30/76

BONUS!

PAUL LYNDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (1976)

I think I’ve established a relationship of trust with my readers, so when I tell you this Halloween special was pretty terrible, I know you’ll believe me. Of course, with my taste in entertainment, I consider this show terrible-great, rather than terrible-terrible. Like all such shows in the 70s (and boy, were there a bunch of them), you get a star-studded cast – Tim Conway, Margaret Hamilton, Witchie-Poo, Pinky Tuscadero, Donny & Marie, Florence Henderson and, the only reason this show managed to survive the 70s, the first TV appearance of KISS. Buckle up boys and girls – it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Originally telecast 10/29/76.

NTN TV Schedule – September 2020

The Nod Television Network proudly presents seven more shows to peruse this week.

Sunday | WILD KINGDOM

“Strangest of All”. A Sunday tradition for many of us, along with Wonderful World of Disney, was Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. This was state-of-the-art nature programming back in the day, and Marlin Perkins and Jim loomed large in the popular conscious. Originally telecast in 1965.

Monday | CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU?

“Boom, Boom, Boom”. As old as this show is, and as acquainted as I was with the theme song, I had never actually watched an episode until last year. I enjoyed them enough to keep watching, and when I hit this particular episode I fell in love. Hey folks – it’s Monday – I’m we can all use a good laugh. Originally telecast 1/14/62

Tuesday | MOTOROLA TELEVISION HOUR

“Atomic Attack”. There were many anthology series in the old days, though in this day and age The Twilight Zone is probably the best known. The Motorola Television Hour was such a series, and Rod Serling actually did some writing for it, though not this particular episode. This episode fits in with the inadverent theme of this post (see below). Originally telecast 5/18/54

Wednesday | BURKE’S LAW

“Who Killed Holly Howard”, series premiere. I’ve mentioned this one before on the blog. It’s like a combination of Love Boat and The Avengers (the show, not the comic/movies). Eccentric suspects and a police captain who shows up to crimes in his Rolls Royce. Originally telecast 9/20/63

Thursday | MOVIE – Drama

“The Day After” starring Jason Robards and JoBeth Williams. This has to be one of the most famous TV movies of the era, and a reminder of what the Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers lived with – the fateful day when the world would burn. Thankfully, we avoided that day, but this was a scary show in its time. Original telecast 11/20/83

Friday | UFO

“Identified”, series premiere. If you haven’t seen this mind-bender from Gerry Anderson, you haven’t lived. Like every other show he produced, UFO has amazing visuals – sets, costumes, vehicles, props – you name it. The tone of the series is surprisingly dark. Space: 1999 was originally intended as a follow-up to this series. Originally telecast 9/16/70

Saturday | ARK II

“The Flies”, series premiere. Continuing our accidental theme, Ark II by Filmation posited one possible future after “The Day After”. Well, maybe it was a far-fetched future, but certainly useful for all those Gamma World buffs out there. The Ark II is one of the coolest vehicles that ever showed up on film, and the show also had a super-cool 4WD vehicle, a jet pack and a super-intelligent chimp. Pretty much everything I love in entertainment. Oh – and you get Jonathan Harris! Originally telecast 9/11/76

BONUS!

THE GREAT NBC SMILIN’ SATURDAY MORNING PARADE (1976)

Yeah, I suppose even the young whippersnappers in the audience know that Gen X grew up with Saturday morning cartoons. But did you know that the networks did preview shows on the Friday before the Saturday morning cartoons premiered? Well, now you do! And dig all that live action fun – from the groovy Monster Squad (more on that in a later post) to the trippy Land of the Lost.

NTN TV Schedule – August 2020

The Nod Television Network proudly presents seven shows (plus one) I think worth watching this week, for those looking for something new or something old. I’m thinking of making this a monthly feature, along with another cool idea I’ll be trying out soon.

Sunday | BBQ PIT BOYS – Cooking

The BBQ Pit Boys fire up the grill and prepare some delicious pineapple salsa spare ribs in the great outdoors. One of my favorite cooking shows online. If you’ve never cooked or baked anything, give it a try … though make sure you start with something simple. It’s super fun and very satisfying. And if you screw it up … don’t give up – keep on trying!

Monday | FOOTBALL – NFL

Frank Tarkenton’s 6-4 Vikings head into Pittsburgh to challenge Terry Bradshaw and the 7-3 Steelers. I’ve recently gotten into these old games for their slightly different style of play, but also fun to watch some of the greats actually play a game, rather than just see them in highlight reels. Originally telecast 11/26/72

Tuesday | JASON KING

“Wanna Buy a Television Series”, series premiere. Writer Jason King (Peter Wyngarde) tries to sell a script while adventurer Mark Caine tries to solve a deadly mystery. This is a follow-up to Department S, which I haven’t seen but now want to see, and based on the first episode is now my favorite old TV show of the moment. Originally telecast 9/15/71

Wednesday | STAR TREK CONTINUES

“Pilgrim of Eternity”, series premiere. Kirk (Vic Mignona) and crew encounter a face from the past, who may threaten their future. A great fan film series, and an especially appropriate choice due to the recent passing of Grant Imahara (Sulu).

Thursday | MOVIE – Science-Fiction

“Strange New World” starring John Saxon. Three astronauts frozen in space return to a post-apocalyptic Earth and try to resurrect the organization that sent them into orbit. This was Gene Roddenberry’s third attempt at a pilot for a post-apocalyptic TV series … and his third failure. John Saxon passed this week, so it’s a good time to honor him with a look at his work. Original telecast 7/13/75

Friday | FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES

“Inheritance”, series premiere. When Micki (Louise Robey) and Ryan (inherit their uncle’s weird antique shop, they are forced to retrieve a haunted doll before it can kill again. I showed this one to my daughter, and she was instantly sorry when the doll showed up. Originally telecast 10/3/1987

Saturday | BLACKSTAR

“City of the Ancient Ones”, series premiere. Astronaut John Blackstar finds himself stranded on the planet Sagar, and hunted by its evil Overlord. I never saw this one as a kid, but have fallen in love with it now. Filmation really did produce some stunning visuals and creative ideas. Originally telecast 9/21/81

BONUS!

DOUG HENNING’S WORLD OF MAGIC

Doug Henning always reminds me of Bob Ross – gentle souls who did cool stuff and tried to spread happiness. God bless them both. The link isn’t to the episode advertised above, but I figure it’s close enough.