It’s spring in 1995 in TV Land now. We’ve seen the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation (best series final lines ever), all of Jeeves and Wooster (as good as I remember) and the first season of Batman the Animated Series (which is harder to watch as an adult).
More importantly, Mad About You has started and it’s still as much fun to watch as ever. I really like Reiser and Hunt and I’m sort of struck by the decision to tell so much of the story in a non-linear format. You learn about the characters over time, but don’t actually follow the story from beginning to end in a straight line. It’s smart for a sitcom.
And Animaniacs is going full swing as well. If there are two TV shows that have formed my sense of humor, it’s Animaniacs and Mad About You. And unlike most children’s television, The Warner Siblings are even better as an adult. The shit they got past the network censors is amazing. I must say, however, that what really shines is the music. The brains behind the songs of the Animaniacs (Tom Ruegger and the late Richard Stone) were fantastic. The music is still imminently listenable catchy and clever. And they were smart enough to hire Bernadette Peters as Rita; that speaks volumes.
Spotting voice actors is a good pivot to say a few words about Gargoyles. Gargoyles was one of those shows that really proved the idea that kids shows can be literate, serious and involve expansive storylines. But I will admit that it’s principal appeal to me now is to play find the voice. The main cast boasts Keith David, Jonathan Frakes, Salli Richardson, Marina Sirtis, Ed Asner. When they introduce guest stars I’ve already heard Clancy Brown, Jim Cummings (of course), Tim Curry, Michael Dorn (all the TNG principals except Wheaton and Stewart show up at some point), John Rhys-Davies, Tony Jay, Nichelle Nichols, and David Warner. Those are just off the top of my head (OK, with a touch of wiki) and I’ve got a couple of seasons left to watch. The story is still fun and engaging, but damn if I don’t love trying to recognize people.
Technically Babylon 5 is running as well, but I just finished watching that series again for the first time since I was a kid and I just couldn’t stomach it again so soon. Finally, Reboot has only just started, but the first 2 Seasons of that show don’t really count so I’ll talk about them later.
Oh, and The Critic is just finishing up it’s short lived run. I love that show but I really really can’t recommend it. It is little more than an attempt to cram as many pop culture references into a 22 minute show as possible and it ages terribly.
I’m looking forward to the September start of Freakizoid! Although I suspect that it doesn’t hold as well as Animaniacs does, do to its lack of music.