Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #272: Fantasy (TV edition)

This being Thursday, it's time for another edition of Thursday Movie Picks, the blogathon run by Wandering Through the Shelves. This being the last Thursday of the month, it's time for another TV themed edition, with the theme being fantasy. I've said several times that I don't watch much episodic TV at all any more, so this one was a bit tough for me because I couldn't think of that many old shows that plausibly fit the theme. Thankfully there was one obvious choice, a second show with the word "Fantasy" in the title, and eventually I came up with a third that fits:

Fantasy Island (1977-1984). Ricardo Montalbán stars as Mr. Rourke, who ran a resort on an island where a series of wealthy celebrity guests could have their fantasies played out. He was helped by his diminutive friend Tattoo (Herve Villechaize), who left in the last season and was replaced by Christopher Hewitt.

Fantasy (1982). Short-lived NBC daytime show hosted by Peter Marshall and Leslie Uggams (remember her?) in which studio audience members had their dreams made reality with help from some stars of NBC series because they have to do that cross-promotion. Not quite as mawkish and manipulative as Queen for a Day.

Highway to Heaven (1984-1989). Michael Landon, together with his friend Victor French, play a pair of angels sent down from heaven to help a series of Z-listers and over-the-hill actors with their personal problems, with the people they help becoming better people in the process. Reminiscent of the later Touched by an Angel.

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