Thursday, December 26, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #285: Rivalry (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 week of the month -- and the last week of the year -- it's time for another TV edition, with the theme for December being rivalries. It's one that I have to admit I found a bit difficult, but eventually I was able to come up with three shows that fit the theme more or less:

Kenny vs. Spenny (2002-2010). Canadian TV show about two friends who engage in various competitions, with the loser of each one having to perform a humiliating task. Game Show Network here in the US showed some of the episodes in the days when they were first branching out from traditional studio game shows well over a decade ago. And then they turned into the Family Feud channel for a while, but I've already used that show.

Laff-a-Lympics (1977-1979). Hanna-Barbera too a bunch of its cartoon characters and put them into three teams, then creating a series of episodes in which the teams would engage on some sort of odd sporting competition. Yeah, you have to be in a fairly narrow age range to remember this one.

Dallas (1978-1991). J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) and Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) are the rivals here, members of two competing Texas oil/ranching families even though they're now related thanks to J.R.'s brother Bobby (Patrick Duffy) having married Cliff's sister Pamela (Victoria Principal). It's what introduced me to Barbara Bel Geddes (the Ewing matriarch Miss Ellie) as well as Howard Keel (Miss Ellie's second husband). Do you remember who shot J.R.?


Birgit said...

You did Hanna Barbara and I went with the Looney Tunes. I forgot about the Olympics style with these bunch. I went with Dynasty instead of Dallas but Dallas brought all the prime Time soaps to the forefront in the 1980’s. Bing Crosby’s grandkid tried to off JR.

Brittani Burnham said...

I've only seen the Hanna Barbera cartoons but I'm familiar with Dallas. I didn't think of animated shows at all for this theme and I probably should have.