September 26, 2019

50 Years Later: The Brady Bunch Endures

Fifty years ago today, the story of a lovely lady raising three very lovely girls premiered on ABC. “The Brady Bunch” aired in primetime for just […]
February 22, 2018

Wheaties: The Gold Medal Standard

The bright orange box. The proud athlete on the front. One brand has been the dominant symbol of American triumph in sports: Wheaties. Wheaties, then called […]
August 31, 2017

The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Muppetational Show Ever

“The Muppet Show.” The original one, from the late 1970s and early 1980s. Only the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational show ever. I did not come […]
March 16, 2017

Whatcha Gonna Do When Sheriff John Brown Comes for You?

The opening lines of that song have been played on TV at least 1,500 times, every Saturday for the last 28 years. The reggae beat of its distinctive theme song, Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys”, is well known to us now, and will continue to be: Season 30 began taping in February this year. "COPS" began its run on the Fox Broadcast Network on March 11, 1989. The network had just launched a few years prior, in October 1986. It took a chance on "COPS" after other major networks passed on it, jumping on the opportunity in the middle of a five month-long strike by the Writers Guild of America. The strike had crippled TV production in the summer of 1988. A reality-based show that required no writers and was inexpensive to produce was a perfect recipe for the new network.