Bookshelf examines printed matter relating to television. While I love watching TV, I also love reading about it, from tie-in novels to TV Guides, from vintage television magazines to old newspaper articles.
The Flintstones #29
Gold Key Comics
The history of comic books based on The Flintstones dates back to 1961 when Dell Comics published Dell Giant #25 (with a September 1961 cover date), an 84-page comic with multiple stories and activities. Dell considered this the first issue of The Flintstones comic book and proceeded to publish five more issues between 1961 and 1962, numbered #2 through #6. In 1962, Dell split with Western Publishing, a separate company that produced many of the comics Dell published. Western retained the rights to licensed titles like The Flintstones and launched Gold Key Comics.
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Week 11 of the 1973-1974 season started on Monday, November 19th, 1973 and ended on Sunday, November 25th, 1973. The highest-rated program was All in the Family on CBS with a 32.2/51 Nielsen rating/share. Here are the 10 lowest-rated programs:
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A Year in TV Guide: 1989 is a year-long project to review all 52 issues of TV Guide magazine published during 1989. Every week, I’ll share my thoughts about the issue of TV Guide published exactly 30 years earlier. My goal is to examine what was written about television three decades ago while highlighting the short-lived and forgotten TV shows on network television during 1989.
January 14th, 1989
Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue #1868
San Francisco Metro Edition
On the Cover: Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis of ABC’s Moonlighting
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Last January, I published a blog post in which I discussed my TV watching goals for 2018. At the top of the list? I wanted to finish the second season of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. I also wanted to watch the eight episodes of Mr. Lucky I hadn’t seen. And I hoped to find time to start watching Man from Atlantis.
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Actress Mary Kay Stearns, who starred in the early TV sitcom Mary Kay and Johnny with her real-life husband, died November 17th, 2018 at the age of 93. Her death went unreported until this week when The New York Times published an obituary.
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The new year is upon is, which means it’s time to look back at the forgotten (or soon to be forgotten) network television shows from 2018. This is my 11th annual review of “new obscurities” and it may be my last. Every year it becomes harder to draw the line between a successful network TV show and a flop. They’re all relatively obscure to the millions of viewers who either don’t watch network television or don’t realize the shows they’re streaming on Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix originated on network television.
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