Saturday, April 14, 2018
A to Z Challenge: M
Aired: 1992 - 1999 (seven seasons)
Vague Description: Married couple in New York City.
Starred: Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser
Why Watch: It's a show about married people that doesn't leave single people behind.
Fun Fact: In November 1992, it was revealed that Paul Buchman (Reiser) was the previous tenant of Cosmo Kramer's (Seinfeld) apartment.
Aired: 2007 - 2015 (seven seasons)
Vague Description: Madison Avenue advertising agency employees and their families in the 1960's.
Starred: Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss
Why Watch: It's one of the better long-format shows. Hendricks and Jessica Pare (seasons 4 - 7).
Aired: 1972 - 1983 (eleven seasons)
Vague Description: The doctors and support staff of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War.
Starred: Alan Alda, Loretta Swit
Why Watch: The skillful blend of comedy and drama.
Fun Fact: Based on the 1970 film of the same name, which was based on a 1968 novel by Richard Hooker.
Less Fun Fact: The instrumental theme song actually has lyrics, and is called "Suicide Is Painless".
Aired: 1984 - 1990 (five seasons)
Vague Description: Miami police detectives fight crime.
Starred: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Edward James Olmos
Why Watch: You like cop shows, but you want something a bit different.
Fun Fact: Sonny Crockett (Johnson) played football for the Florida Gators, yet he is often seen in a Kansas Jayhawks shirt. Johnson attended the University of Kansas.
Less Fun Fact: G. Gordon Liddy guest starred.
Honorable Mention: "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" is one of my favorite TV show episodes.
Dissenting Opinion: The show fell victim to outside forces, which led to a couple disappointing story arcs: the Sheena Easton arc and the amnesia arc.
Note: M is surprisingly strong with TV shows. Modern Family, Monk, Moonlighting, and Murder She Wrote all missed the cut but would have easily been included in most letters.