News from Jeff Sparkman

  • HERE'S THE STORY... OF AN AWFUL, AWFUL PROGRAM STARRING THE CAST OF THE BRADY BUNCH IN A VARIETY SHOW THAT EVEN THE OSBOURNES WOULD LAUGH AT.

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: The Brady Bunch Hour

    See, first you have to realize that in the 1970s, nearly everyone at some point had his or her own variety show. In fact, the only reason the world never got to see the Jeff Sparkman Knock-Knock Joke and…

  • A VALUABLE LESSON ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRIVING A CONVERTIBLE IN A STORM NEAR A TOP-SECRET LABORATORY, TURBO TEEN SAVED MANY LIVES.

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Turbo Teen

    You know that one guy in school who was popular and had the awesome car? And how you wanted something bad to happen to him? Well, someone sure had it in for high-schooler Brett Matthews.

  • BEDROCK'S BEST BOSOM BUDDIES FRED AND BARNEY JOIN UP WITH THE ROCK-HARD THE THING FROM THE FANTASTIC FOUR TO... WAIT, WHAT?!?!?!?

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Fred and Barney Meet The Thing

    Imagine reading this in TV Guide: Fred and Barney Meet The Thing. You'd think, Kick ass! Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are teaming up with The Thing to fight evil in Bedrock. And then one Saturday morning while enjoying…

  • IT LOOKS LIKE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ON RAILS, SOUNDS LIKE THE DOG DAYS OF DISCO, AND RIPS OFF THE LOVE BOAT. ALL ABOARD SUPERTRAIN!

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Supertrain

    Let's play a game. I'll describe a show, and you name it, OK? Here we go:

    People from all walks of life take a trip, and we see their individual stories. Most passengers are played by actors familiar…

  • DICK VAN PATTEN AS A PRIEST, BETTY WHITE AS A SPECTRAL NUN, AND A YOUNG SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR--WHAT COULD GO WRONG? EVERYTHING.

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Divine intervention fail

    Seems like you can't go wrong with a show that features the clergy. I mean, jeez, The Flying Nun ran for three seasons! Plus, there was 7th Heaven, Sister Kate, Nothing Sacred, and Have Faith, among others. Granted, the…

  • MAGIC HATS, TALKING HATS, AND HATAMARANS--THE KROFFTS' LIDSVILLE HAD THEM ALL. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Lidsville

    No, for the bajillionth time, Sid and Marty Krofft were not on drugs when they made their haunting Saturday morning shows. That's what they claim in interviews, and I have no reason to think otherwise. It just makes their…

  • ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAMS OF ALL TIME FEATURED ADOLF HITLER AND EVA BRAUN AS A REGULAR SITCOM COUPLE; YEP, IT DIDN'T LAST LONG.

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Heil Honey, I'm Home

    It takes a special kind of show to get canceled after only one episode. Sometimes it can be helpful to take a quick look at these shows to see if maybe there was a hint that they wouldn't be successful.

  • THIS WEEK'S GEM IS A CARTOON ABOUT ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR TOYS--BUT THIS ONE GROWS A FACE AND STUBBY LEGS.

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Rubik, the Amazing Cube

    A cartoon about a magical Rubik's Cube? What could possibly go wrong? Science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon is credited with the revelation commonly referred to as Sturgeon's Law: "Ninety percent of everything is crap."

    Nowhere is this illustrated…

  • YOU THINK TODAY'S TV IS BAD? HOW ABOUT A SITCOM ABOUT A GUY WHO LIVES WITH HIS MOTHER... WHO JUST SO HAPPENS TO BE A TALKING CAR.

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: My Mother the Car

    Much ink has been spilled about the notorious Jerry van Dyke vehicle (sorry), My Mother the Car. Having not been alive during its initial 30-episode run in 1965, I didn't get around to seeing it until a few years…

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