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Season 1 Episode 9

The French Revolution

Aired Weekdays 7:00 AM Nov 26, 1998 on The History Channel
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The French Revolution
In this episode, the pending execution of Robespierre, head of the Jacobite committee during the French Revolution era, is the focal point. Other beliefs and elements of the time known as ' the Terror ' are also portayed in various skits.

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    Bob Bainborough

    Bob Bainborough

    Various Characters

    Rick Green

    Rick Green

    Host/Various Characters

    Ron Pardo

    Ron Pardo

    Various Roles

    Janet Van De Graff

    Janet Van De Graff

    Various Characters

    Teresa Pavlinek

    Teresa Pavlinek

    Various Characters

    Matthew Sharp

    Matthew Sharp

    Various Characters

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • The ad for the minature, gold plated guillotine mentions that it comes with a signed, numbered cerificate from Dr. Guillotine as well as including birds for practice cutting.

      • The date given at the beginning of the episode for reference by the anchors/host is July 28,1794.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Claude Aupper: one is saying that putting a head on a pike isn't barbaric. The question is whether it's an effective deterrant. The guillotine is so's over too fast. We need a way to show people especially those in the back, in the cheap seats, what's happened.....

      • Quiz Show Host: In France, this method has replaced reason and elightenment.
        (Nina rings in)
        Quiz Show Host: Nina?
        Nina: What is terror?
        Quiz Show Host: Yes.

      • Claude Aupper: A head on a pike or even a whole row of them...that makes a statement.

    • NOTES (1)

      • TOP TEN: People who deserve the guillotine.

        10. Louis 16th-- Who made you king?
        9. Marie Antoinette from Austria, for taking Queen jobs away from French nobility.
        8. The top nobility, for hoarding all the power.
        7. The top clergy for protecting the top nobility.
        6. The famous chemist Lavoisier, for being a science nerd.
        5. Anyone who defends the old regime.
        4. Anyone who criticizes the new regime.
        3. Members of the revolution who are revolutionary.
        2. Members of the revolution who are not revolutionary enough.
        1. Doctor Joseph Guillotine, who didn't even invent it, and actually hates the killing.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • WHAT'S ONat 10:00 has the following show titles: ' Enlightenment Tonight ', ' Liberty Rue ', ' The Dukes of Hanover ', ' Regicide: Life On The Street ' and ' Bayonet Watch '.

        These titles allude to the following shows ( in order):
        -' Entertainment Tonight '
        -' Liberty Street '
        -' The Dukes of Hazzard '
        -' Homicide: Life On The Street '
        -' Baywatch '

      • WHAT'S ONat 9:30 has the following show titles: ' France's Most Wanted ', ' France's Least Wanted ', ' Marseile Vice ', ' God Squad ', ' I Love Louis ' and ' Traitors '.

        These titles allude to the following shows (in order):
        -' America's Most Wanted '
        - same as above with a nod to the wide differences in levels of society that existed during the French Revolution era.
        -' Miami Vice '
        -' Mod Squad '
        -' I Love Lucy '
        -' Traders '- business themed Canadian made drama that aired in the late 90's.

      • WHAT'S ONat 9:00 has the following show titles: the film ' Last Traitor in Paris ', ' Pools, Decks and Guillotines ', ' Hanging with Mssr. Cooper ', ' Melrose Palace ' and ' Picket Fencing '.

        These titles allude to the following shows/film (in order):
        -' Last Tango in Paris '
        -' Pools, Decks and Patios '
        -' Hanging with Mr. Cooper '
        -' Melrose Place'- 90's night time soap themed show.
        -' Picket Fences '

      • WHAT'S ON at 8:00 has the following show titles: the film ' Is Paris Burning ', ' Murdered She Was ', ' The Young & The Headless ', ' Beavis & No-Head ' and ' Max Headless '.

        These titles allude to the following shows/film (in order):
        - ' Paris Is Burning '- a 1990 movie.
        -' Murder, She Wrote '
        -' The Young & The Restless '- long running daytime soap opera
        -' Beavis & Butt-Head '
        -' Max Headroom '- 80's scifi/comedy starring Matt Frewer as a digitized head.