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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.94
    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    As far as primetime shows go, I'd have to say "Miami Vice." I hadn't seen it in years, and when they started showing it on Sleuth I couldn't help but think to myself "man, this is cheesy." I can't even get through a full episode.
Wow I cannot disagree with you more strongly. This show is unbelievably awesome in any decade. They can't put the DVDs out fast enough!!



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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.59
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Wow I cannot disagree with you more strongly. This show is unbelievably awesome in any decade. They can't put the DVDs out fast enough!!


I must admit I agree. One of my Favorite Shows of all time. And honestly, I loved "Nash Bridges" too, so I guess Don Johnson was one of my all time Favs.




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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.43
Sienfeld. I, like millions, used to love this, but after the finale clip show when they brought back so many minor characters, it became too clear that this wasn't a show about nothing, it was a show about whining.

I have enough to complain about in my own life, I can't stomach this now.
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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.95
    Originally posted by AWArulz
      Originally posted by CRZ
      Wow I cannot disagree with you more strongly. This show is unbelievably awesome in any decade. They can't put the DVDs out fast enough!!


    I must admit I agree. One of my Favorite Shows of all time. And honestly, I loved "Nash Bridges" too, so I guess Don Johnson was one of my all time Favs.


I agree. It shouldn't hold up, but it does for some reason. Especially where Edward James Olmos is given a fair amount of screen time.



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.65
Dark Shadows with good ole Barnabus Collins. I wasn't even thought of when this show first aired. I caught it in syndication during the Mid 80's. Back then I thought it was one of the greats.

About 5 years ago Sci-Fi reran the series. I attempted to watch for about a week, I couldn't bring myself to keep watching. Bad acting, bad writing, slow plot development, cheesy special effects. For me the original Dark Shadows takes the cake (they tried to remake the series in the early 90's too, it was just as bad).



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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.71
    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Hey, I still kinda like Guts and Legends of the Hidden Temple! However, count me on the list of those who used to love Nick Arcade and now realize, as an adult, just how atrocious it really was.

    Here's another show I was hooked on as a kid-- Inspector Gadget. Now I can't stand that show, either. Every single show follows pretty much the exact same plot! Uggh.


Two things would have improved Nick Arcade for me:

1. Actual arcade games instead of console games (look at the title!); and
2. If the host would STOP SINGING THE THEME SONG. Ugh!

I can't say I was a Gadget fan, either. But, I dug Don Adams as a voice actor. RIP, big guy.
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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.79
    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    As far as primetime shows go, I'd have to say "Miami Vice." I hadn't seen it in years, and when they started showing it on Sleuth I couldn't help but think to myself "man, this is cheesy." I can't even get through a full episode. That can probably be said for the majority of cop/detective shows from the 80s, though.

I'll agree with you here. I watched Miami Vice on Sleuth, too, and I couldn't get over how ridiculous it is. The car, the boat, the alligator. I remember loving this show as a kid, but I can't take it terribly seriously now. Major things that jump out at me:

Crockett uses the same cover OVER and OVER. He meets people as Sonny Burnett, gets to know them, works with them, then busts them. Then, presumably, he testifies against them in court. Apparently none of these criminals has ever called up a criminal friend and said, "Hey, that guy Sonny Burnett? He set me up. He's a cop!"

All the "modern" Miami fashion. I understand that that was part of the appeal of the show, and I certainly can't fault the producers for running with the exotic Miami theme. And, sure, it's pretty funny to see Don Johnson chasing after criminals while wearing white linen pants and narrow leather loafers with no socks. But what kills me is that from at least season two onward, they use the latest Miami fashion in the design of every building. The courthouse?pastel seafoam walls with ridiculous mod-metal tables and plastic barricades. I can sort of ignore the fact that the DA is wearing a razor thin tie, sharkskin loafers and what looks like Purina checkerboard suit. But my wife works for the county government, and I know that no county government, not even Miami, is going to drop tens of millions of dollars to update all county buildings to hot pink and teal.

They blow someone away in virtually every episode. Yes, I know that TV doesn't faithfully adhere to reality. No cop show is going to have a guy discharge his weapon, then file a report about why he discharged his weapon, then spend at least a week on desk duty because of it. But Crockett and Tubbs fucking kill people every week. Sometimes multiple people per episode. I know that the Miami of the time featured some pretty insane criminal acts guys driving down Biscayne Blvd and unloading Tec-9s out the window but Crockett and Tubbs are pretty much the biggest murderers in Miami history. I think they kill about 40 people in season two alone. Why haven't these men been stopped?

But I'm also going to agree with Deputy Marshall that practically every other police procedural/action show from that era will have many of the same problems. I know I watched The Equalizer's pilot a month or so ago, and the whole thing was a buffet of unintentional comedy. I know another problem of mine is that Homicide and especially The Wire have spoiled me when it comes to police procedurals. The Wire is so realistic that it makes almost every other show a trying fantasy land. I used to love the Law & Order franchises, but I can't take them seriously anymore after becoming a fan of The Wire.


That said, the music in Miami Vice is still incredible. And it's definitely fun to watch it for the amazing guest stars who pop up... Helena Bonham-Carter, Liam Neeson, John Leguizamo, etc.

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To my great dissapointment, Starsky and Hutch



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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.70
    Originally posted by babetsavant
    To my great dissapointment, Starsky and Hutch
Yeah, that's odd -- you'd think that Spike TV or some retro station would have picked it up when the remake was produced a while back.



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