On the 12th of November in 1976, Don Rickles made a surprise visit to 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson'. Johnny's guest was Frank Sinatra and Rickles went in to his hilarious put down antics that only he could. Priceless improv from a comedic legend. Check it out by clicking twice on the image.
▶ Ernie Kovacs' Nairobi Trio - Ernie Kovacs created a sketch comedy series in the 1950s that was innovative and hilarious. Its influence was seen in many different comedy series' to come. This little routine features 3 performers in monkey suits miming to "Solfeggio" (used as a teaching tool for sight singing).
The Twilight Zone: (Back There - Season 2, Episode 13) In honor of the recently departed Russell Johnson (January 13, 2014 R.I.P.) here's a terrific "time travel" episode made memorably compelling by the actor's command performance and Rod Serling's wildly imaginative teleplay.
The Wild Wild West - Deliriously fun series mixing James Bond antics and gadgets with martial arts excitement in an old western setting. It promised and delivered tons of limitless imaginative storytelling to the small screen for those of us who watched its debut and became addicted to seeing each and every fabulous episode afterward.
It's smart, beautifully photographed and highly engaging. The creators yank us in by ingeniously connecting their detectives' psychologies to each other and the brutal murder case being investigated, then uncover and expose the pairs' raw nerves bit by bit like a dentist drilling a cavity. Both Harrelson and McConaughey take acting to a whole new level of realism. Intense, disturbing and cathartic, it only disappoints in its final, derivative climax and the coda's self-conscious dialogue.
Close Encounters of the Treasured Kind #7: The Eccentrics Part 3 Andy Kaufman
This is one of the best Elvis impersonations ever from the very strange comic Andy Kaufman appearing for the first time on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson'. To see it, click twice on the image.
N.Y.P.D. - This gritty and ultra realistic cop show was completely forgotten once the more melodramatic "Blue" got added in a different series over two decades later. This one was based on authentic cases and featured real New York locations. Plus it had an innovative and compelling use of voice overs telling us what each of the 3 cops was thinking sometimes even during their pursuits!