Category Archives: Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday: THE LATE, LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (Or, we aren’t ready to say goodbye)

Courtesy CBS

Sniff. It hurts just to type that out.

Okay, technically, The Late, Late Show is still on the air. But tonight is Craig Ferguson’s final episode as host of the show, so it seemed like a good idea to resurrect our hiatus feature to coincide with his imminent departure from our airwaves in order to celebrate a series that is not like anything else on late night television.

In the last ten years, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve danced with puppets and robot skeletons. In other words, it’s been a real trip. On no other show would you be discussing testicles in one segment, then talking with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the next. At times wacky and at others completely heartfelt and heartbreaking, Craig’s stream-of-consciousness approach to his show really set him apart from the pack during his tenure at CBS.

As Craig takes his final kick at Secretariat’s stable, why not take a stroll down memory lane, since there hasn’t been, and will never be, anything quite like him on TV.

It might be a great day for America, but it’s a bittersweet one for us fans.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Flashback Friday: VERONICA MARS

Courtesy UPN/CW

It’s a noir teen drama about a teenage private detective and the seedy underbelly in her hometown of Totally Not San Diego, California. How could it go wrong?

Readers, it didn’t. (Mostly.)

Veronica Mars might not have had a long tenure on the airwaves, but it packed a punch while it graced us with its presence. It had a female protagonist who was smart and strong, yet who was not without her flaws, making her all the more human. It had a wonderful cast full of  TV veterans and newbies alike, who perfectly blended to bring Neptune, California to life. It wasn’t afraid to be gritty, on a network best known for love triangles and homework woes. (Not that Veronica Mars didn’t have its share of those, too.) Simply put, it was unlike anything else on television at the time, and I’d argue there hasn’t been anything like it since.

A long time ago, we used to be friends, but then you got canceled and we didn’t hear from you for a decade.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Flashback Friday: THE X-FILES

Courtesy Fox

Du du du du du du…

It’s the show that defined a generation, and arguably defined online fandom. Plus, it literally spawned the term “shipper,” and no, we’re not talking about FedEx. For a series about moth men and flying saucers, it sure made us all care about the sex lives (or lack thereof) of a couple of nerdy FBI agents just a little more than is probably acceptable.

But, who cares, because MULDER AND SCULLY NEED TO KISS ALREADY.

Ahem.

To say that The X-Files was revolutionary on TV is an understatement. It went from a Friday night cult hit to a post-Superbowl ratings behemoth and a blockbuster movie to boot. It was the watercooler show of the mid-90s, and if you weren’t watching, you were missing the boat, man.

(To put this in perspective: the first time Mulder and Scully kissed, for real, as themselves was on the front page of a major Canadian newspaper. With screen caps. It was Tumblr probably before the creators of Tumblr were even born.)

So grab your tinfoil hats and stroll down memory lane, missing-time-style, to reminisce about the will they-won’t they to end all will they-won’t theys.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Flashback Friday: GILMORE GIRLS

gg cast

Hey look at that! I managed to write another Flashback for the second week in a row! Go team!

In all seriousness though, Gilmore Girls is the perfect show for us to highlight this week because a) it’s back-to-school time and how better to revisit those days than with consummate student Rory Gilmore? and 2) it’s a show that meant a lot to all of us here at TYLL at various points in our lives.

It was a show about an ambitious single mom and her brainy daughter, but it was so much more. It was about the family you made and the family you rediscovered as an adult. It was about living in the perfect small town, but being allowed to pursue your big-city dreams. It was about first loves and lost loves and heartbreak and happiness.

So grab a seat and a cup of coffee from Luke’s, and let’s take a stroll down memory lane in Stars Hollow.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Flashback Friday: FULL HOUSE

Oh, the 80s sweaters!

Courtesy ABC.

Introducing (yet another) new feature to TYLL! Join us on Fridays as we take a stroll down memory lane and remember some of our favourite shows from yesteryear. (Or last year. Whatever.)

Aaah aaah aaah aaaaaaaaaaah… Everywhere you look, everywhere…

Raise your hand if you get instant flashbacks when you see that!

It’s Three Men and a Baby, only with a couple of extra kids, various significant others, a trope-fulfilling neighbour, a dog, a completely unaffordable house in one of the most expensive cities in the world and hijinks galore! It’s the show that gave us Bob Saget before we knew he worked blue and Dave Coulier before he was a line in an Alanis Morissette song, and unleashed the Olsen twins unto the world.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.
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