3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN (1996 – 2001)

3rd planet from the sun

Creators: Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner

Cast: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

A group of aliens are sent on earth to see how human lives and to learn their behavior. They are disguise as a human family. They report to their planet which is the 3rd rock from the sun.

You know you have to cast John Lithgow in this series they are no other way. He is perfect for it. He plays Dick a college professor.Sally (Kristen Johnson), Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Harry (French Stewart) is the rest of the clan who is suppose to study humans and report to their planet. Sally is hilarious especially when she is dressed in a mini shirt and discover what it does to the male species.Tommy is an old alien in a teenager’s body, Sally is a male in a female’s body and Dick acts like a radio and receive messages from home. In the mix there will be a romance between Dick and Dr. Mary Albright (Jane Curtin) . The cast is absolutely delicious here and well as the writers. John Lithgow is a delight to watch here is a wonderful actor at work. It is funny as hell sometimes silly as it can be but you will have a good time.

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ZORRO (1957 – 1959)

Zorro

Creator: Johnston McCulley

Cast: Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, Henry Calvin

The reason I am putting this one in is that I was getting ready to watch a film to be reviewed for my other blog and on Channel 3 in France it is still re-runing to this day. I used to see it when I was about 14 years old and it has stopped since then it is still playing on TV, you got to be kidding me. So cool to revising this little jewel of a series.

There is this little town who has its problem and Zorro is here to fix it and catch the bad guys plus there is bad guys trying to catch Zorro to see who is behind the mask. After 58 years it is so good and it is quality family show from Disney. Guy Williams makes the perfect Zorro here they nailed it. Much of the series’ comic relief is supplied by Barnardo and Sgt. Garcia I always loved that guy he was the coolest thing so goofy at times but fun to watch. Of course let’s not forget Diego’s servant and the only one to know Zorro‘s true identity. Barnardo can’t speak and pretends to be deaf, in order to spy for information and pass it along to Diego. As well as the rest of the others characters who has done an outstanding job.  Dam that brings memories if time. Some day it is going to be in my collection. A terrific little story that is still pleasurable to watch. I still get a kick out of this one then I went Dam I am getting old.

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HEARTLAND (2007 – )

Heartland (II) (2007– )

Cast: Amber Marshall, Michelle Morgan, Graham Wardle

The series is based on the Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke. The TV series changes the setting from Virginia, USA (in the original novels) to the Alberta Rockies in Alberta, Canada; Heartland is about sisters Amy and Lou Fleming and their grandfather Jack Bartlett through the upside down of life on a horse ranch in cattle country.  Amy and Lou’s mother was killed in a car accident, they continue to keep their mother’s dream alive by healing abused and neglected horses through their family business. Amy (Amber Marshall) faces struggles but she gets through it. It is the struggle of the everyday life on the ranch and the bank who are closing in on the property.

I must say if you want some family drama you got one there and let me tell you I got hooked on the first episode. A terrific well written, acted, the cinematography is beautiful as well as the horses. I do not know the US did do it in the series after all it is a series of books from an American writer. Oh well like this I get to see Canada where I want to reside some day how it is beautiful and fresh. You see Amy inherited her mother’s gift of being able to intuit the needs of horses and of practicing natural horsemanship. She has inherited the gift of her mother. Lou has been living in New York she is Amy’s sister she comes back for the funeral. Now the mother has hired a helping hand around the ranch to help her grandfather. Ty is name, he has room and board at the ranch. Ty becomes best friends with Amy. The bank wants their money of course nothing new there but the mother let the bills run out the horses were more important. Lou tries to convince the bank to reconsider and gives a business plan to one of the bankers who went to high school together. It is a constant battle with the bank and trying to get business running to make a profit. Plus the bank wants him to sell. Why? Well you have going to have to watch the series. Yes it is really good and you won’t get bored.

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MR. BEAN (1990 – 1995)

Mr. bean

Creators: Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis.

Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Teddy, Matilda Ziegler.

Mr. bean is a grown man even little every day tasks is difficult to do for Mr. bean. But he finds a way around it ans solve the problem. I first saw those episode on PBS and I was hooked right away. technically the series goes like that   “a child in a grown man’s body”, in solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process.  Mr. bean spoke very little, he just grunt. The series uses physical humor in a format of interactions with other people and his unusual solutions to situations. The series was influenced by physical performers such as Jacques Tati and comic actors from silent films. Mr; bean is played by Roy Atkinson who’s character is a childish buffoon. He lives along in a flat  and he is seen with his tweed jacket and a red tie. He has a girlfriend also, she has appear in 3 episodes if i remember it well. Hi best friend is his teddy bear. He has this little car the mini ccoper. I love that episode where he is on the top of the roof of the mini cooper sitting on a lay chair and driving it with a bunch of utensil from his household. Again here is an other funny series that still is funny today.

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