TelevisionWeek Executive Editor Tom Gilbert joins our roster of bloggers with this forum all about classic television, where anything from "Leave It to Beaver" to "Malcolm in the Middle" is fair game for discussion. Reunion specials, DVD releases of classic shows, vintage commercials -- anything that's ever been telecast is the hot topic here.


Timeless TV

October 2007 Archives

Getting All Your 'Lucy' in One Place

October 22, 2007 10:39 AM

The most-watched 89 hours and 54 minutes in television history is coming to a retailer near you—the whole thin, as Ricky Ricardo would say. CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment are releasing the entire "I Love Lucy" canon on DVD tomorrow; the series has until now been available in season-by-season sets, but this 34-disc, $199 compendium ties everything up nicely in an elaborate heart-shaped box and as a bonus throws in the unreleased 1953 "I Love Lucy" movie—a compilation of three episodes stitched together with special intro, outro and interstitial footage. The movie was designed to be released in theaters for folks in the flyover states who didn’t have TV sets (or even stations) yet. But because stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed with MGM right at that time to do the motion picture "The Long, Long Trailer,"

contractual issues forced plans to release the "Lucy" movie to be scrapped. Of particular historical interest is that the movie shows the then-innovative Desilu Playhouse stage, where three-camera sitcom production in front of a live audience was born. As were, of course, all those timeless episodes.

Fun Junk: 'Leave It to Beaver'

October 5, 2007 10:54 AM

“Leave It to Beaver” turns 50 years old this week, and to mark the occasion, TV Land is telecasting a 24-hour salute this weekend. I’m there.

“Beaver” is one of the few ’50s sitcoms that can still elicit a LOL from me—and I’ve watched every episode a million times. I love seeing things from Beaver and Wally’s perspective. And those sharply drawn supporting characters. How great was Larry Mondello? His mother? Eddie Haskell? Lumpy Rutherford? Every one of them quirky and totally believable. Rusty Stevens, the kid who played Larry, should have an Emmy.

TV Land also is airing the little-seen pilot for the series, “It’s a Small World,” which featured different actors in the roles of Wally and the father.

Here’s an amusing tribute on YouTube.