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The Retro Report: BEN 10 Rebooted, A PARTRIDGE Replaced, The Versatility of HAGMAN & More!

What makes classic TV shows, classics?  Not every character rolls their eyes and is sarcastic.  The pacing and camera angles gives the actors time to act, minus manic cuts and splicing, and minus constant vulgarity or overt-violence (beyond The Untouchables, that is).

Major Nelson is undetectable when watching Dallas, and JR Ewing is undetectable when watching I Dream of Jeannie – a double dose testament to and true sign of Larry Hagman’s massive talent. 

ABC, NBC, and CBS should have “retro nights” once a month, during which they rerun complete classic TV schedules from their selective pasts.

The best cross-over pop-culture TV reference in history:  Jerry to George in “The Limo” episode of Seinfeld episode, saying, “Who are you, Mannix?!”

According to Deadline, the Cartoon Network is will soon debut a reboot of Ben 10, the animated show the alien-powered super-kid.

Tarzan and Daktari are two of the best remembered and most beloved outdoor adventure shows in TV history.

Ron Ely as Tarzan

Jeremy Gelbwaks, the original Chris on The Partridge Family, was a much better actor than Brian Foster, the second Chris.  But apparently, Gelbwaks was a little wild on the set, so they had to let him go, or as Susan Dey (Laurie Partridge, and later Grace Van Owen on LA Law) told Ellen DeGeneres a few years back, Gelbwaks just “decided to move on” (making the then-little tyke-thespian sound like a real acting vet of decades).

Cozi-TV has way too many commercials, and Decades is a classy new entry into the classic TV network game.

Peace to lovers of all things classic.

Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the Founder of The Classic TV Preservation Society.  
He’s also the author of several critically-acclaimed, top-selling classic TV books.   Log on to his Author Page at

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