Nerd Lunch Podcast 192: Listbuster 2.1 – Influential TV Shows

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Nerd Lunch Podcast 192: Listbuster 2.1 – Influential TV Shows

Jeff from Your Weird guests in the Fourth Chair and we return to an old topic of ours, the Listbuster. This time we target Screen Rant’s 10 Most Influential TV Shows of All Time and decide if we feel the list is good or needs busting (hint: it mostly needs some busting). Then we come up with some alternatives of our own to add to the list. Nerd To-Dos feature some talk about the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor 2015 set and serves as a prequel to an Extra Helping later this week.

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  1. Jack February 26, 2017 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Variety show? How about Dean Martin's? Only show I can remember with a drunken host!

    Great episode, guys. I had fun with every point you raised, and for the most part agree with all of you. I know you are out to have fun, and tongues are firmly in cheeks, but this could have almost been a college lecture on contemporary culture.

    You've inspired me to make an offering of my own for somewhere between 8th and 10th place: Kung Fu. I've raised this a couple of times recently, and didn't realize how attached I am to it, kind of like CT and his beloved Muppets. I think it's because this is the only drama I have access to that features both my religion and a dedicated practitioner of it in the leading role.

    I was 24 when Kung Fu started. I was learning martial arts, and was about to become an assistant instructor at my dojo, and I was drooling with anticipation during the run-up. The show did not disappoint, although I did find Carradine an odd choice for the star. I never got it when all those cowboys would snarl, "We don't allow no Chinamen in here!" Major confusion factor, check. But Carradine nailed the serenity the character needed in a way that the real martial arts stars of the day never could have, and it began to work. I remember reading in the trades at the time about the outrage in Hollywood's Oriental community that a white guy got that role, and I totally get it. But then, in the aftermath, there were articles about how Carradine had become revered by that same community, because with the exceptions of Sulu and Kato, the only roles for Orientals had been laundrymen, coolies, and restaurateurs selling "flied lice," but after Kung Fu, all of Hollywood began to open to them, heroes, villains, and innocent bystanders, because Carradine's presence in the show had been the draw that had shown both producers and audiences what they were capable of.

    Enough influence? What do you think?

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