TV Talk: Nostalgia Edition

For some reason, I’m thinking this week about shows I miss from my childhood. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my boss’ ringtone is the theme song from Greatest American Hero. But the show most on my mind today is Out of this World. Do you guys remember this time-bending classic?

Evie was a teenager with a human mom and an alien dad who communicated with her via this dope light up cube. Being half alien gave Evie the power to stop time by touching her finger tips together. She could then unfreeze individuals by touching them, or re-start time by clapping her hands. God I loved this show, mostly for the concept of being able to freeze time. For years I checked every day to see if I’d somehow acquired the ability to stop time like Evie.


So what shows from childhood made an impact on you? And what are you watching this week? Has anyone checked out Succession or Sharp Objects?

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7 Responses to TV Talk: Nostalgia Edition

  1. actionjackson5 says:

    Nickelodeon showed a British miniseries called “Children of the Stones” in the 1980s. It was made in 1977 and I remember it being that really eerie creepy kind of scary, where you watch knowing something is about to happen.

    For the life of me, I couldn’t explain the plot without Wikipedia. I bought a copy on DVD a few years ago and it was still creepy. It went out of print and I sold it on Amazon for much more than it was worth. In hindsight, between this show and Doctor Who episodes of that period, the UK was a bit ahead of the curve for giving kids credit for what they could handle on television. American kids got “Goosebumps,” but that was later.

    • hotspur says:

      CHILDREN OF THE STONES WAS THE GREATEST! It’s on YouTube now. I’ve had it open in a tab for about a year but haven’t watched it past the first episode. Maybe I’m afraid it won’t live up to my memory? Okay, your review reassures me. I’m gonna watch it!

  2. hotspur says:

    I never saw Out of This World, but with a similar time-stopping plot there was a made-for-TV movie (oh fuuuuuuck, from 1980 I’m now learning?) called The Girl, The Gold Watch, and Everything. I don’t remember much except 1) I loved the premise and have thought about it periodically ever since and 2) there was furniture that was similar to my grandmother’s porch furniture (sorta bamboo) and 3) I had to go to bed before it ended. It’s ALSO on YouTube, I have just discovered, and it starred (whaaaatttt???) Robert Hayes from Airplane!. What?? I might hafta to finally see how it ends.

    • Tracey says:

      For some reason your mention of furniture reminded me of my obsession with Webster’s secret passageway behind the grandfather clock. Do you remember this?

      • hotspur says:

        NO! So I googled “Webster secret passage” and got this clip: Is that what you meant? By the way, it’s only 5 minutes but it feels like it takes a year to watch. I hated that show. Even as a kid I found it painful. Webster is one of the Sitcom All-Time Bottom 5, which is saying A LOT.

        • Tracey says:

          Geez I really don’t remember anything about Webster except the secret passage. That is some pretty heavy material for a sitcom.

        • hotspur says:

          iirc, Webster was always using his magical tiny charm to cure the moronic, bollixed adults in the room. I don’t know if it was always as heavy as this (they don’t say why the girl ran away, but let’s face it, the reason 16-year-olds run away isn’t that they were NOT sexually abused by a neighbor why their parents stood idly by, and such runaways don’t NOT become heroin addicts in decaying studio apartments with much older men) but it was always this tedious. I mean I was 13 and I was old enough to be confused about who this sitcom was aimed at. Did anyone EVER laugh watching it? Did anyone genuinely think Webster was charming? Did ANYone fail to see the parents were brittle, unlikable twits? Anyway I remember this show wandered a secret passage called Among The Worst.

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