Most Obscure Movie/TV Show You Remember Vividly

Robear wrote:

I loved Kolchak - I was just old enough that my parents let me watch it. Only one season, though. Darren McGavin was great in it.

Now that I think of it, there is another obscure but *fantastic* TV movie I saw in 1973, which pretty much scarred my young-ass self. It was called "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark". I have no idea how it made it on to TV. It was *terrifying*.

That reminds me of Night Gallery. I got to watch it at my grandparents, who had more liberal bedtime rules than my parents. It was similar in format to Twilight Zone (each episode was standalone) except went much more into horror. That show scarred me bigtime.

LouZiffer wrote:

Barney's Army

Only locals around the Raleigh-Durham area would've seen it, but it was amazing. It was pretty much a cartoon variety hour with short skits and other stuff performed in between cartoons like The Pink Panther.

I was in Fayetteville at the time, but I remember changing the channel to WPTF and watching this and Star Blazers.

It was Are You Afraid of the Dark and it was amazing! Had a few big names on it too, before they were big. I always wanted to be a member of the Midnight Society.

Grenn wrote:

That was a Nickelodeon joint.

Oh no it was not, most assuredly not, the early 2000's series. This was the original 1973 movie. Still worth a look if you're into horror films.

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Ultraman and Shogun Warriors were regular filler on early cable. I remember loving when my parents went away for a few hours on weekends so I could sneak in some "contraband" as my mother would put it.

Ooh and Johnny and the Giant Robot.

maverickz wrote:

It was Are You Afraid of the Dark and it was amazing! Had a few big names on it too, before they were big. I always wanted to be a member of the Midnight Society.

Yeah, I may have misread that.

Anyone else remember this educational series?

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Connections with James Burke

Each episode would start somewhere back in history, where something like the invention of a way to process metal leads to another discovery, and another and so on, until at the end it leads to the invention of the nuclear bomb, or lead pencils, or something.

I used to love watching this on PBS and following along and discovering some surprising ways things throughout history are connected and lead us to where we are today.

Tscott wrote:

Anyone else remember this educational series?

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Connections with James Burke

Each episode would start somewhere back in history, where something like the invention of a way to process metal leads to another discovery, and another and so on, until at the end it leads to the invention of the nuclear bomb, or lead pencils, or something.

I used to love watching this on PBS and following along and discovering some surprising ways things throughout history are connected and lead us to where we are today.

That show was the best. Much better than overrated Cosmos. Pity it is not streaming anywhere last time I looked.

Connections with James Burke

I loved it so much I bought the companion book!

Closest thing I’ve seen I think is How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson. Which used to be on Netflix but is no longer.

tboon wrote:
Tscott wrote:

Anyone else remember this educational series?

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/RT672vd.jpg)

Connections with James Burke

Each episode would start somewhere back in history, where something like the invention of a way to process metal leads to another discovery, and another and so on, until at the end it leads to the invention of the nuclear bomb, or lead pencils, or something.

I used to love watching this on PBS and following along and discovering some surprising ways things throughout history are connected and lead us to where we are today.

That show was the best. Much better than overrated Cosmos. Pity it is not streaming anywhere last time I looked.

It's on Youtube. One of my all-time favorite shows; the first time I watched I realized I was watching a show that worked the same way my brain worked.

This is what comes to mind for me: The Third Eye. They played it on Nickelodeon right before the network signed off for the night (damn I'm old). Very weird and spooky for a young kid at the time.

It was actually 5 separate, unrelated series from overseas. Here's Wikipedia's plot synopsis for one of them. Crazy stuff:

The show focuses on twins Rachel and Theo Matheson. While on school summer holidays in Auckland, they are contacted by a man named Mr. Jones, who had met them briefly eight years earlier. This time, Mr. Jones reveals his true identity and mission. He is an alien, sent from another world in a battle against another race of aliens. These latter creatures were a family of slimy, slug-like beasts who could take on human form. Led by the evil Mr. Wilberforce, the slug monsters were now bent on destroying Earth and only the twins' emerging psychic abilities could turn them back.
MilkmanDanimal wrote:
tboon wrote:
Tscott wrote:

Anyone else remember this educational series?

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/RT672vd.jpg)

Connections with James Burke

Each episode would start somewhere back in history, where something like the invention of a way to process metal leads to another discovery, and another and so on, until at the end it leads to the invention of the nuclear bomb, or lead pencils, or something.

I used to love watching this on PBS and following along and discovering some surprising ways things throughout history are connected and lead us to where we are today.

That show was the best. Much better than overrated Cosmos. Pity it is not streaming anywhere last time I looked.

It's on Youtube. One of my all-time favorite shows; the first time I watched I realized I was watching a show that worked the same way my brain worked.

Oh man, thank you so so much for that link!

tboon wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:
tboon wrote:
Tscott wrote:

Anyone else remember this educational series?

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/RT672vd.jpg)

Connections with James Burke

Each episode would start somewhere back in history, where something like the invention of a way to process metal leads to another discovery, and another and so on, until at the end it leads to the invention of the nuclear bomb, or lead pencils, or something.

I used to love watching this on PBS and following along and discovering some surprising ways things throughout history are connected and lead us to where we are today.

That show was the best. Much better than overrated Cosmos. Pity it is not streaming anywhere last time I looked.

It's on Youtube. One of my all-time favorite shows; the first time I watched I realized I was watching a show that worked the same way my brain worked.

Oh man, thank you so so much for that link!

I loved that show as well. He had another series I enjoyed, The Day the Universe Changed.

Add me to the Burke fan club. I love both his series.

Martin Mystery. It was a french comic adapted to TV by I have no idea. It was on Nickolodeon at like 5:30 am when I was in middle and high school. It took various well known sci-fi and horror stories and made them a bit more kid friendly, though it just disappeared around 2010. Of course now that I look for it on youtube I find it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ered...

gewy wrote:

This is what comes to mind for me: The Third Eye. They played it on Nickelodeon right before the network signed off for the night (damn I'm old). Very weird and spooky for a young kid at the time.

It was actually 5 separate, unrelated series from overseas. Here's Wikipedia's plot synopsis for one of them. Crazy stuff:

The show focuses on twins Rachel and Theo Matheson. While on school summer holidays in Auckland, they are contacted by a man named Mr. Jones, who had met them briefly eight years earlier. This time, Mr. Jones reveals his true identity and mission. He is an alien, sent from another world in a battle against another race of aliens. These latter creatures were a family of slimy, slug-like beasts who could take on human form. Led by the evil Mr. Wilberforce, the slug monsters were now bent on destroying Earth and only the twins' emerging psychic abilities could turn them back.

Hey, that's not from overseas - that's Under the Mountain. It's a book. And a 1980s TV show. And a 2009 movie. I remember reading the book a few times as a kid but the show was way too creepy for me to get away with watching. I remember being fascinated by the idea that all the dormant volcanoes around Auckland are connected by secret tunnels. Unfortunately they probably aren't.