“What should I Netflix this weekend?” is a question I often hear posed, so I thought I’d dust off the TV Guide and break out some suggestions from an era when you could count the number of available channels on one hand. Mind you, this is PopMythology here, so we will try to cater to the discerningly quirky. Or would that be quirkily discerning?
Cogswell’s Cogs vs. Spacely’s Space Sprockets, Rosie, and everybody’s favorite dog, Astro (Rastro!), this was a kid’s dream of the future zipping around in cool-looking space jets.
A perennial cult favorite that is still around today. In the 70s the original Dr. Who was the epitome of low-budget, so-bad-it’s-good sci-fi.
Okay, so maybe this show was no bastion of women’s liberation, but it was a heck of a lot of campy fun.
An obvious choice but, nonetheless, still one of the best TV series ever created.
Slapstick, absurdist comedy, parodies, and crazy characters, what’s not to like? Who was your favorite? The Swedish Chef? Statler and Waldorf? Being the chemist, my choice is obvious!
Before my dad bought me my first chemistry set, I thought I might want to study forensic medicine, all because of this guy.
John Travolta as the erudite Vinny Babarino before he shows us his moves in Saturday Night Fever.
Early import of Japanese manga anime. Every kid on the block wanted a Mach 5 to drive. Bonus points if you remember the names of the youngest son and the monkey!
Dead parrots, village idiots, cross-dressing lumberjacks, Ministries of Silly Walks, The Spanish Inquisition, and so on and so forth. A truly bottomless source of classic zany humor. If you can’t watch the full gamut, at least grab the “Best of” set.
If you liked Austin Powers, then you’ll love this spy spoof to end all spy spoofs. The comic ingenuity here was just pure genius.
Have fun with your next binge watch!