Friday, December 07, 2007

I just watched...



Sometimes I remember things differently...

I LOVED St.Elsewhere back in 1982...but didn't know how it would stand up to the test of time...

Of course 1982 was a long damn time ago...and there are some things that seem dated...but it is really fun...and although I have not yet watched all 22 episodes from the first season...More like...the pilot and 5 more...I enjoyed it...

This from the Amazon review: Beginning its six-year run in 1982, St. Elsewhere was neither television's first ensemble medical drama nor, heaven knows, its last. Yet this four-disc set of all 22 episodes from the first season is a reminder that this was, and still is, one of the very best. Even now, when "reality" programming blights the landscape like some biblical plague, doc, cop, and lawyer shows remain staples of the medium, and while the likes of C.S.I., E.R., and Grey's Anatomy have it all over St. Elsewhere in the sizzle department--the production values are much flashier, the content sexier, more graphic, and faster-moving, the technology both in front of and behind the camera light years more sophisticated--the older show, despite its somewhat cheesy '70s vibe, is the hands-down winner when it comes to the actual steak. That's because it does it the old-fashioned way: by relying on good writing, vividly-drawn, identifiable characters, and excellent performances by an eye-opening group of actors.

Also worth checking out: Howie Mandel, Ed Begley, Jr. and (I had totally forgotten) Denzel Washington...way back when...

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