Believe or not, I’d never watched every A&C TV show episode. I never knew they had a show till I was in 8th grade and the show was on at 2:00am. From there I didn’t get to see more episodes until they came out on VHS, then DVD. I kept putting it off because I always wanted a final frontier for A&C material to still be out there. I guess that will now have to remain as any obscure A&C radio show that may be found some day.
Anyway, I never really cared for their TV show material all that much. I felt they seemed older and the pace of the show was slower than their films. One aspect that I don’t care for is that they seem to drag out the routines longer. I assume to fill out the show, but it just loses the spontaneity of it all and loses the humor edge.
I guess I can appreciate the aspects that Jerry Seinfeld looked to emulate and that is of a regular bunch of characters that get into crazy situations. Some ending so bizarre that the next episode behaves like it never happened.
I think my feelings about the TV Show echo yours pretty closely, Dan. The fact that the boys are so much older really has an affect on my enjoyment of the series as a whole. And the routines do often tend to go a bit long. For instance, I vastly prefer the “sandwich and a cup of coffee” routine from Keep ‘Em Flying to the TV Show version. It’s not even close.
I really felt that in the routine were Lou sings on stage while Bud gives prop commands. First it took forever for them to get the routine started, then it just went on too long with too many commands. We’ll beyond the point of enjoyment.
Any nice surprises in there though Dan? Some of the 2nd Season TV eps were the final thing I watched from A&C and I found them better than most of the 2nd Season eps I was familiar with. I particularly enjoyed Beauty Story. I think most of the 2nd Season eps real weakness were the rehashes of routines and set pieces ripped off from Keaton, Chaplin etc. “Public enemies” (with Joe Sawyer) was a real low point IMO. The unreliable Clyde Bruckman, once Keaton’s right hand man, who succumbed to booze, wrote most of the naff episides. This was one of his final paid gigs before he topped himself a year or so later.