TV events (miniseries and such, not so much regular shows)|
I recently read Alan Alda's autobiographical book Never Get Your Dog Stuffed and other things I've learned and revisited, from the actors' perspective, the experience of that last episode. M.A.S.H. was one of my favorite shows. It's a good book, too, if you ever get the chance to read it.
|Date:||October 8th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)|| |
I've read it and am in the middle of his second book. He's a great person, and I always appreciated his interest in science.
If I recall correctly, the MASH finale was a rarity at the time, an ending to a TV show that ended the storyline as well. I know The Fugitive had done that before; I can't recall any others off the top of my head.
Oh yeah, if we're talking other than miniseries, huge agreement on the final episode of M*A*S*H. Also, the episode where Col. Blake died was one of those top 10 life-affecting fictional TV experiences for me.
Years ago, TV Guide put out a "100 biggest TV moments" (paraphrasing from memory) list, which I thought was a cool idea. It may actually have been two lists a few months apart, one fiction and one non but I'm not sure about that, but it was an interesting idea.
Of course, things like 9/11 and the Moon landing and the Challenger explosion and, for people a bit older than me, the Kennedy assassination would be huge on the nonfiction side (there were some sports upsets, etc. too there, but I don't follow any sport enough to really be caught up in those myself).
One on a much happier mood for me was the final episode of the 2nd Bob Newhart show, where he was an innkeeper in Vermont. The final ~30 seconds was one of the best surprise endings in television, and I just remember my girlfriend at the time and me just howling with shock and laughter for the rest of the evening.