'Lost in Space: the Complete Adventure' celebrates 50 years of Dr. Zachary Smith

Lost in Space: The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the beloved television series Lost in Space. This fantastic, remastered into HD, blu-ray collection is a must have for fans who can never get enough.

From the sweeping theme song and fantastic opening credits, to the amazing B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, known as Robot and played by Bob May, Lost in Space thrills me as much now as it did when I was a kid. The adventures of this Space Family Robinson have always held my attention and, I believe, the series will always hold up. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time with the 8 hours of rarely seen footage and the other obscure extras they've included!

There are so many reasons to sit down and watch this show, but at the very top of the list is Jonathan Harris' portrayal of Doctor Zachary Smith. Annoyed with everyone, including himself, Smith is the not-as-brilliant-as-he-thinks reason the family is lost. His attitude and presence are amazing. The relationship between Doctor Smith and Robot is so bewilderingly hilarious, but his friendship with young Will Robinson, played by Billy Mumy, is even more stellar, and touching. Perhaps one of the greatest characters ever on the small or large screen, Doctor Zachary Smith is the perfect anti-hero. His insults are amazing!

The rest of the cast is fantastic. The art, sets, sounds and stories are all exactly what they should be. I find Lost in Space to be such a fantastic of example of what teevee should be to me, that I was horrified by the late 90's movie remake, even with Gary Oldman playing Smith. Read the rest

George R.R. Martin plays a zombie signing his new book on Syfy’s 'Z Nation'


Nothing will stop George R.R. Martin from completing his Game of Thrones novels. But the author and fantasy/science fiction icon will show up in the eighth epsiode of Syfy's series 'Z Nation,' which returns to TV tonight, Friday September 11, at 10 p.m. In the episode where Martin appears, he has been imprisoned by a character known as Collector, who kidnaps celebrity zombies. Collector chains George to a desk for his own nefarious purposes, but evidently none of this gets in the way of George finishing the damn books everyone wants to read so badly.

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Tales of the Gold Monkey, another lost tv treasure

Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series

Join a former flying tiger, his awesome dog and a Grumman G-21 Goose as he explores the south Pacific, fights Nazis, and has a broken relationship with a pretty singer/spy. This should have been my life, not a one season tv show you've never heard of!

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The most loved and hated TV finales, charted


A simple methdology: compare the IMDB rating of the final episode vs the show's average. Dragonball Z and Dexter share bottom spot, but who wins? Read the rest

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: the complete series


I never get tired of watching this brilliant 1990s take on the Wild Wild West, starring the always fantastic Bruce Campbell.

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Trickle-down kids' TV: Sesame Street will air on HBO 9 months before PBS

A show conceived to help low-income kids keep up with their affluent peers will now be "paywalled so that rich kids can watch it before poor kids can." Read the rest

Colbert: women should run the world

His hilarious, bathetic op-ed in Glamour is full of sneaky, countersunk gender ha-ha-only-serious humor: "Women havesmart, resourceful role models -- Marissa Mayer, Michelle Obama, Sacajawea, and the green M&M." Read the rest

HBO's Westworld looks handsome


I doubt it'll top the Yul Brynner original (and his performance most certainly made it), but I'm surprised by how good the reboot looks in this very short teaser, which injects a heavy dose of PKD into the Chrichton classic. Read the rest

Parenting and the Internet: the smarter, missing third way

My new Guardian column, What is missing from the kids’ internet? discusses three different approaches to teaching kids information literacy: firewall-based abstinence education; trust/relationship-based education, and a third way, which is the proven champion of the offline world. Read the rest

Kirk/Spock/Delft china pattern tote

This beautiful, reversible Kirk/Spock tote reminds me of Delft china patterns (see below): it's $22 from April in Sacramento. (via Geeky Merch)

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Breaking Bad fans, Jesse Pinkman's house is for sale: $1.6 million

"Meth lab not included."

A fucking interesting history of swearing on television!


I distinctly remember my glee as an 8-year-old watching Hawkeye say "Son of a bitch" on M*A*S*H in 1979, the first time that phrase was used on US television. Read the rest

The Six Million Dollar Man, season 1

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Colonel Steve Austin nearly died in a fiery space accident. The Office of Scientific Intelligence rebuilt him better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

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Dick Van Patten, "Eight Is Enough" dad, RIP

Dick Van Patten who famously played Tom Bradford on TV's "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981) and also appeared in several Mel Brooks movies, Westworld, Soylent Green, I Remember Mama, and many other movies and TV shows died today at 86. Read the rest

American Gods will be a TV series

Starz has greenlit a TV series based on Neil Gaiman's outstanding contemporary fantasy novel American Gods, in which all the gods of antiquity must find their way in America, coping with modernity and new ways of believing. Read the rest

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