Test Pilot: File #50, The Bob Newhart Show

Test Pilot #50: The Bob Newhart Show Debut date: September 17, 1972 (series premiere); November 18, 1972 (this episode) Series legacy: A very popular and generally well-respected member of the MTM stable Number 50! Wow. Thanks to everyone who has co-wrote, read, RT’ed or commented on these pieces thus far. We have no intentions of … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #50, The Bob Newhart Show

Friday List: The best 15 television pilots

If you’re a regular reader of TV Surveillance, you know I love a good list. Or a mediocre list. Or even a horrible list. The point is I have a lust for lists. This fall, I’d like to provide you folks with more lists than ever and hopefully that will result in a weekly or … Continue reading Friday List: The best 15 television pilots

Test Pilot: File #18, Rhoda and Lou Grant

Test Pilot #18: Rhoda and Lou Grant Debut date: September 9, 1974 and September 20, 1977 Series' legacy: Somewhat worthy successors to the Mary Tyler Moore throne Authorship is a really tricky thing and perhaps no more so than in the world of television. Numerous scholars have discussed the problems with analyzing television with an … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #18, Rhoda and Lou Grant

Test Pilot: File #17, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Test Pilot #17: The Mary Tyler Moore Show Debut date: September 17, 1970 Series legacy: One of the most well-regarded comedies of all-time. I have to apologize, sort of. I took a few extra weeks to figure out where I wanted to go with the next set of Test Pilot files. I thought about doing … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #17, The Mary Tyler Moore Show