Episode 33: 'Too Funny to Fail,' Dana Carvey, "Retro 5 Best TV Shows from Childhood" 

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Podcast Notes 

Tease/Open, clip from Hulu documentary ‘Too Funny to Fail’ with Robert Smigel, Dana Carvey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell (00:30), Scott and Josh talk all things TV, ‘Too Funny to Fail ‘ (2:20), Sponsors, “Gentle News,” HBO’s ‘Spielberg’ documentary (9:35), Brian DePalma’s contribution to ‘Star Wars,’ Spielberg shooting an extra camera for a day on ‘Scarface,’ what Spielberg movies would you like to go back and see?, ‘Munich,’ ‘Stranger Things’ (16:59), Paul Reiser (18:00), ‘There’s Johnny’ premieres on Hulu November 16th and ‘Red Oaks,’ Amy Landecker, Tony Danza, Retro “5 Best” TV shows Scott and Josh remember from their childhoods (22:10), memorable: ‘Good Times,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ ‘Sanford and Son,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘Different Strokes,’ ‘Growing Pains,’ ‘The Wonder Years,’ ‘Rocky Road’ (TBS Original sitcom), Square Pegs… Josh’s 5: ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ ‘What’s Happening,’ ‘Tour of Duty,’ ‘Rockford Files,’ ‘Threes Company,’ ‘Speed Racer,’ Scott’s 5: 5)’Fantasy Island,’ ‘Love Boat,’ and ‘Chips’ 4) ‘1st & Ten,’ 3) ‘White Shadow,’ 2) ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ 1) ‘Leave it to Beaver’…Bruce Paltrow, St. Elsewhere, L.A. Law, My Three Sons, Cosby, Different World, Family Ties, and Doogie Howser, Carrie Coon mistaken identity (40:45), ‘Mindhunter’ thoughts, how Holden Ford was named, “BTK Killer,” Josh’s 5 Best (46:51): 5) ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’/‘You’re the Worst,’ 4) ‘Better Things’ 3 ‘Red Oaks’ 2) ‘Mindhunter’ 1) ‘The Deuce’… Scott’s 5 Best (48:00): 5) ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ 4) ‘Better Things,’ 3) ‘Red Oaks,’ 2) ‘The Deuce,’ 1) ‘Mindhunter,’ Gregory Jacobs from Red Oaks and how he’ll be on episode 34, Josh likes ‘White Famous’ and Scott plans to give it a shot, “Talking Heads,” ‘Chance’ a Hulu original has dropped its second season, Netflix Danish series, ‘Rita,’ Josh’s status on ‘American Vandals,’ and Stephen Colbert on the correlation between the snack drawer and ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ being canceled from ’Too Funny to Fail,’

In 1985, Rocky Road made up a trio of WTBS' original scripted series as the Superstation entered its first foray into producing original programming. Rocky Road had a budget of only $100,000 per episode while network sitcoms averaged $4000,000 per episode. Rocky Road easily represents one of the most cheesy situation comedies of the 1980s.

Scott remembers Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. Both shows used the draw of different guest stars each week that would vacation on a magical island or on a boat that seemingly fixed problems of the heart. 

Scott feels The White Shadow that was filmed on location was light years ahead of its time. It starred Ken Howard. Check out the beginning of the pilot which also includes Tim Van Patten as "Salami" who today is one of TV's top directors (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Sex and the City, etc.). 

Josh loved Tour of Duty so much that he taped every episode on his VCR. The series was inspired by the success of Platoon. The first season was filmed in Hawaii, but seasons 2 and 3 were filmed on the old M*A*S*H sets outside of Los Angeles. 

Forever a classic! Oh, Barney! Oh, Beav! 

Scott Eberly