[GUEST POST] Kevin Maher on Science-Fiction TV: An A-Z Primer

Science-Fiction TV: An A-Z Primer

An epic poem by Kevin Maher



A is for AUTOMAN,
A.I. super-cop
B is BEYOND WESTWORLD,
TV spin-off flop

C’s for CAPTAIN CAVEMAN,
who somehow got laid
D is for DARK SHADOWS,
doomed to be re-made
E’s ELECTRA WOMAN,
her theme song’s sublime
F is for FUTURE COP,
with Ernest Borgnine
G’s GODZILLA series,
gave us “Godzooky”
H is HOLMES AND YO-YO,
Robot-cop dookie
I is for ISIS,
Both sexy and chaste
J is for Josie,
Beat Scooby to Space
K is KNIGHT RIDER,
The Hoff’s finest hour
L’s LAND OF GIANTS,
Huge prop plants and flowers
M is for MANIMAL,
Transforms with a GRRR-ing
N’s for THE NEW PEOPLE,
pilot penned by Serling

O is for Orko,
not seen in the movie
P is THE PRISONER,
That remake’s a doozy
Q is for QUARK,
With a laugh track in space
R is for RED DWARF,
Introduced a Cat Race
S is SPACE ’99,
So very 70’s
T is for THUNDARR,
Finally on DVDs (!)
U is for ULTRAMAN,
Where monsters are beaten
V is for V, of course,
where hamsters got eaten
W’s THE WIZARD,
Lasted one season
And X is for XENA,
Filmed in New Zealand
Y is YOGI’S SPACE RACE,
another Star Wars cash-in
Z is this ZORRO show,
Futuristic re-hashin’

Kevin Maher is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer and the host of Kevin Geeks Out. For more Kevin, visit ThisKevin.blogspot.com.

6 thoughts on “[GUEST POST] Kevin Maher on Science-Fiction TV: An A-Z Primer”

  1. How uncool am I that I can admit to having watched several of these?  :)

     

    Kind of surprised you went with Beyond Westworld rather than Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

    Another alternate B: Blackstarr (loved that show)

     

  2. Paul,

    Five minutes after tweeting this, whoever runs the Ben Browder Unofficial fansite asked about Farscape.  You can’t include everything:)

    If you ask me, the Ernest Borgnine reference alone makes this full of win.

  3. Thanks Paul — I watched a lot of these, too.  I tried to go with some more obtuse picks.  Of course, Buck Rogers is a staple of that era of science-fiction TV. 

  4. Wrong, John. The Borgnine reference is cool, but “Robot-cop dookie” saves the cheerleader.

     

     

  5. Ahem.

    Partridge Family 2020 A.D.

    Gilligan’s Planet.

    Josie & The Pussycats in Outer Space.

    That is all.

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