Thanks to Monkeybrain for the reminder that this happened in my lifetime…
In a recent Twitter exchange the subject of Banacek came up.
For those too young to remember, Banacek was an NBC series starring George Peppard as a suave Polish investigator assigned to uncover the mystery of objects and people that went missing under seemingly impossible circumstances. It struck me that you could not pitch a character like Banacek today; He was a womanizer (the first episode features the ever-yummy Anitra Ford serving him champagne while he watches TV), smoked cigars, and his job was to help insurance companies avoid paying claims. You might pitch it as a period piece, a la Mad Men, as a window to a less-enlightened time, but never as a modern show, at least not without significant modifications. It got me thinking about what SF/F TV characters would fail as new creations today.
To be clear, I do not mean reboots or reimaginings. I mean characters existing as they did when they were originally portrayed on TV, with their personality traits and behaviors intact, and pitching them in today’s social and political climate. We’ve come quite a distance from couples sleeping in separate beds, but there are things considered taboo today that were rampant on TV past.
Here are few that came to mind…
In a safe-for-work way, perv.
From Cawley Entertainment and Retro Films, here’s a Teaser Trailer for a New Online “Buck Rogers” series, set to debut in late 2010.
[via The Art Department and Big Dumb Object]
A sarcastic thanks to A. Lee Martinez for making me remember that Gary Coleman was in an episode of Buck Rogers.