Miniseries Marathon
The miniseries and I were made for each other, long-winded and going on forever!

Archive for the year 2011

Pearl (1978)

My friends, it’s been a long time since we sifted our way through a World War II miniseries, and there are only about 407 more to get through, so let’s just jump right into “Pearl.”  As in the harbor.  As in you know exactly what is going to happen before we even start because we […]

Malibu (1983)

“Malibu” boasts one of the best miniseries casts of slumming vets ever…and manages to waste them all!  Well let’s be fair it’s “Malibu” that is so hysterically awful that the vets don’t have much chance of shining, but they do their share of contributing to the glop of it all.  Notably, they are matched by […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 12–THE END (and insights)

We are at the end.  We’ve made it through the first acknowledged Great American Miniseries.  As we enter the final lap, some lives are fraying (Peter Strauss’ and Susan Blakely’s) and some are flying (Nick Nolte’s).  The problem child has wised up and become a dependable man with a son and a fiancee.  The once-dependable […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 11

Folks, we have hit the penultimate episode of “Rich Man, Poor Man.”  There are only about 90 minutes left to wrap up the story.  In Chapter 10, brothers Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte were reunited after many years to face the death of Mama Dorothy McGuire.  Peter won his election to the state senate, which […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 10

Once teenage dreamers, the three leads of “Rich Man, Poor Man” are about as adult as possible when Chapter 10 starts.  Peter Strauss is running for public office, supported in words, but not spirit, by his wife Susan Blakely, who has just miscarried, and Nick Nolte wants to leave the merchant marines to start a […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 9

The brothers of “Rich Man, Poor Man” seem to be going through a change.  Who is good and who is bad?  It’s hard to tell.  Sure, Nick Nolte has to leave the country for pissing off the Mafia, but it’s self-protection.  It’s Peter Strauss as the hard-nosed businessman who is becoming less attractive.  Age and […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 8

“Rich Man, Poor Man” is a whole lot more exciting for the poor man right now.  Attracting trouble like a magnet, Nick Nolte re-entered the boxing world, still intent on finding his wife and kid, only to come up against Mafia-backed boxing superstar George Maharis, not to mention George’s sexually voracious wife.  By the time […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 7

Chapter 6 of “Rich Man, Poor Man” wasn’t good for couples.  Talia Shire took the baby and left Nick Nolte, which is actually a plus for the story.  Unfortunately, Susan Blakely’s sick child brought her and wayward spouse Bill Bixby closer together, pushing off the romance with Peter Strauss for which they both had been […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 6

The brothers stepped into manhood in Part 5 of “Rich Man, Poor Man.”  Nick Nolte, now a boxer, has become a father and Peter Strauss, caring for his invalid mother, is rising up the ranks at a department store, having graduated college at last.  Not doing quite as well is Susan Blakely, married to drunken […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 5

Chapter 5 starts things fresh in “Rich Man, Poor Man.”  Ed Asner has succumbed to his failures, having bailed Nick Nolte out of one last jam, pulling the rug out from Peter Strauss’ dream in the process.  However, Ed is the failure of the past and Nick is the failure of the present.  “Rich Man, […]