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

Archive for March, 2011

Kane & Abel (1985)

Credit my mother for “Kane & Abel.”  Okay, not the miniseries, not even the book upon which it’s based.  But, we can credit her with my love of Jeffrey Archer novels.  The infamous British convict/MP wrote a series of books in the 70s and 80s that may not been as popular as those written by Harold Robbins and Sidney […]

People vs. Jean Harris (1981)

At the onset of “People vs. Jean Harris,” you might think you have wandered into Erica Kane’s latest murder trial.  Tape is used instead of film, giving it simultaneously the look of a soap opera and 1970s British miniseries.  Even weirder is a narrator who pops in every now and then. Oddest of all is that […]

The Martian Chronicles (1980)

Based on the works of Ray Bradbury, “The Martian Chronicles” may well be the most idiotic miniseries ever aired on American television.  It’s not the tackiest (that would be “Lace,” which is great fun), it’s not the most boring (that would be…oh, hell, there’s way too much competition to pick just one), but maybe, just maybe, the […]

Playing For Time (1980)

Not just another World War II miniseries, “Playing for Time” has pedigree.  Based on a true story, the TV version was written by no less than Arthur Miller and directed by no less than Daniel Mann.  Arthur Miller did not sit himself down to write for any screen, big or small, that often! It’s the […]

The Women of Brewster Place (1989)

“The Women of Brewster Place” is one of those when-bad-things-happen-to-good-people-and-happen-and-happen-and-happen sagas, but this one tops ’em all because it doesn’t pick just one social inequity with which to challenge our minds; it uses them all!  Racism?  Check.  Sexism?  Check.  Ageism?  Check?  Gender inequality?  Check (both hetero- and homosexual).  Impressively, it crunches them all together into a confined sense […]

Little Gloria…Happy at Last (1982)

We’ve already done the “boo hoo, being rich is so difficult thing” with in “Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story.”  We watched her go from ignored infant to destitute old lady, dead with only few thousand dollars. Gloria Vanderbilt’s story is still going because unlike her fellow debs, she’s still alive.  “Little Gloria…Happy […]