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

Archive for the year 2011

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 4

Episode 3 of “Rich Man, Poor Man” was something of a reminder episode, a chance to catch up with the characters without too much happening.  Peter is still trying to work his way through college, Susan is in NYC trying to become an actress and Nick is trying to make a life with family in […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 3

At the end of Chapter 2, Peter Strauss was joyous as the news that his hard-bitten father was giving him money for college as his wastrel brother Nick Nolte was shipped off to family in California to avoid the rap for a fire he started after seeing his brother’s girlfriend, Susan Blakely, in town robber […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 2

When we last left “Rich Man, Poor Man,” Susan Blakely was getting on a bus for a ride that could ruin her relationship with Peter Strauss, such a good boy that he can’t even fathom having sex with her.  His brother Nick Nolte easily could, and watching all of them is town buzzard Robert Reed, […]

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Chapter 1

NOTE: I will be posting notes about “this miniseries per episode rather than as a whole.  Hey, if TV can do it, so can I. It’s said that “Rich Man, Poor Man” is the first American miniseries.  Chronologically, that’s not true, but in terms of what it did for the genre, it’s hard to disagree.  […]

The Story of David (1976)

Back to the Bible, this time way back long before the New Testament, to “The Story of David.”  All I’ll say up front is that the story of David initially seems to be ripe for miniseries treatment, but without a budget, it’s bound to fail and that second act of David’s life is a total […]

Wild Palms (1993)

I won’t say much about “Wild Palms” up front because it’s a sci-fi tale that needs to unravel before your eyes for you to believe it.  Not sci-fi like “The Martian Chronicles,” which was old-time B-movie science fiction or even “V,” which was big-budget Hollywood condensed for the small screen and perfectly sensible.  “Wild Palms” […]

A Woman Named Jackie (1991)

If you have to ask “Jackie who?” you might as well stop reading. C. David Heymann’s wildly popular dirt-digger on Jackie O comes to life with a literally breathless Roma Downey in a very good impersonation and all the Kennedy skeletons-in-closets you would ever want to know.  Jackie was still very much alive in 1991 […]

Billionaire Boys Club (1987)

Though it’s cast and presented like a Brat Pack movie, indeed “Billionaire Boys Club” is a true story, the very epitome of 80s excess: rich boys, lots of money, fancy cars, big-haired women, high living and, of course, murder.  The madness, the fashion, the music, it’s all here.  This is also a rare contemporary miniseries.  […]

Beulah Land (1980)

Read this description: “An epic story of the Old South…follows the trials and tribulations of…a strong-willed woman who runs a thriving plantation in antebellum Georgia.  Married to a man whose wasteful ways take her family to the brink of ruin…struggles, to endure family betrayals, extramarital affairs, financial hardships and General Sherman’s troops in a sweeping […]

SEQUEL ALERT: Rage of Angels: The Story Continues

For the original “Rage of Angels,” click here: Who asked for the story to continue? How fondly we remember Jaclyn Smith as Jennifer Parker, the plucky lawyer in the Sidney Sheldon trash-fest “Rage of Angels.”  Definitely not the best of the Sidney Sheldon miniseries, it’s the strangest one from which to draw a sequel […]