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

To Be The Best (1992)–Part 1

“Don’t go far, there’s a third coming soon.” I wrote that on August 12, 2012, having finished our discussion of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s “Hold The Dream.”  Before that, we had Barbara Taylor Bradford’s “A Woman of Substance.”  Now we have Barbara Taylor Bradford’s “To Be the Best.”  Is it?  Compared to what? Don’t answer that, […]

World War III (1982)

Well who didn’t love the Cold War?  Fifty years of scare tactics and on-purpose misunderstandings, not to mention bunkers and gender-undefinable East German Olympians, what’s not to love?  It was a loony period in world history.  To quote Mr. Sondheim, “everything was possible and nothing made sense.” And that brings us to “World War III.” […]

The Dain Curse (1978)–Part 3

We’re back!  Again!  Let’s continue exactly where we left off in “The Dain Curse,” based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, a gripping miniseries for sure, even after two tense airings. Once again, trouble has followed Gabrielle Leggett (Nancy Addison).  After a pile of bodies started stacking, including her parents and an assorted menagerie of […]

The Dain Curse (1978)–Part 2

We’re back!  Let’s continue exactly where we left off in “The Dain Curse,” based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, a gripping miniseries for sure!   That would be the Temple of the Holy Grail, run by Aaronia Haldorn (Jean Simmons) and her husband Joseph (Ellis Raab), which scary henchman Tom Fink (Brent Spiner).  There […]

The Dain Curse (1978)–Part 1

Since “The Dain Curse” is a good old-fashioned mystery, I’m going to chop the information up as if we were watching it night by night as it aired in 1978.  I’m not cheating, I assure you.  The first segment of “The Dain Curse” has more plot, characters, red herrings, crimes and outstanding performances than a […]

Harold Robbins’ 79 Park Avenue (1977)

  This one is for my mother, who can still rattle off the names of Harold Robbins’ novels she hasn’t read in decades. The fact that Harold Robbins, who led a rather crazy life, but was a terrible author, became THE model for a whole generation of ensuing trashy roman a clef wanna-bees, is perplexing. […]

King (1978)

  In 1983, President Reagan signed Martin Luther King Day into law.  It was not until 2000 that all 50 states observed it, with the state of Arizona (including Senator John McCain) spending most of the 80s trying to avoid it, along with the remaining hardcore racists like Jesse Helms of North Carolina.  Black History […]

I’ll Take Manhattan (1987)

Let this one stew around in your brain for a bit: “I’ll Take Manhattan” was the highest rated American miniseries of the 1986-1987 season.  That means more people watched this claptrap than “Kane and Abel,” “Rage of Angels: The Story Continues,” “Richest Man in the World: The Story of Aristotle Onassis,” “Amerika” and ALL FIVE […]

A Woman Called Golda (1982)

Israel’s first (and so far only) female Prime Minister, Golda Meir, was also one of the most important founders of Israel in 1948 as. She may have looked like someone’s grandmother, but there was a steely unflinching streak that allowed her to deal firmly with her hostile Arab neighbors and even stare down the United […]

A Tale of Two Cities (1980)

Let’s take a romp through literature again, shall we? “The Count of Monte-Cristo” (covered here: and the incorrect spelling is theirs, not mine) was done as a two-hour telemovie.  How?  How does a book most people use as a doorstop due to its size, get so shortened?  Well, in that case, it was pre-miniseries, in the […]