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FLASH FORWARD: The People v. O.J. Simpson Episode 3: The Dream Team

So the Bronco chase is over and O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr., still not looking like he could take out a moth, let alone two people) has surrendered.  We know that Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) is heading up the prosecution, but when it comes to the defense, we know three things: there is an older […]

FLASH FORWARD: The People v. O.J. Simpson Episode 2: The Run of His Life

  “Last time on…”  Remember that?  It was a miniseries staple (and a nighttime soap staple as well).  No doubt these were the first word of thousands born between the mid-70s and mid-90s. We left off with Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) failing to produce O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) for arrest.  St. Robert Kardashian (David […]

FLASH FORWARD: The People v. O.J. Simpson Episode 1: From the Ashes of Tragedy

A few housekeeping details first: The Miniseries Marathon and ensuing publications deal with the American network miniseries genre of approximately 1975-1995.  “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is American, but on cable in 2016.  There are a few reasons I’m including it. I refuse to use the “American Crime Story” part of the title.  Nice try, making […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Last Days of Pompeii (1984)

Believe it or not, and even I was starting to wonder, the American miniseries did not always took place in the 1860s or the 1940s.  Let’s get goofier, let’s get more glamorous and let’s bring on the cheese, but without the usual apologies from the dumbest of miniseries (“Beulah Land” or “Pearl” come to mind), […]

LBJ: The Early Years (1987)

This one is for my father, still in awe of President Johnson, whose inauguration he attended, and can never learn enough about him.  We may not always agree on what makes for the most interesting history, but I learned from him to keep trying because someday, I might just figure it out. Lyndon Johnson is […]

Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995)

In the years leading up to her death in 2011, Elizabeth Taylor said over and over she hated the idea of a movie being made of her life.  As ideal as a movie of the world’s greatest movie star (notice I didn’t say actress, even Liz wouldn’t have claimed that) would be, given the marriages, […]

Baby M (1988)

Those who remember the 80s almost have to remember Baby M.  Granted, there were a lot of babies to get through.  There was Baby Jessica, who fell down a well and was there for what seemed like days while we held our collective breaths.  There was poor tragic Baby Faye who was given no chance […]

Haywire (1980)

It can be argued that Lee Remick never gave a bad performance.  We have already seen her in Nutcracker: Money, Madness, Murder, where she gave one of the greatest miniseries performances of all time in a true story. That may have been Lee’s best work, but wait until you see “Haywire,” where Lee plays actress Margaret […]