Category Archives: Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday-The Men Who Built America (2012)

American history is built on ingenuity, independence and the willingness to believe in the impossible.

In 2012, the miniseries The Men Who Built America aired on the History Channel. It told the story of five American titans of business who through their individual contributions, changed the way the people of this country lived.

I have mixed feelings about this particular miniseries. It’s educational for sure, but not as good as other miniseries that have aired on this channel. I would have also appreciated to see a greater diversity of stories other than five Caucasian males.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Flashback Friday: River Monsters (2009-2017)

For centuries, humans have made up stories of mythical creatures found in the oceans. Though we live in the 21st century in which science and logic tell us otherwise, there are still stories of what could be swimming beneath the waves.

River Monsters aired on Animal Planet from 2009-2017. The show follows angler and biologist Jeremy Wade as he investigates stories of creatures who existence has been whispered about, but never fully confirmed.

This is not my favorite show on the Animal Planet schedule. However, it is an interesting program. Utilizing both science and the myths, he tells a story in a way that is down to earth and recognizes the ecological importance of the animal to its environment.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-React Channel (2010-Present)

A good Youtube series has to have the following qualities: compelling, entertaining, and the desire to for the audience to want to come back for more.

Since 2010, the React Channel on Youtube has been seen by millions of viewers. Created by the Fine Brothers, the channel that includes series such as Kids React and Elders React, has created a niche that is unique to the Internet age.

As a viewer, I can’t help but be addicted to this channel and its various series. It is so good that one could watch for hours, forgetting everything else.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday: Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

Sometimes, history is made when we least expect it.

For audiences of a certain generation, The Goldbergs (not to be confused with the present sitcom of the same name), was worth the wait every week for a new episode. But for younger generations, the ground breaking series and it’s creator/star, Gertrude Berg is an unknown.

That is where Aviva Kempner‘s 2009 documentary comes into play. Entitled Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, the film tells the story of the series and it’s iconic namesake.

As a younger viewer who was decades away from being born when the series was originally on the air, I appreciate this documentary. Gertrude Berg was a woman ahead of her time. Without her, we would not have the modern sitcom as we know it to be today. She was also upfront about the antisemitism that existed back then, which is a topic that 70 years later, is still sadly relevant.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday: The Best Thing I Ever Ate (2009-Present)

A good meal is more than the components that make up the dish. It is an experience to savor and treasure.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate has been part of the Food Network schedule since 2009. The show takes viewers across the country as the network’s stars talk about a favorite restaurant and a specific meal that makes their mouth water.

I’m not a foodie by an stretch of the imagination. But I will admit that some of the dishes look so good that it makes me want to buy a plane or bus ticket to try it.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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Flashback Friday-Flipping Vegas (2011-2014)

Even in the best of times, the selling and buying of homes has the potential to be a crap shoot. Especially when the purpose of buying a home is to fix it up and hopefully sell it for profit.

Flipping Vegas aired on A&E from 2011-2014. The show followed the careers of real estate investors Scott and Amie Yancey. They earn their bread by buying dilapidated homes, flipping them, and then selling them to new homeowners. As anyone who watches this sub-genre knows, the process is not as simple as television makes it out to be.

What is most interesting for me is not the process of the home renovation, but the conflicts between Amie and Scott. In most shows like this where the main attraction is a married couple, most couples have a cohesive vision for the final product. Amie and Scott don’t always agree, which I think makes the show unique.

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward yes.

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Flashback Friday-Sorority Life (2002-2004) & Fraternity Life (2003-2005)

For some in college, the experience is incomplete without at least the attempt of pledging a sorority or a fraternity. But does that experience live up the images seen on the big and small screens?

Back in the early 2000’s MTV included Sorority Life (2002-2004) and Fraternity Life (2003-2005) on their schedule. Both series followed pledges and members of a handful of sororities and fraternities from across the country.

When both programs originally aired, I was the target audience. It was easy for me to get hooked on both series. But two decades later, both programs are showing their age and the questions that come with how real a “reality show” is.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Flashback Friday-Escape to Witch Mountain (1995)

Among children’s literature, the narrative of young people escaping from an adult with not so good intentions is a common one. The question is, does the specific narrative stand out or is it just simply forgettable?

In the 1995 television movie, Escape to Witch Mountain (a reboot of the 1975 movie of the same name), Anna and Danny (Elisabeth Moss and Erik von Detten) are an orphaned brother and sister duo with with psychic powers. When millionaire Edward Bolt (Robert Vaughn) take the children in, he appears to be the father they need. But Edward has other reasons for bringing Anna and Danny into his home, none of which are virtuous.

I think one’s perspective on this TV movie depends on one’s age. If the audience member is the same age of the characters, they might enjoy it. If the audience member is not of the same age of the characters, they might think that the story is a little too simplistic and the characters predictable.

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward no.

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Flashback Friday: Food Paradise (2007-2018)

A good meal is more than physical nourishment. It is a pleasurable experience that lingers in our memories long after the meal is done. Especially when we are on vacation and eating something that we normally would not eat at home.

Food Paradise aired on both Travel Channel and then on Food Network from 2007-2018. Each episode focuses on a different type of food, introducing the audience to mouth watering dishes from different restaurants across the country.

I’m not a foodie, but my mouth frequently drops when I watch this program. The dishes presented to the audience are nothing short of amazing. Depending on one’s food tastes, one might be tempted to take a trip to wherever the restaurant is located to try the dish they saw on television.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-Too Cute (2011-2014)

I think it goes without saying that babies, whether human or animals are generally viewed as adorable.

The Animal Planet series, Too Cute (2011-2014), told the story of the first few weeks of an animal’s life. Focusing on three different animals (usually cats or dogs), the show follows the specific animal from the age of eight weeks to twelve weeks.

Warning: This episode contains brief scenes of birth.

The title of this program is nothing put perfect. Watching these puppies and kittens grow from newborns to active young animals is nothing short of inspiring and to borrow a from the title of the show, too cute. This is one of those programs that when I am feeling down, always manages go pick me up.

I recommend it.

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