It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episodes 157 & 158 + Minisode 6 – Mockingbird Lane (2012)/High School U.S.A. (1983) (Director’s Cut)/KXAS’ Live Coverage of Nolan Ryan’s 1991 No-Hitter

This week we have a loaded edition of It Was a Thing on TV for you. We have it all from Herman Munster to Michael J. Fox to Bob Denver to Nolan Ryan to a dancing robot. 

First, Around Halloween 2012, a pilot to a rebooted version of The Munsters aired.  If you were expecting campy humor that worked in the 1960s, you’re solely mistaken.  Mockingbird Lane was a very dark comedy which was not your Munsters from 50 years ago. 

Then, NBC’s young stars came out to shine in this NBC TV movie, which also acted as a reunion of sorts for two other much older TV shows.  It was had star power, it was funny, it had too many plots, and most importantly, it has a connection to our pilot month.  Stay tuned…(Note this is best enjoyed while watching the movie on YouTube, starting at about the 74:55 mark in the drop.  We give about an hour of commentary while watching the movie.) 

Finally, May 1st marked the anniversary of Nolan Ryan’s final no-hitter for the Texas Rangers. On that night for some odd reason the game wasn’t carried locally in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, however the local NBC station in Dallas thought it would be a good idea to carry the 9th inning live on-air to start the 10 O’Clock News. Enjoy as we listen in on this strange simulcast and explain the strange story as to why this occurred which wasn’t revealed until recently. 

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