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Old 09-15-2017, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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A popular early 1970s made-for-television movie starring Darren McGavin which later developed to a series.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_...ker_(1972_film)
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Old 09-15-2017, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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A popular early 1970s made-for-television movie starring Darren McGavin which later developed to a series.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_...ker_(1972_film)
I love it. Too bad it only had the two movies, and 20 episodes for the series.
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I loved it when I was a kid. But I tried re-watching it again last year. It wasn't bad, but it hasn't aged well. I liked it a lot less as an adult.
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I love it. Too bad it only had the two movies, and 20 episodes for the series.
The second movie was "The Night Strangler".
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I loved it when I was a kid. But I tried re-watching it again last year. It wasn't bad, but it hasn't aged well. I liked it a lot less as an adult.
Darren McGavin sold it. Without him, it would have been far, far worse.
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Old 09-15-2017, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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A popular early 1970s made-for-television movie starring Darren McGavin which later developed to a series.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_...ker_(1972_film)
I LOVED that show! It would probably seem quite dated now, but at the time it felt very new and fresh.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:11 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Darren McGavin sold it. Without him, it would have been far, far worse.
For sure, I like anything with Darren McGavin in it, good actor, good at acting grouchy.
He was great in the classic xmas movie "A Christmas Story" ...I watch it every Christmas.
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Old 09-16-2017, 08:20 AM
 
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Loved that show.

If you're frequent watcher of nostalgia channels like: Me, Get Retro, Antenna Cozi, Decades, etc. you may be able to catch it from time to time.

One of them has aired it a few times. Unfortunately there were so few episodes it doesn't stay on any given schedule for long, because the episodes are burned through so quickly. But I've seen it recently.
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:17 AM
 
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Cool '70s show. (You have to really be in a '70s mindset to enjoy it.)

MeTV was airing it at 10PM on Sundays nights, but they've taken it off because they went through the whole run.
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Old 09-17-2017, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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I loved it when I was a kid. But I tried re-watching it again last year. It wasn't bad, but it hasn't aged well. I liked it a lot less as an adult.
Are you watching the complete episodes?

When the series was being shown on Sci Fi Channel as part of the Friday night lineup in the 90s, I was wondering why I wasn't liking it as much. Had I grown up, were the times different?

What I found out was that much of the tension builders had been edited out of each episode. Enough to tell the story but the rest was missing.

As it is, I have all of the "series" now, from the two movies to the shows. Bought up the tapes back in 2012 though I have had first pilot movie since the 80s.

As things go, I have found the movies especially very rewatchable over the decades though it may be because of personal selections such as growing up with Carol Lynley in the 60s and early 70s, the concept of being a single working girl in Las Vegas, and then identifying with Jo Ann Pfflug's character in "The Night Strangler". That is probably it in that when I was a teen, it was showing me a world of what it meant to be an adult and I was locking in on it.

Now, here is a bit of trivia for one. In the second movie, the hero was of course Darren and the villain was played by the recently deceased Richard Anderson. The two of them face to face and "right before" they each became the head (but different characters) of the OSI in "The Six Million Dollar Man".
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