27 September 2020 | vilenciaproductions
When Television was Good, Nothing was Better! That was Channing!
Channing deserves a Blue Ray DVD box set, unless the 35mm negatives burned up in the Universal Studios fire of 2008? I have been buying 16mm prints of the shows when I see them, and I must have half of the one and only season! The show was filmed in black and white, and was an excellent production in every respect! Many young stars appears and some of the themes were ahead of the times! Hard hitting shows to say the least! If fact I think these episodes were too intellectual for television audiences in 1964! And because people are brain dead now, they might be too boring for the idiots in 2020! The 16mm prints were struck in 1964 and are excellent beautiful motion pictures, they look and sound incredible on the big screen! This was 1960's television at its very best! If you read coop-16's review of the show it's a good overview and sums up the intensity of the plots. "A Window On The War" is one of my favorites! "Another Kind Of Music" That's a heavy episode! "A Message From The Tin Room" Man this show was amazing with John Cassavetes on death row! How about Bill Shatner in "Dragon in the Den" this episode reflects our current November 2020 elections! "Exercise in a Shark Tank" with Noreen Corocran who plays a student who accuses a professor of Rape! George Segal couldn't be better in "A Patron Saint for the Cargo Cult" Then Rip Torn was amazing in "A Doll's House with Pompoms and Trophies" Then Russ Tamblyn only a few years out from "West Side Story" stars in "The Last Testament of Buddy Crown" possibly the first time on a prime time network show did an unsuspecting audience hear the word "Homosexual" as Buddy Crowns father lashes out at his deceased son for being gay! Then the last episode starring a young James Caan "My Son The All American" discovers his Jewish heritage for the first time in his life! Gripping programs, outstanding cast and guest stars, the writing and directing was top notch! I can't say enough about this forgotten television series from the 1963 / 1964 network season! The only episode on You Tube, "The Trouble With Girls" has a psycho feel to it, unfortunately the copy on You Tube looks like crap! With all of the garbage on TV now, "Channing" would be a refreshing change of pace! Reminds me of the famous speech about the vast waste land: "When television is good, nothing - not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers - nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse." Channing was "television good!" See it if you can!