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The '90s was also the decade when "The Tick" was animated and put on Saturday Mornings for three glorious seasons, raising expectations SO HIGH for a live-action version a few years later that not even Patrick (Puddy/Kronk/BrockSamson) Warburton could make it good enough.

Meanwhile, Stephen Speilberg's cartoon group, after the success of Animaniacs, tried its hand at a funny superhero toon with "Freakazoid", which would've been more notable if The Tick wasn't upstaging it every Saturday. (But if you want to see something that really should've been on this list, find "Normadeus", the episode featuring the voice of This Old House's Norm Abram as Himself)
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Well, they're not the first (or in my opinion the Best) to work that trope. About a dozen years ago, 'underground' comic artist Jason Yungbluth (who has since gone 'aboveground' enough to be featured in MAD Magazine) published the first adventure of "Weapon Brown", a post-apocalyptic Charlie B. all growed up, very bulked-up, and with a bionic arm, as well as the rest of the Peanuts cast, including Dr. Lucy, the Red Haired Girl and Linus and his Great Pumpkin (the stuff of Halloween nightmares). Very NSFKids for violence, sex and language. Then he expanded the universe into re-defined versions of much of the comics page, from Popeye, Orphan Annie and a Beetle Bailey who's a real Military Beetle, to his ultimate adversary, a bio-engineered supersoldier code-named "CAL-v.1N" (But then, if any two comic strip characters are going to be archenemies, it would have to be Calvin and Chuck). Insane, profane and way too much fun. So excuse me if I do not give too much respect to some other halfway-decent depiction of Post-Apocalyptic Charlie Brown.
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BI's already one of my regular reads - it's also available on gocomics.com so I can catch it with Lio, Frazz and Pearls Before Swine. I think Meyer is contractually obligated to give them 3 comics a week but is only doing 2; of course, this and most of the other reruns predate the gocomics contract, so "it's new to them". (Has he done a "How to Deal With a Syndicator" yet?)

Also ,another blog was doing a survey of Superhero Parodies and somebody suggested BI's occasional "Adventures of Rocket Hat" as one of the best. Can't argue with that.
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One more thing... the casting of Daniel Craig was controversial... "James Bond can't be played a guy with blond hair!"
And the personality change from Piers Brosnan to Craig was as big a change as the Doctor Who change from Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi (which has led some people to speculate that 007 is a Time Lord).
Or there's the theory considering the 50 year stretch of his adventures (so far) that "James Bond" is just the code name/alias of whoever the current operative to earn the 007 designation is. It does make a binge-watching of the movies a little less jarring.
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When "the powers that be" change the race of a character, it is ALMOST ALWAYS changed to be WHITE. The Pharaoh in Exodus, Tonto in The Lone Ranger, all the heroes in The Last Airbender (but villains remained ethnic); even Katniss in The Hunger Games books was described as several shades darker than Jennifer Lawrence. But when the producers of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie picked Michael B. Jordan to play the Human Torch, comic book nerds went ballistic! For Hollywood, today just as much as for the last century, the "politically correct" thing to do is "whitewash".
But then, if I were to suggest a Black Brit to play James Bond, my first pick would be Richard Ayoade (but lose the hair, keep the glasses). :)
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I must also note that, due to the fact that Mr. Pibb is the Coca-Cola Company's semi-copy of Dr. Pepper AND the Southern California Coca-Cola BOTTLING Company has a long-running contract to also bottle Dr. Pepper (long before it merged with 7-Up, so all the 7-Up brands - including Sunkist - are bottled by somebody else here), you rarely see any Mr. Pibb around L.A., so a lot of people here wouldn't get the soft drink connection, just that Mr. Pibb is a cute name. (I know way too much about corporate conglomerates)
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He had to be Mr. Pibb, he doesn't have the credentials yet to be Dr. Pepper. I once considered naming a dog "Mountain Dewey". Sprite, RC, Shasta, Fanta and Faygo are also good names for something cute and furry... PepsiBlue, notsomuch.
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Success has not spoiled the Grickle! I can understand him being awfully busy for a while - he has a day job at Laika Animation Studios that led to him becoming the co-Director of "The Boxtrolls" (Some of them looked a little familiar, didn't they?). It's nice to see him doing his simple shorts again (I see he also had a Halloween Short this year that apparently went mostly unnoticed). How long have I been a fan? I have a Space Wolf t-shirt.
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And if you're going to talk about an actor who played multiple roles on Twilight Zone then went on to other things, you should've had an item just for Bill(y) Mumy, who talked to his dead grandmother on a toy phone in "Long Distance Call", was a younger version of Jack Klugman's son (as mentioned above) in "In Praise of Pip" and most iconically, was the selfish little boy with psychic powers in "It's a Good Life". He was one of the hardest working child actors at the time. Among other roles, he was in three "Alfred Hitchcock" episodes (one of them in the unsuccessful hour-long format), and was the little-remembered "third actor to play Darrin" in a Bewitched episode where Endora turned Samantha's husband into a child (best TV trivia factoid EVER). All that before he became Will ("Danger!") Robinson on "Lost in Space", and almost 30 years later returned to TV Sci-Fi as an Alien Ambassador's Assistant in "Babylon 5". (And among other things inbetween, became beloved on Dr. Demento's radio show as half of the goofball duet 'Barnes & Barnes') Is there a "Twilight Zone Alumni" story better? I don't think so.
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This takes me back, personally... my high school had a young and daring faculty factory band leader who acquired marching band adaptations of rock songs way back in 1969 when it was totally unheard of. We didn't have enough members to do good formations during halftime shows, but the crowd went wild when we started playing "In A Gadda Da Vida". We also totally confused the people on the street when we played it while marching in the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
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...and then put all the money you save in a Wells Fargo (who sponsored the video) savings account and earn... what's the current rate? 0.05%? Wow.
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You don't have to horse me to read xkcd.

This reminds me of an early Smothers Brothers comedy album titled "Tour de Farce", which, being 9 years old, I needed my parents to explain to me was a take-off on "Tour de Force" (or, today, Tour de Horse). That was pivotal in starting my interest in wordplay and puns, do blame Tom & Dick Smothers.
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(psst: the link goes to page two of the list.)

Also, as another B:BatB lover, I wondered why you referred to "golden age" Batman when most of what made this show fun was the "silver age" elements (which the first page of the linked article pointed out). I like that it included two of the 'meta/wacky' Bat-Mite episodes among the Top 10 (well, the Finale was a slam dunk), but while noting many of the stunt castings on the show, it failed to mention that Bat-Mite was voiced by Paul "Pee Wee" Reubens, in one of his finest performances.
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Yes, I moved from L.A. to San Luis Obispo County (up the coast 'tween L.A. and S.F.) a few years after the Rams moved to St. Louis. I halfway expected a cadre of Rams loyalists here, since San Luis IS Spanish for St. Louis, but by then, the love had migrated to the Raiders, since then to be replaced by the 49ers as the Raiders' reputations as 'the bad boys of the NFL' faded into vague memory. Remember that? When the Cowboys were "America's Team", the Oakland Raiders were "Counterculture America's Team". At least they didn't do what a majority of teams named "Raiders" do (according to a recent survey): use a Native American warrior as a mascot.
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Technically, that's a classic Misheard Lyric (#1 on this list) - but the accurate lyric "revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night” is pretty weird anyway. AND it was written by Bruce Springsteen, whose first hit for himself, "Born to Run" started with...
"In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines"

I think Springsteen and Bob Dylan should dominate the category. (Dylan: "Better jump down a manhole / Light yourself a candle / Don’t wear sandals / Try to avoid the scandals / The pump don’t work / ’Cause the vandals took the handles"
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It must be noted that the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy (using music recovered from an '80s mixtape owned by StarLord as a kid), is full of potential guilty pleasures, stating with "Hooked on a Feeling (Ooga Chucka)" by Blue Swede, not to mention "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes.
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With Weird Al finally getting the #1 album, it somewhat surprises me that nothing by him made the Guilty Pleasure Top 10 (and the only song on the list he parodied was 'My Sharona'). Dropping an "Eat It" or "White and Nerdy" into an otherwise 'normal' playlist is a Guilty Goodie to me.

But my own list would go back as far as "You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd" by Roger Miller and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor" by Lonnie Donegan (two of my earliest musical memories), through "The Time Warp" from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas, "Rock Lobster" by the B-52s, "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats, up to "Gangnam Style" by Psy. Which is why I've never been allowed to DJ at any party I attend...
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That list exists for the sole purpose of starting fights... WKRP at only #47?!? No Adventures of Pete & Pete? NO MY MOTHER THE CAR? (the theme song WAS the best thing about that show - come on, to include Small Wonder and not that?) And including previously-popular songs that got re-purposed as TV themes doesn't seem quite right (Frank Sinatra is still spinning in his grave over Married With Children). If the author ever gets around to doing a separate list of Top Lyric-less Theme Music, I don't think I'll want to know about it... unless Star Trek TNG, Get Smart and M*A*S*H are in the Top Five.
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For a moment, I wondered what the Neatorama bloggers would send in... but now I realize it would end up with half of congress wearing "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad" t-shirts... not that there's anything wrong with that ;)
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I spent most of my adult life within a short jaunt of Trader Joe's locations around L.A. and am a big fan. It was THE place for good cheese that wasn't TOO expensive, had various frozen semi-ethnic goodies well before other places, the best prices for frozen shrimp (until recently), and some of my cheap-wine drinking friends swear by the "Two Buck Chuck". My one experience with Whole Foods was in the mid-90s when Kroger was combining chains in L.A. and left an empty Ralphs market in Pasadena that WF took over and that shopping trip was total sticker-shock. I also love TJ's advertising - the Fearless Flyer is my favorite junk mail, mixing pitches for seasonal products with self-effacing humor and very-old illustrations (a sample of which is on TJ's website: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/index.asp )

One other thing: way back in the 1970's when I was in College Radio and trying to break into Commercial Radio, their radio advertising was all "live copy" with wordy product descriptions, puns and tongue-twisters that half of L.A.'s radio people loved and the other half hated. I got copies of a few of the scripts and included one in every audition tape I made, just to show I could do it.
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It's worth noting to those not clicking through to the pictures that most of the better #davecalls show them holding something that is NOT a phone to their ears. Toothpaste tube, pizza, an (ouch) iron.

And everyone knows this is who Dog was actually talking to...
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I thought the issue of Roquefort vs. plain-old-Blue cheese was a long-settled deal and you couldn't call it Roquefort unless it came from that Roqueforty place...

As for some other name 'adjustments', you can change Muenster to Munster... even put Fred Gwynne's face on the package...
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