Last year I hosted the Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon, in which bloggers wrote about their favourite episodes of their favourite classic television shows. The blogathon turned out to be very successful, so I decided to hold it again this year. This year it will take place from March 25-27.
Here are the ground rules:
1. Posts in the blogathon must be about an episode from a scripted drama. Episodes of reality shows, talk shows, game shows, and variety shows are ineligible. That having been said, posts can be on episodes from any genre of scripted dramas: animated shows, anthology shows, detective shows, police procedurals, science fiction shows, situation comedies, and so on. I also have to say that episodes can be from scripted dramas that aired any time of day. They don't have to be from prime time alone. If one wanted to write about his or her favourite episode from his or her favourite Saturday morning cartoon or daytime soap opera, one could.
2. Because this blogathon is dedicated to classic television and I think a classic is something that must have stood the test of time, episodes must be from shows that are at least 25 years old. That means one cannot write posts on episodes from shows that debuted after 1991 (nothing from Friends, let alone The Big Bang Theory). Now here I want to point out that the episode itself does not have to be 25 years old, only the show on which it aired. Cheers debuted in 1982 and ran until 1993, so that its final seasons aired after 1991. Because Cheers is well over 25 years old, however, one could still write about an episode that aired in the 1992-1993 season.
3. Given my love of British television, it should come as no surprise that posts do not have to be about episodes from American shows alone. Posts can be about episodes from any show from any country as long as the show is a scripted drama and debuted over 25 years ago. If you want to write about your favourite episode of The Saint, The Little Hobo, Jaianto Robo, or Escrava Isaura, you can.
4. I am asking that there please be no duplicates. That having been said, if someone has already chosen to cover "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" from The Twilight Zone, someone else could still write about another Twilight Zone episode.
5. In keeping with ground rule no. 4, I am asking that if you participated in last year's blogathon that you write about a different episode from what you did last year. That having been said, you could write about an episode from the same show. If you wrote about the Star Trek episode "Spock's Brain" last year, then you could write about the Star Trek episode "Turnabout Intruder" this year.
6. I am not going to schedule days for individual posts. All I ask is that the posts be made on or between March 25, March 26 , or March 27 2015.
7. On March 25 I will set up the page for the blogathon. I ask that you link your posts to that page. If you want you can use one of the graphics below or make your own!
If you want to participate in the Favourite Television Show Episode Blogathon, you can simply comment below.or you can get a hold of me either on Twitter at mercurie80 or at my email: mercurie80 at gmail.com.
Below is a roster of participants and the topics they are covering. Come 27 March I will make a post that will include all of the posts in the blogathon.
MovieMovieBlogBlog: Date With the Angels "Santa's Helper"
Coffee, Classics, and Craziness : Combat! "The Hostages"
Wolffian Classics Movies Digest: Doctor Who "The Tomb of the Cybermen"
The Wonderful World of Cinema: The Saint "The Golden Journey"
Caftan Woman: Maverick "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres"
Cinema Dilettante: Perry Mason "The Case Of The Weary Watchdog"
Once Upon a Screen: The Mary Tyler Moore Show "It's Whether You Win or Lose"
The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Alf "Strangers in the Night"
The Horn Section: The Phil Silvers Show "Hollywood"
Defiant Success: Star Trek "The Trouble with Tribbles"
The Moon in Gemini: F Troop "The Courtship of Wrangler Jane"
CineMaven's Essays From The Couch: The Twilight Zone "Walking Distance"
Old Hollywood Films: The Waltons "The Conflict"
The Second Sentence: The Virginian "Old Cowboy"
Hamlette's Soliloquy: Star Trek "Court Martial"
Barry Bradford--Speaking for a Change: Homicide: Life on the Streets "Hate Crimes"
Love Letters to Old Hollywood: I Love Lucy "The Young Fans"
Love Letters to Old Hollywood: Remington Steele "In the Steele of the Night"
Cinema Crossroads: The Andy Griffith Show "Opie the Birdman"
Cinematic Scribblings: The Twilight Zone "It's a Good Life"
Musings of an Introvert: Scarecrow & Mrs. King "The Three Faces of Emily"
The Midnite Drive-In: Taxi "Jim: A Space Odyssey" and WKRP in Cincinnati ""Turkeys Away!"
Just Way Too Boss: The Green Hornet "The Preying Mantis"
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Bewitched
A Shroud of Thoughts: Red Dwarf "Tika to Ride"
Serendipitous Anachronisms: Are You Being Served? "German Week"
Dell on Movies: The Honeymooners "The $99,000 Answer"
The Flaming Nose TV Blog: The Outer Limits "Architects of Fear"
Doesn't She Ramble: The Bionic Woman "Black Magic"