Today I am announcing A Shroud of Thoughts' third annual "Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon". The first two years were fairly successful, so I am looking forward to another year's worth of good blog posts. For those unfamiliar with the Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon, it is a blogathon in which bloggers write entries about their favourite episodes of their favourite classic television shows. This year it will take place March 24, 25, and 26.
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 1992 (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 season aired after 1992. 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 the past years' blogathons that you write about a different episode from what you did the past years. That having been said, you could write about an episode from the same show. If you wrote about the Star Trek episode "Amok Time" last year, then you could write about the Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" 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 24, March 25, or March 26 2015.
7. On March 24 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 March 24 I will make a post that will include all of the posts in the blogathon.
The Hitless Wonder Blog: The Avengers "Return of the Cybermen"
Caftan Woman: Wagon Train "Little Girl Lost"
Coffee, Classics, and Craziness: Wanted: Dead or Alive "Secret Ballot"
The Horn Section: Hondo "Hondo and the Gladiators"
Trekking Through Hobbit Holes: T. J. Hooker "Vengeance is Mine"
Portraits By Jenni: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea "The Phantom Strikes"
Moon in Gemini: Blackadder "Head"
Bewitched with Classic TV: Mary Tyler Moore "Put On a Happy Face"
Realweegiemidget: Dallas "Conundrum"
Doesn't She Ramble: Quantum Leap "M.I.A."
The Movie Rat: You Can't Do That on Television "Adoption"
Crítica Retrô: Moonlighting, "Here's Living with You, Kid"
Love Letters to Old Hollywood: Get Smart "99 Loses CONTROL"
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: ALF "Strangers in the Night"
The Midnite Drive-In: Star Trek "City on the Edge of Forever" and Star Trek: the Next Generation "Time's Arrow"
Dragonthief: The Virginian "Ryker"
Whimsically Classic: I Love Lucy ""The Million Dollar Idea"
Below are some graphics you can use for the blogathon (or you can always make your own)!