Looking back over the past year I’d have to say that it hasn’t been a bad one for me in terms of cult television. I’ve made a couple of notable discoveries - series I’d either vaguely heard of but never seen or eve series that I hadn’t even heard of. These were my most interesting discoveries:Orson Welles Great Mysteries
(1973), a British mystery/horror anthology series which turned out to be surprisingly very good indeed and at times nicely creepy.Harry O
(1974), a delightfully quirky series which quickly established itself as one of my all-time favourite private eye series.Voyagers!
(1982), an American kids’ time travel science fiction series which is much more fun than I expected.The Human Jungle
(1963), an all-but-forgotten British series about a psychiatrist. Insanely melodramatic and often ludicrously far-fetched (and not a crime series as one might have expected) but it does star Herbert Lom which is always a bonus.
I’ve also revisited some old favourites, such as The Invaders
(which made me realise that I’d never actually seen the second season).
And Return of the Saint
(1978-79), which I think is one of the more successful attempts to revive a classic series, keeping a surprising amount of the feel of the original.
The most popular posts of 2020 with readers of my cult TV blog have been:Sheena Queen of the Jungle
(1955), a very lightweight good-natured jungle girl adventure seriesThe Saint in Europe, and on TV
, a review of both the Leslie Charteris collection of short stories and the 1960s TV episodes adapted from those stories.
And The Green Hornet
(1966-67), somewhat in the Batman mode but less zany and much darker.