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Hawaii Five-O/The F.B.I.

Two of the most entertaining 1960s cop shows were Hawaii Five-O and The F.B.I., both of which were very stylish in their own ways.

I've recently reviewed the second season of The F.B.I. here and the third season of Hawaii Five-O here on my Cult TV blog.

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1960s TV tie-in novels

One of my recent obsessions is 1960s TV tie-in novels. They're fascinating because they often have a very different tone compared to the series they're based on. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes the book are quite unlike the TV series but still interesting in themselves.

Here's a selection to start with -

Space 1999: Alien Seed by E.C. Tubb. A good sci-fi novel in its own right.

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - The Birds of a Feather Affair by Michael Avallone. Much darker and more serious than the TV series.

The Avengers #6 The Drowned Queen by Keith Laumer. The first Avengers novel to feature Tara King and it's both ambitious and outrageous.

Danger Man: Storm Over Rockall by W. Howard Baker. This one is totally different from the series - it's very Bondian indeed. This may well be quite close to the original concept for the series, before Patrick McGoohan insisted on sweeping changes.

The Invaders: The Halo Highway by Rafe Bernard. A reasonably OK sci-fi novel but compared to the series the aliens are significant different.


from my Cult TV blog

From my Cult TV blog in recent times, with links to my full reviews.

The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War (TV movie, 1973), the second of the TV moves and it's a fun James Bond-Style adventure.

Charlie’s Angels season 2 (1977-78), very enjoyable stuff plus there's the sheer awesomeness of Cheryl Ladd.

Lost in Space season 3, an enormous improvement over the second season with some seriously good episodes.


my cult TV highlights of 2020

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 series

The 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.

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cult TV posts from my blog

Cult TV posts from my blog, with links to my reviews:

Public Eye (season 7, 1975), the final season of the greatest private eye series ever made.

The Human Jungle, season one (1963), Herbert Lom stars in this British series about a psychiatrist. A low-key mix of crime and non-crime stories with the emphasis on melodrama, but an intriguing series nonetheless.

The Streets of San Francisco, season 1 (1972-73), erratic but watchable US cop show.