Another week, another round of TV shows. Up first we have The Cosby Show Seasons 7 & 8. At this point the show had lost some steam and became more centered on issues than comedy in my opinion. There were still some funny episodes, but they appeared more interested in tackling issues like safe sex, Rudy’s developmental issues, Clair starting menopause, Pam trying to get into college, and Rudy becoming a teenager. Stand out issues are the anniversary party when Cliff gets sick, Cliff getting made fun of for being a bad bowler, Cliff trying to diet, and Kenny planning a party for his girlfriend. Although the show isn’t as funny as the previous seasons, it’s still worth having this set to round out the collection.
Next is Poltergeists: Real-Life Hauntings from The History Channel. I don’t believe in ghosts and all these shows bother me. For people into this sort of stuff (and there seems to be a lot of you out there), I guess you’ll like this. It seems like every other show about “real life” events. This has 6 stories and I did like the exorcisms parts better than the haunting parts. I don’t believe exorcisms are real, but they are fun to watch at times. The History Channel has good production value, but I just don’t believe this stuff enough to be entertained by it.
Last we have Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist. It’s not a show per se, but it’s from PBS so I say it fits here. I can’t say I was familiar with his life, but the story of Pantani is pretty fascinating. If he was a musician, he would have had a great VH1 Behind the Music. As an athlete, Marco was amazing. He won the Tour de France and other cycling events. Of course there were doping allegations because it’s cycling and anyone winning anything is accused. The documentary really shows how great of a rider he was. It’s a little less focused on him and you don’t quite get a real feel for the person. His tragic death is loosely touched on. I guess they didn’t want to smear him maybe? The documentary really shows how business oriented the sport is. Once you are great, you are have businesses supporting you, sponsoring you and keeping you number one. Once you fall, it all goes away and you are left alone with your demons. Pretty interesting PBS documentary on a man I knew nothing about.