This week marks the 40th anniversary of Thames on 9, the programming exchange between Thames Television and WOR-TV of New York.
To kick things off, we'll begin with the service comedy, Get Some In!.
Yes, the British were willing to poke fun at their own military, just as much as we did in the 60's (i.e. McHale's Navy, F-Troop) and early 70's (Roll Out!). Get Some In! lasted 5 seasons, with each season, or series as they're known in England, lasting 6-7 episodes each. I think now I know where our cable networks got their idea for short-season programming, don't you?
Let's take a look at the first episode:
By the time Get Some In! aired on WOR on Sept. 7, 1976, they were about to begin their 2nd or 3rd "series". I think part of the reason they made so few episodes for each series was the fact that Thames didn't have enough faith to warrant a full "series" each year. That lack of faith is justified, since Selby has no redeeming qualities, unlike, say, for example, Captain Binghamton (Joe Flynn, Mchale's Navy). As you doubtlessly can see, Fremantle Media now owns the rights.