Things I Learned:
- Don Knotts is still funny; while many of the situations his scrawny, hapless Everyman are thrown into are hopelessly dated, period pieces now quaint as gas light, his well-intentioned befuddlement is a universal constant.
- It is nearly impossible to watch McMillan & Wife as a simple lightweight detective drama. Did the scriptwriters and directors intend to set up situation after situation, line after line, fraught with multiple meaning, or is it irony by hindsight? I ended up changing the channel instead of speculating further.
- There were plenty of good-hearted Night Gallery segments. For some reason, I only remembered the scary ones from childhood.
- I occasionally hear the expression "Bazinga!" used as a fill-in for "Wow!" or "Eureka." ...But it appears to refer to a Japanese equivalent of the 19th-Century Gibson Girl. Who knew?