Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Ally McBeal

Another hugely popular show of which I never caught a single episode.



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11 responses to “Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

  1. You didn’t miss much. I watched for a while until they had Wilson Cruz on as a transgirl. She didn’t last even the whole episode. When they got to that part, I’m like “Omigod they killed Ricky!”

    It’s nice to finally see a TG character (in Ugly Betty) who isn’t a corpse, a victim, or a psychopath.

  2. Melissa McEwan

    It’s nice to finally see a TG character (in Ugly Betty) who isn’t a corpse, a victim, or a psychopath.

    Oh, you’re so picky!

    I had much the same reaction, btw, when Alexis Arquette was the mystery guest on Top Design.

  3. I loved the show at first. The writing, for one thing, was unusual and innovative and I thought Calista Flockheart was a wonderful actress (and she still is). That said, it really devolved into complete ridiculousness within a couple of seasons, and after the third, I could no longer watch. What’s more, it got so bad, I began to think I had been stupid to even watch it in the first place. But I do remember really enjoying that first couple of seasons…

  4. Fran

    You know, this would be a good question of the day: what tv show (or movie or song) was hugely popular but you’ve never seen or heard it? Since we got rid of our tv (almost 2 years and one of the best decisions we ever made, AND we have kids), the answer is quite a bit for me.

    And I had the same reaction as Moira, “no! Not Ricky!”

  5. They need to do another My So-Called Life, with equally-good actors. That was a terrific show, and it only lasted a season.

  6. oddjob

    I have never laughed harder while watching a play than I have while watching The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, a spoof on the Bible narrative written by Paul Rudnick (who wrote the screenplay for the movie In & Out). Why do I mention that here?

    One of the delightful one-liners in it is now painfully dated in its reference to Calista Flockhart’s absence of body mass.

  7. Is it dated? She’s in Sisters and Brothers right now, and looks to still be pretty thin. That’s just an observation; I mean it as neither compliment nor slight.

  8. oddjob

    It may not be dated in the sense that she may still look anorexic without being so, but when was the last time you heard about all that? The play was written right in the middle of that little blip of non-news when Ally McBeal was on the air.

  9. litbrit, I’m like you — enjoyed the early seasons before it went off the rails. I particularly liked the music, and one of the show’s CDs is around here somewhere.

    And it’s nice to see the first season credits, back when Calista Flockhart was a slender, petite woman and not a skeleton.

  10. PortlyDyke

    Well, there was that one episode with Reverand Al — I liked that one.

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