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I wasn't as old as many of the writers here who remember this program as a "hangover from Saturday night" program. And I wasn't forced to see it in Sunday School or humanities classes. But I do remember this program. Like the old Twilight Zone Series and Outer Limits Series, I may not remember every episode, and everyone in it, but if I saw it again,I would remember.
Now... this is not to say THIS program reminded me of the original Twilight Zone or Outer Limits, but it was originally aired around the same time in the 60's and longer. What got my attention about this was more like the old beginnings of "soap opera"/"playhouse 90" style of film & writing. Yes, the budgets were near existent, but the actors came out and worked their chops like a one act stage play. They seemed to be serious about what they did. That's what I remember. That's why I remember this.
The religious themes? Somewhat apparent for me. More of the irony and morality of it all - especially of the time. The 60's and 70's were turbulent times and everyone had questions about religion, morality, etc. In my view, this was a program that explored that. Because I was so young, I guess I missed the "preachy" points of it. I thought "Davey and Golith" was more preachy than this. But then again, I like live theater. This could be a spark as to why.
Yes, this was primarily shown before the "Star Spangled Banner" came on ... or right after "The Morning Farm Report" Sunday Morning when the TV station came back on their air. In the 70's I remember that it was also shown for a short time on Saturday Afternoons around 2PM or so. That's the ones I remember the most.
I too vote for digging these up and showing them again. Somen has an archive of copies of this somewhere. If "I Love Lucy", "The Donna Reed Show", and "The Honeymooners" can be shown from back in the day...this could also be restored and shown as well. (I think it would be like finding and showing the Milton Berle Show, Your Show of Shows, The Steve Allen Show, etc. rare...but not impossible.) American Life Network or the Inspirational Channel would be good stations. It would be interesting to look back at the world from the 60's -70's and early 80's...and see the work of these actors in this kind of setting once again... Preachy or not.
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