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Tandra Page 1718, Kildare Again

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

I’ve written more than my share about the old television show from the Sixties titled “Doctor Kildare” and about how much I have enjoyed watching the series from the DVD collection. The first three seasons were incredibly good. Most television shows had some excellent presentations, a lot of shows that were mediocre and some shows that should have never been aired. My very favourite television series, “The Fugitive”, was like that. When you are on an unforgiving weekly schedule, not every show makes expectations.

In the first three seasons of “Kildare” there was not a single show that should not have been aired. Shows ran from excellent to spectacular insofar as quality and story were concerned. I don’t know what happened with season four. There were still some excellent shows, but the series began trying to do comedy, not the sort of successful subtle comedy that worked in the first three seasons, but the broad slap-stick Three Stooges type comedy that was working with a show called “The Beverly Hillbillies” which, as I recall, had great ratings, but I never watched it. There is a difference between comedy and silly. “The Beverly Hillbillies” fell into the silly category. But it pleased a large segment of the television viewing audience. Perchance season three of “Kildare” fell in the ratings and the show was looking to capture some of the “Beverly Hillbillies” audience. I really don’t know what was happening behind the scenes, but “silly” did not work for “Kildare”.

There were still excellent shows in season four, but the “Hillbillies” copies dragged the average quality of “Doctor Kildare” way down from the heights it had achiever in the first three seasons.

There is a fifth season remaining of “Doctor Kildare”. With season five, “Kildare” went from mostly one hour single episodes to a soap opera format of two half-hour shows per week with plots strung over several episodes. I begin those half-hour season five episodes with my next viewing. I have no pre-conception bias against those shows. They can work very well, depending upon how they are done.

I’ll letcha know.

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“They’ll know where to find me,” -Rick Blaine, “Casablanca”

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