A Decade of Gratitude

Welcome to a new Wildcard Wednesday! This week, I’m continuing our celebration of this blog’s tenth anniversary by — just as I did with Musical Theatre Monday — diving back into the archives to re-share goodies that were previously offered over the past decade. Some of these sitcom gems you may have missed — and some may have eluded you because they were prizes in our annual contests. But I’m sure there’s something in this pot of gold that you’ll treasure!

This is what I’m offering (in full — it’s a buffet, not a menu) to subscribers who comment below to alert me of their private, non-commercial interest, in honor of my ten wonderful years of joyful sitcom study here with you on That’s Entertainment! 

  • A copy of The Danny Kaye Show With Lucille Ball (1962)
  • The complete first season of The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971-1972)
  • Five unedited episodes from the first season of Rhoda (1974-1975)
  • The complete first season of The Tony Randall Show (1976-1977)
  • The 1980 retrospective clip show of Soap, featuring Bea Arthur
  • The ten episode prize from our 2020 Quarantine Quiz, listed here

This is a scene from the 1980 Soap clip show with Bea Arthur — an excerpt of these treats that I’m thrilled to share again, as thanks for your ten years of readership and support!



Come back next week for another Wildcard! And stay tuned Tuesday for more Becker!

56 thoughts on “A Decade of Gratitude

  1. Happy Anniversary! Reading your page is always a highlight for me. It’s something I look forward to every week, and reference often when watching shows to see what your choices are during each season. I look forward to seeing some of these shows and clips. (Also, I am sure you know but if not, the 1962 The Good Years special with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda is on YouTube – idea for future post?)

    • Hi, Ben! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      I got that Lucy special last year and considered sharing it for our annual tribute, but since it’s already available, I’ve opted to go with something even rarer — stay tuned!

      Also, I have emailed you at your gmail address.

  2. wow would love to see all you have to offer. I always enjoy your blog, been reading for years. Always fun to read.

  3. Ten years is a wonderful accomplishment and I would be so grateful to have these goodies! You’ve certainly covered a lot of ground!

  4. I am interested in this. Thank you for everything you’ve done and will do in the future! I’m happy to say I’ve been reading this blog for 8 years, and I still look forward to your posts every week.

  5. Indicating my private, non-commercial interest! Congratulations on your milestone anniversary!

    • Hi, Christopher! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      I have emailed you at your hotmail address.

  6. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary – and thank you for all that you’ve shared! I have a private, non-commercial interest in the first season of Rhoda. Much appreciated, and best wishes!

  7. Congrats man! I would be thrilled to receive these bounty. Happy anniversary and here’s to the next ten years!

  8. Hi Jackson!
    Congratulations on your anniversary! I’d love to have access to these treasures.
    Thanks for all your great work and your generosity!

  9. Yes, I am interested, for my own private use. Best wishes for 10 more years of joyful sitcom study!!

  10. Congratulations on 10 years of the blog!! I am so glad I stumbled upon it one day. I would love to enjoy the sitcoms of the past.

  11. Jackson:

    Thank you for all you’ve done in analyzing sitcoms (some more worthy than others, but that’s not your fault).
    I truly appreciate your hard work and, being something of a sitcom buff myself, find your offer of the sitcom buffet to be a true “treasure trove.”
    I would love to have the “buffet” as you describe above — especially the “Soap” retrospective which, oddly, was omitted from the complete series DVD (which I own).
    Thank you again!!

  12. This is a real treasure trove, as is your entire site, which I read slavishly! A few years ago, I suffered a serious trauma, and as a way of dealing with my PTSD, I turned to sitcoms, which have entertained and nourished me since childhood (I’m 53 now). The characters and their lives and foibles became friends and lessons to me, and the laughter they generated was as healing as the very best medicine. (I have been a lifelong Lucy fan, but I never dreamed that an episode of Here’s Lucy would provide me with a springboard toward my recovery!) Please consider this post to be a long overdue fan letter, but also a deeply genuine thank you – your guidance and passion for your subject matter (I’m also a musical theater nut) have been inspiring and have helped me get through the last three years of my life.

    • Hi, James! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      I am so grateful for your kind words — they made my day!

      Also, I have emailed you at your gmail address.

  13. I love your site so much! I’ve learned about so many obscure shows over time thanks to you. God Bless!

    • Hi, D.S.! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Please subscribe to this blog using your preferred address and I will send a link to these items your way!

  14. Thanks so much for all you’ve researched, written, and shared! Alerting you of my “private, non commercial interest in the sitcom ‘buffet’ above Best Wishes!

  15. Thank you for this incredible offer and God bless you for ten years of a great adventure! I look forward to your new posts every week!

  16. As a reader for many years, I appreciate your writing (your enthusiasm for sitcoms is infectious) and would love to have access to this material. Thank you very much!

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