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Gerald So's rockin' new forum to "explore the dramatic image of crime in television and feature films and its impact on crime fiction and the imagination....The words "dramatic" and "crime fiction" above set a serious but not exclusively hard-boiled tone for the list. Lighter shows such as Remington Steele, MacGyver, and Riptide, are fair game, but we focus on professional investigators and criminals. Moonlighting novelists and doctors don't make the cut. Among other topics, we'll discuss so-called "cinematic" writers, what works or doesn't work onscreen, and ways film/performance may improve upon print."

An amazing site for TV junkies. It contains episode lists and/or guides for over 1500 TV shows, complete with titles and air dates, with detailed episode guide containing guest stars and plot summaries for over 375 shows.

L.O.F. Communications' small, but none-the-less intriguing selection of old radio and television episode logs. They only do shows not available elsewhere, that they themselves like.

Like, I have to tell you who they are?

Discussions and profiles of television and film, and some interesting essays on various genres. Well worth the click.

TV Shows, Networks

An american streaming service, dishing up mostly British fare, but expansive enough to include mysteries from Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Canada -- in other words, anywhere they spell colour with a "u." As God intended. Among the P.I. shows they've featured recently: Republic of Doyle, Serangoon Road, Jack Taylor and Jack Irish.

A Canadian specialty channel owned by Shaw Media which presents movies, television series, and documentaries of the crime, mystery and suspense genres, featuring an awfulo lot of relatively recent American TV dramas as Law & Order, Elementary and CSI. nothing particularly exciting. In a former incarnation, it at least aired CanCon fave, Wild Card, as well as oldies like The Saint, Murder, She Wrote, Philip Marlowe, Private Eye and Picket Fences and true crime stuff like Unsolved Mysteries and RIP. Formerly known as "Mystery" and "Mystery TV."

A digital cable television channel with programming dedicated to the crime and mystery genres, owned and operated by NBCUniversal. Current sample fare includes House, CSI, Burn Notice, Law & Order, Psych, etc. Originally known as Sleuth.

Formerly its own show, now tucked under the Masterpiece umbrella. Theis American PBS channel anthology regularly showed some of the best in British mystery television; mostly traditonal, tea and crumpets and bodies in the vicar's rose bushes kinda stuff, but has also been responsible for delivering some occasional private eye goodies, as well, such as An Unsuitable Job For a Woman, The Racing Game, Die Kinder, and Chandler & Co. More recently, as Masterpiece: Mystery they've given us Sherlock.

Video Dealers

No, I don't sell videos, DVDs, Blu-Rays, 4Ks or -- gawdhelpus-- Laserdiscs, so please stop asking. And no, I don't know where you can buy that elusive Longstreet episode with Bruce Lee in it, or the Magnum P.I. one where his voice finally changes, or when the Dellaventura boxed set is coming out, but maybe some of these folks can help you. And if you find a good source, don't be shy - pass it on!

Yeah, I'm not always a fan of their practices, but they sell everything. And if you buy through them from this site, I get a few pennies to kick back to keep everything going.

The Captain's site is another great source for grey-market area movies, tv and radio shows. It was created in order to offer movie buffs and collectors a single source for hard-to-find video cassettes, collectibles, and other nostalgia-related items not generally available through traditional or retail outlets. The good Captain operates exclusively as a mail order business , out of Alabama, and orders are accepted by phone, mail, e-mail, or fax. And they also offer "the world's most unique catalog."

These guys specialize in classic 1950s vintage TV shows. You can even watch some sample TV show clips right away on your computer screen using the free VivoActive Streaming Video Player, or you can download the QuickTime versions for viewing offline later. In 1992, they began The TV Connection, a voicemail BBS for collectors of all types of TV shows, where members canmeet and swap programs from their respective video libraries. So, if Shokus (or anyone else) doesn't have what you want, The TV Connection might be the way to go.

These guys are still around? Big, shiny, and geared toward new shows and theatrical releases. I'm not sure how good their back catalog is, though, but in a world of streaming, you've got to admire their gumption.

Part of Ronnie Cramer's extensive, amazing Cult Film Site. Perfect spot to find those long-lost treasures on video you just can't find anywhere else. Includes brief synopses, and other good stuff. WARNING: This site is addictive! They sell plenty of stuff you just can't find elsewhere. Among their offerings are such rarites as City Streets, Hammett's only screenplay, and The Case of the Babysitter. Also episodes of TV shows such as Bourbon Street Beat, Surfide Six and Martin Kane, Private Eye, among others.

This company has a truly large collection of offbeat videos: foreign, silent, B-films, classic American, experimental, independent, fine arts...you name it, they probably have at least heard of it. They even offered rentals, by mail, before anyone had ever heard of Netflix.

"'Guaranteed worst movies in town!' is the gleeful cry of this house of alternatives for the psychotronically inclined, but conservatives are also invited to peruse VV's fine compilation of American classics." So says Leonard Maltin of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Video Vault, yet another, pre-Netflix, rent-by-mail place. Alas, they've run out of catalogues, and their web site is embarrassingly skimpy. Bummer. Especially since it sounds like they might have some totally great stuff.

TV Themes

TV themes and songs from almost 30,000 different television shows. Listen to them all in MP3 format.


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