I had never before attempted such an intense viewing marathon in my life.
Last week I finished the ninth and final DVD of Rich Man, Poor Man.
Each disc contains four episodes that run 45 minutes each.
I did the math for you.
Thats 27 hours I spent glued to the flat screen.
Rich Man, Poor Man (Books I and II) is about two brothers chasing the American dream and ending up at different places.
Peter Strauss (The Jericho Mile, Nick of Time) plays the older rich man opposite Nick Noltes poor man.
The sequel continues sans Nolte but follows his characters equally feisty son and Strauss as a U.S. Senator with a troublesome stepson.
Its like a soap opera for men and I loved every minute of it.
Rich Man, Poor Man aired as a miniseries on ABC in 1976 and 77.
Thats before I was born.
So how did I hear of it?
The show is mentioned in one of my all-time favorite movies:
The 1996 comedy-drama Beautiful Girls with the killer cast of Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Lauren Holly, Uma Thurman, Mira Sorvino, Martha Plimpton, Michael Rapaport, Noah Emmerich, Rosie ODonnell (delivering one of the funniest bits about men ever written) and a young, scene-stealing Natalie Portman.
Dillons character tells Rapaports hes ditching their 10-year high-school reunion to watch Rich Man, Poor Man.
The two then talk about the show like its The Godfather of miniseries.
So, after watching Beautiful Girls for probably the 20th time the other night, I decided to Netflix Rich Man, Poor Man.
Ive been a member of the streaming and by mail DVD provider since 2005, but Ive
only used Netflix for movies.
Or occasionally a new premium cable TV series someone is raving about.
Eastbound & Down rocks.
But now that Ive entered the TV time machine department of Netflix, what else should I devour?
At age 12, I had no use for Lonesome Dove.
But the Emmy-winning miniseries starring greats Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones now seems like a worthwhile week or so of evening viewing.
How about North and South?
Id also like to go beyond the miniseries market and revisit some classic TV shows.
Netflix has all 39 episodes of The Honeymooners.
All in the Family in its entirety, too.
Nine seasons of Roseanne sans commercials also could be fun.
Well, thats all for this week.
I have classic TV to catch up on.
Of course, suggestions are always welcome.
And no, I am not endorsed by Netflix.
But I do think its one of the greatest entertainment inventions since the VCR.
Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 745-7057. Visit heraldbuzzworthy.blogspot.com.