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Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Midnight Citizen 183 — “Weird Politics” (10/8/16)

citizen183cover1:08:11 – Join Mike outside on a Friday night, where he explores old TV movies about H. Ross Perot and Iranian hostages, and laments the possibility that we’re all living in a Matrix reality.

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Detailed show notes: “On Wings of Eagles” (1986 TV movie), starring Richard Crenna as Ross Perot; the 1979 Iranian Revolution; “Argo” (2012); Ross Perot; grilling on the back porch on a Friday night; “Hail Caesar” (2016); weird political seasons (2016, 2000, 1992); the Ross Perot infomercials from ’92 were filmed in the same studio as Joe Bob Briggs’s “Drive-In Theater” in Dallas, Texas; late night horror hosts; reading Joe Bob’s response to an e-mail I sent him about Ross Perot; congrats to Alex for being a new, first-time dad; shout out to Miss S’s 12th grade History class at the local high school for listening to my show; Elon Musk is funding research to investigate if we are living in the Matrix; alternate worlds; “Mayberry RFD” and depressing sitcom spin-offs; “The Ropers”; advice to Norman Fell and all other actors of successful sitcoms past NOT to do spin-offs; and more!

Music for tonight’s episode:  “These Fair Hands”, “True Hearts” by Nick Jaina. All music is Creative Commons License: Attribution, Share-Alike.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share-Alike US License. Attribution by Mike Boody. Released October 2016 on The Midnight Citizen and The Overnightscape Underground.

posted by Mike at 8:21 pm filed in Mike,Oct16  


  1. Seriously, what was up with the Ropers? That would be like doing a spinoff of Big Bang Theory starring Stuart the comic store guy. Or a spinoff of Newhart starring those two old guys in the town who were always making fun of Dick. Or a spinoff of Friends starring Joey. (Oh, wait…)

    That whole Perot thing was bizarre. It made for an interesting election year though.

    Comment by Shambles — October 10, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

  2. Oh… and you mentioned Joe Bob Briggs in past tense a couple of times, and I had to look him up to make sure he hadn’t passed on!

    Comment by Shambles — October 10, 2016 @ 4:45 pm

  3. Depressing spin-offs spoil the original show in such a terrible way. Even thought it wasn’t a spin-off, I had a difficult time watching “Seinfeld” for a while after “The Michael Richards Show”; I guess because the follow-up from “Seinfeld” was so short and they were essentially spinning off the “Kramer” character, just with a different name.

    Comment by Mike — October 11, 2016 @ 5:43 am

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