Friday, February 1, 2013

5-Year Blogiversary Special -- pt. 6

Four more Endart drawings today, and then another two posts in the days ahead, and the Blogiversary Special will come to a close.  I hope you've been having as much fun as I am.  I'm holding out some of my favorite "TV by Endart" illustrations for the final post.  Which ones, I wonder, have been your favorites?

On to today's pictures........

Creepy?  Sure.  Kooky?  Undoubtedly.  Mysterious and spooky?  No question.  But what the heck is "all together ooky"?  I'm not sure anyone knows the answer to that.  Perhaps they meant "all togther spanky".  That might be more fitting for "The Addams Family".

The title here is "Lucky Thing".  Perhaps this is what happens to Morticia when she doesn't speak French to Gomez!    Although instead of the trademark phrase, "Thank you, Thing", perhaps this time she is saying, "Thank you, Thing.....may I have another?"

Of course, we can't visit the Addams's without then dropping by for some "Fun At 1313".  That's 1313 Mockingbird Lane, the home of Herman and Lily Munster. I love the Endart characterization of Herman in this one.  You can almost hear Fred Gwynne's big, booming laugh!  Lily, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be enjoying it quite as much.

The TV show, "Cheers", was one of the most successful and popular television series to ever be broadcast, so it should probably come as no surprise that it inspired two Endart drawings.  Dr. Frasier Crane first appeared in Season 3 of the series. and then went on to a very long run on his own in the TV show, "Frasier".  Judging by the length of his hair in the drawing, though, this is definitely Frasier from his days of hanging around that Boston Bar with his friends Sam, Norm, Cliff, Carla, Woody--and yes, even Diane.  Here, Frasier has clearly moved on from his days as a love interest for Diane Chambers and is involved with the women he would eventually marry, Lilith Sternin.  You could say that Frasier and Lilith were the Amy Farrah Fowler and Dr. Sheldon Cooper ("The Big Bang Theory") of their day.

The drawing is called, "Her Therapy", and--given Lilith's nature and personality--I'd say that Dr. Crane had better schedule her for at least three sessions a week for an indefinite period of time.

I would have thought that Endart would naturally choose to do a drawing of bartender and Cheers owner Sam Malone with Diane Chambers.....but no, he went with a depiction of Sam and new bar manager, Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley).  I'm glad to see that Sam is taking the time to teach Rebecca the rules of the bar.  It's moments like this that truly make you want to go "Where Everybody Knows Your Name".


Anonymous said...

great finds again. I love your comments about the shows and they were favorites of mine as well. on cheers i always would have liked to see Diane spanked, but Rebecca was far more deserving. Thanks again for sharing these old series i look forward to seeing what ones are your favorites and how you plan on ending the endart series (at least for now) have a great day

Dr. Ken said...

JIM--I do remember one episode of "Cheers" that ended with an off-camera swat. Sam and Diane had been playing Ping-Pong and, as it turned out, were very evenly matched. Neither one could get the final winning point, so they agreed to finally let the match end in a tie. As they were both walking away from the table, Diane turned back, picked up her paddle and the ball, hit the ball over and declared herself the winner. Sam started toward her, Diane backed out of camera range, and the screen faded to black. We heard a solid "smack" and an "Oww!" from Diane, and then we heard Sam say something like, "That's why they're called 'paddles'."