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Old 05-12-19, 12:38 AM
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RIP Peggy "Mod Squad" Lipton

Peggy Lipton, co-star of the '60s hit 'The Mod Squad,' dies at 72


Damn......time marches on. Worse than when the producers decided to crash and burn the "woody wagon"
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Funny how 72 seems too young to die for some folks. To fans she'll always be the "Pretty Young Thing" of Michael Jackson's song. Interesting that she became a pop culture icon with only two notable roles, in The Mod Squad and a fairly minor role in Twin Peaks. Peggy Lipton typified that late 1960s flower child look, the sort of open-to-anything appearance that could lead to suburban motherhood, joining the Manson Family, or becoming a minor but inexplicably popular actress and pop culture icon.

As a very young teenager when The Mod Squad was first on TV, I really tried to get into the show but it was just... awful. Cringeworthy. The best part of the show was in an early episode, maybe the first, when Linc declares to his cop handler "I don't fink on soul brothers!" Classic so-bad-it's-good dialog. I was more into Mannix, then and now that it's back on TV.

Boxing judge and commentator Harold Lederman also died. He seemed much older than 79, so I was surprised to learn he was a year younger than my mom. Lederman seemed like a really nice guy so I sorta feel guilty about criticizing his unofficial scoring for HBO. And his daughter isn't much better as a boxing judge. But in his prime Lederman's official scoring generally seemed appropriate. Fortunately he had the abrasive Larry Merchant to take any heat off him for some of Lederman's worse unofficial scoring for HBO.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Funny how 72 seems too young to die for some folks. To fans she'll always be the "Pretty Young Thing" of Michael Jackson's song. Interesting that she became a pop culture icon with only two notable roles, in The Mod Squad and a fairly minor role in Twin Peaks. Peggy Lipton typified that late 1960s flower child look, the sort of open-to-anything appearance that could lead to suburban motherhood, joining the Manson Family, or becoming a minor but inexplicably popular actress and pop culture icon.

As a very young teenager when The Mod Squad was first on TV, I really tried to get into the show but it was just... awful. Cringeworthy. The best part of the show was in an early episode, maybe the first, when Linc declares to his cop handler "I don't fink on soul brothers!" Classic so-bad-it's-good dialog. I was more into Mannix, then and now that it's back on TV.

Boxing judge and commentator Harold Lederman also died. He seemed much older than 79, so I was surprised to learn he was a year younger than my mom. Lederman seemed like a really nice guy so I sorta feel guilty about criticizing his unofficial scoring for HBO. And his daughter isn't much better as a boxing judge. But in his prime Lederman's official scoring generally seemed appropriate. Fortunately he had the abrasive Larry Merchant to take any heat off him for some of Lederman's worse unofficial scoring for HBO.

I watched Mannix as well, but only as a fill in to stay up late, since Mannix came on at 10pm Friday nights and I had to make it to 11pm to watch this favorite program of mine............


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RIP Norma Jennings

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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
I watched Mannix as well, but only as a fill in to stay up late, since Mannix came on at 10pm Friday nights and I had to make it to 11pm to watch this favorite program of mine............


Mmmm... M Appeal.

That era of the Avengers is still one of my favorite shows. Besides the wonderful chemistry, it had that bizarre British dark humor that warped the minds of many a 1960s American child. Between The Avengers and Monty Python, we were never the same again.
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RIP Norma Jennings

Another cuppa joe and cherry pie, please, Norma. Nobody makes it like you.
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Old 05-12-19, 02:16 PM
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I don't remember The Avengers. The NBC and CBS stations split the ABC lineup until 1974 though so Love American Style and Bewitched were on different channels and the NBC station also picked up PBS until Boise got it's station around 1971, last state capital that didn't have public TV at that point.
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I remember watching Mod Squad occasionally, but was never a huge fan. I preferred Room 222 because of Karen Valentine.
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I remember the Room 222 series, but didn't watch it, and I too watched Mod Squad on occasion. With changing TV show line ups happening then, I had to prioritize my view habits, with Mod Squad eventually losing out.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Mmmm... M Appeal.

That era of the Avengers is still one of my favorite shows. Besides the wonderful chemistry, it had that bizarre British dark humor that warped the minds of many a 1960s American child. Between The Avengers and Monty Python, we were never the same again.
.....and adult.

......and warped 60's TV fans won't forget this British gem........



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Old 05-12-19, 09:20 PM
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"I am not a number! I am a free man!"

Re Mod Squad, I would have commented, except nothing ever happened on that show, "Hogan's Heroes" had more action scenes. There was much better TV being made back then, I thought the "Hawaii Five-O" series had really good stories and, good acting, good music, and good production values. Mod Squad had two "smart" hippies and a black guy.
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
"I am not a number! I am a free man!"

Re Mod Squad, I would have commented, except nothing ever happened on that show, "Hogan's Heroes" had more action scenes. There was much better TV being made back then, I thought the "Hawaii Five-O" series had really good stories and, good acting, good music, and good production values. Mod Squad had two "smart" hippies and a black guy.
Yeah, the only episode that really sticks in my Mod Squad memory is the episode when the "woody" goes out in spectacular style. I occasionally watched Hogan's Heroes for the first couple of seasons before losing interest, and liked Hawaii Five O for it's theme song, and Wo Fat episodes, before completely losing interest in prime time TV in the mid 70's.
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
Re Mod Squad, I would have commented, except nothing ever happened on that show, "Hogan's Heroes" had more action scenes.
The afternoon/early evening manager at my local is a vintage TV fan. Maybe within the last year he would have Mod Squad on. Definitely not much action. Even the action scenes were sedate. In fact, the three main charters seemed as if they were sedated.

I am going to assume you've seen the film which gave rise to Hogan's Heroes.
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Oh, the one where Peter Graves played the rat fink? (spoiler alert) I guess that role really paved the way for "Mission Impossible".

Excellent show, BTW, talk about action, those guys overthrow several banana republics per episode. With multiple disguises, and amazing plot twists. The climax of every episode was always someone pulling off a rubber mask after successfully impersonating another character and getting the bad guy to spill the beans. Great stuff.
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Probably referring to 1963's " The Great Escape",
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Nope, it's a 1953 Billy Wilder production. At least I always thought that Hogan's Heroes was based on this.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046359/

After all, there are only so many "funny" movies about being held as a prisoner of the Nazis (Jerry Lewis made one but it was never released).
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Originally Posted by Pilot321 View Post
I remember watching Mod Squad occasionally, but was never a huge fan. I preferred Room 222 because of Karen Valentine.
This!
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Mmmm... M Appeal.

That era of the Avengers is still one of my favorite shows. Besides the wonderful chemistry, it had that bizarre British dark humor that warped the minds of many a 1960s American child. Between The Avengers and Monty Python, we were never the same again.
Have you seen her latley? She has not aged all that well.
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I just remembered the Tag Line for The Mod Squad, which for some reason stuck with me. They must have used it for the promotional ads, and maybe in the shows intro. "One White, One Black, One Blonde". Can you imagine that today! lol!
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
To fans she'll always be the "Pretty Young Thing" of Michael Jackson's song.
I have no idea what that sentence means.
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Have you seen her latley? She has not aged all that well.
Eh, few of us do. My mom looked great for her age but her components were a mess.

Diana Rigg was funny in a minor role in Detectorists as the cliched wicked mother in law. Great show too.

I think in the past Rigg has said she enjoys smoking cigarettes too much to quit (it constricts capillaries that feed the skin, so heavy smokers tend to get leathery wrinkled faces compared with non-smokers) and didn't really care one way or another how she looked as she grew older. Can't say I blame her. She hasn't complained too much about sexual harassment and discrimination when she was younger, but she's hinted at it a few times. Perhaps the way she has chosen to age is her FU to a toxic show biz system. Basically, cast me for my talent, not my looks. She's okay by me no matter how she looks.
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
I have no idea what that sentence means.
It's a reference to how Peggy Lipton, then married to music producer Quincy Jones, inspired the song "PYT" or "Pretty Young Thing" on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album. See this NPR article from a few years ago.
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob View Post
Have you seen her latley? She has not aged all that well.
Though a few years ago, she can still pull it off ( Daniel Radcliffe's Johnny) with style.


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The Prisoner is an all time favorite of mine...

But Peggy Lipton... only knew her from her role in Twin Peaks, big fan of the show. And here's the wicked creepy part on my end:

We were just out on the West Coast, Seattle WA, for my parner's b-day. She'd always wanted to go there.

A HS friend of hers and brother of a girl in my class I knew through my GF (later wife) at the time lives in North Bend and would not hear of us being out there and not staying with him. He put us up in his RV and gave us a spare car to drive, so it was perfect and saved us a bunch of money.

Didn't know it until we got there, but North Bend was the fictional setting of Twin Peaks. Cool! And the Double R diner from the show is an actual diner called Twede's. So of course I had to go there for a Damn Fine Cup of Coffee and Cherry Pie. Wasn't until the last day of vaca that we made the trip there. Elizabeth never watched Twin Peaks and really didn't get into the second series, so I had to explain the significance of the Double R and it's proprietor, Norma Jennings.

We were there Saturday, May 11, and that's the day Peggy died.
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