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Pioneers of Television (8pm, UNC-TV) - The final installment of the season focuses on local children's television shows of yesteryear. Featured: "Time for Beany," which counted Albert Einstein among its fans, "Romper Room," "Wallace and Ladmo," and "Puppet Hotel." Also, a look at Jim Henson's early days in Washington, D.C., Fred Rogers' first show in Pittsburgh, and local clown shows.

Glee (8pm, Fox) - The Valentines episode has the glee kids setting up a kissing booth.

Raising Hope (9pm, Fox) - New episodes! Jimmy meets another single dad who is also lacking a social life, but their potential friendship hits a snag after Jimmy learns he's a client of his mom's housekeeping service.

Traffic Light (9:30pm, Fox) - A new sitcom about three buddies from college, each with different relationship scenarios. Here's our review.

The Good Wife (10pm, CBS) - A mole is detected in the firm when Alicia takes on a class-action lawsuit and goes up against shrewd lawyer Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox), who once again uses a physical disability to sway the jury. Meanwhile, Derrick brings in a super PAC as a client.

Parenthood (10pm, NBC) - Haddie has a run-in with Alex while out with Amber and Max, and Drew has breakfast with his deadbeat father, played by John Corbett.

Detroit 1-8-7 (10pm, ABC) - The detectives investigate the death of a boxer's fiance who, it turns out, was the former girlfriend of his upcoming opponent. Boxing legend and Detroit native Thomas "Hitman" Hearns guest stars as himself.

Southland (10pm, TNT) - Lydia gets caught in the spotlight while investigating a celebrity murder and Sammy goes back out on patrol for the first time since Nate's departure.

Lights Out (10pm, FX) - Lights decides he has to go back into the ring, and somehow wins Theresa's approval. He gets the backing of Hal Brennan and lines up an opponent with "glass hands."

Note: All of these 10pm shows are excellent. Remember that "Lights Out" and "Southland" both repeat tonight at 11pm and midnight respectively. There's also "White Collar" at 10pm on USA, and that repeats again at 1am. "Good Wife" and "Parenthood" are usually available On Demand, and "Detroit 1-8-7" is available at abc.com. Use your resources wisely!


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Yeah in each episode he had

Yeah in each episode he had the kids in the audience march across the stage. I didn't really watch it too much but as a kid back in the days of four channel television he was unavoidable. I seem to recall being more upset about WRAL airing his show instead of the network program that I really wanted to see. When Johnny Depp played Willy Wonka he said he based the character on the hosts of odd locally produced kids shows from the 70's. Maybe he researched by studying Uncle Paul?

Wasn't he blind?

Wasn't Uncle Paul blind? Maybe I'm wrong about that. I don't remember much about the show either. I was more of a Captain Kangaroo girl myself. 

I do know that these Pioneers of Television episodes are fantastic, so even though I'm not very interested in children's television, I'll watch it. Last week's show on classic crime dramas was THE BEST!

No he just wore glasses from

No he just wore glasses from what I recall. I was more into Capt. K myself although I still agonize over the years of ping pong ball abuse the Captain encountered when visiting Mr. Moose.

I take it PBS does not replay these specials? I hate that I forgot to watch the crime dramas episode as that would have been right up my alley.

No, not only will they not

No, not only will they not stream them, it's difficult to find information about this series through their website.  (Compare to "Downton Abbey", which has an entire website dedicated to its characters, episodes, sets, locations, etc, etc, etc.)


(I hated Captain Kangaroo.  Even as a little kid, I thought Captain Kangaroo and Mr Rogers were creepy dorks.  Sesame Street was cool, and The Electric Company was fabulous, even tho I never quite "got it".  There was also "Zoom!" or "Zoom zoom!" or something -- I was always delighted by "What's this?" [points to nose].  "Spell it." [n.o.s.e.] BZZT! wrong answer. [i.t.]  BWAH HAHAHAHAHA!)

Those pesky public television channels

Oh, I loved Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans and Moose and Mr. Bunny Rabbit. "Good Morning, Captain!" And Bill Cosby doing Picture Pages. Man, that takes me back.

I never really watched Mr. Rogers or Sesame Street or The ELectric Company because where we lived, the PBS channel was very dicey and hard to pick up. When I was in the 5th grade we were allowed to watch The Electric Company for a little while after lunch, but most days the television wouldn't pick it up. That's what you get for living in the sticks...

No love for WRAL's "Time for

No love for WRAL's "Time for Uncle Paul" in the Pioneers of Television?

Uncle Paul

"Time for Uncle Paul" isn't advertised but maybe it'll be in there! I have vague memories of that from my 70s childhood. He marched around in a top hat, right? That's all I remember.

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Brooke Cain isn't always proud of the number of hours she logs in front of the TV, but her loss of brain cells can be your gain. From reality shows to sitcoms to the more serious stuff, Brooke keeps her DVR smoking so that she can help keep you in the know. Brooke also tweets for Happiness is a Warm TV (you can follow @WarmTV) and updates the blog's Facebook page.