Shows of the American Revolution
By Frank Lovece
The Fourth of July! Independence Day! It's about more than just fireworks, backyard barbecues and trips to the beach. It's also about ... television! So we wonder: What TV shows would the American colonists have watched if there'd been TV during the Revolution? Perhaps the lineup would've included ...
Fox reality series: Ride along with actual Deputies of the King on their
rounds of bawdy houses, illegal grog dealers and suspicious "chop
shops" in the stables next to the butcher's.
That 1770s Show
Teenage friends neck, drink beer and plot sedition in their parents'
Boston attorneys take on cases both tough and whimsical. Tonight: A
disgruntled taxpayer subpoenas King George — who responds by ordering
everybody at the law firm hanged!
Bunker Hill, 90210
Wealthy, well-dressed young colonists face scholastic and romantic
entanglements near a strategically important military site.
Single young columnist Susan tries hard to fit in when she's hired by
Walker, Tory Ranger
The keeper of a colonial royal forest high-kicks butt when rumrunners and slave traders invade his turf.
Sabrina the Condemned Witch
An actual teenage sorceress secretly uses her powers each week to avoid execution — with hilarious results!
Hey, Benedict Arnold!
Animated series about the young traitor-to-be and his friends as they deal with school, parents and peer pressure.
Dharma & George
It's love at first "site" for a free-spirited young woman and a
staid young Virginia surveyor with political ambitions.
Class distinctions are no match for romance in this sitcom of
merchant-class burghers and their laborer/servant friends. Tonight: A tea
party gets out of hand.
Just Shoot Men
Chivalry and comedy in a military recruitment office.
The Real World: Yorktown
Attractive young twentysomethings share a house in Virginia under the
ever-watchful eye of the audience, the producers and British intelligence.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
High-stakes game show hosted by Patrick Henry Philbin.
Two Minutemen and a Girl
Young professionals venture into the world of first jobs, serious
relationships and the overthrow of the tyranny of the king. Tonight: Betsy
gets a commission from a flag manufacturer.
The British Bunch
A widower with three sons and a single mom with three girls marry and move
to the colonies, where they find teenage antics are the same all over.
Buffy the Redcoat Slayer
A teenage girl is the Chosen One to battle the forces of England.
Everybody Loves Franklin
The lusty misadventures and "mistress adventures" of the randy
Founding Father — who's beloved in more ways than one!