138. “A Quinn Martin production!”

The episode:Progress Island U.S.A.,” the SECOND short in front of “The Beast of Yucca Flats,” ep. 621

The riff: Exclaimed by Servo right after the short’s title card.

The explanation: Quinn Martin, as it turns out, was one of the most successful television producers of all time. In the 1960s and 1970s he produced successful shows like “The Fugitive,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and “Barnaby Jones.” He also produced 20 made-for-TV movies. He holds the distinction to this day of having the most years back-to-back of having at least one show he was producing running in prime time, with 21. From 1959 to 1980, that made him a major television figure. His shows would play that fact up, proclaiming themselves as “Quinn Martin Productions”!

Novelty factor: Never heard of this dude in my life, I must say. When Servo said the riff, it could have meant anything to me.

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3 thoughts on “138. “A Quinn Martin production!”

  1. I know I’m getting repetitive, but again, if you grew up then it was a name that was everywhere. This is why MST3K will sadly never see new syndication. Topical humor ages poorly. đŸ˜¦

    • Some of it is that way, but all of the stuff about moviemaking is just as valid today as it was then.

      In fact, I really believe that MST3k could come back to the air with new episodes today and have even more success than it did the first time around. The world is so much geekier today that I think a ton of people would embrace the concept, with updated movies from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.

      • With NEW episodes and new material/refferences. One of the reasons Monty Python still does so well was minimal topical humor. The fact that this blog exists shows my point about topical humor. To get it you need to be well studied in the time, or ideally BE there. Past a certain age it goes the other way. Thanks to the internet I get more topical humor than a lot of people my age. But I still need some modern pop culture references explained to me. Topical humor is truly the child of its time.

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