Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Wednesday's Quad-Monthly Haiku Humpday presents: Jiggle Television
Shallow breathing-check, quickened pulse-check, unbridled excitement-check . . . it must be time for my first post on Horrorthon to kickoff Haiku Humpday.
As I'm sure most of you have heard by now, Farrah Fawcett is in the hospital battling cancer again. Thinking of her, my original idea was to make Charlie's Angels the topic, as an homage to the women who literally helped me discover myself. However, while researching the post I found that Charlie's Angels belongs to an entire genre of progams I didn't even know existed: the genre known as Jiggle television. And with a name like Jiggle, it's gotta be good.
From the Jiggle Television blog, Apparently "Jiggle Television" was coined by a T.V. Critic about the short-lived ABC-TV comedy series Sugar Time! starring Barbie Benton, about an aspiring female rock group in 1977. That show's greatest claim to fame may have been its inspiring one television critic to call it "jiggle TV", a term that was then frequently used to describe the many television series of the era starring attractive, sexy young women.
So here's the deal: today we're Haiku-ing about television shows that put a premium on scantily clad bodies and let things like compelling story lines and good writing fall where they may.
Remember these old-school gems:
Dickinson was great as Pepper Anderson, but was awesome in Dressed to Kill.
Please, please use the lasso on me!
A tuxedo t-shirt? Jack, you crazy!
Check out them Dukes!
Of course Jiggle Television lived well beyond the 70s and 80s. Check out these slightly more contemporary examples:
The Jiggle seen round the world
Ok, tell me again. Your armor serves what purpose?
And the tradition continues today:
Their parents must be so proud
Finally, lest I be considered sexist, not all that jiggles has two X chromosomes:
Suck it in Dave, this one's for the ladies
I've obviously just scratched the surface of this genre ripe for ridicule. The rest is up to you. Ladies and gentlemen, start your keyboards.