Saturday, December 06, 2008

Monkey Shines

Like all of you, I believed that all episodes of the mid-80s Jonathan Coulton sitcom MONKEY SHINES (in which I guest-starred as the irascible drunken writer next door) had been wiped and lost for good. A great loss to the world of entertainment, and to fans of Paul and Storm (who actually got their start on the show, and not, as most trivia articles claim, as the pair of bloodsucking dentists in that X-Files episode).

People talk about Bosom Buddies, Cheers, The Golden Girls and then the ones who were there say "...and Monkey Shines," and the room falls silent, pondering the magnitude of the loss.

So I was amazed when I heard that the title sequence had been rediscovered.

Ah, how it all comes back: that loveable little reformed jewel-thief monkey butler.... always good for a misunderstanding that would guarantee hilarious consequences for everyone, and, of course, a hug at the end...

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