Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My dear guests, I am your host Mr. Roark, welcome to Fantasy Island

When I wasn't dreaming up ways to commit mole-icide,rejoicing in the fact that Vera Wang is down with the po' folk and is debuting her new affordable fall line at Kohls, or enjoying the first few days of preschool with the twins you may have caught me , ass glued to my couch ,watching re-runs of Fantasy Island.

I have a little confession to make. I freakin' love that show. It was my Friday night thing as a kid in the 80's. I waited a whole week to see what new and exciting fantasies the guests would request. And then one day it just disappeared. I hoped it would come out on video. I looked everywhere to no avail and as I got older my fascination with the show grew. When it didn't show up on DVD or cable's TVland network I resigned myself to never seeing Mr. Roark and never hearing the words 'The plane, the plane' muttered in Tattoo's familiar french accent ever again.
Until several weeks ago. I was searching through the cable On Demand feature menu and I spotted it. Furckin Fantasy Island. I was geeked. So I sat and I watched and it was as entertaining as I remembered. Aah good old Mr. Roark with his sexy accent and element of mystery and lovable goofy Tattoo. The sheer joy I experienced as I watched F.I. in all its '70's glory was indescribable. What can I say I'm easy to please.

So I watched and I watched until I'd gone through all of the episodes.

Then it occured to me , these guests spent $50,000 to live out their fantasies but ultimately never did. Mr. Roark always had to throw in a little twist. A lesson of sorts. Like the episode where the nerdy teacher, who spends most of his life unnoticed by women, asks to be a sheik and have a harem. Mr. Roark arranged the fantasy, having this teacher replace a "real life" sheik but failed to mention to this poor sap that the sheik was wanted dead. If I was that sap I'd be thinking Uh-uh no you di-in set me up to be killed and then I'd insist on getting my 50 large back.
But if anyone could pull it off, Mr. Roark could. He had that way about him... you know as if to say "Look you greedy bitches you can't have it all." Ha! It doesn't get any cooler than that.

Yep, I lurves me some Fantasy Island.

What show does it for you?

22 comments:

CDP said...

You've got spunk, Worker Mommy...I HATE spunk.
Yes, The Mary Tyler Moore Show is still the most awesome show ever. I recommend the "Farmer Brown and the News" episode, but you really can't go wrong. MTM has the perfect combination of 70s fashion and hair, awesome female characters (Mary herself, cool and funny BFF Rhoda, crazy beyotches Phyllis and Sue Ann) and just flat out hysterically funny dialogue, even 30 years later.

Brillig said...

Hahaha. Okay, I love Fantasy Island and I LOVE the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I'm also a bit of a MASH whore. And, fortunately for me, at any given moment, with extended cable, two or three episodes of MASH are airing.

Of course, all of these shows were WAY before my era...

:-)

~JJ! said...

That show always freaked me out and I could never put my finger on why...You just did.

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

I was a big Dallas fan and I was going to marry Bobby when I grew up.

Rebecca said...

when I was a kid I loved a show called "the Curiosity Show" - I'm not sure whether it was the actual show I liked, or whether it was because it played on friday afternoon, when, as a treat, we were allowed to have soft-drink and chips (smiths crisps to be precise) while we watched.

I think I would enjoy that fantasy island show - but it would have pissed me off to be one of the contestants - to pay fifty thousand dollars for a moral lesson??!!! aaargh

Mamma said...

I forgot how much I liked it until this post.

I might need to do some On Demand research.

Or!!!!

You could start a campaign to get it released on DVD.

NO? You've got better things to do?

Oh. Okay.

Cherann said...

Quien es mas macho? Senor Llamas o Ricardo Montabon?

I love watching Roseanne. I love it even more now that I have kids. Oh... and The Wonder Years. That's the best freakin show of my young years.

my minivan is faster than yours said...

I think I was like 14 before I could watch Fantasy Island and not get scared. But Love Boat, which came on right before it, not that was some stellar tv!

Worker Mommy said...

Llamas, Cherann. Hands down. But Ricardo Montalban does come in a close second.

Butrfly Garden said...

I have never even seen an episode of that show. Weird, huh? But I totally get the references. Just ingrained in pop culture, I guess.

I REALLY loved TGIF. Remember Eurkel? (Family Matters). And Step-by-Step. And Full House.

We are big fans of Who's The Boss and Mama's Family in my house - they're on the ION channel all the time.

But my brother brought up the show Dinosaurs - anyone remember that? "NOT The mama!" I totally Netflixed that ASAP. Now my kids are diggin on it. "Gotta Love Me!" haha, that baby is far more annoying now than he was when I was little - I guess I have a different perspective than I did then (being a parent and all now). But It's still as good of a show as I remember it being!

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

I'm gonna show what a dork I am, but I loved me some Dukes of Hazzard. Me and Bo Duke, we was gonna git married.

Worker Mommy said...

HaHaHa Butrfly I forgot about Dinosaurs.
I used to love that "Not the Mama" Didn't that baby also hit people with a frying pan ?

Crazy show but yes I was somewhat amused by it.

Raquel said...

Are we talking fav shows from childhood? I guess the Cosby Show... we were only allowed 1 hour per week and I was all over Cosby Show which was followed by Different World.
Now?
Don't tell anyone this, okay?
I heart DOG the bounty hunter.

Domestically Disabled Girl said...

little house on the prairie. (cheeks turning red) and M.A.S.H. i love me some M.A.S.H!!

Ba Doozer said...

in that case you'd love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle for all your child rearing needs

Ann(ie) said...

I loved the Tuesday night line up: Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three's company and once in a while Taxi if my mom didn't make me go to bed. =P

tAnYeTTa said...

Different Strokes and Facts of Life! YUP YUP. :)

Alex Elliot said...

I never saw that show! However, I did have a similar experience with the show Rags to Riches that suddenly went off the air.

you da mom! said...

reruns of 90210. and...ok, sit down for this one. who's the boss. i know, cheese central, but i love it and it reminds me of my childhood!

melodyann said...

Oh, man I loved that show too!! I totally wanted to marry Mr. Roark. I hated that little tattoo fucker though.

Annette Lyon said...

Blast from the past! I spent Saturday nights as a kid watching Love Boat and Fantasy Island back to back, eating popcorn and getting curlers in my hair for church the next day. As for now? I love Seinfeld and Scrubs.

Maureen said...

Get Smart. Can't wait for the movie to come out. Although no one will really replace Don Adams... riot.

Wish I could find them on DVD...