Monday, 30 April 2018

TV shows featuring the Beatles

It was obvious that the SgtPepperChannel blog would have covered this subject too.
After going thought 200 movies, 100 cartoons and all the biographical movies it was time for more references featured on TV screens.
I would like to say that I do not own a TV and don't like watching movies, cartoons and least of all TV series. While I had a blast creating the collection from references in song, I got extremely bored watching some of this TV series episodes By the way, to avoid misinformation similar to that I encountered while researching for the movies compilation and the acting compilation, this time I did my own research. What you see in this video and blog is 100% my own research. No forums were consulted! And, how odd it may sound, it actually sped the process up. For example, behind the first 100 Beatles reference in movies video collection there was almost a 6 month period of research, while for this one more or less a month! I ain't lying!

The saddest part of creating these videos is bumping over confused people: those that start a comment with "you forgot" ... oh, dear! I don't mind so much the comment, either the dislike they leave on the video ... what really bothers me is the fact that many of them are over-reacting, and responding with "that clip is another video" is seen as an insult. Unfortunately my channel is mostly visited by man over the age of 50. The problem at that age is they do not want to hear them saying "you're wrong", the more you grow old, the more you become wise, therefore you deserve more respect ... that's works in the same way for idiots. The stupider a person is, the less is aware its mistakes.
typical idiotic comment
typical idiotic comment
At some point I had to stop searching for clips to add to the collection TV Series collection, as you can see HERE the list is infinite and the search is only referred to Beatles, I did not dare doing further searching with other keywords. So, yeah, that's one of the methods I use to search for material to add these sort of video-collections. The technique I cannot share is how I obtain these videos ... I'll let you guess, just know that it is not 100% legal! All you need to know is I do not monetize my videos. If you see adverts on my videos is because the owner of the clips I used kindly placed adverts on the video rather than taking it down.


One my childhood favourite TV series was The Wonder Years and I remember very well the episode 10 of season 3 titled Rock N Roll where Kevin formed a band with some friends. I especially remember the last scene where he lays in bed holding the album cover of the Beatles' Abbey Road.

A very cool re-enact of the Beatlemania in the US in 1964 is featured in the episode 11 of the series one  of American Dream I wanna hold your hand, aired 5 January 2003: The Beatles' arrival in America sends the country and the Pryor household into a frenzy, except for a concerned J.J., who receives word that Notre Dame has denied him a full scholarship. Determined to afford his son's college education, Jack seeks financial help from his successful and slightly distant older brother Ted, despite Pete and Helen's concerns.
This clip reminds me a lot of the movie called I wanna hold your hand.

Here's a link to the video in case it doesn't show up in your browser:

Some TV Series such as Mad Men has featured a full length Beatles track ... I wonder how much it costed it !!!!

The second upload of the video collection (at the top of this blog) got blocked worldwide by Apple Corps because the song I wanna hold your hand performed at the Ed Sullivan show was manually detected, and for manually detected it means that an Apple Corps Ltd employee watched the video appositely to find copyrighted music; I don't think the song and video is copyrighted as the full version is available on YouTube and there are many uploads of the same event. So, evidently Apple is playing the asshole corporation with my channel. In case, the next clip from U.F.O. was cut short in the video collection while you can watch it in full one on YouTube!
This is the episode 9 of Andersons' first live-action TV series and it is titled "Ordeal" and this episode was aired in 1969. The Beatles' song used (Get Back) was released the same year.

extended version:

Talking about the cost to use Beatles music in film, here's a funny clip from Portlandia season 4 episode 6 titles Bahama Knights where Fred has the idea to make a Beatles documentary (even if Netflix has hundreds of them), so he flies to London only to find out that it's going to cost him one billion dollars regardless of how many songs he uses or how long a song it plays.

When I was a kid I used to love the American science-fiction television series Quantum Leap, and whilst working on this video project I was absolutely trilled to find out about the clip in which Scott Bakula sings Imagine. I wanted to use the whole song in the video collection, but, to avoid having the video blocked in Canada I had to cut it short like all the rest of the clips I used. So, here's the full clip.

This one and Mad Men are going to be the only clips containing music that I will share in this post.
The TV series Glee has lots of Beatles covers, probably too many (well, it never too many) and probably would have taken too much spotlight in the video collection, so, I intentionally left a few clips out. And by the way, who of you saw the ballet show for LOVE and actually enjoy the dances? Not many I would bet ! Glee covers are even worst than the Bee Jees musical Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! Ok, I'll stop ranting now.
There's also a curious similarity between the logo of Quantum Leap and the font/style used in the title of McCartney's Give My Regards to Broad Street ... or at least, that's my impression.


Another great vocal performance can be seen in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air where Carlton sings "Silly Love Songs" in the shower.

The episode 6 of the season 2 of Joanie Loves Chachi from 1983 is dedicated to the Beatlemania.

Same for Drake and Josh, throughout the episode 16 of season 4, titles Battle of Panthatar there are a lot references to the Beatles.

In an episode of Vinyl there is a sort of re-enactment of John Lennon's lost weekend in Los Angeles in company of May Pang. I think May Pang in particular has been portrayed pretty well.

Even if the next clip isn't particularly funny I would still have shared in full.
This is taken from The Kids in the Hall series 4 episode 7.

Unexpectedly, the clip of Drake & Josh from the episode Battle of Panthatar got my video blocked in Canada only, I had to edit it shorted to pass through the copyright fair use. Still I don't understand why the full episode is available on Dailymotion. (PS: this video may be blocked in Canada)

I will take a break for now with the clips in full, but I will update this blog regularly (just like I do with all the previous blogs posted on the SgtPepperChannel blogspot.
So, if you would like to see anything not included in this blog, leave a comment with your request and I will post it; or come back next week to check the updated page.
And if you would like to suggest a clip to add to the next collection, let me know in the comments below or in the comment section of the main video collection.

Bye !