United We Fan (2018)

“When you feel there’s a movement out there that’s backing your show, you feel validated,and you feel like, hey, we’re doing something good.” – Scott Bakula

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the history of fan based efforts to keep their favorite TV shows alive.

My Take on it – This is a documentary that I came across by accident and was quite interested in seeing what it was all about because of the topic.

As an avid TV fan in the 80’s and 90’s,  was always interested in the way that the studios made the decisions about what shows to cancel or continue.

This film gives the viewer a great look at how save our show campaigns have been waged for over 5 decades.

The interviews with some of the fans who started these campaigns are great because of the diverse ways that they all went about trying to get their favorites shows renewed.

They also let the viewer see the reactions of various show runners and cast members as they discuss their thoughts on the subject.

If someone wants to start a campaign now, it’s much easier due to the accessibility of social media to help, but fans of shows in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s didn’t have those opportunities, yet they still found insightful ways to get the attention of the studios.

The film also explores the relationships between the fans and the show runners and actors once these campaigns are started and that is so fascinating to see, especially when trying to figure out how long those friendships might end up lasting.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Viewers for Quality Television was founded in 1984 by Dorothy Swanson and was dissolved in late 2000 due to financial problems. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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