Saturday, November 15, 2014

Glen A. Larson, RIP

Veteran writer-producer Glen A. Larson has passed away at age 77, following a battle with cancer. Over the course of five decades in the TV industry, his output has provided a reliable well to pull from whenever I was grasping for a Nostalgia Theater. Buck Rogers. The Fall Guy. Magnum. Knight Rider. Some of it was good, a lot of it wasn't. But if you were watching TV in the '70s, '80s, and '90s, it's a fair bet you came across a Larson product at some point, and it's also a fair bet that it's stayed in the part of your frontal lobe where you store your most pleasant memories.

I certainly gave him my fair share of ribbing over the years (and seriously, can you blame me?), but it was always coming from a place of great fondness. With the television zeitgeist taking a pretty sharp turn away from the kind of safe, comfort food concoctions Larson tended to specialize in (exemplified by the sharp contrast between his original Battlestar Galactica and the rebooted 2003 version), it's easy to see why his output dwindled to nary a trickle by the end, but the sheer volume of memorable (and memorably terrible) television that bears his name ensures that his place in the annals of pop culture has been cemented.

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