What rare, important, especially unusual recordings can I only see at TV museums in the U.S.?
What are the most incredible, obscure, fascinating, possibly transgressive, inspiring, trapped-in-time, utterly unavailable
on YouTube or DVD TV shows for me to check into at the Museum of
Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Paley Center For Media in
NYC or LA, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive?
A lot of important, obscure TV footage is readily available on YouTube at this point, but what sorts of things would I still need to visit one of these museums to see? I'm thinking of things along the lines of Turn-On
, allegedly the only U.S. TV show to ever be pulled off of the air and canceled in the middle
of its first episode (other exceptionally bad pilots too, maybe), the A Slew of Simpsons
special with Tracey Ullman footage which I remember watching as a kid, but which seems to have otherwise dropped off of the face of the earth, and the Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert
special that led to the full series that has a Herbie Hancock soundtrack, and apparently a very different art style (Fat Albert is so gigantic you never see his face in frame, only his body). I would include TV trainwrecks like the famously bad Milton Berle SNL episode too, except that's readily available on Amazon Video for $2.
I'm thinking important historical/political events too, but it seems to me that a lot of the good stuff is on YouTube. Still, there's got to be some important footage out there outside the scope of the internet. What say you, Ask MeFi?